Overdraft: The Orion Offensive – “Strike Price”

Overdraft: The Orion Offensive

Episode 7 – “Strike Price”

As things begin to wrap up in Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, John Jackson Miller raises the stakes. Episode 7 “Strike Price” is a plot driven story that launches the characters toward the climax. Bridget finds herself up against the Walled Garden terrorists again. The full story of the Xylanx is revealed. Then there’s Jamie, the kidnapped trader who has been offered the sweetest deal of his life, but there’s a catch.

Plot driven is a very apt description for this episode. There is some action as Bridget faces off against a Walled Garden fanatic, but it’s brief. There’s a little bit of character development, but not much. However, there’s a lot of reveals for the Xylanx. This episode fully lays out their origins and why they are the way they are. Kolvax, the primary antagonist of the story, also reveals his master plan which ties together with some of the earliest elements in the story. Jamie’s situation takes new turns that setup the final chapter for the serial. In terms of story, there’ s a lot packed in.

As far as the content of the plot goes, there’s plenty to enjoy. Without spoiling anything, the reveals are great. On one hand, they’re surprising. On the other, the reveals help tie the story together, cementing the various story threads into one cohesive whole that begins to make more sense. The plot reveals also raise the stakes of the story for the characters. They elevate the story to new levels of depth and interest.

With just one more episode to go, I’m eager to see how things will turn out. Episode 7 lightened the mood of the story, rekindling the vibe of earlier chapters. Yet there’s that umbrella of darkness threatening everything. It’s a fun balance between the two, and I’m hoping the ending can capture that mix of humor and dark humor, fun and imminent violence, chaos and serendipity. For this chapter of the story, I give “Strike Price” a five out of five for fleshing out the plot and setting things up for the end on a high note.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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