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Synopsis
A missing scientist and ghostly phenomena bring Gilmore and Allison to a factory in Bermondsey, and the discovery of a science that should not exist. As Rachel Jensen returns to help them, a new future for Counter-Measures is set in motion...
Starring
Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella)
Written By
Directed By
Ken Bentley

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Review By jonwes
Rated 8/10 on 1/3/14 9:10 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
First of all, let me say I really enjoyed the opening episode. Love the theme music and the general feel of the series.

But I have to say... the opening of this story confused the heck out of me. I didn't listen to this for months because I thought I'd put on a bonus track of music or something on my iPhone. I just don't get the extended soundscape at the beginning. What exactly is it supposed to be? Maybe it gets explained later? It jut seems like a VERY odd way to start out a story. It took me forever to get back to it and try it out.

Anyway, once you get past whatever that was, a fantastic story awaited! I must admit, none of the guest cast from Remembrance really ever made a huge impression on me. Well, except Mike Smith, and that was mostly because I suppose I had a bit of a crush (rest in peace, Mr. McLinden .) I found them likable enough, but when Big Finish announced this series I can't say I was all that enthused. Like Graceless, I just couldn't see the appeal. Well, I never did try out Graceless. Now I wonder if I missed something because I enjoyed this release so much. The positive word of mouth helped a lot.

But I was definitely drawn into the world of C-M from the get-go. I've only listened to this story so far, but I really enjoy Jensen and Captain Gilmore. Two great performers, and they have such wonderful chemistry together. Hugh Ross just oozes intrigue as Sir Toby too. He's a fun character and I look forward to finding out what he's up to. I'm still waiting for Allison to capture my interest a bit more. She's totally likable, but I'm not sure I have a great handle on the character and what she brings to the table quite yet. Plenty of time for that, though.

The actual plot was a lot of fun. I could definitely "see" the story in lovely black and white. The sound work on some of the creepier audio elements like the sound box from the doll was great. All in all, it was a really solid sci-fi story and I enjoyed it greatly. I'm starting the next episode right now!
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Review By picklepest
Rated 8/10 on 7/14/12 5:49 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The period feel of this is beautifully realized. The music & sound design really captures the feel of the soundtrack of a mid sixties TV show. A cross between Danger-Man, The Saint and The Avengers. Big Finish have proved Monochrome really does have a sound. Excellent job. Story & acting are both very good. I hope the rest of the series at least continues this standard. I was looking forward to this when it was announced, I have not been disappointed.
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Review By komodo
Rated 7/10 on 7/15/12 7:01 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The lost stories and companion chronicles always get a lot of talk about �capturing the period� which I find to be a trivial matter compared with the actual telling of the story. Counter Measures falls into the same basket in that there is a lot of talk about the black and white era. I have to say it was captured perfectly, but at a cost as there seemed to be less story telling which is a problem.
It was good to hear the old characters again, but very little time was spent reintroducing them. I guess the assumption was we�d watched remembrance last week (I watched it a month ago) and then I felt little effort was made to properly introduce the new characters. In the long run this won�t be an issue, but it made this story feel awkward.
In short I was never really sure what was happening, but I certainly knew when it was happening.
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.
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Review By jolyon
Rated 6/10 on 7/11/12 4:56 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A lively opening to the box with a clear story with some great moments. The way our team is pulled together is sensible enough. The Nazi business is laboured and lazy but everything else around it is great. Pamela Salem is the star of this story, but both she and Gledhill get quite thrilling material to work with. This is a series I've been looking forward to, and whilst I've marked it at 6 of 10, I'm confident in what they're doing. A group of characters who have outgrown Doctor Who. Glad to hear it.