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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/24/15 6:28 am
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A cracking start to this spin off series from BF, based around the Counter Measures team called in on the T.V. Episode starring the 7th Doctor, to the Coal Hill School problem. This sees the team start to form, with the like of Kinsella, Gilmore, Professor Jensen and brain box physicist Alison Williams. The whole thing feels very well put together, no uncomfortable edges around the whole thing, and the cast are excellent in their portrayal of the investigation gang, who, are somewhat like a 60's/70's version of science fiction investigation team, but very British in the approach, you can actually fell that even in the audio, so where as the US equivalent would be fast cars, women and men in designer outfits, this is more, second world war cast offs, old Morris van's and Rover Cars and hot sweet brown tea and malted milk biscuits. Purely on that point it wins hands down in authenticity and appeal. The casting is superb putting back pretty much the cast from the TV outing and sprinkling it as always with Big Finish's wonderful ability to put the right people in at the right level. The story is a little pearl with Kinsella and Gilmore being bought in to investigate a rogue experiment by a ex Nazi scientist who may have just discovered teleportation, ably assisted by bringing in the Williams and Jensen, the brains to the men's brawn, it soon becomes apparent that Professor Heinrich Schumann has made a fatal flaw in his plans, when it actually comes to moving objects by stealth, and Jensen and Williams save the day. Cracking start to the first of this four part box set.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/15 5:51 am
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"Threshold" begins the series and it’s job is to sell a series based on characters from Remembrance of the Daleks that are less revered and remembered than Jago and Litefoot..

The episode is a bit of a origin story for Counter-Measures. This is a great entry point episode. Despite the characters appearing on television, if you haven’t seen Remembrance of the Daleks, you can still understand the series.

The music and sound sets a great tone for the series. It really captures a great 1960s feels. The story itself fits in nicely with a mysterious and frightening new scientific discovery and an even more mysterious scientist with a Nazi past. The story has great atmosphere, superb characters and makes you want to hear more.
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 1/3/14 9:10 am
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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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Reviewed By: picklepestReview Date: 7/14/12 5:49 am
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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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