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2.2 - Max Warp

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Reviewed By: The31stWAHReview Date: 5/6/19 9:31 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Much better than I expected, this is an amusung jab at all things Clarkson that gets a lot out of its "Top Gear in space" than you might think. There's real stakes to the plot and a decent anti-bigotry message underneath everything. Nothing super innovative but enjoyable for what it is. Stories like this help keep the show fresh as much as the bizarre mind-blowing ones do.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/6/19 2:42 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I haven't watched enough Top Gear to weigh in on the parody but the connection here is obvious. Thankfully the story isn't a one trick pony and has some teeth to it beyond the initial gimmick. Top Gear in space mixed with Agatha Christie was apparently the script pitch and that's it in a nutshell. The murder mystery and interplay of two nations with tense trade relations following a war is a strong enough story to carry the episode alone. But this is Doctor Who so let's make it aliens instead, right?

It's a good, well rounded story with some laughs, some mystery, and a little excitement. Definitely one of the best standalone stories in the range. Fans of Top Gear would probably rate this up a notch but it shouldn't dissuade people who aren't into the reference material.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 11/28/16 8:47 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A prime example of why I think Doctor Who's political forte is always implicit (like the Sun Makers & the soft-environmentalism of Letts) rather than explicit (like the Happiness Patrol - or Max Warp!).

We've got a 'parody' of Top Gear, which is so blatant as to be bereft of much comic value. Replace any technical car terms with technobabble; the Clarksonesque affectations every now and then and some hideously labored 'political correctness gone mad' lines. Rather than something like the Sun Makers, biting, but coming from a warm place - Max Warp is just spiteful and has little to say beyond Jonathan Morris really doesn't like Jeremy Clarkson.

As a result, the whole mechanics of the 'who dunnit' are ruined. I was almost genuinely surprised by the simplicity of the resolution! Expecting the quiet and understated James May cipher to whip off the mask, it was a shock to find the villain of the piece... to be the villain of the piece! Who'd have thought the boorish figure of ridicule, with a pronounced hatred for other species... hated other species?

A real shame, given my love for Morris' other Big Finish productions and his BBC novels too - but there's just not much here to sink your teeth into. Jokes that fall flat; impression masquerading as parody and satire and also a bizarrely ill-written Lucie prone not being particularly proactive and making comically stupid suggestions.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/19/15 7:26 pm
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Those going into this story expecting high drama should probably look elsewhere for a story to listen to. But for what it's worth Max Warp works as a great comedy from Jonathan Morris. It is a cross between a Top Gear parody and an Agatha Christe murder mystery. That said it has it's flaws, mainly it ends to quickly and is kind of asinine. The acting however is great giving some quick wit from all involved. Also the music isn't very good so it makes it harder to listen to.