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2.3 - Peshka

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Counter-Measures - Series 2
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/1/15 4:49 pm
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This brings us to story number three is the four part release, this on reflection to all the other stories the the weakest, compared to the other three stories here, the second box set of Counter Measures. It is not badly acted, or indeed produced, in fact as with all of Big Finish's products this is head and shoulders above the rest, it is just the story feels like it is hung together and has no real drive, it is almost like it was a constructed by a group of writers sat around a table and between them they knocked out a 60 minute story loosely based around a 60's thematic concoction of Avengers, Man in a Suitcase and a dollop of Omega Factor. Right enough of the bad he's the good side of things, the acting is perfection, all of the cast are without question effortless, and the two actors portraying the Russians are brilliant, not making them sound like over the top fake characterised Russians, that you so often get with audio drama and even film. That aside ultimately the let down is the story, telepathic chess champion, or cold war created psychic bomb, also what is Tobias Kinsella up to now, the back story moves on a pace......
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/23/15 9:40 am
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In "Peshka" Counter-Measures is called in when the Sister of a Russian Chessmaster says her brother wants to defect. While defections aren't typically up their alley, the Chess master's strange apparent mental powers make this a job custom made for theagroup. There are some great twists to this one. It also does continue the eugenics theme of the season though with a different twist. Overall, I like having Counter-Measures involved in the Cold War, and this was a truly well-done thriller that had a great period feel to it.
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 1/6/14 6:02 pm
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I really enjoyed this one. I thought the set-up was pretty interesting. I will admit, I figured out that everyone's outbursts were partly engineered from without them pretty early on. Pretty much the first time it happened, actually. Well, let's just say I had some inkling. But it didn't make it any less enjoyable to watch in unfold, and I didn't guess WHO was causing it until quite a bit late. I just love this group of characters together, and I think the amplified anger really let insecurities and issues that are probably there (but buried) come to the fore, which allowed for some nice character moments.

Maybe they should nickname Alison "Chunky" since she's always shooting people? No? In bad taste? Probably. :)

I wasn't so sure about the ending, though. I liked the riot montage, but it felt like it was just a TINY bit too long for me. I was thinking "yes, I get it, move on" by the end of it. But that's a minor criticism.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/18/13 12:08 pm
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The series continues with another top quality drama that has very little alien involvement. For most of the story this is a classic cold war defection story but with two underlying questions:
1) why are Counter Measures involved in this? and
2) why are they getting angry at each other?
The answer to the second explains the first, though only really in retrospect.
Still, it felt like the era it was set in and was well written and directed. The cast were excellent as always.