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8.1 - Encore of the Scorchies

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Jago & Litefoot - Series 8
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/5/15 1:16 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

An utterly marvelous and most unusual kickoff to the start of Series 8 of Jago and Litefoot as they meet up with the Scorchies, with those evil killer puppets up to their old tricks as they get hired on to perform at Jago's theater and the result is mayhem.

The episode is full of superbly written musical numbers and are performed brilliantly with some very good guest vocalists as well as a couple of strong numbers from Jago and Ellie. The Encore of the Scorchies has some very funny scenes, most notably the one where the Scorchies expected to blow Lightfoot's mind by explaining they were evil aliens bent on world domination, plus the final scene for Ellie has a great humorous twist.

At the same time, the story never loses site of the genuine horror of what the Scorchies are doing and it how it effects the characters in the story, which manages to give it a neat balance. Overall, this was a very memorable start to the series.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/6/15 9:33 pm
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This series takes on the theme of possession, and doesn't have much of a series arc, feeling much more stand alone.

'Encore of the Scorchies' manages to be a musical masterpiece, and do something different in the 'Jago & Litefoot' series. It fits in more singing and music than the 'Companion Chronicles' introduction for our favourite sock puppet sadists. It's jolly, engaging, has a decent enough plot and fine performances. We are also introduced to the enigmatic 'Overlords'. Howard Carter's music and lyrics are just superb and marry the highly creative story, by James Gross, beautifully. The direction and production values are top draw. My only real complaint would be that, I wish we could have seen a bit more of 'Nancy Pettigrew' in this series as Sarah Lark is a fine actress.

I am sure some people will not agree but I thought this was highly enjoyable, and embodied everything that the 'Jago & Litefoot' series stood for: Fantastic acting, directing, music, detailed stories and good humour.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 8/23/15 3:02 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Scorchies in Victorian London promises madness, mayhem and musical delights - and it completely delivers on all counts. It starts off with the "audition scene" from the end of series 7 where Jago decides to hire the sinister puppet performers. This first musical number elegantly fades into a delightful overture and subsequently into a re-worked version of the theme tune, all of which beautifully conveys the notion of time passing. Plus, it gets the listener immediately into the spirit of this madcap episode.

Admittedly, the actual plot of "Encore of the Scorchies" is a bit thin, but highly enjoyable and quite effective in what it is trying to do. And in this particular instance this simply doesn't matter very much anyway, as a brilliantly inventive cast of characters gets to showcase a great list of music hall numbers and Scorchie compositions. The songs really are first-rate, and to top it all off, there are a few absolutely hilarious sound cues (bam-bam-BAM!)

"Encore of the Scorchies" is one of the most purely entertaining stories Big Finsh has ever produced and one that can be enjoyed over and over again.
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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 4/10/15 7:58 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I wasn't so sure of this story when I first listened to it as it seemed to be a pale imitation of the much-lauded Companion Chronicle, The Scorchies, but on a second hearing it really hits the spot, offering its own unique tribute to the Victorian music hall.

Jago has discovered a wonderful new act for the New Regency Theatre. Unfortunately this wonderful new act is the Scorchies and they are up to their usual tricks again. High jinks ensure, and only George Litefoot and Ellie Higson can sort things out.

This is an entertaining story. The music is wonderful, and the inventive use of Mister and Missus, two characters who observe and comment on the action as it unfolds, brings an extra dimension to what is a particularly barking story. It's Ellie Higson who really lights up the episode though. In more ways than one...

You don't need to have heard the first Scorchies story to enjoy this one, but I'd highly recommend it.

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