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8.1 - Encore of the Scorchies

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/5/18 11:49 pm
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The Scorchies are one of the truly innovative Big Finish creations. Aliens in the form of singing puppets. That they can be packaged to reappear is a credit to everyone involved.

It is a very interesting match to put them along side the serious and often sombre Jago and Litefoot, but they are a natural match for the theatre, especially with the characters of Mr and Mrs looking on.

The story swings from light hearted mirth to darker twists of depression and suicide, the latter entering a realm that is not so suitable for light entertainment. Jago and Litefoot have a long history of battling evil and this evil, though farcical in appearance is as evil as they come.

To me, the highlight was Ellie. The solution was tied to her and her history, but her musical number "I'll never get a spin off" could stand alone.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/5/15 1:16 pm
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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
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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.