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Jago & Litefoot & Strax - The Haunting

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/28/18 9:10 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Strax seems made for Jago & Litefoot and is a delight when mixed in with our favorite intrepid investigators. The already perfect chemistry between Benjamin and Baxter is inconceivably improved by the addition of Starkey who both drives the story and acts as an additional comedic foil. The acting alone is strong enough to smooth over a few bumps and minor holes in the plot but the dialogue bumps this story up to near perfection. Absolutely brilliant story.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/30/15 9:12 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Jago & Litefoot & Strax: There are certain breakout characters that don't live up to their star billing. Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Ali G', is just one example. Technically, Strax shares top-billing, but the comparison still holds, other than the fact this is really quite good.

Let's start at the beginning, the theme tune, I wish they had stuck to the original, but the new arrangement isn't too bad. The cerebral extraction, on the other hand, sounds a bit like those clippers that people use to shave their heads. Big Finish once again, does a splendid job of mixing the seemingly supernatural and the extraterrestrial: Strax, cerebral extractions and a haunted house.

At times, the humour is a little overdone, but Strax is his usual out of step with the rest of the world self. Dan Starkey really has made the character is own, to the point that it's just impossible to imagine anyone else in the role. So, Strax continued gender blindness and constant dispensing out battle strategy at inopportune moments should come as no surprise, but the character is no one trick pony. If anything, Jago's frustration at Strax's numbskullery is equally, if not more, amusing. In terms of performances, there really is no obvious weak link. Lisa Bowerman doesn't get the recognition she deserves in my opinion (in and out of the director's chair), and Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter are just incapable of doing anything wrong. Also, I love the way Mrs Multravers, played by Caroline Seymour, just appears and recedes into the shadows again, in a very ghostly ethereal way.

There is plenty here to keep most people entertained. It's both humorous and engaging, but no more than anything else in the 'Jago & Litefoot' series, and better than anything in series nine. Unsurprisingly, this is all about Strax and a fine audio production. Personally, I hope this stays more of a novelty, but I do like hearing Jago & Litefoot in a two-hour format.
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Reviewed By: xeryus63Review Date: 11/26/15 10:34 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This is one of the best Jago & Litefoot stories.
Adding Strax to the mix makes a great combination of Jago & Litefoot from Classic Who with Strax from New Who.
The plot isn't anything remarkably new.

But what makes it is the characterisation.
Strax really fits well into the world of Jago &Litefoot , and he isn't just poor comic effect.like a square peg in a round hole.

It all fits together seemlessly. It's probably as perfect a fit as you could imagine.
Everything you could wish for in Jago & Litefoot. Just brilliant

Big Finish should definitely use Strax again somehow with them, but would need some new twist for them to work together and not just use him just for the sake of it, it needs to be a good story.
This sets the bar really high for future paternoster gang use.
So Big Finish have a steep hill to climb for their "difficult second album".
But I would guess they'll use Madam Vastra & Jenny in with our heroes next, cause if they don't they'll be missing a massive opportunity for a crossover.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/24/15 12:04 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story is a delightful and lighthearted tale that while being fun, never crosses the line into being absurd or campy. Strax fits right into world of Jago and Litefoot, and there's fantastic chemistry between the three leads.

The one thing I was nervous about listening to the trailer (and having seen Strax on TV is that the entire story would be one big joke about Strax's tendency to be unable to distinguish gender in humans. Yet, I needn't have worried, while Justin Richards played to this suggestion from Stephen Moffat, he didn't overplay it, thanks to a very clever scene with Ellie in the Red Tavern.

While the plot is a bit simple, the real highlight is the character interactions and they are quite fun Overall, this is a wonderful production that does a great job bringing Classic Who and the Twenty-First Century series together.