Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 11/30/15 9:12 pm
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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.