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3.1 Dead Men's Tales

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Jago & Litefoot - Series 3
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/7/18 6:21 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

We move into Series 3 with the exciting return of Leela (played by Louise Jameson) warning Jago and Litefoot of a dire threat. President Romana of Gallifrey has sent her to investigate some mysterious cracks in time that need to be found and healed. Integrating herself back into the lives and atmosphere of the time, she enjoins the Infernal Investigators to help her as it seems several of these breaks are somewhere on Earth. It leads them to a seedy tavern in the middle of London and dark whispers of the terrifying Wet Men..."Dead Men's Tales" starts things off for Series 3 on a surprisingly lighter note than the past two seasons. While we've usually had some sort of devastating tragedy combined with a darker tone for a first story, 'Tales' feels very much like a re-establishment of a setting and some new ideas and threats especially considering how cleanly 'Ruthven' left the team. It's certainly not a bad thing per se and it's still a rather decent story with plenty to enjoy about it as an opener. But it definitely struggles a bit compared to its' predecessor and doesn't come off quite as strong. For one thing, while the plot and script by Justin Richards are fine enough, it does get rather dreary in places and doesn't give quite enough for Jago and Litefoot to do. They seem only tangentially involved as a whole with the crux of the story and the entire narrative could've easily proceeded forward without their involvement. The overall ties and larger arc that is set up here is also fairly obvious no matter how glad I was to see Leela again in relation to it and the soundscape doesn't work as well. Somehow parts of the audio felt a little fuzzier and less clean making it feel less real and more like a performance. I'm hoping that this small dip in quality doesn't last but it didn't do much in this audio's favor. On the other hand, the performances are still great overall. Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter both remain as fabulous as ever as our main pair, Lisa Bowerman has a nice return as Ellie, and Louise Jameson is amazing as usual returning to her warrior role as if she never left. She fits in nicely with the Victorian atmosphere and team and her sharp intelligence combined with her naivete of the culture continues to be incredibly likable. They all save the story from being mediocre despite the voices of the Men themselves sounding frankly hilarious. It sounds like the actors are all gargling water in the dumbest possible way and it really doesn't work in making them as menacing as the vampires, werewolves, or other creatures in this series so far. This makes "Dean Men's Tales" a disappointing installment to the J&L canon and a rather weak start to the series overall. But with three more stories to go and plenty of opportunities to redeem itself heightened by a strong new cast member, I'm hopeful that the rest of the set will work a bit better.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/8/15 7:40 am
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Romana has sent Leela back in time to Earth to investigate Time Cracks. Their investigation leads them to the Wet Men. Ends on a surprisingly solemn note.There are some real laugh out loud moments early on, but they are soon replaced by Leela doing a Crocodile Dundee homage and Leela parroting Cockney phrases. I love the way they always manage to pack the right amount of narrative into these bite size episodes, but this feels a bit uneven and a lot of it is the pair showing Leela around Victorian London.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/20/15 11:25 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story really serves to establish Leela in Jago and Litefoot's world as she's in Victorian England investigate cracks in time where the future is leaking into the past and the three of them must solve them. This story has a very light touch with a lot of comedy, almost sitcom level.

It has been criticized for being too comedic and for the resolution having nothing to do with our heroes, but I think it sets a lighter tone for the series which is important given that the first two series opened with episodes that had tragic and horrific ends.

I found this likable even though it's not great. It's a fun listen and a nice chance to just hear these characters interact together.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 5/18/13 6:39 pm
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An enjoyable tale, just lovely to listen to. As Jolyon says, Jago and Litefoot are rather on the periphery of things during this adventure, but the characters really carry the story. It nicely sets up the rest of series 3.