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1.4 - State of Emergency

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/29/15 11:04 am
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This rounds off the release is fine form. When Jansen comes running into Kinsella to tell him that she has worked out how to make the transportation machine, she is keen to get the device out of storage for her to test her theory. However the machine as gone missing. Who has taken it and what are their intentions. It is not very long before we come to realise this is much bigger problem that this is not just a misplacing of a peace of government acquired equipment, this is a case of treason. The story wends it's way for just over it 60 minutes, and there are massive overtones of those 60's Black and White early X files style programmes glancing through which make for some interesting and wonderful conjured pictures. Very Quatermass, for that Big Finish have done a fine job as well as the Justin Richards script writing which shines through. Great performances from all the cast here, you can feel how much that they really enjoy the whole proceeding. A wonderful story that rounds off this the first box set of Counter Measure, the Doctor Who Spin Off serial of choice.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/19/15 10:16 am
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This story starts out very good with Allison and Rachel really having some nice character moments as they investigate a case that at first prepares unlikely to be anything serious, but quickly becomes serious. And you have the mystery of where Sir Toby really stands and what he's up to.

The second half really was disappointing because we're introduced to a daft coup attempt against Prime Minister Harold Wilson via teleporting man-eating monsters. The story treats them as something that's deadly serious, which is really hard to do given the silliness of the concept. Even a personally tragic moment for Allison is somewhat clich├ęd in execution.

Overall, this was a somewhat confusing end for a First Series of Counter-Measures that was really struggling to figure out what it was all about. Still in every story, good acting really reigned even when stories seemed a bit off.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 3/6/14 3:53 pm
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A solid, well characterised conspiracy tale.

Counter-Measures is very good at subtlety. It's one of its greatest strengths. You have to read between the lines to work out who the characters are and where their priorities lie. State Of Emergency is no exception.

Sir Toby has been playing the long game and it's not quite clear whose side he's on. With such a ruthless and deceptive character, it works well to be unsure of exactly where his loyalties rest. The "villain" of the piece could easily have become a stereotype but the script affords him a great deal of depth and integrity (as much as you can fit in a one-off hour's performance).

The team are really gelling now and the relationships seem to be more genuine. The story takes a little while to get going as the strands come together but it's worth the exposition to get to the main segment of the story where events really kick off.

There's genuine drama, an audacious but credible conspiracy tale and a good team of characters that have been well written. An excellent finale to a great first series,
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 1/3/14 2:07 pm
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Boo! It's the end already. But the moment has been prepared for...

By General Peters, that is.

Some notes:

- Although slightly less bonkers than Temple's plan, General Peter's plan is pretty intricate. But also pretty smart, and it was a lot of fun to see it unfold.

- Nice to see the stories from the series build up to here, if in fairly subtle ways. Of course we knew Toby was up to something (and I was suspicious the moment he took Rachel's plans!) but this was quite a twisty knot. Funnily enough, the play didn't come right out and say it, but clearly the reason Toby went along with Peter's plan for so long wasn't just to catch him red handed... clearly he helped the plot along to give the new PM a good reason to fund C-M! So sneaky!

- Hello Allison, Part 2! After finding her likable, but just sort of there, I am happy to report that Allison kicked some butt here. Julian seemed to underestimate her as much as I did. I was hoping they'd give her more of a spotlight eventually in the series, and I'm happy they did.

So great work to everyone on this series. I was very pleased. Can't wait to hear more from this team.