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5.1 - The Age of Revolution

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Reviewed By: C57Review Date: 12/22/17 1:12 pm
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Includes a nice riff on the Kink's Village Green Preservation Society. High quality performances from the regular cast. Though some of the minor players are not altogether convincing. Light but fun.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/15/15 9:24 am
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Age of Revolution finds Jago and Litefoot in the 1960s after the Doctor inadvertently drops them off more than 70 years in their future.

This story adjust to its setting quite nicely. It begins with a 1960s remix of the theme that sounds absolutely superb. Rather than beginning with an exposition of how they got to the 20th Century, they throw us right into the investigation of Detective Sergeant Sacker who is descended from a colleague of Litefoot's and crosses paths with the duo in an investigation and there we get the backstory. While Ellie's Vampirism from Season 2 was assumed to be cured, one lasting effect is that she hasn't aged a day but has acquired restaurants and a new confident and no nonsen attitude. Jago's found his place as the presenter on a Victorian-themed Variety Show while Litefoot manages a book store specializing in Victoriana.

The problems with the story do come up with its second half as it really gets down to cases by its investigation of Timothy V and the Victorian Values society. First, we have two cheats in the story. First, is the mention of a rock that was picked up on Venus and is magically able to foil the death dealing attack from the villains. While I'm sure the stone was mentioned, giving it such magical properties. And then we have the moment when the villain's plot is defeated and it's utterly disappointing.

Finally, we have a bit of political ventriloquism that is problematic because it undermines the character. Jonathan Morris has Litefoot deliver a withering condemnation of Victorian England and Victorian values and argue against any attempts to bring back any part of Victorian England. The problem with this is that Litefoot's speech makes it impossible to imagine him or Jago (he basically agrees) ever wanting to go back to Victoria. You can't have characters taking that hard line and then willingly go back. Plus, only in one story was any political view or discomfort with Victorian England ever suggested, so its out of character for the two. A less strident response that simply said, "You can't turn back the clock. Our time had its vices and virtues like every other time and you've romanticized it," would have accomplished what Morris wanted without going against who the characters are. Of course, the Victorian Values group is a bit of a straw man, but that 's generally par for the course.

Overall though, the strong beginning and the stylishness of the story is enough to make up for the plot points that went awry and this is a still a decent beginning for Jago and Litefoot's 1960s adventures.
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 12/20/13 3:24 am
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What a relief this was after the previous... two series? Wow. For a while, the Jago & Litefoot stories were a delight-- light-hearted, atmospheric, and great fun. Then they bafflingly and unnecessarily started doing the Big Finish equivalent of sending the cast to Hawaii and bringing in 'surprise' guest stars. But while these tactics are usually used as a lifeline for a past-its-prime sitcom, in this case they were the source of all the trouble. Fortunately, this episode jettisons all the unwelcome accretions and gets back to what it was doing right from the start. It isn't without its flaws: the new setting works very well, but could be a dangerous gimmick in the wrong hands, and the story does start to waver as it nears the finish. Praise is also due to the duo's new ally Inspector Sacker, nicely played by Wisbey to strike a welcome balance between skeptical straight man and mischievous foil. His character gets more depth and nuance here than poor Louise Jameson's did in eight episodes!
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/27/13 11:32 pm
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I was hooked by the first two minutes and would have given this a 10 for those alone, yet the rest of the episode was just as deserving.
The era was evoked perfectly. (Far better than it was in Counter Measures and that did it pretty well) For instance I was absolutely certain Timothy V was wearing a skivvy, though I couldn't tell what colour it was (A sort of pastel green perhaps to go with his mustard coloured slacks - horrible to think of, but good to listen to)

I will admit I was concerned about the concept of this series, but it did not fail. I look forward to the next three stories and of course I wait eagerly for the return to Victorian times and seeing how that is done, but for now I am enjoying the ride.