In Review: Big Finish: Terrahawks, Volume 01

The episodes with the greatest amount of social commentary and humor were my favorites in the set.

Synopsis: “Terrahawks, stay on this channel…”

Back in action after thirty years comes Terrahawks, the fondly remembered action adventure comedy originally brought to you by the men who created Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Dick Spanner.

In the not too distant future, the Earth finds itself under constant threat from Zelda, a blood-thirsty android who, along with her fiendish family and monstrous creations, has established a base on Mars. The only thing standing between this evil queen and her quest for the ultimate annihilation of mankind are the Terrahawks – an intrepid band of heroes led by the stern but fair clone, Doctor Tiger Ninestein.

After a considerable period of inaction, the Terrahawks once again find themselves called into action when Zelda initiates a brand new campaign of destruction and devastation. Facing up against terrifying time travellers, fraudulent financial fiascos, sickening stand-ups, and deadly doppelgangers – their new adventures could prove to be the Terrahawks’ most challenging missions to date!

1: The Price is Right by Jamie Anderson

With the prospect of budget cuts and a spot inspection looming over their heads, the Terrahawks intend to showcase themselves to the best of their ability. A surprise attack from Zelda, however, gives them a bigger chance to demonstrate their worth than originally bargained for.

2: Deadly Departed by Stephen La Rivière and Andrew T. Smith

After an epic battle, it appears that Zelda has finally shuffled off her mortal coil, but when their beloved matriarch’s will is read her android family is disgusted to discover that she has left everything to Ninestein. In retaliation, they organise a funeral the likes of which has never been seen.

3: A Clone of My Own by Andrew T. Smith and Stephen La Rivière

When his clones begin to fall foul of mysterious circumstances, Ninestein is forced to face some difficult home truths.

4: Clubbed to Death by Stephen La Rivière and Andrew T. Smith with Jamie Anderson

A night on the town turns deadly for the Terrahawks when the desperate proprietor of a hot new club just so happens to be in serious debt with Zelda’s new loan shark venture.

5: 101 Seed by Gerry Anderson, adapted by Jamie Anderson

Zelda conspires to help the Terrahawks enter the record books when a seed of destruction is sewn on Hiro’s happy birthday.

6: No Laughing Matter by Terry Adlam

Zelda intends to use her latest creation – Cy Splitter, the universe’s funniest cyborg – to leave her enemies helpless with laughter. The Terrahawks only hope is that Twostein can play that game.

7: Timesplit by Chris Dale

Past, present and futures collide when an audacious plan by Zelda’s Time Lord leads to the capture of one of the Terrahawks. Zelda is thrilled, but will the resulting temporal instability unravel the fabric of space and time?

8: Into the Breach by Mark Woollard

The Zeroids face termination when Ninestein and Hiro roll out their newest creation – the Cyberzoids. But will these super-soldiers be enough to fend off a direct attack on Hawknest from Zelda’s mothership?

Review: While I’ve seen Thunderbirds, Terrahawks was completely new to me. I prepared for this box set by listening to Denise Bryer’s interpretation of “The Night Before Christmas” as Zelda and watching the complete Christmas episode from the original series that Big Finish released. The social commentary and humor in those samples hooked me. As a result, the episodes with the greatest amount of social commentary and humor were my favorites in the set. I adored “The Price Is Right” for sending up exposition heavy introductory episodes. I giggled through “Deadly Departed,” which lampooned celebrity, monarchy, and perceptions of people in power. I enjoyed “Clubbed to Death” for taking on the world financial crisis, and I chuckled through “No Laughing Matter” for the unapologetic onslaught of truly bad one-liners. “Let loose the gags of war!”

If I have one complaint, it’s that there was not enough music from Kate Kestrel. My inner Jem and the Holograms fan really enjoyed the full song she sang in the Christmas episode, and I was expecting more of the same in the box set. That aside, the vocal performances were superb throughout. Moreover, the behind-the-scenes extras are worth the price alone, as the veteran actors have a blast reprising their roles.

Directed By: Jamie Anderson

Cast

Jeremy Hitchen (Ninestein, Hiro, It-Star [male], Hawkeye, Dick Branston), Robbie Stevens (101, Hudson, Yung-Star, Stew Dapples, Cy Splitter), Denise Bryer (Zelda, Mary Falconer, It-Star [female], Grandma Buggins), Beth Chalmers (Kate Kestrel, Cy-Star, Miss Donaldson)

9.7
Big Finish: Terrahawks, Volume 01
  • Stories, Performances
  • Could've used a full musical number from Kate Kestrel
  • Stories
    9
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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