In Review: Big Finish: The Scarifyers: The King Of Winter

The Scarifyers is a cross between Warehouse 13 and Blackadder, combining literate supernatural puzzle box plots with razor sharp social commentary.

Synopsis: Midsummer, 1938. When a train porter is frozen to his living room chair (then nearly crowned Miss Croydon), MI-13’s Harry Crow (David Warner) and Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) are on the case. But what links the unfortunate porter to the equally glaciated peer-of-the-realm, Lord Trumpley? MI:13’s investigations lead them to exclusive gentleman’s establishment, The Tartarus Club, whose membership appears to be rapidly dwindling.

What is the secret of the Tartarus Club? Why are the villagers of Thornton Gibbet afraid of a 300-year-old ghost? And why is it snowing in June?

As everlasting winter sets in, Crow and Dunning find themselves pitted against their greatest foe yet… THE KING OF WINTER.

Review: The Scarifyers is a marvelous series I first became acquainted with on BBC Radio. Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) is a fantasy author in the vein of Tolkien, who stumbled into a series of adventures with MI:13, a cross between UNIT and Warehouse 13. Initially and fittingly, he’s joined on these adventures by aging soldier Lionheart, played wonderfully by Nicholas Courtney. Upon Courtney’s death, Lionheart was given a warm narrative send-off, and Professor Dunning got a new partner, Harry Crow (David Warner).

For new listeners, The Scarifyers is a cross between Warehouse 13 and Blackadder, combining literate supernatural puzzle box plots with razor sharp social commentary. “The King of Winter” melds free masonry, pagan solstice ritual, a very camp Duke of Kent improvising as Shakespeare’s Falstaff, and Crow dueling with a letter opener against a henchman’s fish knife. Don’t worry. It makes perfect sense in context.

I highly recommend “The King of Winter.” You can purchase it here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-king-of-winter-1135

Written By: Simon Barnard & Paul Morris

Directed By: Simon Barnard

Cast

David Warner (Harry Crow), Terry Molloy (Professor Dunning), Guy Henry (Charles Blackthorn), David Benson (Alexander Caulfield-Browne and Reverend Spicer), Stephen Critchlow (Prince George and Reginald Flash), Lisa Bowerman (Dr Crook and Miss Lewis Smith), David Bickerstaff (Lord Huntingdon and Roger Dillcock), Alex Lowe as (Hartley and King George VI)

9.5
In Review: Big Finish: The Scarifyers: The King Of Winter
  • story, acting, tone
  • preferred original four episode format
  • Story
    9
  • Acting
    10
  • Music
    9
  • 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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