In Review: Big Finish: Vienna, Series 03

If Series 2 was a film noir homage, Series 3 was a love letter to corporate espionage thrillers.

Synopsis: Three brand new adventures for glamorous bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori.

3.1 Self Improvement by Ian Potter

Doctor Ludovic Glospan has a secret. He has made a scientific discovery that could change the galaxy forever, which is why he wants to keep it out of the wrong hands.

Vienna Salvatori and Jexie Reagan have been hired to keep Glospan’s secret safe. On a good day that will be an easy job, but this is anything but a good day.

3.2 Big Society by Guy Adams

Tom McQueen is set to win The Selection and become Chairman Sweet’s new business partner. Failure isn’t an option. Failure is for the weak. Tom McQueen doesn’t even know the meaning of the word failure.

But another candidate has entered the process, a candidate by the name of Vienna Salvatori. Tom McQueen will soon learn the meaning of another word: fear!

3.3 Impossibly Glamorous by Steve Lyons

Vienna Salvatori used to be somebody else. She used to dream that she had an impossibly glamorous life, and then one day she met someone who made her dreams true.

Now she has a new mission. She wants to help make your dreams a reality, help you become the person you always wanted to be. Even if it kills you.

Review: If Series 2 was a film noir homage, Series 3 was a love letter to corporate espionage thrillers. Chase Masterson and Samantha Béart return to their roles in top form. However, it’s Richard Dixon and Doctor Who alum Sophie Aldred who steal the story as AIs. To write more about them would be to spoil the many twists and turns! I will add, though, that I really enjoyed the commentary on laboratory testing, cloning, industrial waste, reality TV, tourism, consumerism, and more. Writers Ian Potter, Guy Adams, and Steve Lyons really went to town with the allegory in the best way possible.

You can purchase Vienna, Series 03 here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/vienna-series-03-1107

Written By: Ian Potter, Guy Adams and Steve Lyons

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Chase Masterson (Vienna Salvatori), Samantha Béart (Jexie Reagan) Terry Molloy (Glospan), Elizabeth Morton (Constanza), Stephen Fewell (Tom McQueen), Bernard Holley (Chairman Sweet), Richard Dixon (Jonah Hall), Sophie Aldred (Kensington Fox), Dan Bottomley (Drew Mulligan)

Producer: Cavan Scott

Line Producer: David Richardson

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Vienna, Series 03
  • Story, Performances
  • Having to wait for Series 04
  • Story
    9.0
  • 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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