In Review: Big Finish: Terrahawks Volume 02

I’d like to thank the entire cast led by Jeremy Hitchen, Robbie Stevens, and Denise Bryer. There’s acting and then there’s voice acting, and the Terrahawks company of players shows listeners how it’s done.

Synopsis: Back for more, after 2015’s popular release, is 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.

In this new series, the Terrahawks defence grows all the more desperate, when a terrifying new enemy joins the Androids on Mars. This new villain has a sinister connection to Queen Zelda; and together with an army of new monsters, the Earth doesn’t stand a chance!

Eight episodes on four CDs, with a bonus, behind-the-scenes CD featuring interviews with the cast and crew.

Sale of the Galaxy by Andrew T Smith and Jamie Anderson

Guest starring Nicholas Parsons

Ninestein and Zelda both receive invitations to appear on a gruesome gameshow – The Sale of the Galaxy. But will grim gameshow host, Nickel-plate Starsons’ personal history with Zelda influence the outcome of the game?

The Trouble with Toy Boys by Chris Dale

A pernicious puppet – one half of a famous ventriloquist act – is on the loose, but even the Terrahawks can’t keep a bad dummy down as Timmy the Toy Boy takes his final act to Hawknest!

Return to Sender by Chris Dale

The return of a missing NASA probe and an encounter with an old flame of Ninestein’s means a case of fatal attraction for the Terrahawks.

Renta-Hawks by Andrew T Smith

A beautiful island in the pacific – the secret base of Global Rescue. So far – undetected. Outwardly the luxury home to billionaire ex-nightclub owner Dick Branston. But there’s something fishy about this gang of slick would-be heroes – particularly the firm’s backer.

Chain of Command by Geraldine Donaldson

With Zelda missing, the government’s focus is firmly on the Terrahawks, and Ninestein is under serious pressure to cooperate. So when a mysterious device lands in Texas, Kate and Mary must go on a Thelma and Louise style mission to prevent the package getting into the wrong hands.

Lights, Camera, Disaster by David Hirsch

It-Star’s plans for a propaganda movie go awry when Anderburr Pictures’ new owner – Lord Low Grade – decides to make a few alterations to the script.

Count Anaconda’s Magnificent Orbiting Circus by Terry Adlam

Roll up, roll up for the most amazing show in the Universe. Malevolent MC Count Anaconda welcomes one and all to the orbiting big top, although the chances are that you may never leave…

My Enemy’s Enemy by Jamie Anderson

Hiro and Ninestein finally decode Zelda’s message, and not a moment too soon. The android queen is in trouble – on the run from her greatest foe; a direct descendent of her original master – Prince Zegar of Guk. Finding themselves outgunned and outnumbered, could this be the end of the Terrahawks?

Guk Warning: This audio features murder, violence, destruction and warfare, all involving puppets – some scenes may be disturbing for puny Earth-scum! 

Review: Jamie Anderson and Company do a marvellous job throughout this second box set, blending the usual social commentary with mythology to lend all the characters depth. I can’t say any more than that about the plot without giving away significant twists. Instead, I’ll confine myself to other elements. Apart from the premiere and finale, the stand-out episodes of the set are “Rent-Hawks,” a straight-up send up of Thunderbirds through a glass cynical and “Lights, Camera, Disaster” — a love letter to Terrahawks itself. I also really enjoyed the pointed references to Space 1999 in “Return To Sender.” The set is also worth the price for including characters from Volume 01, such as Stew Dapples and Dick Branston. Finally, I’d like to thank the entire cast led by Jeremy Hitchen, Robbie Stevens, and Denise Bryer. There’s acting and then there’s voice acting, and the Terrahawks company of players shows listeners how it’s done.

Written By: Jamie Anderson, Andrew T Smith, Chris Dale, Geraldine Donaldson, Terry Adlam

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), Nicholas Parsons (Nickel-plate Starsons), Richard James (Jeremy Vile)

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  • Not a thing wrong.
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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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