In Review: Big Finish: The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2: The Casebook of Paternoster Row

Vastra believes trespassers are close at hand. Hoping for clarity, she seeks out clues in some of the Gang’s previous cases.
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Synopsis: The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2, the Great Detective, Madame Vastra, her resourceful spouse, Jenny Flint, and their loyal valet, Strax, solve conundrums, fight injustice, and capture criminals. Unfortunately, an enemy has taken up residence undetected.

Vastra believes trespassers are close at hand. Hoping for clarity, she seeks out clues in some of the Gang’s previous cases.

Review: The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2: The Casebook of Paternoster Row was a delightful second act in this latest arc. The three stories offered the trademark blend of comedy, characterization, and charm.

 

Story

The three tales also introduced wonderful new alien species. Additionally, the writers built up the ongoing mystery in an engaging way. 

Crucially, the writers addressed the arc plot without using dramatic irony as a crutch. They acknowledged the intelligence of both the audience and the characters.

“Anne of a Thousand Light Years” by James Kettle was an adorably unapologetic homage to Anthony Trollope. All the tropes were present and correct.

Moreover, I loved the extra special guest appearance. Kettle wrote him with true finesse and comic flair.

“Pater Noster” by Gary Russell was centered on Madame Vastra. Russell incorporated marvelous world-building and narrative scope.

“The Gentlemen Thieves” by Lauren Mooney and Stewart Pringle became an unexpected and poignant character showcase for Strax. Along the way, Mooney and Pringle sacrificed none of the comedy, which heightened the emotional punch of the ending. 

 

Acting

The entire cast is superb. However, I must commend the regulars for going from strength to strength.

Neve McIntosh demonstrated how completely she understands Madame Vastra. Every performance choice seemed organic and heartfelt.

For her part, Catrin Stewart had a tough task. She had to give listeners the other half of the established double act, while maintaining the necessary plot arc elements.

All the while, Dan Starkey continued to eat the soundscape as only he can. He added some unforeseen condiments along the way.

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2: The Casebook of Paternoster Row was even better than I hoped. I can’t wait for the next installment.

 

You can purchase The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2: The Casebook of Paternoster Row here

 

9.5
The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2: The Casebook of Paternoster Row
  • Story
    8.5
  • 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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