In Review: Big Finish: Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 03

She’s a witch. He’s a private detective. And when they get together, it’s magic…

Synopsis: She’s a witch. He’s a private detective. And when they get together, it’s magic…

Review: Once again, Big Finish proves to be the best platform for the continuation of Dark Shadows. The characters and stories are given the depth and layers that the original soap format didn’t always allow. In Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 03, our favorite duo explore familial bonds and come to grips with their own unconventional relationship.

In “The Mystery of the Grandest Order” by Aaron Lamont, Alice goes into labor as a mysterious hitman goes in in for the kill. What follows is a dark, poignant, funny tale about collateral damage, redemption, and becoming responsible godparents.

“The Mystery of the Fisherman’s Wife” by Jessica Smith is an exploration of ancient folklore, domestic abuse, and the knife’s edge of morality. Eva Pope gives a raw performance as a woman facing a bleak future.

“The Mystery of a Mother’s Love” by William Proudler is a story of profound grief and self-medication. Tony, Cassandra, and Alice face what parenthood means and reach a crossroads. Sydney Aldridge is pitch-perfect throughout.

“The Mystery of the Jack-in-the-Box” by Zara Symes ties up the loose ends in surprising but ultimately logical ways. In the process, Tony and Cassandra save lives, lose lives, and confront their pasts head-on. 

Lara Parker and Jerry Lacy are superb as ever. I can’t wait to hear the next scripts that Big Finish gifts them with.

Cast

Lara Parker (Cassandra Collins), Jerry Lacy (Tony Peterson), Sydney Aldridge (Alice Wilkes), Alan Flanagan (Compère / Television Announcer), Adam Hall (Professor Philip Stone / Waiter / Officer Hubert / Christoph / Circus Hawker / Workman), Zehra Jane Naqvi (Piper Daly / Mari / The Old Mother), Sarah Pitard (Tanya Golding / Rona Anderson / Sonia Finch / The Boy / Laura / Sophie / Edith / Elsa McKailey), Eva Pope (Briar Stevenson), Dan Starkey (Mr Mason / Tour Guide / Cab Driver / Thomas Anderson / Howard Finch / Eddie / The Toymaker)

Production Credits

Cover Artist Alistair McGown

Director Darren Gross, David Darlington, Joseph Lidster

Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs, Jim Pierson

Music David Darlington

Producer David Darlington, Joseph Lidster

Script Editor Alan Flanagan

Sound Design David Darlington

Written by Aaron Lamont, Jessica Smith, William Proudler, Zara Symes

Theme Music by Robert Cobert

9.5
Big Finish: Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 03
  • 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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