In Review: Big Finish: THE AVENGERS: TOO MANY TARGETS

Two agents are dead, and their murderers sound worryingly familiar.

Synopsis: Two agents are dead, and their murderers sound worryingly familiar. A killer gorilla is on the loose, a deadly disease is ravaging a distant country and an eminent doctor has been kidnapped. It’s all pretty much business as usual.

But when John Steed is called in by his old boss and given an appalling task to complete, at the same time as Tara is given one that’s even worse, it becomes clear that the myriad threads of a terrifying scheme are drawing together. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Review: As someone that casually watched the classic run of ‘The Avengers’ on television thanks to repeats and remembers ‘The New Avengers’ back in the 1970’s. I was curious to see what Big Finish would do with the series, which for today’s modern viewers would seem very dated, but no less fun for that.

The Story

With ‘Too Many Targets’ the writing team of John Peel and Dave Rogers manage to come up with a compelling story, which offers clever twists and turns from the get-go. John Dorney does a fantastic job of adapting the story for Big Finish and the cast and crew do a wonderful job with the very precise received pronunciation, which was often a thing with classic UK television.

The story sees Steed accused of murder but also sees Mother, the top ranking agent accused of the same murder. Which sees Tara investigating to try and clear Steed while Steed is trying to clear Mother. From that point on the story springs to life and the pieces begin to come together.

By splitting Steed and Tara up. It allows for Steed to reunite with former agent Emma Peel whose private company is implicated with a pretty big part in the whole scheme.

The eventual reveal that the murder’s were committed by Cybernauts is well crafted and is not something you see coming due to some very clever writing.

The second hour makes for much fun and games as Steed, Tara and Emma Peel work together in order to bring the culprit behind the new Cybernauts to justice.

The Acting

The voice acting in this series is really good and well executed, which is what you’d expect from a Big Finish Production.

Julian Wadham does a fantastic job with his interpretation of John Steed and manages to even portray some of the characters upper-class excentricities. Olivia Poulet does a wonderful job of Emma Peel while Emily Woodward proves very capable as Tara King.

Overall. The acting throughout this production is fantastic and all involved do a great job of creating a very authentic Avengers story, which feels very true to the original 1960’s series.

Overall

I think fans of ‘The Avengers’ will love this and I am hopeful that Big Finish will get to produce more stories with this team.

You can get hold of your own copy of Avengers: Too Many Targets here.

9.8
THE AVENGERS: TOO MANY TARGETS
  • Story
    9.8
  • Voice Acting
    10
  • Music & Sound Production
    10
  • Artwork
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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