A mysterious patron offers a huge bounty for the capture of
Wulf Sternhammer. Though it's against the
bounty hunters' code, a fellow Strontium Dog goes rogue and
turns him in. If Johnny Alpha wants to save his kidnapped
partner, he will have to break the law. He must risk his freedom,
face his past and go back down to Earth...
Finish's Judge Dredd new range of audios are exceptionally
good, but they were always going to have to live with the
fact that they would be compared to Dirk Maggs' Radio One
productions. With Strontium Dog, another excellent
strip brought to life from the pages of 2000AD, Big
Finish gets to finally set its own pace.
Pegg, writer and star of Spaced, is an inspired choice
to play Earth's most respected Strontium Dog. He settles into
the role straight away and not for one second did I think
of him as anyone other than Johnny Alpha.
McDonnell is a wonderfully brutal Middenface McNulty and the
chemistry between him and Pegg is spot on. No forced lines,
no ham acting, this is a joy to listen too. And Patricia Merrick's
Gronk is about as cute as they get - certainly not annoying
like Walter the Wobot or Jar Jar!
yes, there is a plot, with a nice twist at the end, but that
plays second fiddle to the comedic elements. This
production is head and shoulders above its Judge Dredd
production (which is also of exceptional quality). Alpha has
a likeable quality that the tough Dredd just doesn't command.
always used to marvel at the production values of Dirk Maggs'
audio adventures, but I'm afraid even he would find it near
impossible to top John Ainsworth's direction, helped greatly
by Jonathan Clement's fantastic script.
you want to enjoy yourself for an hour you really should buy
this, unless you live in Essex. Tharg would be proud.
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