Is anyone considering getting the Avengers - The Lost Episodes audio adventures from Big Finish? Volume 1 is out now, with volumes 2 and 3 following in July and January 2015, respectively. I'm not sure if I'll get them yet to be honest, but in case anyone's considering it: The CDs are £25 at the moment and the downloads £20, which is normal for new releases, but the prices usually go up by about £10 a few weeks after the release. So it's worth getting them early Link
in case you want to check them out.
I pre-ordered the first set months ago, and I just got it this week. I've only listened to the first episode so far, but I'm really glad I got them. I love the South African Avengers radio series, so I'm always keen on more Avengers radio episodes, and they've come up with a really great angle by doing the missing Keel stories. I'm getting more and more into the Keel era lately because we're starting to amass a certain amount of information about it, and we have a pretty good idea of what the plots were like with scripts, etc., so I'm more interested in that era than I've ever been. In a lot of ways, I think it would have been one of my favourite eras of the show if we had all the episodes. The Steed/Keel dynamic in some of the episodes is just off-the-scale, so I really look forward to them being "brought to life". Patrick and Ian's versions have been lost, so this is the next best thing. And I'm always looking for new angles on the show to discover and keep my interest fresh, so these are great for that as well.
Plotwise, they're miles away from the Emma/Tara era, of course. They're closest to the Gale episodes, so if you enjoy those (and the tenser dynamic between the leads), you'll probably like them. It's also probably closer to TNA in some ways, as well. Steed and Keel had a female co-lead in Carol Wilson, the original Avengers girl. She's not an equal partner the way Purdey was, but I really love her, and she can be pretty feisty. And you can also see the links between Dr. Keel and Gambit, Steed's only two major male partners. Keel doesn't like Steed as much as Gambit does, and Steed was Gambit's superior, but there are flashes that I can't help but think aren't entirely coincidental.
Oh, and Hot Snow
is gorgeously heartbreaking. I forget sometimes that Peggy's death got the ball rolling, but the way they play it is so understated, and the tension leading up to it is unbearable. Brilliant work.