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Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
6:08 AM on February 22, 2018 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 8 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Episode: Specials 2, Episode 4

Original Release Date: 24th December 2017

Throwback Review Date: 22nd February 2018

Score: 5 out of 5 (brilliant)

 

The Good: This final special in the batch certainly manages to live up to the high standards of the first three. As I said in my original review, the part of Carina really is an excellent showcase for Roz Pearson as a voice actor, and I love the pleasingly varied, carefully crafted Knightmare homage as much as ever.


The (Not Really) Bad: Level 1 is rather linear and possibly a bit short. After Charlie said "Stay!" at the end of the Corridor of Blades sequence, there should have been one more blade sound effect.


Conclusion: It's the end of an era, but it certainly goes out on a high.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
6:27 AM on February 21, 2018 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 8 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Episode: Specials 2, Episode 3

Original Release Date: 24th June 2017

Throwback Review Date: 21st February 2018

Score: 5 out of 5 (brilliant)

 

The Good: I've been enjoying listening to this batch of specials a great deal, but I think this one is actually my favourite of the four. The Knightmare homage is top-notch throughout and I laughed in several places. The team members all sound absolutely excellent, particularly Antony Rowe's marvellous piece of method acting as Finton and Melissa Chatterton's superb debut as Olivia. The build-up to Lord Fear's reappearance (with Lissard as harbinger) remains rather striking, which is good.

 

The (Not Really) Bad: I find the background ambience ever so slightly excessive in a couple of places, but that really is the only thing I can think of to put in this section.

 

Conclusion: It doesn't get any better than this, which is by no means a bad thing in this case.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
7:34 AM on February 20, 2018 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 8 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Episode: Specials 2, Episode 2

Original Release Date: 24th December 2016

Throwback Review Date: 20th February 2018

Score: 5 out of 5 (brilliant)


The Good: Again, I completely stand by my original comments about this episode – the fresh, carefully crafted Knightmare homage just keeps coming, from turning the old Wolfenden marketplace sequence on its head, to adapting Lord Fear's dress-up-as-Brother-Strange plan, to crafting a victory sequence based on Barry's unusual but memorable win.


The (Not Really) Bad: I wonder if the Ariadne sound effect should have ended or changed somehow after she became trapped by the WEB spell. I wish I'd emphasised "pointless" to go with the compass comparison. Treguard is actually a little quieter in some places than in others, but I bet no one has ever noticed this.


Conclusion: Another top-drawer special.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
3:54 PM on February 19, 2018 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 8 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Episode: Specials 2, Episode 1

Original Release Date: 24th June 2016

Throwback Review Date: 19th February 2018

Score: 5 out of 5 (brilliant)

 

The Good: I stand by all the praise I heaped on this episode in my original review, including the brilliance of the voice work on Gary, Eric, Colin and Eamon, the effectiveness of the first appearances of Pixel and the Oracle, the carefully judged inclusion of a whole load of stuff from the Knightmare books, and the smooth transition from Pickle to Majida. Also, it's particularly amusing to hear the Oracle's ramblings after not having listened to the episode for a while, and the same is true of the whole pestle and mortar mispronunciation sequence.


The (Not Really) Bad: As Gary bothers to answer Dooris after she's said her closing words, it would have been good to delay the drawbridge sound effect until after Gary's reply, so we could imagine that Dooris might have heard it before she disappeared. Of course it's very obliging of Aesandre and Calliban not to speak to each other until Gary and his advisors have quite finished their exchange at the start of the first spyglass sequence, but I still feel that this small contrivance is fully justified artistically.


Conclusion: Excellent stuff, well conceived and skilfully realised.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
9:57 AM on December 26, 2017 

This is another top-drawer piece of Knightmare homage in my opinion. Roz Pearson evokes Carina wonderfully as a very canny and acerbic dungeoneer, which brings to life scenes such as the Tobias exchange and the Sewers of Goth subterfuge so nicely.


Other highlights for me include the whole Pixel sequence, the Sir Hugh scene, Lord Fear's Take That references and the Chamber of Opposite Extraction. To make things quite clear, the correct answers to Merlin's questions were Scafell Pike, Nottingham and minus thirteen.

Reply Ross Thompson
5:11 AM on December 24, 2017 

The Christmas Special 2017 is here! Enjoy and feel free to leave your thoughts! Merry Christmas to you all! :D

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
1:18 PM on July 1, 2017 

It's another episode that was well worth the effort of digging into the very last untapped depths of Knightmare (both the programme and the books) and of our brains in order to produce. The team sounds wonderful, particularly Finton, as Antony Rowe's natural sound and style bring the character to life perfectly.


My personal highlights in this one are Hordriss's job interview, Finton's goblin voice, the Fatilla scene at the wellway, the exchange between Malice and Lissard, and Play Your Cards Right.

Reply Ross Thompson
1:08 PM on June 24, 2017 

Our Summer Special for 2017 is now here!!

Winteria has gone, but in its wake, Malice now has control of the lower levels.  Can our latest band of adventurers conquer the dungeon and retrieve the Sword? Listen to find out!

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3:01 PM on April 13, 2017 

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Reply Rosey
5:10 PM on January 20, 2017 

I very much enjoyed listening to this episode. We're still coming up with some interesting ideas, and ways to introduce new characters. I'm particularly glad to have included a pact with someone other than Hordriss, and in places Amy's Malice impression borrows very accurately from Samantha Perkins. Having Majida as Treguard's assistant brings a welcome change to the listening experience. I also enjoyed Calliban's reactions to Aesandre's 'long plan', Christina's description of what happened to Ariadne, and Merlin 'getting whiny' in the stocks.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
6:20 AM on December 30, 2016 

I believe this special to be another quite brilliant piece of Knightmare homage. It's amazing how much more inspiration we've managed to squeeze out of the show to pay tribute to, including Lord Fear's plan to dress up as Brother Strange and the unusual circumstances of Barry's win, plus turning the old Scaramonger/Ah Wok sequence on its head.

 

Again, the team sounds absolutely excellent, as our four hand-picked actresses definitely know how to interpret a Knightmare Audio Series script.

 

If any Corby bus drivers feel like writing in with a complaint, please bear in mind that Kasha and Polly's comments are actually based on buses serving Harpenden and Luton.

Reply Ross Thompson
3:19 PM on December 24, 2016 
The Christmas Special 2016 is here! Enjoy and feel free to leave your thoughts! Merry Christmas to you all!
Reply Ross Thompson
12:54 PM on December 6, 2016 

Join us on Saturday 24th December, otherwise known as Christmas Eve, for the latest installment in the world of the Knightmare Audio Series. It's our Christmas Special for 2016! Join us, if you dare...

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
4:26 PM on September 18, 2016 

From Damon Wakes, the voice of Gary in our latest special:


"I'm finally listening to the episode now. It sounds good! I also caught The Ex-Terminator - very funny!"

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
7:21 AM on September 18, 2016 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Skit: The Ex-Terminator

Original Release Date: 7th September 2016

Throwback Review Date: 18th September 2016

Score: 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Inspiration: A throwaway comment from Pickle in the main series about whether Snapper-Jack had been whisked away from the realm of Knightmare along with the Mire World got me thinking about how much Maldame would hate this situation, and what she would do to sort it out. While wondering to myself “what kind of exterminator could I play?” the answer presented itself in the question.

 

Comments: It's short and sweet, fairly amusing and achieves everything it sets out to achieve, and the paradox is truly insoluble, so I am pleased with it.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
7:33 AM on September 17, 2016 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!

 

Skit: Luckless in Latakia

Original Release Date: 2nd January 2016

Throwback Review Date: 17th September 2016

Score: 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Inspiration: With Motley and Sidriss (like Folly and Gretel before them) settled in foreign climes, it was inevitable that we (like Hordriss) would be paying them a New Year visit. This skit demonstrates an eclectic mix of inspiration, from I Dream of Jeannie to Knightmare Live, via Blackadder and One Foot in the Grave, and our naughty cat makes her presence felt through Betsemane, just as she did through Kimberlite in the main series.

 

Comments: It's another fun ride through the strange and surreal. The illusion of Motley shaking off his crowd of drunken followers is achieved particularly well in my opinion.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
6:14 AM on September 16, 2016 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!


Skit: Die Hochzeit

Original Release Date: 2nd January 2015

Throwback Review Date: 16th September 2016

Score: 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Inspiration: Having established in the previous skit that Folly and Gretel's wedding was one year away from actually taking place, here we are at the reception one year later. (When translated into English, the title of this skit becomes 'The Wedding', of course.) We discover that Merlin's wish from the main series (that he and Treguard would be invited to the wedding) has come true, and that they are not the only ones who have made the effort to come over to Hamburg for the Big Day.


Comments: It's pleasingly quirky and amusing all the way through, but the undisputed highlight is the hilarious performance of Andy Marshall as a drunken, embittered Tim Child.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
5:33 AM on September 15, 2016 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!

 

Skit: Breakfast at Hansel's

Original Release Date: 1st January 2014

Throwback Review Date: 15th September 2016

Score: 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Inspiration: Having decided that I had somewhat prematurely washed my hands of playing Hansel a couple of years previously, and having heard Treguard and Merlin speculating in the main series about what Folly and Gretel were up to in Germany, I could not help but write this skit.

 

Thinking about Hamburg I thought of the Beatles, so they made it in, as did references to Hansel's somewhat violent tendencies from the main series. Marriage and property particulars go hand-in-hand of course; I borrowed the estate agents' jargon jokes from a BBC Radio 4 panel game.

 

Comments: It's rather fun to catch up with these three long neglected characters. I find the skit gently amusing and I like it.

Reply Jake "Eyeshield" Collins
7:23 AM on September 14, 2016 

We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!

 

Skit: The Floor in the Plan

Original Release Date: 1st September 2012

Throwback Review Date: 14th September 2016

Score: 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Inspiration: Anyone who's ever wasted a day waiting in for an unreliable tradesman should find plenty that rings true here. It is easy to imagine that Treguard would not want to pass up the opportunity to watch Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic fight their way through to the Wimbledon final on the off-chance that the builder might actually turn up, much as he later comes to regret the decision. (Just to set the record straight, the real life Russell Jackson, who fitted a new bathroom for us in the same month that this skit was released, was far more reliable than his fictional counterpart.)

 

The massive changes to the antechamber in Knightmare's eighth series do not deserve to evade comment on how strange, extreme and inexplicable they are, and this skit finally sets that right. Yes, it was indeed one heck of a floor repair, and (as is made obvious here) it did not go according to plan!

 

Comments: It's interesting to note that, chronologically speaking, this is by far the earliest sequence of events that we have ever presented, as it takes place at least sixteen years before anything else that's been released under the Knightmare Audio Series banner.

 

This skit is always a joy to listen to because it is, quite simply, extremely funny. It's unfortunate that it dates from the time before the hissing from the microphones got tidied up in preproduction as a matter of course, and Treguard's voice still had that nasty deepening effect on it, but that doesn't take anything away from the overall high quality of the skit.

Reply Ross Thompson
2:36 PM on September 7, 2016 

Released as a treat to celebrate Knightmare's 29th anniversary is our latest skit - The Ex-Terminator! 

Determined to rid the Mire World of a particularly annoying pest, Maldame calls in a professional.

Enjoy! :D