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Black Jack Justice: The Albatross

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“Black Jack Justice” is Decoder Ting Theatre’s second main series (I previously talked about ” The Red Panda Adventures”). This is Gregg Taylor’s unique take on the hard-boiled detective genre. One of the twists Taylor gives us is dual detectives – the titular Jack Justice and his partner, Trixie Dixon, girl detective.

Beginning in 2005, “Black Jack Justice” and “Red Panda” alternated airing in sets of 6 episodes. Currently, BJJ – also in its eighth season – debuts new episodes on the 15th of the month from September through February. Taylor produced 12 episodes for the first season, but the series has had 6 episodes per season since (with a fill-in series rounding out each year). The series is reminiscent of the wonderful Old Time Radio detective shows like “Sam Spade,” “Philip Marlowe” and “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.”

This particular episode may not be the best one for an introduction, but it is my absolute favorite. One of the most dramatic episodes of the series, “The Albatross” focuses on my favorite supporting character, Police Lt. Victor Sabien, played by series creator Gregg Taylor. In this episode, Sabien is haunted by the murder of a young girl. The department wants the case to disappear, so Sabien enlists Jack and Trixie to try and find out what happened. While Christopher Mott (Jack) and Andrea Lyons (Trixie) are always wonderful in this series, this episode belongs to Taylor. The emotion on display here should have earned him an Academy Award, if such a thing existed for audio drama.

As I said, this episode may not be the best choice for an introduction to the series, and it can be a hard listen even for longtime followers. It is, however, a dang fine piece of drama and well worth listening to. I hope you give it a listen.

BLACK JACK JUSTICE
“The Albatross”
January 14, 2011
Cast: Christopher Mott, Andrea Lyons, Gregg Taylor, Clarissa Der Nederlanden, Peter Nicol
Writer: Gregg Taylor
Director: Gregg Taylor

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Get more Black Jack Justice here:
http://www.decoderringtheatre.com/index.php?id=bjj

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd: The Beginning

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“The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd” is a wonderfully fun podcast audio drama. Created by Grant Baciocco and Doug Price, it is family friendly entertainment in the style of “Rocky & Bullwinkle” cartoons. The series produced 8 seasons of shows from 2004-2010. Later seasons even feature coded messages at the end of the episodes (and you can still get the official decoder ring on their website!).

The time travel comedy-adventure series is a serial which, again, makes it difficult to pick a favorite single episode. However, most episodes are quite short (4-8 minutes), making it easy to listen to a chunk of them at once. Since the kids and I were hooked on this show from the very start, I thought I’d just go ahead and share the first arc of the series.

These first three episodes (“Where It All Begins… Again!,” “Steve Defeats Floyd!” and “Stop the Presses… And Dr. Steve!”) introduce us to the main characters (Dr. Floyd – the World’s Most Brilliant Scientist!, his protege Dr. Grant, their faithful robot companion CHIPS, and Evil Mastermind Dr. Steve with his sock-shaped assistant, Fidgert) and give us an idea of the fun to come. My kids will actually sit and listen to this show a whole season at a time, laughing out loud almost the whole time. May you and your kids enjoy it as much as we do.

THE RADIO ADVENTURES OF DR. FLOYD
“Where It All Begins… Again!”
“Steve Defeats Floyd!”
“Stop the Presses… And Dr. Steve!”
April 2004
Cast: Grant Baciocco, Doug Price, Nicholas Skinner
Writers: Grant Baciocco & Doug Price
Producers: Grant Baciocco & Doug Price

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Find more “Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd” here:
http://www.doctorfloyd.com

Red Panda Adventures: Monkeyshines

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Today I’ll talk about a favorite episode of one of my favorite modern audio drama series – “The Red Panda Adventures” from Decoder Ring Theatre.

Again, some background for those unfamiliar: “The Red Panda Adventures” began in 2005. A super hero podcast series in the style of Old Time Radio, it stars creator and writer Gregg Taylor as the Red Panda, and his wife, Clarissa Der Nederlanden, as sidekick, the Flying Squirrel. Originally set in 1930s Toronto, time does advance in the series and, currently in Season 8, the timeframe is now mid-WWII. (The episode I’m sharing today is from Season 2.) The series is fun and family-friendly (my kids love it – one of my boys was the Red Panda for Halloween and another has built an entire Lego Red Panda collection), in the spirit of Golden Age radio, comics and pulp magazines. In the years he’s been producing the series Taylor has also spun the characters off into a line of pulp-style novels (Tales of the Red Panda) and an upcoming digital comic mini-series (Mask of the Red Panda).

Gregg Taylor and Decoder Ring Theatre consistently produce outstanding audio drama. This episode introduces my favorite of the Red Panda’s super villains – the Mad Monkey, delightfully played by Christopher Mott. Taylor’s dialogue is always wonderful, and this episode is certainly no exception. This episode is just loads of fun, and I hope you enjoy it.

THE RED PANDA ADVENTURES
“Monkeyshines”
April 7, 2007
Cast: Gregg Taylor, Clarissa Der Nederlanden, Christopher Mott, Steven Burley, Brian Vaughn, Gregory Z. Cook, Kevin Robinson, Michael Booth, Monica Kote
Writer: Gregg Taylor
Director: Gregg Taylor

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Find the rest of the series here:
http://www.decoderringtheatre.com/index.php?id=rpa

Jake Sampson: Gods of War

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BrokenSea Audio Productions’ “Jake Sampson: Monster Hunter” series is excellent, but provides me with a challenge. Being a series of 4 and 5 part serials, it makes it very tough to choose a favorite episode. The best solution I could come up with is to share my favorite story-arc.

The series is a pulp inspired 1930s adventure show starring Mark Kalita as Jake Sampson. Kalita could be called online audio drama’s answer to William Conrad. His voice is completely different, but his body of work must rival Conrad’s OTR appearances. Sampson is joined on his adventures by pilot Texas Holdem and former lion tamer Lucy Carter. The show incorperates historical figures, such as authors Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, along with fictional characters like John Carter and Fu Manchu. All of these elements exist in the same pulp-tastic universe.

“Gods of War” is the fifth Jake Sampson story, and my favorite. This story was written by Bill Hollweg, who always sounds like he’s having the time of his life in the role of Texas Holdem. Throw together Winston Churchill, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fu Manchu and Barsoom, and you have a pulp adventure like no other. I hope you listen to it all, and enjoy it as much as I do.

JAKE SAMPSON: MONSTER HUNTER
“The Gods of War” (parts 1-5)
2011
Cast: Mark Kalita, Bill Hollweg, Natasha Lathrop, David Sobkowiak, Paul Mannering, Elie Hirschman, Chris Williams, Matt Weller, Joe Stofko, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Gareth Preston, Chris Barnes, Perry Whittle, Glen Witco Sheetz, Garry Cobbum, Carl Woods, Jack Ward, Alan Sobkowiak, Stevie Farnaby, Paetar Frandsen, David Drage
Writer: Bill Hollweg
Producer: Bill Hollweg

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Find more Jake Sampson here:
http://brokensea.com/jakesampson/