Victorian ghost tales have been a staple of our fictional diet since Charles Dickens released A Christmas Carol and the era of spirit mediums and spirit photography does provide a perfect setting to be used for such tales, making the era a prime setting when a tale needs to have a certain air of mystery and shadow.
The third installment in the Jago and Litefoot audio series, The Spirit Trap delves into the unknown region of the afterlife and communicating with the dead as people seem to disappear after a session with Mrs. Vanguard, a spirit medium. Soon Jago and Litefoot are once again on the case and they appear now to have great confidence doing so, as if as the series goes on they are investigating these strange occurrences more by choice then circumstance.
This more intentional path to the sleuthing means that we are not starting to question just how much trouble these two characters could just stumble into without it looking stale and repetitive.
Once again the main cast is superb in execution and it’s also nice to see things such as Jago’s theater background being used again, this time to expose fraudulent psychics and Litefoot’s logical deduction reasoning out the truth of a violent mysterious fire, testament’s also that the writer’s of all of the scripts so far knew the tendencies of the main characters well and this play is no exception, as it utilizes it’s two leads strength and builds upon it.
Although it is a decent story and it moves along quite well, we have seen this kind of invasion of the dead and duplicates before, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers type films and all it’s forms, down to an episode of Doctor Who itself in The Unquiet Dead.
Sometimes this play does not make the best use of it’s main antagonist and it shows, but it is still aÂ Â very good play with a few truly great scenes like Jago being stuck in a ‘limbo’ and the final confrontation, but at times the audio dips into limbo itself, although only for short periods and it as a whole is still a good production.
I suspect that if you enjoyed the last two installments of this series you will enjoy this one as well, as a part of the series it is great although it does have problems standing up on it’s own slightly, and it’s shortcomings are far outweighed by the stellar performances given and the exciting continuation of a wider story to be concluded in the next and final play of the story arc.
Jago and Litefoot series 1 is available from www.bigfinish.com.