Month: November 2019

Audio Drama Review: Black Jack Justice Season Six Review

After five seasons and thirty-six episodes, Black Jack Justice had established  the main characters of Jack Justice (Christopher Mott) and Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective (Andrea Lyons). Season six features a fair share of experimental episodes.

“Cops and Robbers” is a story told mostly by the supporting cast, “The Sky’s the Limit” is a story of a Poker game where the players try to suss out what happened on a case where no one has all the facts. “Man’s Best Friend is told from the perspective of the office dog, King.

Of the three, I think “Sky’s the Limit” was probably the best. It’s definitely fun to hear the story pieced together and to be learning details as the characters are. The ending is a bit ambiguous but it’s still a lot of fun. The other two stories have their moments but don’t work as well. The side characters are not as interesting as Jack and Trixie so that limited my enjoyment of “Cops and Robbers.” As for, “Man’s Best Friend,” the dog narration part landed flat. The approach seemed to be, “I’m a dog who thinks he’s a detective.” I think it would have been funnier had he been thinking more like an actual dog.

I personally preferred the other three episodes which were more traditional Justice and Dixon mysteries. “The Albatross” was my favorite as Lieutenant Sabian (Gregg Taylor) hires them to look into the murder of a black girl in a tenement which his superiors want him to lay off of. The episode examines the idea that certain unresolved cases haunt detectives, whether official or otherwise.  It’s a well-done episode.

Overall, while I’m not crazy about all the experimental episodes in this season, I still enjoyed it pretty well.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

You can download Black Justice Season Six from Decoder Ring Theatre.

EP2996: Dragnet: The Big Bird

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith search for a burglar who breaks into homes and kills any pet birds.

Original Air Date: February 1, 1955

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EP2995: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The S.S. Malay Trader Ship

Edmond O'Brien

Johnny goes undercover as a seaman on a Corpus Christi-bound ship to prevent the destruction of the ship and its cargo.

Original Air Date: February 10, 1950

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EP2994: Boston Blackie: The Harry Clark Mob Murders

Richard Kollmar
A crook comes to Blackie for protection and is then murder.
Original Air Date: April 6, 1949

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AWR0086: Birds Eye Open House: Guest Groucho Marx

Amazing World of Radio

Groucho Marx agrees to bring the Turkey to Dinah Shore’s Thanksgiving Party and he does, but to Dinah’s chagrin, the turkey’s alive.

Original Air Date: November 22, 1945
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