Judge Dredd
The Big Shot!

Starring: Toby Longworth, Clare Buckfield & Regina Reagan
Big Finish
RRP £9.99
ISBN 1 903654 84 X
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Legendary filmmaker Quentin Quail has arrived in Mega-City One for a retrospective of his award winning Tri-D movies and Judge Dredd is assigned as bodyguard to the reclusive, self-obsessed star. But although Dredd's job is to knock out a formidable assassin, after spending a few hours in guarding Quail, Mega-City One's top lawman feels like pulling the trigger himself...

The first time I listened to The Big Shot! something struck me as odd, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was only on listening to it a second time that I realised that there was no secondary story to help move the action along. But, don't get me wrong, this didn't detract from what is essentially a good story.

This time round the script gives Toby Longworth more freedom to play around with the character of Dredd and there are certainly more lines which show Dredd in a better light. One of my complaints, for years, has been that Dredd is not a likeable character, yet for some reason he works as a hero. David Bishop's script gives the stern lawman a more human angle and it works well.

There are the usual great scenes with news reader Enigma Smith and some very funny TV adverts, including one for an intergalactic zoo which plays a role toward the end of the production.

The ending is neatly wrapped up and paves the way for a much deserved sequel (which will appear at the end of September in the form of Get Karter.)

The Big Shot! is a straight forward story with a neat series of twists at its conclusion. Entertaining stuff.

Darren Rea

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