The Secondary Phase

The second series of the radio series of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is a very interesting collection of episodes with some really interesting ideas. All of the main cast return in this second series apart from Trillian, who didn’t get as lucky as Zaphod after their meeting with the Haggunenon, and is mentioned twice and then pretty much forgotten about. Then again she wasn’t that exciting a character so she wasn’t really missed from this series to be honest.

There are a myriad of other characters in this series including another Hitch Hiker, Roosta and his towell; the editor of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Zarniwoop; Gargravarr the guardian of the vortex who has taken a break from his body; Zaphod Beeblebrox IV Zaphod’s great-grandfather; the giant talking birds of Brontitall including The Wise Old Bird; Lintilla an archaeologist who has been cloned 578,000,000,000 times; Hig Hurtenflurst, the risingest young executive in the Dolmansaxlil Shoe Corporation.

There are also some interesting locations in this series such as Brontitall where there is a gigantic statue of Arthur Dent throwing a cup and where the bird people live in his right ear and the bird people evolved as there ended up being too many shoe shops with too many shoes that people didn’t want and hence they evolved to not need shoes anymore; The Frogstar the most evil place in the galaxy and Ursa Minor Beta the home of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Best of all though is the interjections of the book which are often the best bits of the radio series and you can never tire of hearing Peter Jones pretty much talking absolute, but often hilarious, nonsense the majority of the time as it just sounds so good. The soundscapes created for this series are also interesting and sometimes get the feel of the location spot on such as the scenes inside the cup on Brontitall.

The series is a magnificent aural extravaganza and demands to be listened to, and listened to carefully so that you can fully appreciate it.

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