Hello and welcome to another quick Audio Drama Review on Discover Audio Drama! Today I’m bringing audio drama as it finest with “Edict Zero – FIS” S01Ep01 (Which you can listen here). As usual, let me tell you all a bit about this show which is in its 4th season (so there’s a lot to catch up and it’s tottally worth it. Trust me)
Personally, I’d like to say that Edict Zero was one of the first audio drama productions I’ve listened, and I glad I found it because it is a lesson on how to make audio drama, this is my personal synopsis/explanation on the show.
Edict Zero FIS is a sci-fi/cyberpunk/suspense/crime-police Audio Drama that takes place in the 25th Century. And on its season premiere, some strange events are about to happen with crime scenes with no explanation. During the new year celebration of 2415, the Vortex Club, a nightclub in the Center City on the world of Edict Zero, was bombed by a strange man known as Mr. Cook. While the main task force of Edict Three’s Federal Investigative Services are investigating from a more traditional point of view, other three agents form a separate task force to determine another possible cause of the bombing. Their investigation leads to more and stranger questions with possibly world-changing bringing to light ancient knowledge known as The Paradox Artifcafts.
Story (5/5) – The plot is amazing, you keep wondering all the time “what’s going on?!” and you’ll catch your self on many “oooh!” and “Oh my god”moments during the episode. It is really good in leaving the listener saying “Ok, I think I understood that” and also “What the hell was that?”. The story gives you enough information so you can catch up and not feel lost with it, but leaves enough information in the dark so you download the rest of the season right away as you’re eager to know more about the story. (I’m applauding you right now, Jack Kincaid, for you’re awesome writing)
Characters (5/5) – The character design was something that really caught my attention on the first time I’ve listened to it. You can sense there’s depth in them. They’re people, with backgrounds, with a story, with a past, they are different from each other and they seem real! It’s an amazing character design, from Nick Garret up to Captain Socrates. (Know more about the characters here)
Sound Edition (5/5) Bravo. I first listened to it on the car and I’ve already felt like “That’s incredible!” The soundscape and the SFX are high-quality level. So when I got home I’ve started listening to it on headphones and the experience was even better. You get completely dragged to the universe Edict Zero FIS provides and you want more.
Music (5/5) – Again, Bravo. The music plays it role on the episode, only helping the storytelling, either by simply beign a background music to help you know where you are, or being almost a character by providing more emotional depth to the scene.
Overall (5/5) – I’d loved this show since this first episode. It has everything you need for an amazing audio drama, superb storytelling and great character design. You should give a chance to Edict Zero FIS for sure.
Who would like it – X-File fans; Cyberpunk fans; Storytellers; writers;
Official episode description and cast:
EDICT ZERO – FIS – Season 1
Episode 1 – “Premiere” – aka “2415 (Part 1)”
James Keller, Julie Hoverson, Phil Rossi, Russell Gold, Tanja Milojevic, and Jack Kincaid
EXPANDED VOICE CREDITS:
“Mister Cook” ___________________________ James Keller
New Year’s Drunk ________________________ Jack Kincaid
Steve Volks, Bouncer ____________________ Jack Kincaid
Theo, The Maître D ______________________ Russell Gold
Jacob Tonell, Sr., and goons ____________ Jack Kincaid
News anchor/reporter ____________________ Jack Kincaid
Tactical Commander John Bradoch _________ Jack Kincaid
Lucas, FIS TU-9 Operator ________________ James Keller
Center City Cop #1 ______________________ James Keller
Special Agent/DSC Paul Wakeman __________ Jack Kincaid
Wilson, Technical Analyst _______________ James Keller
Special Agent Nick Garrett ______________ James Keller
Center City Cop #2 ______________________ James Keller
Assistant Director Alan Dockstader ______ Jack Kincaid
Special Agent Jewels Kircher ____________ Julie Hoverson
Special Agent Arthur Camden _____________ Jack Kincaid
F-I-S Security/Computer Voices __________ Tanja Milojevic
Jacob Tonell, Jr. _______________________ Jack Kincaid
Lawyer to Jacob Tonell, Jr. _____________ Tanja Milojevic
“Admiral Jenkins” _______________________ Jack Kincaid
“Captain Socrates” ______________________ Jack Kincaid
Homeless Shelter Worker _________________ Russell Gold
Benjamin Zurn / Mystery Agent ___________ Russell Gold
Collective Slipgate Nine Studio Resources, ERH, The Free Sound Project, Nine Inch Nails (remixed multi-track effects and drone derivatives), selections from the Public Domain & Free Sound Internet Resources.
The “Edict Zero – FIS – Theme” tracks and all their derivative mixes–which are interwoven through each episode–are remixes of ’26 Ghosts III’, from the CC-licensed Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails. Also, many of the sound effects and special ambiences (i.e. scene headers) heard in Edict Zero – FIS are derived from samples from the hundreds of Nine Inch Nails multitracks made available at remix.nin.com.
“Power + Light”, by 50 Foot Wave.
WRITER: Jack Kincaid.
SERIES CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jack Kincaid.
PRODUCERS: James Keller. Julie Hoverson. Jane Eastman.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: C. Edward Reed. Thomas Gland.