Smal Town Horror S01Ep00: Tape 1 – The Where

Hello and welcome to Discover Audio Drama! On my third review here I’ll be talking about the show “Smal Town Horror” Season 01 Episode 00:  Tape 1 – The Where!  (Which you can listen here)

For starters, let me talk a bit about this production “Small Town Horror”, it’s basically a story about Ryan Jennings and the mysteries that only seem to exist in his hometown in Crayton, Minnesota.

I haven’t heard any episode before this one, and I must say that after “Episode Zero” I’ve already downloaded the following 7 episodes that they’ve released, it’s an amazing production.

Episode 00: Tape 1 – The Where is an introduction to what the podcast will be, we listen to Ryan Jennings talking about a VHS tape he recorded in 1998 about some mysteries that happened in his hometown in Crayton, Minnesota. No spoilers will be given here and I hope that you give a chance to this podcast, which I’ve found very captivating. The original synopsis is:

  In 1998 Ryan Jennings recorded a VHS tape in an attempt to understand the mysteries that only seem to exist within his hometown of Crayton, Minnesota.

Tape 1 of 2.

Story (4.5/5) – For a first episode it was already enough to convince me to keep listening to it (Well, that’s the main goal for pilot episodes, so, cheers and well done). It’s simple and clear, it almost reminded me the feeling that Serial Podcast gave me when I’ve first listened to it. And it sells what the title of the podcast says: Small Town Horror

Characters (4/5) – Well, there’s basically one character only speaking (Ryan Jennings, voiced by: Jon Grillz) But for the goal of this episode it really works. Basically a narration divided on the “before Ryan” (on the tape) and the “now Ryan” (the narrator). You get the feeling of who Ryan is and he is also very credible. It feels he’s someone real, sitting right next to you telling his story.

Sound Edition (4.5/5) – It’s a very raw edition. And this is a compliment for this episode, because it doesn’t have room for too much Sound Design, and the way it was designed fits the story. I love sound design work and the use of it in this first episode was very clever. Nice job Daniel Burnett.

Music (4.5/5) – The intro sets the mood for the show and when it’s a BG it doesn’t steal your attention from what Ryan is speaking and it only adds more “emotional charge” to it. Tom Parsons knew how to work with it.

Overall (4.5/5) – This first episode is really great. I think some more “hyperactive” listeners might need some patience for this since it is one guy speaking and it is very raw in its sound edition. But for people who like Thriller/Horror will sure have a good time visiting the stories of Ryan Jenning in “Small Town Horror”

Who would like it – Thriller and Horror fans; People from Minnesota (Skol Vikings);

I’ve missed some credits on the episode description, so I’m going to credit individually who appears on their website here)

Jon Grilz (Creator/Producer)

Daniel Burnett (Editor/Mixer/Sound Overseer)

Tom Rory Parsons (Music Composer)

Peter Lewis (Introduction)

Kevin MacLeod (Additional Music) – [UPDATE] Tom has just told me Kevin MacLeod has one track on another episode, not on Ep.00 (Tape 1 – The Where)

Atheist Apocalypse S03Ep03: Marionnettes

Hello and welcome to Discover Audio Drama! On my second review here, I’ll be talking about the show “Atheist Apocalypse” season 03 episode 03: Marionnettes! Which you can listen here.

First of all, let me talk a bit about this show, it’s a fictional comedy set in a post-apocalyptic world. (I’ve basically copied it from their website right here). It’s a comedy dialogue-driven show and it’s better appreciated if you have some experience listening to previous episodes so you’ll get more familiar with the format and this post-apocalyptic world where the show goes. So let’s get started with this review with the official synopsis:

What happens when the MGE wants you to join rebel groups?

And is it possible for people to believe that dietary supplements will work after the apocalypse?

For this episode I must first admit that I had some good share of laughs with it. Some quick comedy segments going on as a Radio News show. It’s quite a simple edition through these different “stories”, but the gold here is the script and the dialogue, there are quite some good puns/jokes and the voice acting is pretty damn good. On this episode Paul Sating and the cast take us to many different places, from an interview about “diet which allows you to have infrared vision” to a doctor’s voice recording about being trapped in someone’s doll house. I don’t want to talk more because I don’t want to give some spoilers, so you should give it a try and enter the funny world of the post-apocalyptic world of Atheist Apocalypse podcast!

 

Story  (3.75/5) -Altough it’s a lot funny it gets a bit confusing sometimes, that’s my only “problem” with it. The way the story flows it’s a bit different from what I was used to listen to, so maybe I just need to get more familiar with it. The jokes are pretty funny and the radio news show characterization works a lot.

Characters (4.5/5) – You can feel that the voice acting sells the character, it’s good to listen to, not difficult to understand and you can sense that each character is unique, the way it talks, it’s humor, etc. The characters are all highly credible and fun to listen.

Sound Edition (4/5) – It’s quite simple, but the show does not require more than it is asked. It is not filled with Sound FX or BG, but that’s a good thing because otherwise it might get too confusing.

Music (4.5/5) – I’ve kind of missed some intro music and an ending music. But all the music throughout the episode fit like a glove. I’ve loved the BG music for the “Help a friend” commercial.

Overall (4/5) – It might be confusing some parts, but it is definitely worth listening to! All the segments work individually and as a collective piece, it sells the big picture of a radio show and the voice acting is a great merit for the show.

 

Who would like it – People who enjoy radio; comedy fans; survivors from an apocalypse; Dialogue-wise enthusiastics;

Official episode description and cast

What happens when the MGE wants you to join rebel groups?

And is it possible for people to believe that dietary supplements will work after the apocalypse?

Also, have you ever thought of supporting the artists who spend hundreds of hours per week creating this show?  Well, you can!  Just head over to http://www.patreon.com/atheistapocalypse to show your support today.

And don’t forget to check out our sponsor, The Crafty Freethinker, at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCraftyFreethinker and help support those who support the things you love.
Credits:
Paul Sating – Executive Director, Writer, Editor
Brian Bristol – Executive Producer, Voice Actor, Editor, Writer
Dan Cocolla – Editor, Writer, Voice Actor (Jake)
Steven Bateman – Writer, Editor, Voice Actor (Edwin)
Jay Crofutt – Writer, Voice Actor (Rick)
Heather Auden – Voice Actor (Beatrice)
Jeff Venousos – Voice Actor (Tyler)
Jen Crofutt – Voice Actor (Sarah)
Steve Hayes – Voice Actor (Dr. Derrick)
Dave Curry – Voice Actor (Willie)
Sharon Bush – Voice Actor (Angelique)
Keniche Ohme – Music
Simon Croft — Music

 

It’s About Time Travel Agency S01Ep01 – Help Wanted

Greetings and welcome to first episode review of Discover Audio Drama!  Today I’ll start talking about the first episode from this amazing show called “It’s About Time Travel Agency”

Listen here

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What if you had the power to travel through time?
Where would you go? What would you see?
What if you had no idea what you were doing?

It’s time travel. It’s comedy. It’s a whole lot of fun. Whether you’re a long-time fan of audio drama and radio storytelling or are new to the whole genre, this is the time travel podcast episode that starts it all off, so put the kids to bed – it doesn’t matter if they aren’t yours – pop some headphones over your ears, and settle in for a new adventure.

That’s the description on their website (right here) but let me tell you about episode 01 from season 01 which I’ve just listened to:

The show is a comedy, it felt a lot like “watching” a sitcom mixed with something Dr.Who-like. The two main characters are a Sales Manager and a IT Director (Steven and Charlie)  hired by the company leader Anna and they work in a Travel Agency where “There’s always people coming, but they never see them leaving”.

One day a guy named Branch drops by and tell them that he wants to speak with Anna (who’s not there by the time being) and he tells them to give her a message “I’ll see her in another time”. After he leaves Anna arrives and they tell her the message, that leaves her very uncomfortable and she tells them to go the her office after she talks with two clients that’ve just arrived there. By the time they enter Anna’s office she gets a postcard saying her clients are in danger and she finally drop the bomb for Steven and Charlie: That is a Time Travel Agency, and she needs help to save her clients.
Boom. That’s episode one. Amazing right? Anyway, let me give you my humble review and notes:

Story (5/5) – It’s clever. The story is as simple as amazing, a Time Travel Agency? Awesome! The episode flows smoothly, the storyline is easy to catch up and you don’t even see the time passing.

Characters (4/5) – Most of them are pretty good, I’ll give all the credit for Steven and Charlie, the dialogues between these two are simply hilarious, I’ve loved it! Anna is also pretty nice and I’ve enjoyed Philip and Trevor. I only take one point out because I’ve felt the other characters (such as Tom and Ian) were really behind Steven and Charlie.

Sound Edition (2.5/5) – The voice actors and actresses are all good and clean to listen to and understand, voice effects and reverb are good. But I’ve missed some more Background (BG) noises (traffic/city on the window. Maybe a fan or AC on Steven and Charlie’s office, etc). Before they time travel the sound design could be better. I’ll point one sound FX that I’ve missed it: A sound for the Portal.

Music (4/5) – Opening song and ending song are incredibly good! They pretty much set the mood of the show

Overall (4/5) – A must listen show for those who like comedy, it’s not difficult to understand and it’s a lot funny! My only complaints for the episode was the lack of some sound effects and BG, but I’ve definetly had a good time listening to it!

 

Who would like it – Dr.Who fans; Comedy fans; Time-Travelers; Sitcom fans; Dialogue-wise enthusiastics;

 

Official episode description and cast:

When a mysterious man from her past shows up unexpectedly, Anna is forced to flee, leaving Steve and Charlie to guard her secret. What could go wrong?

STEVEN: Steven Cardinal
CHARLIE: Charlie James
BRANCH: Ryan Ahlert
ANNA: Sarah Wallis Craven
MRS EBERSOL: Sheila Kern
MR EBERSOL: Raul Ceballos
PHILLIP: Charlie James
TREVOR: Steven Cardinal
SOLDIER 1: Chris Fabian
GUARD 1: Raul Ceballos
ANNE: Maggie Borden
TOM: Chris Fabian
IAN: Raul Ceballos
BARTENDER: Rob Britt
HENRY: Rob Britt
BAR PATRON: Maggie Borden
ERICA: Laila Auld

Written by
Rob Britt
Steven Cardinal
Douglas Clinton
Charlie James

Editing and Audio Production By
Charlie James