Hello! Sorry it has been a while, but I’m back with the Pulp Pourri Theatre & The Narada Radio Company with the episode 08 from season 03 “Miami Impulse” (which you can listen here)
Here’s a quick “What’s going on this episode”: The story is staged on Chicago/Miami in 1959 where a man (Lew Drake) gets involved into an identity theft situation, a lot of cash and many plot twists!
I’ve had a good time listening to it, there were some things that bothered me (I’ll go into that later) but the story was really entertaining and it has some “old school radio” feeling to it, a really good experience, but anyway, here is the original synopsis and my more detailed review:
“Miami Impulse” is an original story by our producer-director, Pete Lutz, written for the series in August 2015. Set in 1959 Chicago and Miami, just before the Cuban Revolution, “Miami Impulse” is a tale of one man’s adventure, involving the theft of both another man’s identity and $150,000 in drug money. Intrigue and encounters with a beautiful Cubaña lead our man down unfamiliar paths. Will he survive? Listen and find out!
Story (4/5) – The story is filled with lots of plot twists. It feels like an “old movie”, the script is well written and it’s pretty straight in telling the story, the breaks (I think I can call it like that) almost makes you feel like you’re watching a movie on TV.
Characters (3/5) – I wish it has more depth, and at least for me, it took me a while (about 5 or 10min) to get used to the main character, Lew Drake, I just didn’t get involved with it on the beggining, but as soon as the audio drama flows and he gets more involved with other characters I’ve started to like it. The voice acting is a bit “over-acting” sometimes but I think that was the goal, so it’s not something bad.
Sound Edition (3/5) – I’ve missed some more background noise and SFX for the scenes and sometimes I’ve felt like the reverb was a bit too much. But these “lack of” SFX also made me have that “old school radio feeling”, so it might look like a flaw but it’s not something that I’ve noticed it all the time, because the story helps you go ignore this. I just wish that there was a better sound treatment on the background beacause it would have made the audio drama way richer.
Music (3/5) – The music has, most of the time, a clever use when used. Both in diagetic and non-diagetic. My complaint is that the audio drama music is too much different from the one in the background for the announcer, when you start listening, the more “indiana jones”song for the female announcer talking about the show gives the impression that is going to be a whole different show.
Overall (3.5/5) – The story is good and you feel intrigued on “how’s that going to end?”. Although I think there are some flaws regarding to the Sound Edition and I didn’t like it too much the “over-acting” for the characters, it is quite a good show that is worth listening because of the story.
Who would like it – Plot Twist fans; Movies from 80s~90s’ spectators; Radio drama enthusiast;
Official episode description and Cast
Our Episode Theme Was “The Cage”, Composed And Performed By Dayn Russell Leonardson, Used By Permission.
Special Period Music Included:
“Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town” By Fred Fisher
“Show Me The Way To Go Home” By Frank Crumit
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” By Dina Washington
“Tea For Two Cha-Cha” By The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
“Tambah” And “Maria Belen Chacon” By Ernesto Lecuona Y Su Orquestra Cubana
“Dream Lover” By Bobby Darin
“Return To Me” By Dean Martin
“Searchin” By The Coasters
“Similau” And “El Cumbanchero” By Desi Arnaz
“Money” By Barrett Strong And
“There Goes My Baby” By The Drifters
Additional Music By Kevin Macleod Of Incompetech Dot Com.
Pulp-Pourri Theatre Theme Composed And Performed By Rich Wentworth
Opening Announcements By Gene Lutz And Rich Wentworth
Special Thanks To Mischa Stanton Of The Ars Paradoxica Audio Drama For His Technical Assistance.