Altered Avalon Season One

Altered Avalon is a fantastical audio drama which borrows elements from Greek mythology. In particular, it raises the question what if the god Pan had a child with a human. Of course that in and of itself isn’t too original. There are plenty of demigods in ancient Greek tales. Unfortunately there’s not much else to that element of the plot.

It took a while to get the story rolling and get past the first act of setting everything up. The duration of each episode helps to ease the long haul of thirty to sixty minute episodes. There are times when ten minutes or less can do wonders. Just be sure to turn auto-play on and list them in chronological order.

The acting for some characters is a bit over the top and crosses the line into unbelievable in the sense of kicking you out with overly melodramatic dialogue delivery. That being said, it makes sense to have a goddess act that way. The problem was she was at an 11 and a nine or ten would’ve more appropriate. It’s only a small complaint, but worth mentioning as the scenes with the villain and the spider creature were some of the hardest to get past. The effect applied to the spider’s voice, while cool, was also hard to understand. Most of the time, making out what was being said by the creature relied solely on the context and the other character’s delivery of their lines. Which in this case was a bit too over the top.

The middle is rushed through in order to get to the end. If you were to ask someone what happens in middle of any story. The answer would be akin to an aspiring writer try to explain their book to someone by continuing to talk about it non-stop. In some sense, every middle is like this. We tend to remember the first and last thing of a story and forget or skim the middle. Altered Avalon pulls no punches and gives you everything you need to know in 2-3 episodes, totaling about 20 minutes or less in order for the end to make sense. There’s no playing with subplots or exploring the world. It’s a simple boom, boom, boom, and here’s the third act.

While the ending is somewhat satisfying, the rest of the season sort of fizzles out and feels like the end of an episode, rather than the end of a story arc. As far as fantasy audio dramas go this one may start slow, but it’s definitely worth checking out for fans of Greek mythology.

4/5 stars

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