A post-apocalyptic tale with a dark undertone that rivals the movie: “The Road,” in terms of its bleak look on the future and the end of the world. While not truly post-apocalyptic, the setting is dystopian, much like 1984 by George Orwell or the many books of the cyberpunk movement.
Despite what the introduction says about the events of the story leading up to the last days on earth, there wasn’t really a sense of that. It’s basically a long shot of a conclusion to suggest that the end of the first season leads into the a post-apocalyptic world. One could make the argument that its part one of the x number of seasons required to properly tell a (pre) post-apocalyptic story, and that would make sense. However, where the story ends in the first season feels like this is part one of a ten season series. The question on your mind should be whether or not to spend time on a series and I suppose that’s why you’re here, reading this review.
Production value-wise, this is great stuff. The acting, especially from the actor playing Kison is terrific. His descent into madness is totally believable and he sells it perfectly. The overall feel of the soundscape is futuristic. There’s a sense in the actors very lines that the world is one giant dome of some sort. This could be due to some actors microphones picking up external noises and the mixer applying too much noise reduction, giving you that hollow sound in their voice. Mixers of audio drama know what I’m talking about and its the hardest thing to overcome, because most of the time its distracting to hear a hollowed-out voice. “The Last Day – Origins” uses that negative attribute of poor quality audio dramas and uses it in a positive way. It seems that rather than matching the background noise of the actors and actresses with no audible background noise, the mixer chose to go the other way and make everyone’s lines sound like they’re coming out of a metal room. Normally this would be a mistake, but it adds a certain texture to the world not heard in audio drama. Or it could just be a filter applied to everyone’s lines. Whatever they did to achieve that effect is truly a marvel to behold.
Based on the production value alone and the style of the mixing, this is deserving of a high rating. That being said, the story is the weakest part of the season. Both storylines don’t go anywhere by the end and that makes the first season more akin to a writer saying: “It gets really good in book two. Just hold on until we get there.”