The Philadelphia Xperiment

My first listen from Camp Fire Radio was a wonderful treat. Great story, acting, and a tale that made me wince in fear and disgust—but in a good way. What I found most fascinating was the hypnosis scene. The way it combined the “blind” medium of audio with John Doe closing his eyes and remembering the past was ingenious. I felt like I was John, as scary as that thought might be given the ending.

What makes the tale scary isn’t the gruesome sound effects—even though they are extremely visceral. It’s the fact that it’s based on actual history. Well, more like conspiracy type history. You can find more about the Philadelphia Experiment on its wikipedia page.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Short and sweet, but packed with tons history, horror, and imagination.

5/5 Stars

The Table Round Episode 2

The second episode is leaps and bounds better than the first in terms of production value. There’s still some parts that perhaps could’ve been better, but as the episode progressed the sound quality let go of the wheel and hopped in the passenger seat. leaving the driving to the story and characters.

If getting over a rough beginning is hard, you may not make it this far. I hope you do, because episode 2 shows the talents of the cast and crew much better than the first episode. That’s not to say they weren’t good in that chapter, but the amateurish sound quality hindered the overall enjoyment.

The scene where Arthur receives Excalibur is the best one out of this episode. I can’t wait to see what the this series has in store as it’s only getting better; not only as each new episode is released, but during the episodes themselves.

4/5 Stars

Hadron Gospel Hour Episode 1: The Reluctant Hadronaut

Welcome to the multi-verse or at least one creator’s idea of a timeless science fiction trope. Dr. Who be damned, because there’s a new quirky comedy on the scene and it’s combining elements of Robot Chicken with Sci-fi comedy from the stylings of The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi. Hadron Gospel Hour promises to achieve both great storytelling and acts of random humor.

What makes this unique is how it uses the multiverse trope to justify the occasional random humor. That could be a turn off for some people. The beginning is way out there in terms of the randomness factor. It’s not until you get past the fake commercials for things like the awesome product that everyone needs that you get into the real meat and potatoes of the first episode. It’s an interesting way to set up the series and the world building behind it. In the essence of “show, don’t tell,” the creator(s) have achieved an interesting balance between explaining the world and showing you how random and unpredictable it can be.

The first episode has a whacky beginning, a comedic middle, and an ending that takes the whole thing up two notches. Honestly, the way they tied the main plot of this individual episode and the setup for the series together was outstanding. I certainly wasn’t expecting that kind of twist so early in the show’s debut.

We’re Alive: A Story of Survival (Season 2)

The second season deals more with the character interactions much more than the first season. There’s a whole other zombie-infested LA to explore and the writers venture out to places unknown with Michael, Kelly, and Pegs. At first glance the place seems like a paradise, but upon closer inspection the colony is on the verge of collapse. The bad part of this subplot is that it’s kind of filler material. The subplot’s engaging and moves the story forward, but after the issues are resolved it kind of bears the listener asking the question: was all that really necessary for this one thing to happen?

After that long story arc, three new people  join up with the people at the tower. Introductions are made, but things have gotten worse since Michael and the other’s got back: someone left the tower. There’s a big emotional scene that brought tears to my eyes as I walked home from the public library where I live. It amazed me that, having never experienced that kind of bond with anyone, I was crying and thinking this is how it feels like to feel like you’ve lost someone close and you could’ve done something to save them.

The climax is quite similar to the end of the first season. It’s different enough, however, that it feels fresh and original, despite having essentially the same plot archetype of survive. Only this time, they may not have been so lucky. The season finale got me pumped up to purchase the third season on audible.com. I eagerly awaited my next credit, which felt like it took forever to get deposited into my account.

The Leviathan Chronicles Season 2 – The Director’s Cut (Part 1 of 2)

It took a long time to get into the first season of The Leviathan Chronicles. To be honest, I never did. The closest thing I got to experiencing the first season of this underwater sic-fi adventure was the Season one recap. After listening to that, I was intrigued to not only listen, but to buy the director’s cut. Let me just say, it’s worth every penny.

The thing that caught my attention were the three main story lines of Tully and Oberlin, the Black Door group and the Leviathan rebels, and Macallan’s team. Two out of the three were in direct conflict with one another. The execution of the story was brilliantly done. It seemed that in the first few episodes of season one, Macallan was reactive, rather than proactive. On top of that, she didn’t have any traits that made her sympathetic for me. That’s the main reason why I stopped listening.

Season two takes it in an entirely new direction within the first chapter. Granted there was an entire season to get to know the characters and some twists and turns along the way. That being said, I was never lost as to what was going on. There was no mid-story jump-in fatigue, like in a lot of movies and television shows that when you come in late, you have no idea what’s going on.

The rest of the cast was more fleshed out and the ambience and sound effects were top notch as always. This time around the narration bits weren’t as distracting. One thing I noticed was that there’s no clear villain. Not that this story needs one. It’s stronger because of it. There’s an antagonist—the side opposite the main two of Macallan or Black Door, depending on who you feel is the protagonist. Tully’s storyline was definitely the weakest link and hopefully he has more to do in part two.

This part doesn’t end on a cliff hangar. It’s a fully contained story with just the right amount of loose ends needed for what I hope to be an epic season finale. I’ll definitely be purchasing the second part of season two.

The Knightmare (Part Two)

The second part, doesn’t fulfill the promises made at the beginning. In fact it twists the end, not once, but twice. This would be fine, if the twists didn’t feel like they were being made for the sake of the twist—and not the story. The two twists follow somewhat cliche archetypes: The Act III villain change and “I knew it all along” plot twist.

I won’t give the specifics, but the villain you think is the bad guy is not the bad guy. That alone would’ve been fine, but it goes one step further than necessary. The twist after that is the hero knew about the murder legion’s plan all along. This is a plot twist, for those who listened to both parts—back to back—that comes off as more of a plot hole. However, during its original release, people forget the first part.

The reason I say that the hero knowing can be considered a plot hole, in the confines of this story, is because he is surprised upon hearing about the Murder Legion. The twist could’ve worked, if it was (Female crime boss) who told him. But the writer doesn’t go that route, thus making the plot more convoluted and a potential plot hole.