We’re Alive: The Complete Third Season

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Review #200

After spending over two seasons with these characters, We’re Alive: The Complete Third Season manages to throw some more curve balls and still end on a satisfying, ominous and hopeful note.

Much of the first half of the third season focuses on resolving the loose ends of seasons one and two. The biggest and most obvious one being who betrayed the group to the Mallers. No spoilers, but the whole idea of writing in journals explained in the first season finally gets a nice arc. Before the narration of the epistolary sections felt like crutches. Yes the reason behind it made sense, but it felt jarring more often than not. If narration in audio drama is a turn off for you, then you’ll be pleased to know the sections where a character describes a scene are limited and the quality of writing has improved. Not that it was bad before.

The middle is all set up for the final battle between man and the zombie horde. Where as in previous seasons, the zombies acted more like set dressing, here they are fleshed out and are a more immediate threat. You may recall me tweeting on twitter about certain moments as I was listening. Again, no spoilers, but let’s just say I ran the gambit of feeling happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc. Basically every core emotion within a single episode, most of it in the back half.

The climactic finale We’re Alive: The Complete Third season is so tense you desperately want to cling to some sort of normalcy within this apocalypse, but with both sets of characters knee-deep in zombie blood, you feel there’s no hope for anyone. Throughout it, you’re on the edge and waiting for something to change—even if it’s bad—oblivious to the seeds of hope that have already been placed.

We’re Alive: The Complete Third Season is a good stopping place for the casual fan, but for the vast majority of people who have followed these characters—not finishing the fourth and final season may seem a fate worse than un-death.

5/5 Stars

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.