In this Episode I talk about my experience with Ostium. The podcast had 30 full episodes across three seasons. The third season had wrapped up and a fourth was underway at the time of recording. You will also find many other goodies on their podcast feed such as bonus content and behind the scenes material.
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: Ostium.
Ostium is an independent speculative fiction, maybe even sci-fi audio drama, produced by a small, but devoted team. There are currently 30 main episodes spread over three seasons, each episode is between 30 and 45 minutes long. In addition there is a lot of bonus audio, both in-universe things tangential to the plot, and behind the scenes material. Currently season three has just ended but uploads usually come out every two weeks. Listener discretion is advised, there is a decent amount of cursing in this cast.
Ostium describes itself quite simply, “Ostium is a fictional podcast about a man who discovers a secret town with many doors that lead him to strange and interesting places.”
I have posted online in a few places looking for podcasts to talk about, and remind listeners to feel free contacting me at the end of each of my episodes. Alex Telander was just one of the many people who have reached out to me. He humbly suggested I check out Ostium, which he created and writes. The premise of the show sparked my imagination, so I checked it out, and I’m glad to say I was not disappointed.
I’m going to keep things a bit vague so as to avoid spoilers, while also letting you know what you are in store for if you open the door to Ostium’s world. So our main character is a fellow named Jake who discovers a place called Ostium. This place has kind of a pull on Jake it continually pulls him in and as a listener you are not sure if it is luring him as one might lure prey or if it is a belonging. In the beginning there is quite a bit of tension as you try to assess just what the relationship between Ostium and Jake is, this never really goes away but does take more of a backseat as time goes on. Eventually the plot feels adventurous yet isolated and dangerous. As the story develops Jake forms a few bonds with other characters, and the interplay between them is really rich.
The show is very capable of taking a left turn or revealing information that changes everything just when the listener starts feels they know what to expect each episode. The scope of the show is constantly in question, when things are revealed, I was never turned off the story or felt that my experience had been soured or cheapened. The bread crumbs are there, even if you are not sure what they mean when you first hear them, but they are there so when something is revealed later you never feel like it has been shoehorned in, there is more of a “AH-HA! moment’. In the latest season, season 3, things do get a little bit cerebral, but the plot still holds tight. I think there are still a lot of mysteries to look forward going into season 4.
The show’s writing really knows how to pull you in, there is some humor there too, and the characters even like to point out all the nerdy references peppered across their own dialogue. Characters also like to talk with idioms a lot which is kind of funny, Ostium is full of idioms. I believe the characters and their motivations and really enjoy their voices. Also the sound design is great, there really is a lot to love in Ostium.
Alrighty, here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Ostium a 5/5, a standing ovation! Ostium really has a strong mystery and fantastical atmosphere, if you are like me you will be guessing what is really going on constantly, but I doubt you will get it. Yet even when parts of the mystery become known you become doubly intrigued on the parts you still don’t know.
I would recommend this podcast to anyone who want an audio drama that is very easy to get into yet will endlessly consume your curiosity.
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