Extraterrestrial – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with Parcast’s show: Extraterrestrial. The podcast was relatively new a the time of recording and releasing 2 part cases weekly at the time.

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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 Parcast’s Podcast: Extraterrestrial.

Extraterrestrial is podcast that looks into reports of alien abductions and encounters. It releases every Tuesday and currently has 5 full episodes and a short introduction. So far the episodes have been between 40 minutes and an hour. Each report or case has been spread over two episodes so far.

Extraterrestrials, ETs, Aliens, Invaders From Space, little green men, call them what you will, at the end of the day I know very little about these solar suspects. I thought perhaps it is time I learn a little lore about our nebulus neighbors. So Parcast’s Extraterrestrials is just one of the podcasts I downloaded to breach the subject. I liked the work Parcast was doing with Mythology so I was expecting something similar in Extraterrestrial. However,  I ended up being disappointed.

There is some soundscape and music elements to Extraterrestrial, but it is not as immersive or atmospheric as it could be. Extraterrestrial does away with building the scene using sound, music, and voice acting, in favor of utilizing two hosts. The problem is that there is no point to having the two hosts. The show is completely scripted and each hosts simply alternates sentences on the script. I’m not even fully convinced the hosts are in the same room as each other. They don’t really react to the last line that was said, interact with each other or let much personality shine through in their reading. There is no passion in this podcast it is flat like when kids are forced to read out of a history book one paragraph at a time in school. When I was in school I used to tune out the other students reading and just read the on page text to subvert the droning. Sadly that is not an option in this experience. It is like a Parcast found two people with great voices and just gave them informative but dry scripts. It feels almost like a farse of the grassroots podcasts hosted by people who are actually interested in their subject matter. Whether you like the humor of something like Last Podcast On The Left, those hosts know how to interact with each other and engage an audience.

It is hard for me to actually talk specifically about the subject matter because I have listened to nearly all of the episodes released so far and I was so unengaged I can barely remember the cases. I have a pretty good memory and anything I listen to I can usually recall quite well, but it is like my brain just turned off listening to Extraterrestrials. I remember the cases lacking any sort of personal opinion, they were very stately and orderly. Following through point by point chronologically touching upon the lives of the characters past the events. Simply put, the show is weird, despite the lack of personal touch at the end of the case the hosts  give the case a believability rating. So despite the show being devoid of any sentiment at the end the hosts state an opinion. One rating, between the two of them, that isn’t discussed at all, read off a script.

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 Throughline a 2/5, a slow clap. I could use this podcast to zone out or fall asleep to, the audio and presentation is inoffensive, but doesn’t capture my attention at all. Sometimes I see people complain on the internet about how some hosts personality or humor annoys them, maybe Extraterrestrials is for those people. For the rest of us we’ll probably stick to hosts that at least have some personality injected into their shows.  

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.