Blackout – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with Blackout. This Audiodrama is high quality in deliverance, production and writing, that much is undeniable. I set out the plot a bit more in this episode to help answer the question, is it for you?

PodApplaud- Blackout

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 examine  the podcast, Blackout.

Blackout is an apocalyptic audiodrama produced by Qcode and Endeavor Audio and executive produced by Rami Malek. The show is currently in the ongoing first season with a total of 5 episodes so far. These episodes are hovering around the 25 minute mark with a television-like consistency and quality. So far the show has been releasing every Tuesday like clockwork.

Usually I wait until a show has at least 5 episodes before I talk about it. For indie shows, usually they can iron out some audio issues in this time. It also lets me figure out what a show is aiming for and if they are achieving  their purpose. For audiodramas I can also get a sense of where the story is going and how well it is being told. For Blackout I could have reviewed the show earlier, but I feel like the most recent episode: The Trial really captured my attention and showed me how invested I was in the world. In Blackout we have a situation in which Small town, New Hampshire experiences a sudden loss of phone reception and quickly after that power. There is a bit of unrest as the community attempts to find how far reaching the effects of the blackout reach. Our main character tries to keep the town together. However, despite being a respected local radio D.J.  some of the town’s suspicious old-guard still regard him as somewhat of an outsider. THe plot so far has been very well written by Scott Conroy. You care more and more about the characters as the story progresses. The episodes have conflicts and hooks and seem to fly by. All the voice acting is top notch in this show and I find most of the characters to be quite believable. At one point in the story we skip a couple weeks and I do think they could have put in a bit more to convey the change that happens to the community during this time. I think if this was TV they could rely on imagery for this, but they needed a bit more dialogue to show how the characters are adapting and changing in this audio medium. This is the only thing I can really think of to nit-pick about the show. Otherwise the show is really affective it makes me think a lot about the state of the world and what it would be like if we were to experience a large-scale extended blackout. The show makes me feel the horror of how an event like that might change our lives so drastically and especially change how people regard each other without the modern comforts of our society. While I’m feeling and thinking about these things as I said before the show goes by so quickly leaving me wanting more.

Well 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’m going to give Blackout a 5/5. Often I judge shows with a higher budget, more celebrity, and more production harsher than an independent project. However with Blackout you can expect a great show. Bigger budget shows like any others can fumble in a number of ways, but Blackout is very well executed, every episode is engaging and entertaining. It makes you question things and sucks you into the show’s world. I wish this show dropped all at once, because I’m craving the chance to hear more. I’ll stay subscribed and listen to each episode ASAP when released. I would recommend this show to everyone, just be aware that there is some explicit content if such things turn you away or you like to listen to shows with your kiddos this one might not be right for you.

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