Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery – Podcast Review

In this episode I talked about my experience with Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery. A polished, well-written, and very inclusive show.

PodApplaud- Unwell

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 gothic with the podcast: Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery.

Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery, which I’m going to refer to as Unwell for the rest of this review is a relatively new audio drama produced by Hartlife NFP. At the time of this review Unwell has just released their last episode before they take an 8 week mid-season break. They release at least one episode per week so when they get back to it the story will pick back up quickly. Episodes are about 25 minutes long and there is currently 6 full length episodes.

I believe I saw Unwell trending and decided to check it out.  The team behind the show has a lot of experience in the audio drama world since their original show, Our Fair City has ran for 8 seasons now, starting in 2011 I believe. Unwell has Transcripts available, great show notes, and holds itself to a very high standard of quality. The show is undeniably an audio drama smaller shows could use as a reference on how to make a polished and professional show. Meanwhile here on PodApplaud I’m pushing 45 episodes with no theme song. Unwell has an emphasis on both the Audio and the drama. The show sounds crisp, I listened in a relatively noisy environment and all the lines, effects, and music is mixed really well, because I didn’t notice it being hard to make out anything despite the noise. These voice actors are really endearing me to their characters. Which is a complete necessity because these characters are really the heart and soul of the show.  We have Dot who is aged proprietor of the mysterious Fenwood house, her estranged and bitter daughter Lilly, and an overly logical history PHD candidate and Urban Planner enthusiast Abbie Douglas, who uses They/Them pronouns. How these characters interact with each other is such a treat to listen to. That is just the tip of the iceberg there are many more characters, each entertaining and unique. My biggest gripe with the show so far is that we are at the midpoint of the first season and not a lot has been happening with the mystery side of the show. The town has been established to be quite off and there has been a couple odd happenings, but so far the show has felt a lot more like a drama than a mystery. It’s hard to feel annoyed by this when just hearing the characters interact is such a pleasure, but listeners who want to get right to the mystery might find the start slow so far. As for me I’m just slightly annoyed I have to wait 8 weeks for more of the show.

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 Unwell a 4/5 , a round of applause. This is a modern show for modern audiences we hear the voices of many different marginalized groups and I couldn’t be happier about that. I cannot claim any expertise, but in my humble opinion I believe these voices are extremely well and very responsibly done. I’m going to stay subscribed and wait for the next batch of episodes, in the meantime I may even be going back to check out Our Fair City. I would recommend this show to anyone looking for believable characters and a drama-heavy mystery. So once again the show’s full title is Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery, go give them a listen.

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