I really enjoyed the first series until they started taking themselves seriously, went to space, and each episode became an hour of Griffin talking to himself and roleplaying drama with his brothers.
I liked the arc that their dad ran, and I assume the one they’re doing now is fine, but I got too bored waiting for the characters to finally meet each other and gave up. I still check in on the live episodes though!
@Moose I definitely agree that the Balance series was head an shoulders above the other campaigns, though I think it is a structure thing. It felt like the less structure that is imposed on them, the less organic they felt about it. With the Balance series, there were rules dictating enough that I think they were able to spend more time just enjoying themselves and it showed.
With their current series, it feels like there is so much open for them that there is as much time spent whittling down what they will do as actually doing anything and I feel like it shows.
@compunaut They are my first podcast (don’t know how I went up until a few weeks ago without listening to any) and I am terrified at the thought that there are only a couple more episodes before I am caught up. I’ve dropped far too many series on Netflix after binging what they have out like I am with this and don’t want the same to happen with this!
It ends at episode 14, which is a good thing for a fictional show to do. I can’t recommend it because I don’t know what constitutes good radio drama, and I haven’t listened to more than a couple episodes, but there you go. Kind of oldschool “woo~ mystery aliens military” sci-fi. Has characters, apparently. I might finish it, still.
I’ve never listened to a fiction podcast. My regulars are Judge John Hodgman, Spilled Milk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Ask Me Another, The Next Track, The Memory Palace, Movie Sign with the Mads, and Song Exploder. Those are way more than I can keep up with on my short commute.
That said, I do have Bubble downloaded for the road trip my wife and I are taking over thanksgiving.
@SSteve Ask Me Another is such a great road-trip listen!
If you like these, you might like Everything Is Alive. It’s Ian Chillag, who’s done a bunch of NPR stuff, interviewing inanimate objects. The first episode, he interviews a can of soda, and it’s really poignant in a strange, funny way.
I didn’t even realize that fictional podcasts were a thing.
Although if someone would have asked me “Do fictional podcasts exist?”, I would have said “hmm, I never heard of one, but I am sure they probably do”.
I am aware that BBC Radio 4 still does radio dramas and BBC Radio 4 Extra is a digital only station that airs repeats from BBC4 archives. The fact that most of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s content is archival repeats, I have always considered them as different than “podcasts”, but I don’t know if I was right in my thinking.
I’m more an audiobook listener, but the audio version of a story I enjoyed was released as a podcast: http://www.hpmorpodcast.com/ They started with Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and have since started narrating other rationalist fiction (which often starts with the premise “what if we didn’t give everyone the idiot ball all the time and occasionally let characters make decisions real people might in their situations?” and lets the scenario run from there).