It’s f-f-f-fun to listen to new shows – LifeAfter review
FBI; check. Mystery; check. Creepy mind-controlled husk people; check. If that wasn’t enough convincing to get you to go listen to GE Podcast Theater’s latest hit, LifeAfter, then boy do we have a review for you.
The story opens with static, and an ominous sound effect, quickly contrasted with an upbeat advertisement for a new social media – Voice Tree: “Because voices are what remind us, even at great distances, that we’re human.”
We’re then greeted by a voice tree post and the main character, Ross Barnes – A sad, mess of a person ever since his wife died eight months ago. Ross is the worst FBI agent (or data collection specialist) you could ever find, which is one of the more frustrating points of the introduction. It’s really quite hard to like Ross initially (but with a bit more digging into the overall meaning of the show, it’s apparent that we’re supposed to dislike him).
Despite an slightly rough introduction to the main character, the plot and tension of LifeAfter picks up quickly and runs smoothly throughout. The story arch follows Ross as he slips deeper into an ever-evolving web of double and triple-agent status during a feud between the FBI and the Voice Tree / LifeAfter sentient AI. Ross discovers the truth behind what’s going on, as people are seemingly replaced by babbling drones and the recorded voice of his late wife (who can now speak to him thanks to the new software) blackmail him into betraying both his job and the woman he loved.
I also wanted to touch on one of my favorite episodes, episode 5 – Ross gets taken into an FBI building and questioned about what’s going on with LifeAfter. The FBI even resorts to some really interesting interrogation tactics, and I could feel the tension and panick from Ross. That whole scene made for one of the best FBI scenes I’ve ever experienced.
Yes, I know some of that is vague compared to most of our reviews, because honestly, this is a show that you absolutely must listen to. Seriously, stop reading this an go listen.
The plot takes twists and turns, and new discoveries to whole new heights that you wouldn’t even believe. It also features one of my personal favorite (fucked up) characters in probably any story I’ve read, listened to, or watched.
Seriously, I cannot stop thinking about the car scene where a woman with giant headphones on keeps repeating the same phrase in a creepy, glitchy, almost-inhuman voice. (Hence the title of this review.)
And now before I spoil the ending for those who want us to talk about it – because there are some issues that we need to talk about with this review – I recommend, one more time, that you go an listen to the show if you haven’t yet.
You’ve been warned. Into spoiler territory we go:
Ross’ dead wife, Charlie, is, well, not-so-dead. She’s alive.
The final scene echoes the opening, when Ross says “The weather doesn’t match the terrible thing I’m about to do,” right as he walks into a building he knows his wife is hiding in.
The show ends with them talking, and seemingly getting passed the whole betrayal thing. And that was just a quick synopsis of the ending. It’s so strange and infuriating that we wrote a whole article on the analysis of it (and Ross’ character).
Despite a lackluster ending, the entire show was absolutely phenomenal and worth the listen. It was easily my favorite drama we’ve listened to so far, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget those creepy, glitchy people. Such a good-good-good, good show.
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