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We’re Alive is not about zombies – it’s about people (and that’s the best part)

I was introduced to We’re Alive through one of my good friends. She knew I was interested in podcasts and told me I had to listen to it, that it was “one of the best podcasts she had ever listened to.”

And well, how could you pass up a description like that?

So, I decided to give it a go in late October and if I’m being honest, I felt the beginning to be a little slow and, well, boring. It wasn’t until I hit the midpoint of season one that I found myself wanting to continue listening, and from that point on I never turned back.

Like the introduction states (Every. Single. Time.) We’re Alive is a story of survival, one that follows a group of individuals under one common circumstance; a recent zombie apocalypse.

Initially the title seems a bit lackluster (my word of the day) and could be considered a bit misleading. If this is a zombie podcast, why would they highlight survival over the zombies themselves?

It’s these kind of questions that create great conversation as the plot of WA ultimately unfolds, because the beauty is that the zombies themselves are not the main focus of the show.

I know, I can hear the “boo”s already, the sighs of disappointment from people looking to listen to a show about zombies and instead get the trials and tribulations of a group surviving everyday life, but it’s this premise alone that makes the show so intriguing and gripping to listen to.

As a person who becomes emotionally attached to characters (much to my co-hosts frustration), WA offered some of the most memorable and compelling characters that I have ever heard. Combined with impeccable audio effects that perfectly capture the atmosphere and dire nature of the world around them, WA succeeds in truly immersing its listener into the world they have created.

However, this isn’t without its faults. A few thin plot points riddle the story such as the family that connects Scratch, Latch, the Warden and Angel, a lack of unique antagonists, which frustrated me profusely because the potential for other characters to cause conflict with our survivors was there and ultimately, fell short on execution and finally (SPOILER) my biggest gripe, using mysticism to tie in the zombie apocalypse and the one who started it all made me groan so hard that the person next to me had to ask me what was wrong.

Despite these hiccups however, WA is a truly compelling show that has stood the test of time and, in my opinion, will continue to be a point of guidance for shows looking to achieve the same notoriety. Filled with humor, actions, romance, sadness and of course, zombies, it is a roller coaster of emotions all the way through and is definitely worth a listen.

If you want to get as in-depth with WA as we did, check out part 1 and part 2 of our podcast discussion below:

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