They used to say that if the history of Earth were a 24 hour day, humans have only been around since 11:59 pm. Well, it’s 12:01, and nothing good happens after midnight.
Audio drama podcasts are a rapidly growing genre, and it’s obvious that listeners are demanding more. Shows like Welcome To Night Vale and Hello From The Magic Tavern proved that podcasting is the perfect medium to revive audio dramas, and more recent big budget affairs like Gimlet’s Homecoming have capitalised on this huge new trend.
The increasing popularity of podcasts in general, and the new found audience for audio dramas in particular, mean that content creators are now free to become more adventurous in their work. Lesser Gods, one of our new favourite podcasts, is a show that really embraces adventure.
Colleen Scriven is the creator, writer, and one of the voices of what she describes as a soundscaped, shifting perspective, murder mystery podcast. If you think that sounds like a mouthful, you’re not alone, but it’s probably the most concise way to describe what Lesser Gods is.
In a future version of Earth where humanity can no longer reproduce, Lesser Gods follows the five youngest people on the planet. What starts off as an exploration of their hedonistic government subsidized lifestyle quickly takes a turn for the dark.
The 5 youngest people left on earth live a life of sex and partying…Until someone starts targeting them. New episodes every other Thursday pic.twitter.com/qmxXQUuECv
— Lesser Gods (@lessergodsshow) November 4, 2016
While the closest existing genre to Lesser Gods is the YA Dystopian story, it seems almost a discredit to paint the podcast as that. Sure, it’s got important young people in a world not too far away from our own, and complicated relationships coupled with authority figures hiding secrets, but the show seems a bit more adult than the franchises so popular with teenagers.
Fans of products like The Hunger Games and Divergent will definitely appreciate Lesser Gods, but it’s certain that people who could never get into the misunderstood-girl-has-to-save-the-world genre could really get into this new audio drama.
What really makes Lesser Gods unique and exciting is the narrative style the creator has gone for. Each episode is told by a handful of cast members, but the characters in the show tell every part of the story. Their own dialogue, other character’s dialogue, and narration is all carried out by one person at a time.
And while at first this seems like a clever trick designed to get around the limitations of the medium, it’s a move that works incredibly well for the podcast. Something that comes across as deliberate, and a great way to introduce a full cast without giving too much away at once.