Podcast Review #136: We’re Alive

Title: We’re Alive (Seasons 1-3)
Author: Kc Wayland
Genre: Zombie Apocalypse Audio Drama
Released: 4 May 2009 – 5 December 2012
Located: iTunes
Formats Available: podcast
Rating: R – for violence, language and adult situations

Hi. Yup. Been awhile. I haven’t reviewed anything for awhile, but that doesn’t mean my headphones have been idle. Awhile back I was perusing the iPhone Podcast App featured selections and discovered We’re Alive. Yes, I realize that I’m late to the party, but I listened to all three seasons in a relatively short amount of time to make up for the fact.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis:

For Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knew it ended in an instant. One minute, he’s in college, and in the next, rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars, and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

We’re Alive: Features chapters packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discovers that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles where the rules of human decency no longer apply.

Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say “We’re Alive?” (Stolen from the production’s website.)

Production: This is a full scale audio drama with a full team of creative people. If you want to see the full listing of production and cast folks, click here. Regardless of whom deserves the credit, credit is due. We’re Alive is a lavish production and I do mean that very favorably. Attention to detail is evident in every episode. If there is any downside to a production this well done, it might simply be that the listener ends up taking the experience for granted.

Grade: A+

Cast: If you wish to see a full listing of the cast, click here. All cast members do a superb job. Looking at their bios, I am not surprised to find that many are professional actors. We’re Alive should be a nice addition to their resumes, as I have not yet found a character that I felt was cast incorrectly. The following are what I would consider the main characters:

  • Jim Gleason as Michael
  • Shane Salk as Angel
  • Nate Geez as Saul
  • Elisa Eliot as Pegs
  • Claire Dodin as Riley
  • Scott Marvin as Burt
  • Tammy Klein as Kelly
  • Jay Olegario as Datu
  • Blaire Byhower as Lizzy

Each of these actors do a phenomenal job of reading life into their characters and have  a right to be proud of the experience they are bringing to the listener.

Grade: A

Story: Ah. The story. What initially made me listen? I really don’t know. What kept me listening? The story. The story grabbed me quickly and kept my interest firmly piqued. I can honestly say that while listening there were occasions when I wished my commute was a bit longer so I could have finished an ep, or perhaps started another.

Grade: A

Verdict: Let me preface the verdict by stating I’m not really a fan of zombies. I don’t like the Walking Dead. I quickly tire of blood and gore being the sole reason for a movie. I will never watch a zombie love story. I don’t care if the undead have a predilection for brains. So, that being said: We’re Alive. A Zombie Apocalypse audio drama/soap opera spanning 4 years all ready and not setting up for the next season until fall of this year. Can I really recommend this? YES. We’re Alive is more than the characters running from one site to another being chased by zombies. The description of the action doesn’t dwell on “gross out” factors but instead tells an intelligent story about characters that I’ve grown to care about (though some I care about in a “I wish you’d die” kind of way) accomplishing reasonable tasks in order to provide for themselves and those around them. This is more of an action story (or yes, soap opera) than it truly is a modern zombie movie for the ears. Not to say the zombies aren’t original (another necessity if you’re going down this path) and don’t provide a nice touch.

If you are at all tempted, give We’re Alive a listen. Then leave a comment and tell me what you thought about it.

Disclosure: Simply stated, I know no one involved in this production.

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There are 8 Comments to "Podcast Review #136: We’re Alive"

  • So good to see you back! And I am going to go download this. I, also am not a fan of Zombies, but your review makes this sound very interesting.

    Thank you for coming back!

  • Thomas says:

    Odin,
    Great to see you haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Miss you.

    I have started this, several times. you know my library, large and getting larger. I have restarted this podcast several times, every time wishing i had not stopped (always wonder why i did). You hit the nail on the head my friend, this one’s a keeper.

  • Neil Illing (@nilling) says:

    Welcome back sir. I too cannot believe I’ve missed this but it’s probably the best audio drama podcast I’ve heard.

  • Orion says:

    I had a bit of a road trip planned and am so glad I came here and did some “packing” Great call on this one!! Might I suggest some additional tags like “Full Cast”, and perhaps the overall grade.

    Really appreciate the work you do putting together these reviews.

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