I’m starting to think season 1 is a flash in a bottle moment. Season 2 is … different but decent. Season 3 … completely forgotten. And these late ‘spin offs’ or whatever you like to call them are the most inspiring. I actually felt a little hoodwinked. All after season 3 which is 100% I don’t listen to, if not for the serial brand, they just … meh.
The Serial really did have something special and I felt like it was wasted. The cost of production of all that is high but the volume overall left me scratching my head a bit. I find myself constantly zoning and really frustrated when an episode ends, saying to myself “that’s it?” None of their ‘ah-ha’ moments or feelings were discovered. I didn’t feel like I was part of the gang, knowing the dark secrets or revealing the hidden clues. That’s when you know you’re listening to something good. If you as a listener feel like you are the puzzle they used with the podcast team. Season 1 set the standard for podcasts for that, sadly not less every season since.