Adding voices and characters to the story has not only added to the anxiety of the situation, it has also ratcheted up the complexity. Building on the setup of a pretty exciting season one, and with a story that adds details and story arcs without completely overwhelming the listener, while leaving the characters (and listeners alike) still wanting more.
The early part of season two is a masterclass in how to piecemeal an info dump. The new characters, while not spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t listened to it yet, have given creator Joel Mengel more room to breathe from a story perspective, as well as added some intrigue to the interpersonal relations of the cast of characters we’re following.
There’s some very interesting philosophy added into the story of this second season. A little hope in dark times is just a piece to the puzzle, but questions about users and tools like “Does a chicken ask the knife why it’s cutting its throat?” are not only brought up, but interesting considerations in not just what is happening, but what set up the circumstances of Season One, which we learn about over the course of this season.
And perhaps one of my favorite parts of this new season is a turning point that is amplified by Guster’s “Rainy Day” which Mengel got permission to use from the band themselves, he says so on the podcast!
But of everything that you need to know, know this… There is a quote from Season Two that is 100% accurate to me and almost everyone I know. “How the hell do you know half the shit you know? I just do. I drink coffee and I know things.”
And that’s just one piece of the good scripting that Mengel put into play, brought to life by more voices, and I, for one, can’t wait for the final season.