It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.
Aftershock, a scripted post-apocalyptic podcast released by iheartradio in July, is a larger than life production with big names in the starring roles, and superb audio and special effects. What makes this even more impressive is that it was created during the world’s lockdown against Covid-19. Thankfully though, the story does not deal with a pandemic, but with another equally worrying natural disaster, that of an earthquake.
Set in a mix of flashbacks and present-day events, Aftershock tells the tale of the largest earthquake in American history that levels Los Angeles, brings about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of thousands of people, and causes a brand new island to rise up in the Pacific Ocean. This uncharted land draws some different people to it, all with different reasons and agendas. One such person is Cassie Wallace, voiced by Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead, Prison Break), who is accompanied by a man she met after the quake occurred, Wayne Sharpe, voiced by David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow).
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What becomes immediately apparent is that, although these two made it to the island along with a number of others, they are the only survivors found by the US Coast Guard one week after the quake. Due to the sheer amount of dead bodies also discovered, they quickly find themselves in separate interrogation rooms being questioned by Captain Mark Dover, voiced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Watchmen).
It is hard to say too much about the plot, that unfolds across the ten episodes, without giving too much away, but it also involves doomsday preppers, indigenous activists and a utopian cult. There are also a lot of twists and turns that show us just how unreliable our narrators are, which keeps the listener guessing right up to the end. Although it is a self contained story, we find ourselves wondering if there is any possible scope for a sequel.
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In addition to voicing Cassie, Callies also wrote and directed Aftershock alongside co-creators Patrick Carman and Ben Harber. Although scary at times and often causing the listener to question what they just heard, Callies has stated that the heart of the story is one of forgiveness and second chances. Jeffrey Dean Morgan called the drama a labour of love, which made the obstacles of recording during a pandemic unique and exciting.
If you are after something different this festive season, why not give Aftershock a listen to and uncover the secrets that are contained not just on the island but by everyone who comes in contact with it?
You can listen to Aftershock on Apple Podcasts and other platforms.