I recently stumbled upon Gimlet media’s podcast, The Homecoming. First released in November of last year, this story centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life. The story is presented through telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.
I’m not even sure where I first heard of this podcast, but I’m super thrilled I did. Maybe I heard about it on another podcast. IDK, my BFF Jill. Regardless, It’s kind of genius. I’m loving it. And although you can’t physically see what’s happening, this psychological thriller doesn’t even need picture in order to make you set the scene. The sound effects are actually super well done, it’s amazing.
I will say, the first time I listened to episode 1, I only half listened. It took a slight adjustment from the typical interview-style podcasts I usually listen to. The Homecoming kind of picks up right in the middle of a story. So basically, you’ve really gotta pay attention right away so you can keep the characters straight. You’ll probably be confused at first because like I said, it just picks up and you’re left to put the pieces together yourself (one of the great parts about the pod, honestly).
Other reasons I love it: the cast.
David Schwimmer, Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Michael Cera among others.
The other cool part about The Homecoming is that at the beginning of season 2 (starting with “7. TERMINATED”), iBooks created a book to go along with the episodes, called The Lost Coast. Apparently, the two works are designed to be read in alternating installments. Podcast, Chapter One, Podcast, Chapter Two, etc. But the books aren’t necessarily needed to continue understanding the story. The books give a deeper background and a closer look at a specific character, Walter Cruz.
I’ve been devouring the audio portion for the last two days and I just finished the 9th episode. Episodes are about 20-25 minutes long, so they’re totally doable on your evening stroll, commute to work, or cool-down at the gym. I’ve yet to read the books, but I’m definitely planning on checking them out. Don’t worry, I’ll report back and let you guys know what I think.
But for now, GO LISTEN TO DIS SWEETO POD. And let me know later whatchu think.
Cheers and happy listening!