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Serial Podcast

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Melody Bot, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

    Serial is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. First released in October 2014, it is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life. Episodes vary in length and are available weekly. It ranked number one on iTunes even before its debut and remained there for several weeks.

    Serial won a Peabody Award, the first of its kind, in April 2015.
  2. :sleeping:

    Where's the "snooze" icon for the second season? Talk about a let down.
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  3. Ryan G

    Moderator Moderator

    I've still only listened to episode 1 of season 2. I was so bummed when I realized it was a different case.
  4. Still haven't started season two yet -- bummed to hear it's a disappointment.
  5. Corey Putney

    @coreyputney Prestigious

    For real. I stopped listening about four episodes in. I made up my mind about what I thought of the case after at least the second episode and lost interest - whereas in the first season, each episode would reveal something new that made me question who's side I was on. It was interesting. I was engaged. Not so much this time around.
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  6. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Did Season 2 even end yet? I know zero people still listening if so
  7. Garrett

    i tore a hole in the fabric of time Moderator

    Listened to episode 9 of season 2. It's definitely a snooze, but I'm also curious of the subject matter. I kept waiting for it to get meaty.. and outside of the stories of his time in captivity and when he escaped for a bit in the mountains of Pakistan, it never really got good.
  8. Yeah, have not attempted season two yet. Not sure if I will at this rate.
  9. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    All three season one updates we're pretty compelling even
  10. I'm still listening. It's not as intriguing as S1, but that doesn't make it uninteresting. Serial isn't topping my podcast priority list anymore, but I wouldn't miss an episode.
  11. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

  12. Henry

    Moderator Moderator

    Was looking to see how the case was going and this was a real headline:

    Bowe Bergdahl lawyers seek meeting with Donald Trump
  13. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Trump seems to be the only person with a more screwed up ideology of what a modern military should be than Bergdahl so a meeting between the two of them seems fitting
  14. Henry

    Moderator Moderator

    Bowe's view on the military is kinda spot on. He is absolutely right about the need for change. Wandering around in sandstorms is not the way to go about change.

    There are a ton of overlying problems with the military that are constantly addressed and ignored. Brass is so out of touch and embedded in their 'old school' mentality that they think change is detrimental. We are finally seeing progressive leadership (at least in the Army) that are addressing the need for a new culture.

    There is definitely a huge dialog to be had about Bowe and really good things that can come from it. We just have a hard-headed system.

    But yeah, Trump would set us back forty years.
  15. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    I mean to an extent, but from what some of the quotes said about him was that he pictured himself as a Samurai warrior and all this other ridiculous stuff. It seems that, yes, there were some aspects of his complaints that were valid, but his perception about what he should be doing to address those complaints put a ton of people not only at risk but in danger, and greatly affected the morale of the soldiers in Afghanistan, as well as allowed for fairly easy propaganda for our foreign enemies that affected and put the lives in danger of countless other troops.

    One of the very few people in my mind who could potentially do more damage to that image overseas is Trump. So to me it makes sense that his team would want to meet.

    In my mind, yes this season has been incredibly dull from a storytelling perspective, but even more so I find it unfortunate that they have spent an entire season trying to justify and understand an action that is utterly indefensible and incomprehensible is to me the worst part.
  16. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Another exhaustingly boring episode. This season has been an unequivocal disappointment.
  17. Deanna

    Trusted Supporter

    This season definitely has been fairly boring. I think the story is good but the presentation is just okay. I'm mostly interested in finding out what the military decides to do with Bowe.
  18. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Surprised the season is still going, honestly. It's been forever
  19. Matt

    Living with the land Supporter

    So this is the final episode of the season and I don't know what the point of it all was.
  20. Jakobindeed

    My Whole Life is Thunder Prestigious

    This season hasn't been great, but I've really enjoyed the updates on Adnan and all of S1 was great
  21. suicidesaints

    Trusted Prestigious

    Stopped S2 after 5 or so episodes. Have had zero urge to go back.
  22. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    So they gave us nearly nothing that anyone who had heard of this guy before didn't already know, and ended up just as open ended, or perhaps more open ended a note, than the last season. Yeah I'm out on this podcast unless people say Season 3 absolutely blows them away.
  23. Deanna

    Trusted Supporter

    I'm listening to the new episode now and I also didn't end up being as interested in this season as the first. It's been fairly boring. Did enjoy the they called the Taliban though, mainly because that seems like a weird thing to be able to do.
  24. Blake Solomon

    Mr. Emeritus Prestigious

    i just saw that season 2 ended. i couldn't even get through a review of it to see if any conclusion was drawn, but clearly there was not.
  25. Brenden

    Trusted Prestigious

    Honestly hearing his reasons why sounded like the most Army private thing ever. That's the biggest failure leaders make is not telling down to the lowest level what we are doing and WHY. That is what happened here. Minus the obvious mental issues and disillusioned views he had it sounded like every unhappy private. Toxic leadership has just become this catch all phrase people use but no one knows what it is.

    Bowes leaders failed in some capacity and there is no argument there. He didn't understand why he was doing literally anything by his interviews. He was complaining that he had to risk his life for an MRAP. Literally our answer to IEDs and he didn't understand why recovering it would help prevent the enemy from exploiting its weaknesses. He was mad that they got chewed out for being unshaven. It sucks but if you let things slide like that eventually more and more things get out of hand and you have an undisciplined unit. If you read Black Hearts you'd understand how detrimental a undisciplined unit is to morale and the overall story.

    While in Ranger School they would question guys on patrols about what we were doing, where we were, and other mission details. It would piss me off because everyone was to sleep deprived to car unless they were in a leadership position. But it did make me truly understand why that's important and how that can effect people's views on what they have to do. I worked hard to make the soldiers know the reason behind what they are doing.

    There are issues with the Army/military but everything Bergdahl brought up is such a joke.

    I followed the series closely to get a new understanding on what happened. Where it failed for what Serial goes for was there is really only one conclusion and that's Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. There were failures along the way be he was truly to blame for everything that happened. Last season you went away with a feeling of he may not of done it. Or at least he isn't getting a fair shake.