With Rami Malek as the lead, a focus on sound effect quality, an interesting story line, and dozens of rave reviews, I had to give Blackout a listen. At the end of Season 1, I was left with some pretty strong and conflicting feelings.
On one hand: I LOVED the story and the suspense of this podcast. I was hooked and had binged my way through the entire season before I even realized it was over. The sound quality is incredible - there is an attention to detail that makes whispers seem like whispers and gunshots sound like gunshots.
On the other hand: By the end of the season, I felt like vastly more effort went into the settings and the script than the characters. Some of the recurring characters felt very flat and static, and sacrifices fell short in my eyes because I felt nothing for the person making the sacrifice.
No matter my nitpicking, this was still an excellent show, and I will definitely be listening to Season 2 soon.