The Oyster

An Audio Drama, Society and Culture podcast
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In a not so distant future, due to overwhelming carbon emissions, The Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable. These conditions are made far more horrifying because the available housing shelters (that can produce sustainable air quality) will only be able to house 80% of the world’s total population. To try and save the human race, every person has a government-mandated microchip implanted in their brains to attempt to facilitate the migration of a portion of the population to an underground shelter. In order to decide who gets to be protected and who must stay above ground, the government implements a value scale they have determined based on “usefulness” to future society. If you are valued at a 50 or above, you will be chosen to enter the bunker, and, if not, you must stay above ground and face the end of days. “Neuron” (which acts as both a prestigious brain implant and also a software company) is folded into a sanctioned branch of the government called, “The Ministry of Experience.” Their job now is to develop technologies and software that can replicate the human experience above ground. But what is far more pressing is The Ministry must find a way to reduce the use of resources, or they will run out of all survivable assets before being able to relocate to “Eden” - the one place above ground that might be salvageable in a few years time. Whether Eden will be ready in time remains to be seen, but its existence is literally the last hope for the human race surviving. In a drastic effort to cut emissions and resource usage, “The Oyster” is created. The Oyster is Nirvana - A state absent from the mind while being filled with complete pleasure and bliss. What, then, happens when reality begins to fade and The Oyster is all that remains?

The Oyster stars Logan Browning (Dear White People and the Perfection), Mamoudou Athie (Jurassic World), Carla Gugino (Haunting of Hill House), Keith David (Greenleaf), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, UnReal), Andrew Santino (Dave) and more.

Created by Alex Aldea and Adrienne Schaffler
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Psychedelic thriller that takes full advantage of audio as a medium by the makers of Darkest Night. Enjoyed the whole thing
This has quickly has become one of my favorite podcasts to date. The story is heavy and intense, dealing with some signifcant existential themes and intense content. What is the purpose of pain? What does healing look like? How do we grieve? Who bears the blame? What does collective and personal trauma look like? It does not shy away from really challenging ideas, weaving in themes surrounding systemic inequalities in multiple areas and shining a light on the dangers of the status quo. It builds up over the course of the first few episodes, establishing the world and the initial conflicts. As The Oyster is introduced, I think it takes a sharp turn into existential horror and dread. The sound design is very similar to Darkest Night, giving this a familiar feel, but generally worked well to establish action, scene changes, flashbacks, etc. I found the characters to be complex and murky throughout, which made for a more unsettling listening experience. No one is perfect and everyone has their flaws--some more than others. The concepts presented and the story development is really intriguing, keeping me hooked throughout.
This is such an intense experience, listening to this podcast. Profound beauty, profound desperation, yet a real sense of what it means to be human to love life and to live one another. This podcast defies any easy categorization as to what genre it actually is. Sci-fi? Philosophical? Romantic? Spiritual? Horror in that at is a times deeply scary. Psychological? Overall it is deeply sensual, the music perfect, the three D sound effect bringing both enough adrenaline but also enough warmth to bring you in real close. Such great company during these long Covid evenings
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Podcast Details

Created by
The Paragon Collective
Podcast Status
Oct 30th, 2020
Latest Episode
Dec 19th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes
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