The Path Down

A Fiction podcast
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So good! And such a unique blend of authentic, college-age slice of life and light science fiction. The characters are compelling and it's so nice to listen to a show rooted in a strong and authentic friendship. Refreshing and really well made.
Relatable characters, a supernatural element, emotion and intrigue. Sign me up! I can't wait to listen more.
The Path Down is one of the most refreshing podcasts I've listened to this year. Fantastic, personal, and with just delightful characters. (And you gotta love those references to Dante!) I've loved everything I've heard so far, and I plan on sticking with this one till the very end.
There's a lot about The Path Down I truly love: -- Delightfully snappy banter. While the show covers some incredibly heavy themes, it's executed in such a delightfully character-driven way. I found myself smiling through most of it, with the occasional grave nod. This is to say nothing of the truly wonderful vocal performances and direction -- each performer really sells their character, and reads their lines in a believably understated way given their settings. It all felt just 'right'. -- The underlying aspirational quality of the interactions. These are characters who, by and large, are good people doing their best to care for the others in their lives. I think the most obvious way that comes up is the way the characters respond to and create accommodations for the seeming inconveniences that come up when dealing with each others' superpowers. I loved that! In avoiding 'cheaper' drama (ala obstinate mutant persecution), the show doubles down on the thematic qualities that make it shine: nuanced explorations of our inner demons, and how we struggle to overcome them alongside the others we care about. -- The effortlessly clean, readable sound design! Between the setting, the sparse moments of action, and transitions, I'm refraining from calling the soundscape minimal -- it's an active pleasure -- though it's also true that it's always used with purpose and restraint. This really bolstered the excellent vocal performances, and really, the quality of the entire show as a result.
I adore this show! It's billed as "slice-of-life sci-fi" which hooked me from the start--what a genre mashup I never expected. But that's exactly what it is, and it works so well. The show is filled to the brim with heart right from the top with a warm, lived-in, amazingly fun relationship between Vanessa and Dexter--their argument about interpretation of the shipping drama in Dante's Inferno is so specific and funny and I still smile about it whenever I think of the show to this day. Come for the mystery and superpowers, stay for the amazing banter--or come for the amazing banter, stay for the mysteries/superpowers, I think it works either way.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Leslie Gideon
Podcast Status
Jul 20th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 26th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
13 minutes

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