Did you miss Serial? Did you skip season 2? I actually really enjoyed season 2 - as Crime WRiters On said, Season 1 was lightening in a bottle…that’s not gonna happen twice.
Or is it? I listened to episode 1 of Season 3 and am already hooked. Now that I’ve listened to so many other investigative podcasts, Sarah Koenig’s expertise and style stands out as the bar none of radio investigative journalists. The way she sets the scene, and allows us to feel like she is in our ‘everyman’ shoes - yet also gives us confidence in her expertise - is spot-on. It’s from years and years of being a crime and investigative reporter.
Season 2 was more straightforward investigating - her interaction with the players was minimal, and she was more storytelling in the style of a newsmagazine. Now, she’s back in the mix - sometimes her all too human reactions seem a little disingenuous, belying her intensive background as a reporter (including for the Baltimore Sun) - but I’ll buy it, hook, line and sinker.
The first episode is a recounting of a rather absurd case where a woman defending herself from a group assault was the only one arrested. It’s very linear, accented with body cam footage, interviews with both prosecutor and defense attorney, and showcasing also the cycle of troubles people find themselves in. Those of us in our cozy middle class lives need to hear about how the other side lives, and the court system that rarely affects us - except in unrealistic episodes of Law and Order.
I’m in - and letting the episodes stack up a little bit, though I’m so ready to hear the recaps from the Crime Writers On Gang. But, to distract me - I’ ve got Slow Burn, Crimetown Season 2…I’ll be fine.