Mission to Zyxx
If we must have improvised comedy fictions, let them be as good and as joyful as this one, which reminded of us of the surprising pleasures of early Hello from the Magic Tavern. Its cast are members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, and you've likely consumed their content before (e.g. This American Life's Director of Operations, Seth Lind, who co-edits and performs here). Our story begins with the appointment of former farmboy Pleck Decksetter to a junior role in the draconian Federated Alliance government. The Alliance is seeking to make diplomatic contact with, and/or plunder for resources, the planets at the furthest reaches of its influence, so affable Decksetter heads for the Zyxx quadrant with an ornery crew of misfits. Their improvised adventures are later edited and sound-designed, and never bloated - even the ads are fun!
Gateway episodes: 102. Nermie, I Shrunk the Crew [ft Sasheer Zamata] (13 Sep 2017) / 107. The (Redacted) [ft. Michael Cruz Kayne] (18 Oct 2017)
Style: Audio drama