The Big Loop
Anyone who enjoys the productions of Pacific Northwest Stories (see Tanis, the recently concluded Black Tapes, and near relation Rabbits) should turn eagerly to this new show from PNWS co-founder Paul Bae. The Big Loop intends to bring us mysterious standalone fictions, and if its first episode is a yardstick by which to measure, it bodes well for theseason ahead. "Episode 1 - The Studio" is a ghost story told in the first person, performed with convincing directness by Tara Pratt, and elevated by compelling sound design. It also does away with those features of the PNWS-podcast model that can, over time, become maddening (e.g. the need for periodic exposition-dumps to navigate rough seas of plot). "The Studio" delivers a couple of genuine scares - we can't shake the image of a man at the door, turning - but it's also more than a ghost story; it's a parable about watching, and being watched. It's a slick and gripping listening experience, and we hope for more to come.
Gateway episode: 1. The Studio (31 Oct 2017)