Review of Team Iron Angel on Alexa Chipman’s Blog

My original serial- Team Iron Angel: Black Dawn of the Golden Age – has been reviewed over on Alexa Chipman’s blog. It’s a critical but fair review that I’m still considering the points of, and would love any feedback on that people want to give. While she likes it overall, Alexa felt the method of introduction for that story didn’t work well in audio, and that’s what I’m considering since I rather like the way that one started.

For those who may have heard it a long time ago, it starts with the main characters introduced in rapid succession as they try to hunt down a malevolent golem on the streets of Paris. Each of the characters is introduced by the narrator, and then speak in turn with the narration separating their introductions. While I admit it’s a very visual technique I felt this was a more dynamic way to introduce them, and hoped it would work in audio. Did it? Well, this is one of those times I really can’t judge, but apparently one member of my audience thinks it didn’t. I can see her point, though, it is dynamic and quick, but perhaps that’s too fast for audio- where people need more time to get a handle on characters than they might in video forms. Lord knows, I’ve criticized other producers for doing the same thing with their superhero audio dramas as well. Perhaps it’s almost a hazzard of the genre?

Either way, go check out Alexa’s review if you get the chance. Like most of her reviews, it’s well thought out and worth reading.

1 thought on “Review of Team Iron Angel on Alexa Chipman’s Blog

  1. It’s a really intriguing point Alexa’s brought up – and an interesting review.

    I have to say, I thought at the time that it worked well as a stylised way to introduce the superheroes.
    As there were only four, it didn’t seem too much info, BUT I had read the script before listening, so it doesn’t really count. It’d be interesting to hear if other listeners felt the same way as Alexa. It’s more common a technique in OTR, but I wonder if it’s not so common now due to style, or because listeners prefer a more staggered, immersive approach.

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