Episode Review: The Leviathan Chronicles Chapter 22: City Life

The Leviathan Chronicles.

It’s a good name, but when I recommend it to friends and random, confused  people I meet on the street, I  refer to it as ‘PURE AUDIO CRACK’ in a voice that sounds almost completely unlike Trailer Voice Guy Don LaFontaine. Why do I do this? Because ‘Leviathan’ is like a highly addictive drug that is free and also comes at more or less regularly scheduled intervals. It’s also a very high-quality drug.

I’m going to stop the drug metaphors now.

The Leviathan Chronicles Chapter 22: City Life continues the tradition of  being at least 2x as epic as the episode before it (even though episodes 20 & 21 are my current favorites ever.) In this episode, Macallan and Evangeline explore Leviathan, meeting and talking with its inhabitants;  most notably, a classical painter and his apprentice (played by Mur Lafferty, writer of the ‘Heaven’ trilogy and a lot of other awesome stuff). Evangeline is forced to cut the trip short, however, once she receives news that a serious security breach has occurred within Leviathan’s main computer, resulting in a virus that could destroy everything, including the pressure shields that make Leviathan habitable. The main suspect? Harlequinn, rogue Immortal, assassin, thief, and Evangeline’s lover. An enraged Evangeline leaves Harlequinn in Bennu’s capable hands for questioning. Oh, and speaking of Bennu–he’s actually evil councilman Kriegerson. Remember him from way back in Episodes 9 & 10? If not, you should go back and re-listen.

This is why I love ‘Leviathan’ so much! Every time I think I know what’s going on and who’s right and wrong, things get changed up. Harlequinn may or may not be the one who planted the virus (a note left inside a globe in Evangeline’s room may or may not indicate this), and he might also be on the Rebellion’s side, Evangeline’s side, or both. Bennu may or may not be plotting against Evangeline, and Sienshun/the Rebellion may or may not be evil. Oh, the ambiguity! It’s wonderfully infuriating. I have a feeling that when the first ‘season’/chunk of episodes ends in the not-too-distant-future, my head will explode.

Also, remember that so-called doomsday device? The one Nathaniel Pratt took the plans for when he ran to the surface? Evangeline calls it a “failsafe device”, and says that they may be able to use it to create a “new Earth”, but she also says that she prays she will “never be forced to use it”. Based on the description of this machine, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think it’s a space ship, but my theories are usually pretty far off the mark, so… it could also be a doomsday device. Or, it could make toast.

 One of the things I enjoyed most about this episode were the guest stars, which included Mur Lafferty, David Ault, and a host of others as the citizens of Leviathan. Speaking of voice actors, I discovered something in this episode that made me feel a little foolish: after two episodes of listening to Evangeline, I suddenly realized that she is voiced by the one and only Laura Post. (DP’s The Byron Chronicles, Star Trek: Lost Frontier, & Batman: No Man’s Land, among others, as well as a myriad of other projects including Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy.) I had to dig through the ‘Leviathan’ website to find the cast list, but it was worth it. I would have gone crazy otherwise.

So, quick wrap up: Leviathan is awesome; it has a plot that is twisty and wonderful, like a pretzel, or quite possibly a whole bag full of Twizzlers candy.

(I’ve noticed that I tend to compare ‘The Leviathan Chronicles” with food. This is because I really love food, and I really love ‘Leviathan’. I actually think I might love ‘The Leviathan Chronicles’ more, because unlike eating food, listening to ‘The Leviathan Chronicles’ all the time does not result in me needing to buy bigger pants.)

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Listen to The Leviathan Chronicles Episode 22: City Life by clicking here. Or, to get the show on the front of iTunes’ podcast page, download it there! Don’t forget to rate it and leave a comment, too…

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This review was brought to you by the number 22 and the letter L. One, one review, ah ah ah ah…

Yeah. I made a Sesame Street joke.

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2 Responses to “Episode Review: The Leviathan Chronicles Chapter 22: City Life”

  1. As always, I am humbled and filled with gratitude for your incredibly kind review. Lots of great stuff is in store for Leviathan as we get towards the end of the Season. Season 1 will be repackaged by Audible.com with some new original music and an hour or two of additional content. In between Season 1 & 2, I’ll be releasing much smaller 4-7 minute episodes every two weeks until we start Season 2.

    One small correction. In Chapter 22, Harlequinn revealed that Bennu was actually KRIEGERSON (the evil evangelical councilman), not Pieter Scarletton. Evangeline used the healing power of the original Starstone to heal the wounds she inflicted on Kriegerson. By giving him a second chance at life, she was actually giving herself a second chance to shed the guilt for obliterating the town of Somnertock and killing every inhabitant (thus violating her code as Valkyrie). This entire story will be one of the mini-episodes you can look forward to between seasons.

    Thanks again for doing for fantastic blog. You so rock!

    Christof

    P.S. I like your theories 😉

    P.S.

  2. leviathandances Says:

    0_0 I fiixed it. Thanks for pointing that out… heh. Looks like *I* might need a re-listen. (I don’t see how this can be a bad thing, though.)

    It’s good to know that we won’t be left completely without a Leviathan fix in between seasons…and the words ‘additional content’ make me happy inside.

    Also, Leviathan–and the other shows I review here– makes me happy inside. Giving back some happy and hopefully infecting other people with audio obsession is the least I can do. =D

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