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Drannix99
Dec 22nd, 2012, 12:50 PM
During the break before the upcoming season 4 I have decided to re-listen to all of the We're Alive Podcasts seasons 1-3. When you listen to the episodes back to back the show has an entirely different feel. Less Radio Drama and more High Production Audio Book. It has a really great feel. Additionally you pick up on many of the runinng jokes in the show; like for example someone saying "He didn't see that one coming" after shooting a Zombie in the eye, or someone saying "Gloves in the Golovebox" and then laughing at thier own joke. I also just realized that there are/were other female mallers besides Scratch. It's also interesting to hear Kalanhi's responses to various questions and situations (and then sit back and think to yourself "how did I miss that he was the traitor?!?!". Also hearing the changes in the advertising and introduction music is also really interesting.

LiamKerrington
Dec 23rd, 2012, 02:59 AM
Sums it up and is a good appeal for everyone - especially the ones having listened to it just one or two times. There is plenty of great detail-work in WA making it worth listening to it several times.

YetAnotherBloodyCheek
Dec 23rd, 2012, 04:49 AM
I somehow miss the fishbowl ads from the early episodes.

scbubba
Dec 23rd, 2012, 10:30 AM
Drannix99, good call. I've gone through the seasons about 3 times now and just about every time I pick up something I didn't get the previous times: jokes, comments, sound design/effects. All good stuff.

The best was definitely the second time I listened to it cuz knowing about stuff from later episodes made it a whole different experience with the early episodes. Very cool.

Witch_Doctor
Dec 23rd, 2012, 10:51 PM
Too often I find myself listening to individual episodes in order to listen for clues or track a story thread. Yet, nothing beats listening to the entire series from 1 to 3, in order and just enjoying it all together. The difference between the two is like going to an exciting locale and taking lots of pictures vs going to the same locale and just enjoying the sights.

fridginators
Jan 5th, 2013, 06:49 PM
I think I have heard other female mallers, but those were likely stragglers they picked up who were either tough enough to be considered maller-worthy or maybe people's sisters or girlfriends or something that they rescued. I think there's only one though from memory - some girl in the convoy who probably got killed anyway.

Ginja
Feb 6th, 2013, 01:31 AM
I didn't find this series until the middle of last year so my only way of really listening to it was the whole thing. I actually discovered near the end of last season after I'd gotten caught up that I didn't like listening one week at a time. I had no idea that the breaks were as long as they apparently are and I don't care for it so I don't think I'll listen again when it resumes. It's easier for me to treat the last episode as the end than to be strung out and hear it in drips and drabs.

LiamKerrington
Feb 6th, 2013, 03:31 AM
I didn't find this series until the middle of last year so my only way of really listening to it was the whole thing. I actually discovered near the end of last season after I'd gotten caught up that I didn't like listening one week at a time. I had no idea that the breaks were as long as they apparently are and I don't care for it so I don't think I'll listen again when it resumes. It's easier for me to treat the last episode as the end than to be strung out and hear it in drips and drabs.

Not sure what to think of this.
The weekly released episodes is kind of cool, 'cause each episodes offers plenty of stuff to talk about it. Just heck the discussion area on this forum thoroughly. And in my humble opinion this adds a certain level of "getting involved" with the show, which a standard audio-drama or audio-book (like WWZ) lacks.
And the big gaps between each season ... Well, you know: WA is a podcast with a huge cast and crew ... And most of them have a real life beyond the WA-universe and -production. Considering this I really have no trouble waiting for the next season to come. And in this meantime I have the awesome and incredible opportunity to re-listen to the show a couple of times. My experience with that is that you recognize many, many things on the show that simply slipped your attention when you listened to it the first time. Therefore re-listening to it is a total win-win-situation - you learn more about the show and you close the gap between the last and the next release date no matter how much time falls inbetween.

All the best!
Liam

turbo
Feb 6th, 2013, 06:10 AM
Well said Liam. I agree, the huge gaps are a great way to really appreciate the podcast. Being able to stay connected with everyone on here and keep conversations going strong is fantastic. You don't get that with a lot of podcasts.

Robzombie
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:47 AM
Sums it up and is a good appeal for everyone - especially the ones having listened to it just one or two times. There is plenty of great detail-work in WA making it worth listening to it several times.

I started listening to it around episode 6, so I've been listening for quite awhile, and have honestly gone through the whole thing almost 3 dozen times now. In fact since a week before this past Christmas I've gone through it another 4 times and the 5th time right now at chaper 34. Each day at work I can get through 2-3 chapters then another in bed. But even still I might not remember something, like who the hell Cheryl was!! Too much smoking in my youth I suppose.

turbo
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:22 AM
I started listening to it around episode 6, so I've been listening for quite awhile, and have honestly gone through the whole thing almost 3 dozen times now. In fact since a week before this past Christmas I've gone through it another 4 times and the 5th time right now at chaper 34. Each day at work I can get through 2-3 chapters then another in bed. But even still I might not remember something, like who the hell Cheryl was!! Too much smoking in my youth I suppose.

Same here, I prefer We're Alive over music at work. Haha there are still names and locations that come up that I haven't heard before. It was funny to see Cheryl cause quite the commotion!

Ginja
Feb 10th, 2013, 01:59 AM
Not sure what to think of this.
The weekly released episodes is kind of cool, 'cause each episodes offers plenty of stuff to talk about it. Just heck the discussion area on this forum thoroughly. And in my humble opinion this adds a certain level of "getting involved" with the show, which a standard audio-drama or audio-book (like WWZ) lacks.
And the big gaps between each season ... Well, you know: WA is a podcast with a huge cast and crew ... And most of them have a real life beyond the WA-universe and -production. Considering this I really have no trouble waiting for the next season to come. And in this meantime I have the awesome and incredible opportunity to re-listen to the show a couple of times. My experience with that is that you recognize many, many things on the show that simply slipped your attention when you listened to it the first time. Therefore re-listening to it is a total win-win-situation - you learn more about the show and you close the gap between the last and the next release date no matter how much time falls inbetween.

All the best!
Liam

I respect your opinion and perspective as I do that of the others who have responded in kind. I am not much of a joiner/talker so the community aspect holds no real appeal for me. I agree that there is tons to learn going over the season in bulk and wonder about and catch. That's why it's fine for me to let it end where it did, seems like a good stopping point for me.

It isn't just this show that I'm like that about. I never watch episodic shows one week at a time. I watch whole seasons instead. I appreciate the quality of the podcast and love its portability. I work from home and am usually listening to it while I do my job but I have taken it with me on plane trips and to the grocery store and think it's awesome. Just cannot abide a half a year absence. It is highly likely that I won't listen to more until the whole show is completed.

Different strokes for different folks right?

Duffusmonkey
Feb 10th, 2013, 07:43 AM
I prefer listening to a whole season at once but I can't wait that long.

When the TV show Heros first cam out I watched the entire first season back to back and LOVED it. Then I watched the Second season one episode at a time and hated it. The second season was mediocre at best but I also couldn't stand commercials after watching the first season with limited commercial interruption. It spoiled me so much that I completely stopped watching live TV. I only watch internet episodes now.

It is a compliment to We're Alive that I will listen to weekly episodes.

Serial Radio and TV shows are designed to have a cliff hanger to force you to stay interested until the next show is released. The Internet has turned me into a instant gratification junky and cliffhangers usually feel so fake that I can't stand them.

Its kind of funny because in the late 80's a lot of sociologist were talking about how TV had reduced people's attention spans and created a demand for instant gratification. Those same sociologist must look at what the internet has done and wish for the good old days of Broadcast TV's dominance.

YetAnotherBloodyCheek
Feb 10th, 2013, 08:36 AM
I like your point of view. Back in the Eighties a lot of series were based on the scheme. You just have to take a look at how the A-Team, Miami Vice, MacGyver and so on were produced. There was...

clem131
Feb 16th, 2013, 12:24 PM
I never watch episodic shows one week at a time. I watch whole seasons instead. I appreciate the quality of the podcast and love its portability. I work from home and am usually listening to it while I do my job but I have taken it with me on plane trips and to the grocery store and think it's awesome. Just cannot abide a half a year absence. It is highly likely that I won't listen to more until the whole show is completed.

Different strokes for different folks right?

I started doing the same just after Lost ended, but only with somewhat "serious" series, not with comedy. I guess the disappointment was too much for me, so I was overcome by "fear of commitment": I'm never going to suffer through a series the way I suffered through Lost, becoming a passionate watcher, engaging on the ARGs and forums just to be let down in the end. I now only watch series which are already completed, so I can watch them at the pace I prefer and in any case, they won't have my passion and excitement for naught again.
Unfortunately, this applies only to things I discovered AFTER Lost, and I discovered WA before that :) But I trust KC WAY more than any $-stuffed Hollywood writer with a dadaist script generator, so I keep engaging in it on a weekly basis :)

Aerock
Feb 22nd, 2013, 08:23 AM
During the break before the upcoming season 4 I have decided to re-listen to all of the We're Alive Podcasts seasons 1-3. When you listen to the episodes back to back the show has an entirely different feel.

I've only listened from beginning to the current stopping point (Season 3 finale) once. I know that many of you have already listened several times, but I'm issuing out a challenge.

My fellow WA fans: While we wait for Season 4, relisten to the entire series to date and ADD TO THE WIKI! The first time around, I actually added to the WIKI after listening to each chapter. Our WIKI is seriously lacking and it could use some TLC. Who's game?

Oh, and all you Facebook users... check out and join this WA marathon event: https://www.facebook.com/events/486546401392893/

OldtypeM87
Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:24 PM
I'm going to try and add at least one thing to the wiki on my 2nd listen through of the series