Limetown, it’s kind of like Serial…
In 2014 the world was introduced to Serial. A podcast where an investigative journalist, Sarah Koenig, spent many weeks looking into the decade old murder of a young woman, and the conviction of her boyfriend. The internet became hooked and listened week after week to hear more of the store unfold. Part of the problem, of course, is that real life doesn’t have tidy and neat conclusions. In the end, Serial didn’t end. They packaged it up as best they could, but it was still an unsolved mystery.
The solution to our itch for the unsolved and fascinating, but still with closure might just be Limetown. Unlike Serial, which was based in an actual account Limetown is completely fictional, but it doesn’t feel that way. The story is told through the narration of an investigative journalist as she tries to solve a decade old mystery, where the entire population of a research facility goes missing. The parallels to Serial are obvious, and Limetown seems unapologetic of this to the point of having their debut episode titled the same as Serial’s first finale.
Limetown dances a little bit in the fantastical at times. It references an almost film like incident that sets the stage, where 300 people disappear from a research facility of dubious purpose, but claims that other disasters quickly caused the public to forget about it. This would never happen in today’s internet age, particularly in incident in America. Some of the incidents feel very staged as well, such as a scene where the narrator receives a phone call and the audio seamlessly cuts to the call. However with these nitpicks aside, the show does feel almost authentic and it is possible to lose yourself in the mystery, even knowing full well that it isn’t true.
So far, Limetown has only released one episode, but its a good one. I don’t wan to spoil anything so I won’t go into it any more than I already have, but if you have 30 minutes to kill, check it out on the official Limetown website.