Since I love content so much (in case you couldn’t tell), one of the things I will be doing with this blog is reviewing some of what I spend my time reading, watching, listening to and experiencing. For the inaugural review I have chosen the six episode series Lore, which was recently released on Amazon Prime and is based on the podcast of the same name. Since it is impossible to talk about the show without talking about the podcast, let’s start there. In its own words:
Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction. Each episode examines a new dark historical tale in a modern campfire experience.
The podcast’s creator Aaron Mahnke has a narrative style that is soft spoken while being engaging and showing his passion for the subject matter. The episodes are roughly half an hour, focused and well researched. Lore can be found on all podcast directories (yours truly is a droid guy and uses Stitcher). If podcasts are your thing, or you are thinking about making them your thing, I recommend giving this a shot.
Amazon released all six episodes of the on Friday, October 13th (nice gimmick) and the episodes are around 45 minutes, making it completely bingeable. I was curious to see how Lore translated to a new medium. And the answer is, it translates very well. Mahnke narrates each episode while actors bring the story to life, and the show blends these elements together seamlessly, allowing each to be forefront at the right time. The subject matter, acting and narration combine to create a complete and engaging experience for the viewer.
The episodes are done in the documentary style seen on the History Channel in recent years that infuses dynamic storytelling into the narrative. My only complaint is that there are only 6 episodes. As the podcast has proven (it’s in its third year), this is a concept that is sustainable, and I hope there are more to come.