Episode Four of Convergence (Out on the Fringe Podcast)
4.5 out of 5 stars
If you’re unfamiliar with serialized fiction – it’s the idea that you take a story and separate it out into episodes – like a TV show. These are usually released on a website or as a podcast. I’ll be reviewing each episode separately as they come out to provide an episode by episode review of the story. Read my review of Episode One and Episode Two.
Some of my reviews may contain spoilers to past episodes – I’ll try and keep that to a minimum but I can’t guarantee anything.
This line from the opening really hit home, “We had no country. No home”. We’re given a little more about what happened (we lost The White House, we were too distracted with social action to see the attack coming, etc).
The opening of this episode sees Jonah being interrogated by an unknown group. They ask him questions – some that he knows the answer to, a lot more that he doesn’t even understand. He’s tortured and reminded things like “How many Mem’s you done now, a hundred, maybe a thousand?”
There’s a major part that I don’t want to spoil, but I’m not really sure what is going to happen to Jonah. After that scene, we’re taken back to when Jonah and Mesa are in a small commune trying to survive. We’re shown the pre-capture father and daughter – and then we’re shown their capture as well. The capture marks the end of the third episode. The ending line “our war was over” also hit me deep. Hicks was able to really bring some emotion out in this episode – and of course, Travis Baldree brings it home with his awesome performance.
Convergence Episode 3 by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrator: Travis Baldree
Length: 45 mins
Series: Convergence #4
Published by Serial Audio on January 26th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Memories are the most dangerous drug.
Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief.
After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.
Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.
In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.