Episode Three of Pines Lakes (Who’s Afraid Podcast)
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. Check out 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.
The first 10 minutes or so of this episode takes place in the past. We know that Susan has had a miscarriage and we’re reminded of it again. They go into a pet store and she sees a little Yorkie he wants. After Ted tells her it’s probably not a good idea because puppies are a lot of work she does into full meltdown mode apologizing for not being able to bring a life into the world.
Ted is obviously not mad at her for this and consoles her the best he can. They travel back home and he softly puts her to bed. The next morning she awakens to puppy kisses from her new dog Ringo.
We’re then transported back to the present where they’re still stuck, freaking out, and hoping to get loose soon. Susan is worried about Ringo, but Ted reminds her that they have someone watching for her. Time is still basically standing still (still dark even though it’s noon according to her watch).
The whole episode had a twilight zone feel to it mixed with the fear of not knowing that Jaws was able to accomplish. We’re just unsure for almost the entire time and at the very end, we’re reminded that things aren’t safe in the woods after Ted is able to free himself. It ends, on a bombshell again (Motz appears to be really good at doing this chapter after chapter) and I, once again, cannot wait for the next episode.
Pine Lakes Episode 3 by Christopher Motz
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 30 mins
Series: Pine Lakes #3
Published by Serial Audio Genres: Horror, Suspense
Ted and Susan Merchant have been coming to the Pine Lakes Resort for nearly twenty years. In that time, their annual getaway has become a tradition, a peaceful week nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Pennsylvania. For them, it isn’t just a simple vacation spot, but a magical destination where time slows and they become one with nature’s magnificence.
When a freak summer storm forces Ted to lose control of their car and plummet off the road, they’re relieved just to have survived, but relief quickly turns to dread as they find out all too soon they’re not alone.
Strange lights in the forest, whispered warnings, the insurmountable threat of unseen forces lurking in the shadows; nothing could have prepared them for the horrors that lie ahead.
Escaping the wreck is just the beginning.
Is their love enough to save them, or will they become the latest victims on the road to Pine Lakes?