In Review: Enter the House Between (Podcast)

Reality is not what it used to be. 
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Synopsis : The House Between… Reality is not what it used to be. 

After consensus reality shatters, humanity evacuates to mysterious sanctuaries known as smart houses. These smart houses allow a group of survivors to navigate the uncertain future of the Quantum-sphere. 

Six survivors are cast out from sanctuary. They find shelter on a seemingly abandoned farm.

There, they explore parallel lives, discover hidden secrets, and witness the birth of a strange and mysterious child. The child may represent the next stage of human evolution. 

Meanwhile, a sinister cult leader, known only as Father, launches an apocalyptic campaign. Father has designs to impose, by force, a singular vision of reality on an infinitely diverse Quantum-sphere.  

Review: 15 years ago, John Kenneth Muir’s web series — The House Between — was ahead of the zeitgeist. Now, his podcast continuation — Enter the House Between — is heartwarmingly on-trend.

 

Story

For the unfamiliar, Muir’s universe is less Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and more Everything Everywhere All at Once. Moreover, his less is more story telling allows room for accessible exposition. As a result, new listeners won’t feel left behind.

That said, there’s plenty for fans of the original series to love. As with the web series, the podcast is character driven. Happily, Muir hasn’t missed a beat.

The original denizens are even more themselves, and the new additions are seamlessly integrated. My favorite dynamic is between Sgt. Brick and T.J. Crabtree. My second favorite dynamic is between Eris and the entire household.

 

Acting 

Before, I write about the wonderful cast, let me pause for a farewell. Here, I’ll let Muir address the loss of his friend in his own words…

The sad news is that Lee Hansen, who played Travis so beautifully, passed away suddenly in 2012. We all were (and remain) shattered by his loss. We chose not to recast the part. For us, Travis is “still out there”and we are going to keep the character alive in the show, just “out there.”

For his part, Christopher Martin does an excellent job as Travis’ son T.J. Crabtree. He makes the role his own, while including nods to Hansen’s original performance.

The other new cast member, Leslie Cossor, plays the multi-layered role of Eris. She bounces off her co-stars effortlessly, and brings energy to established tropes.

As for the original actors, new listeners wouldn’t know that years have passed between series. Tony Mercer and wife Kim Breeding-Mercer bring their real love to Bill and Astrid.

Alicia Martin plays Theresa’s complicated reality with nuance. Her scene partner, Jim Blanton, brings gravitas to Arlo’s off-kilter coming of age story.

Craig Eckrich manages to balance Sgt. Brick’s comedic and serious beats perfectly. He gets delightful scenes with everyone.

Last, but certainly not least, Muir re-inhabits the role he crafted for himself, Dr. Sam Clark. Sam is on a hard, weird path, and Muir is obviously loving every minute of it.

 

Overall

This review only covers the first six episodes. Fortunately, the final three episodes of the first season will be out this fall. Additionally, they’ve recorded a second season. We here at SciFi Pulse look forward to Enter the House Between as the denizens’ journey on.

You can find Enter the House Between on Spotify, YouTube, Apple, Audible, and all major audio-streaming services. For more information, visit www.housebetween.com 

 

9.5
Enter the House Between (Podcast)
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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