Non episode media post. Here are some things to look through while the show is off the air this week to fill the void.
Since it's Thanksgiving in the states and there's no Serial this week, I'm making a mini post about the media surrounding Serial. I'm actually waiting for my turkey to finish roasting, so I'm not going to make it a very detailed post. But here are some supplementary things for you to check out this week while we wait for the new episode to come out next week.
First and foremost is Rabia Chaudry's blog, Split the Moon, which has recently been relocated from her former Patheos site. While her blog is biased towards Adnan's innocence, it is an interesting look at the visual details in the case. There are letters, photographs, personal anecdotes, and her own opinions on what happened. She's an excellent writer, and I highly recommend reading her other pieces that aren't related to Serial as well.
Then, of course, there is the rabbit hole that is /r/serialpodcast. I personally try to stay away from reading too many of the posts on the Reddit page because it will lead to some strange places. But there have been fascinating posts, including one by Hae's brother expressing his feelings on the show, an AMA by Saad Chaudry, and one written by Beau Willimon, the creator of the US adaptation of House of Cards.
There are at least 3 podcasts about the podcast worth checking out. The most popular one being Slate's Serial Spoiler Special podcast, which has been running since episode 5. Slate has actually been doing a ton of write ups about Serial from multiple angles, and in many of the episodes they have been bringing in guest experts to discuss the show with them. This week's Spoiler Special episode is a super spoiler, because they get in deep with the other theories that haven't been brought up on the show yet.
Not to be outdone, the AV Club also started a podcast called the Serial Serial. It comes out on Fridays, which is after the Slate podcast, and sometimes their theories are in direct opposition of what the staff at Slate thinks. There have only been two episodes so far, so expect them to spend some time catching up.
The third podcast, and probably the one with the most interesting perspective is Serially Obsessed hosted by a former criminal prosecutor, a public radio producer, and a casual observer. As far as I know, it's also the only podcast where there are POC on the panel, let alone the entire panel being WOC.
And in the wake of the cultural popularity has come so many parodies. Here are a few notable:
And then of course, an analysis of the backlash of the backlash, which I have covered in previous posts.
And just in case you haven't seen it, this can be purchased here: