(Note: This Retrospective contains Spoilers!)
The 12:37 has just completed it’s first season, and I really, seriously loved it. It’s about a woman named Nora who accidentally joins the crew of a time traveling train, and falls into a conspiracy that spans multiple timelines and dimensions, in which she finds herself at the heart. Along with the other crew members, including the irrepressible conductor Wheeler, the more level-headed resident superbadass Val, and eventually the depressed mercenary Scott, Nora travels the time-space train tracks and learns the truth about her involvement with the mysterious organization Beyond Pharmaceuticals and her own involvement with it. It’s a series that is brilliant! And I love it very much.
What I loved about it:
Well, everything really. I played myself, I guess.
The premise, as I mentioned above, is brilliantly unique, as a time-traveling train is an extremely cool concept and premise to tell a story with. The head writer, Alma Roda-Gil, who is also the creator and the voice of Val, however, manages to keep the concept grounded and engaging, without anything feeling too off the rails, as it were. That’s not to say it stays serious all the time; Roda-Gil’s comedic writing is just absolutely on the mark, with a comedic sense that feels entirely her own (Wheeler contracting tuberculosis is a standout moment of humour for the show). Similarly, she knows when to heighten the dramatic aspects of the show, and creates incredibly emotional moments that are extremely moving. Roda-Gil takes full advantage of the uniqueness that the setting provides her with, both in a comedic and a dramatic sense.
The plot throughout the eight episodes kept me fully gripped and totally engaged. From Nora’s arrival on the 12:37 to Val’s revelations of the final episode, I was totally hooked. But it’s the characters and their relationships with each other that are the heart of the show. The cast gives amazing performances throughout the show, and I’ve fallen in love with each character. It’s mind-blowing, and I can’t say enough good things about the characters or the cast and crew. It’s an exceptional season of audio drama, and I can’t wait for the series to continue.
What I’m looking forward to for the future:
Obviously I’m looking forward to the resolution of the first season’s cliffhanger, but the worldbuilding of the show is really cool and interesting as well! I’m really looking forward to learning more about the world of the show, specifically Beyond Pharmaceuticals and the trains. The bioweapon in particular seems pretty terrifying, and I want to learn more about Beyond Pharmaceuticals’ involvement with its creation. Also, I’m really looking forward to learning more about Nyx, because she’s a fascinating and super scary villain, and she’s only really been teased a little bit thus far. I also want to see Val and Nora’s relationship develop! The spark has been there, and I really really want to see where it goes! I love them, and I think and hope they’d be happy together. Their relationship has been tumultuous but romantic, and I really want them to happen. Whatever happens, though, I know the cast and crew of The 12: 37 won’t disappoint. I can’t wait for its second season!
Here’s where you can listen to the show: http://1237pod.com/tagged/show
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(Second Season Multi-Track Drifting?!?!?!)