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The City Of Dreams Resurfaces After A Long Slumber
August 1, 2013 1:13 PM   Subscribe

In the pre-podcast days of 1999, the then Sci-Fi Channel website worked with the Seeing Ear Theater and Bablyon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to produce a series of Twilight Zone-inspired radio stories called "City Of Dreams" along with a cast that included Steve Buscemi, Tim Curry, Kevin Conway, and John Turturro. 13 episodes were planned, but only 8 got produced, and with the decline of Real Player and the Seeing Ear Theater, the episodes were thought to be lost to the mists of internet history. Until someone uploaded all of them to Youtube. (each episode about 30 min, link goes to the first video for the episode) The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight!. Rolling Thunder .The Friends Of Jackie Clay . The Tolling Of The Hour. Night Calls. Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here. The Alpha And Omega Of David Wells . MSCD 00121J

Of particular interest to mefites: The episodes "MCSD 00121J" and "Night Calls" , which contain elements of recent favorites, Welcome To Night Vale and Secure Contain Protect.
posted by The Whelk (16 comments total) 55 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nifty.
posted by chainlinkspiral at 1:18 PM on August 1, 2013


*Tribal music* Archaeologists believe the City of Dreams is buried beneath the ruins of Machu Pichu in South America

Oh, this could be my kind of thing

. . . or hidden in the secret tunnels beneath Moscow

oh fuck me I'm obsessed
posted by Think_Long at 1:19 PM on August 1, 2013


Also my longstanding call to collaborate on a supernatural podcast serial remains in effect if anyone is interested.
posted by Think_Long at 1:23 PM on August 1, 2013


Am I doing something wrong? The two episodes I've tried to listen to,The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight and Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here, cut out halfway through.

Which is {-----------------this------------------} annoying, 'cos they're rather good. But the YT timings show fourteen minutes apiece, when they're clearly longer than that IRL.
posted by Devonian at 1:51 PM on August 1, 2013


The Damned are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight is part 1 of 3. Part 2, Part 3
posted by Think_Long at 1:52 PM on August 1, 2013


THe links just go to the first part of the episode like The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight 1/3, check the sidebar for the 2/3, for part two of the story or keep the channel page up in a new tab.
posted by The Whelk at 1:53 PM on August 1, 2013


Aaaaha. Missed that. Thanks.
posted by Devonian at 1:53 PM on August 1, 2013


Yeah, they wouldn't show up in my sidebar at all. I had to hunt them down.
The conclusion of "The Damned are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" was very unsatisfying, but the quality was high enough that they get a second chance.
posted by Seamus at 2:06 PM on August 1, 2013


The conclusion of "The Damned are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" was very unsatisfying, but the quality was high enough that they get a second chance.

Felt that way about B5...
posted by Devonian at 2:14 PM on August 1, 2013


I feel the same way as Seamus. The Damned are Playing Tonight was mundane. I was expecting some sort of twist to make the story more interesting.
posted by painquale at 2:26 PM on August 1, 2013


TBH, the only really really good ones IMHO are the two I picked out in the moder inside.
posted by The Whelk at 2:51 PM on August 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome. I love audio dramas, and while there are certainly a LOT of outlets for it these days (podcasts, etc.) an awful lot of it is just...not good. I'm definitely looking forward to checking these out!
posted by ShutterBun at 2:56 PM on August 1, 2013


I have fond memories of these from the first time around! Good find. :)
posted by curious.jp at 3:04 PM on August 1, 2013


Most audio dramas I listen to (other than The Thrilling Adventure Hour) are Doctor Who productions, so I kept waiting for the Doctor to vworp in and figure things out.

New Doctor being announced on Sunday! Whoo!
posted by painquale at 3:31 PM on August 1, 2013


JMS was either writer or story editor on many episodes of the late 80s Twilight Zone revival.
posted by radwolf76 at 4:58 PM on August 1, 2013


As a kid I loved the '80s Twilight Zone revival.
As an adult, I was pretty cool on it.
(And as an adult I hunted down Captain Power because: JMS).

His TZs are sugary, but not the worse, considering the cluster fuck that show seems to have been.
posted by Mezentian at 8:27 AM on August 3, 2013


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