Spring 2142 and Gated Galaxies has launched its 400 Oz-8000 ships, each carrying 50,000 "resting guests" to, hopefully, a new home on a shiny, brand-new planet. As soon as they find one. IF they find one.
This is the story of one of those ships – the Oz 9 – and its tiny crew of hopeless incompetents. So far, they've been in space half an hour and several hundred people are dead. So... bright future, clearly.
You are a naughty little schatzi
You thought your job was hard, imagine being Narrator (or Narrator 2, really) for this boatload of Twinkies. (Which, incidentally have still not shown any signs of decomposition in 2142, just sayin'.)
If our Narrator makes it through his contract without developing a neurosis (or cirrhosis), well, it's not our fault.
Avocado yogurt.... avocado yogurt....
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I sent him a hippotigrus
It's true many people complain that Oz 9 is not only NOT educational, it may in fact "leach information out of your brain as you listen." (thanks, mom — real nice)
We beg to differ. Did you know zebras were once called "hippotigruses" (hippotigri? whatever)? Think of how much you've learned about plants and space and maths and fugu and Sweden!
Until next time, Space Monkeys!
Trailers — be sure to check out these shows:
Elaine's Cooking for the Soul
The "tilslørte bondepiker" maneuver
LOOK. I never said it would be the MORNING of September 19, I just said it would be ON September 19, so I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT.
It's episode 61, and incredibly, it seems our crew might have actually lost some brain cells over the hiatus. I swear, if there's a skull and crossbones on it, this crew wants to eat it, marry it, or at least put it in the garage next to something flammable.
Oz 9 episode X-1
Written by Lee Shackleford of the awesome sci-fi audio drama Relativity, this episode exposes you to yet more of Oz 9 that you were hoping to avoid.
An advanced alien species is coming aboard the ship? Well, yeah — they're in space. But, are they friendly?
HUGE thanks to Lee, who wrote AND produced this despite all our mostly unintentional efforts to thwart him. BTW, Lee is an amazing voice and stage actor, writer, and human being, so if you want to get in contact, go to shacklefordfreelance.com.
Thanks, listener in Zambia (Oz 9 chat, part deux)
To date, there have been 86 downloads in Zambia. We figure that's one fan who listened to every episode, including all the hiatus and bonus stuff, and to him, her, or them, we say a profound "thank you!"
And the same "thank you" to all of you. We know there's more important stuff you can be doing, like thinning out your spatula collection or arranging your vegetable garden in descending order, but you chose to spend it with us.
All the very best, space monkeys.
From yer ever-lovin',
Oz 9 "the hiatus ate us" chat
"The hiatus ate us!" That line, courtesy of the brilliant Bonnie Brantley, is all too true.
We started our hiatus with great plans to do all kinds of fun Oz 9-y things in all that copious free time, only to have our ideas evaporate in the harsh light of real life.
Sorry. But here's some of us talking about stuff. Does that help?
Absolutely hilarious 😂
The first episode wasn’t really engaging but it gets funnier as the episodes progress. I can’t describe it, it’s so absolutely chaotically hilarious! I’ve been listening on my commute and I burst into laughter with every episode and I have fellow passengers staring at me!😅😅😅
What an achievement
I’m trying to find words for what this is. The comedy roots don’t feel like red dwarf, if you binge listen to the series, rather than episode by episode (it works much better as a binge listen) the way the story arc and comedy layers are added is more like a very long episode of the IT crowd with (more than) a nod to more absurdist British comedy (I’m sure there’s a Python influence amongst many others). The build up to the end of series 2 and the finale demonstrates a deep understanding of how really good comedy works; the way new layers of absurdism build and build until you don’t think it can get any more absurd and it does. I was crying with laughter by the end and after I’d wiped the final tears away a while after it concluded I reflected on just what an achievement the writer and actors had accomplished. You should be incredibly proud of having created something so perfectly formed and executed within the constraints you work within.
One of the reasons it works fo me is that despite it being so good, through the use of the wonderful narrator it remains firmly grounded and unpretentious.
Since lock down I’ve turned off the radio and all news feeds and just listen to fiction podcasts to stay sane. There are many, many incredible audio fiction dramas being created across different genres, many by amateurs and people doing it in their spare time. I read reviews from time to time criticising the quality of voice acting and story progression on some of these amateur productions and think it’s a real shame. I want to thank each and every fiction podcast writer, sound designer, voice actor and those helping to finance their endeavours for having the passion, energy and dedication to bring your stories, your unique art, to us the listeners. Hats off to you all.
And finally, I am from Scotland and yes, that is truly the worst Scottish accent I have ever heard. But that is the charm of Oz-9; it epitomises the ‘heart’ of the show, to have the part played by a Scottish actor would not work, wouldn’t feel true. I’m sure there are people from Minnesota who feel the same!
Red Dwarf but cheesier
Ok here we go this is a truly phenomenal podcast truly addictive once you get in like red dwarf the first few episodes take some time to get into but once you do you will love how bad the accents are and how far a writers imagination can truly stretch to come up with ideas that will truly confuse you at times but leave you laughing the rest of the way thank you so much for this podcast it is saving my sanity during this lockdown