51 episodes

The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

The Black Tapes Pacific Northwest Stories

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    • 4.5, 10.7K Ratings

The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10.7K Ratings

10.7K Ratings

Stuishy ,

Starts off good, gradually devolves into meandering, predictable nothingness.

The first season of this show was pretty enjoyable, when each individual episode dealt with what appeared to be standalone cases of paranormal phenomena. But then the show goes on to drastically overthink itself, spiraling into a rambling and overall mediocre Illuminati-esque demonic conspiracy to End The World(tm). It ramps up the threat and then scrambles desperately to keep the heightened tension going. This comes out in the form of lengthy conversations rife with melodramatic pauses and audio booms, feverishly broadcasting to the audience that Something Big Just Happened — which is necessary, because after numerous episodes of exactly the same, one finds the mind beginning to numb. You can actually predict almost down to the second where in an episode these "big reveals" will take place. And while formulaic writing isn't the worst sin, this show continuously commits one of the biggest: making its "big reveals" absolutely nothing. Each "reveal" is just a rehash, a replica of reveals before. It's the presence of a symbol, or a number, or a word, or a sound, something that seems significant on the surface but in the end just serves as an excuse for the characters to gasp and rationalize until fifteen minutes later, when the next "big reveal" starts the process all over again. It's a lot of time spent going absolutely nowhere. By the time anything actually significant happens, the event rings hollow; just another melodramatic pause and well-timed bass boom in a neverending sea of said same. Given this, I actually found the ending — an abrupt stop with zero answers — to be very fitting, even a mercy.

In all, the arc of The Black Tapes is itself a meta commentary on its content: A promising start that then fumbles into a tedious nowhere.

mklewi ,

Good Story, Crappy Ending

The writers really cheaped out on the ending. I enjoyed the story until then.

podcast listner #274 ,

An ending more pathetic than Game of Thrones

Everything about this story was great. The stories where thrilling, and I could never get enough. The mysteries captivated me and I desperately wanted to know how it would end. However, don’t get too invested as the ending is one of the biggest disappointments of all time. It felt like the writers gave up and could not figure out how to resolve all the mysteries they created. If you want to know what a middle finger sounds like in a podcast, start listening to this podcast until you reach the ending. Insulting is the first word that comes to mind if someone asks me to describe this podcast. I really want to give this one star but I can’t as the quality of the early episodes were too great. Giving anything more than 3 stars would be too generous given the incredibly lazy ending.

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