Almost thirty years after The Day the Villains Won (aka V-Day), Helen Black arrives at her new apartment in The Onar, a 161-story apartment complex in what used to be Midtown Manhattan. Owned and operated by S.H.I.E.L.D., The Onar has become the very embodiment of the dystopic wealth and inequality that's engulfed New York City ever since V-Day. A collection of uber-rich families – including the media magnate Burge family – occupy the opulent penthouses in the DecaDomes, The Onar's highest ten stories. Helen Black's apartment is located in the much more humble "100 Block'. When her nosy neighbor Dr. Brian Mizuno asks Helen (through the paper thin walls) what brought her here, she cryptically alludes to "problems with an ex…".
On the same day that Helen moves into her apartment, Lisa Cartwright reports for her first day as a Junior Residential Security Analyst for Panopticog Solutions, a private security company hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. to monitor the residents of The Onar (without their knowledge or consent). Lisa is assigned to surveille Helen's corner of The 100 Block, and quickly discovers that Helen Black is not at all who she says she is.
Marvel's Wastelanders: Black Widow is the third installment in the "Marvel's Wastelanders" audio epic. Starring Susan Sarandon as Helen Black. Written by Alex Delyle (Fear the Walking Dead), directed by Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing), with sound design and original music by Daniel Brunelle (The Two Princes, Sandra). Learn more at marvel.com/wastelanders.
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Chapter One: Houston, We Have a Spider
Lisa Cartwright starts her new job as a Junior Residential Security Analyst at Panopticog Solutions, and begins surveilling The Onar’s residents, including a mysterious newcomer named Helen Black.
Chapter Two: You See More
Lisa is thrown headfirst into the world of espionage when she is instructed by Hank to take Helen’s yoga class and pose as a friendly young student. Meanwhile, Jordan takes notice of an Onar resident named Stanley, who has a suspicious side hustle operating out of his apartment.
Chapter Three: Subtext
During a romantic dinner with Helen, Stanley gets a mysterious phone call from someone named Bob. Conflicted by her relationship with Helen, Lisa reports a minor infraction to Panopticog’s CEO, Judy Kratz. Jordan decodes that there may be a larger movement afoot among The Onar’s residents.
Chapter Four: By the Way
Stanley and Helen go to Heirloom, the Decadomes nightclub, where they meet Crispin Burge and his fun, jet-setting fiancée Samantha Sugarman. But their night out is cut short when Panopticog officers raid the club looking for Helen.
Chapter Five: I Thought About Letting Her Know
Now under house arrest, Helen gives Lisa her first mission: assume a false identity and seduce Stanley. Growing even more suspicious of Lisa’s motives, Jordan circumvents Hank and reports his findings to Judy Kratz.
Chapter Six: A Very Melancholy Answer
Jordan, now with increased power from Judy Kratz, becomes even more entwined in Lisa and Helen’s affairs. Meanwhile, Lisa and Helen make a new plan to come clean to Stanley, and leave him heartbroken.
Great performances, lots of rabbit holes
Marvel held nothing back in doing these podcasts. The performances are incredible. And this storyline has so many rabbit holes that it kept me guessing. A solid 4.5 star podcast. A half star lost due to some plausibility issues with the storyline.
Another Awesome wastelanders story
Best so far
I can say that I enjoyed all the characters and their portrayals in this one. Thank god Timothy Busfield wasn’t voice acting lol. I think the content towards the end of the series could have been split up into multiple episodes, though.