19 episodes

In season two of THE CONTROL GROUP (Civil Defense), the airwaves are filled with announcements of a nuclear attack on the United States. As panic threatens the community of New Canaan, a housewife (Tess Malis Kincaid) tries to protect her daughter (Allie Ficken) from both the atomic and the human dangers that surround them. Woven throughout the story are fragments of “Quasar-1,” an animated children’s television program about a space pilot (Hannah Fierman) assigned to protect a distant planet from self-destruction.

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    • 4.5 • 1K Ratings

In season two of THE CONTROL GROUP (Civil Defense), the airwaves are filled with announcements of a nuclear attack on the United States. As panic threatens the community of New Canaan, a housewife (Tess Malis Kincaid) tries to protect her daughter (Allie Ficken) from both the atomic and the human dangers that surround them. Woven throughout the story are fragments of “Quasar-1,” an animated children’s television program about a space pilot (Hannah Fierman) assigned to protect a distant planet from self-destruction.

    S2 E1: Red Alert

    S2 E1: Red Alert

    The already strained relationships of Dorrie and Wayne Langford (Tess Malis Kincaid, Tim Habeger) and their daughter Becky (Allie Ficken) are completely upended when emergency announcements warn the U.S. is under Soviet nuclear attack.

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    • 40 min
    S2 E2: Shelter

    S2 E2: Shelter

    A paramilitary volunteer (Keith Brooks) persuades Dorrie and Becky (Tess Malis Kincaid, Allie Ficken) to leave their basement and search for better protection against radioactive fallout.

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    • 36 min
    S2 E3: L.M.O.E.

    S2 E3: L.M.O.E.

    In the Civil Defense Emergency Command Center, Wayne (Tim Habeger) reveals a secret weapon to TV personality Helen Huntleigh (Mary Kraft).

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    • 35 min
    S2 E4: A Prophecy

    S2 E4: A Prophecy

    An idealistic Noonan (Keith Brooks) shares with Dorrie (Tess Malis Kincaid) his dream for a better world, even as New Canaan descends into chaos.

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    • 23 min
    S2 E5: The Fortress

    S2 E5: The Fortress

    Becky (Allie Ficken) and Loraine (Rachel Frawley) attempt to escape from the bunker on Cross Mountain.

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    • 33 min
    S2 E6: Make Believe

    S2 E6: Make Believe

    Dorrie (Tess Malis Kincaid) reflects on the fateful events of her, and dreams of an opportunity for redemption.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

bertha garlan ,

Beyond 5 Stars

While so different from the first season, CIVIL DEFENSE is equally extraordinary and masterfully executed. (More, please.)
Superb storytelling. Beautifully scripted & casted. AND, the sound design (score + effects) make this a completely immersive experience. Excellent on every level.

~ Violet ~ ,

Really?

So there really still are people with money who think that we need to deliver the sound of torturing women in mental institutions straight to people’s ears. As entertainment. In 2018. This is vile and so is iHeartRadio for publishing it. And so are all the advertisers.

Halicon5 ,

5 star story, 1 star sound design

First season was amazing, both in story and sound design, but they sort of lost their way on 2nd season.

The story and dialogue of the 2nd season are fantastic, when you can clearly hear it. The universe of the Control Group is wonderful on a conceptual level. Dialogue is usually quite good and the voice actors are very skilled.

Unfortunately this is one of the most poorly mixed pods I’ve listened to. Large portions of the podcast have three or four simultaneous lines of dialogue stacked on top of each other. Repeatedly throughout the podcast the sound director attempted to create tension or distance by having a character speak so quietly and so muffled that dialogue is completely lost (no, it’s not artistic, that’s bad sound design). Finally, sound effects and alarm sounds are often played at such loud volumes relative to character voices that you can’t hear the relevant dialogue. Parts of the podcast were so chaotic they were practically unbearable.

I hope the third season continues with the great ideas and story lines, but please clean up the sound design for the next season.

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