Ever since the castle first appeared in the sky above the city of Windfall, its residents have been building upward. Now the city consists of towers where the wealthiest residents live at the top while the poor eke out a living on the ground. Our podcast follows Cas, Shaima, and Argus, three brothers who live with their Uncle Vern after being orphaned during the grounder rebellion twenty years earlier. They find themselves drifting apart as Argus, the youngest, falls hopelessly in love with the much-older Helina, a foreign merchant haunted by her past; Cas, the middle brother, works in secret for the local crime boss; and Shaima, the oldest, struggles to keep their uncle’s scrap shop from going under. When Cas’s best friend, Kendall, is offered a position with the Wolfpac, Windfall’s military cult that acts as the city’s police, Cas is forced to decide where his loyalties lie. Meanwhile, something sinister looms over the city itself, threatening the lives of all who live in Windfall, from the wealthiest residents to the ground-level poor. Start at Episode 1.00.
1.10 || Contact Day
Contact Day comes to Windfall City.
1.09 || Wasting Away
Mila pays a visit to the junk shop to collect Vern’s debt. Argus and Isaac plan their big prison escape. Queen Wanda reminisces about her dead parents. Root and Kendall have a tense conversation.
1.08 || Consequences
Helina is plagued with even more nightmares of her past. Cas owns up to Gert about the trouble he’s gotten himself into. Root threatens Pavlima and Kendall’s budding relationship. Tin Man and Root discuss the ever-filling prisons.
1.07 || Filling the Void
Kendall begs Captain Root to keep his promise to her. Argus gets to know his cellmate. Vern shows Cas and Shaima just what he was doing racking up all that debt with Isaac. Pav makes Kendall a temporary proposition to solve her problems.
1.06 || A Firm Hand
Wanda spends the day presiding over Proximan trials from the comfort of her castle. Cas and Kendall put a plan in motion to solve both of their problems. Sylvie begs Helina to take better care of herself. Root pressures Pavlima to pick up the pace on the queen’s order.
1.05 || A Trip to the Bazaar
Argus uses his casino winnings to take an ill-advised trip to the upper market bazaar. Cas confronts Kendall about where she’s been all of this time. Helina and Sylvie discuss the complicated beginnings to their friendship.
I binged this show over two days. I enjoyed the story and the production, sound, etc is excellent. A few performances are a little stiff but they get better as the season goes on.
Wow, I cannot day enough good things about this podcast. The quality of the production, the voice acting, the story are all some of the absolute best I’ve listened to.
Worth a second listen...
On my first Windfall binge I was immediately blown away by the sound design and the immense scope of the world building. On my second binge, I found a wealth of subtle details to appreciate.
The Windfall script was obviously given time to mature and reach its full potential. Multiple intersecting storylines and character arcs are seamlessly woven together and the pacing never feels too crowded or rushed or slow. Every bit of emotional conflict is fully earned in the writing and in the acting.
A group of sloshing-full passionate hearts emptied themselves out while making this beautiful epic masterpiece. Give it a first and a second listen.