Reviews For The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater audio drama

This was a good listen because the sound effects and music usage was incredibly well done. Seth Adam Sher should be proud of his work. However, the story is incredibly cheesy. Each of the characters could be role called in a spice girls song, as the tomboy, the dumb muscle, the foreign friend, the tease, the southern gentlemen, the British guy, the double agent, the mad scientist, the bratty one, and so on. The effort to make the characters unique or give them depth undermines itself by the comedy or comes out of the left-field based upon what we know already. The comedy is not witty, but it can be humorous until the joke becomes recurring and subsequently beat to death. There are several plot points which happen during the seasonal time jumps and have flimsy, if not stupid, explanations. Particularly, Corny not liking Joe dating Esmelada and Lily and Freudenburg breaking up. The developments are clearly for the humor it generates by putting characters in conflict, but contradicts what we know about the characters from the attempts at pathos. Later seasons the writer, Jeffrey Bridges, retcons several things to attempt to tie some threads together. The final season became very self-indulgent with prequel plots that had no dramatic tension, or worse, one of the prequels destroyed any respect I had for the character. The best part of the show may be the fake commercials for Umket, but as the show goes on, they lose their punch and start to drag on. Crossing over into the main plot was a good idea, but towards the end, I started skipping them. Honestly, given the 1930's serial tone, I could be forgiving of those issues. The real problem, just like in my Kingery review, is the changing of people behind the production. Several recastings that happen as the show goes on. Rene Christine Jones is phenomenal, but she sadly stands alone as the only decent recasting. The rest feel like they're trying to imitate the previous actor and the performances suffer for it. The reason this became a one-star instead of a three-star review, is that Seth Adam Sher stops directing after episode 47. He was professional enough to stay on as the announcer through the rest of the series and thankfully wasn't recast, but it's very unusual. Especially as the final episode feels like a planned event, I'm not sure of why he stopped. Given the rotating production team on the Kingery, and the several recastings there as well, there seems to be a pattern with Pendant.
This show is so well written. I often find myself going back to re-listen to the entire show. So good.
A show that is fun, retro, totally modern, and a great adventure every time!
I really love the quality of this podcast; Pendant did another excellent job with Dixie Stenberg. It's a very difficult show to explain in a nutshell. Robots? WWII? Old-time radio sponsors? Phony (fictional) advertizing? Government conspiracies? And... dare I say, Nazis? An emphatic yes to all of this! Be sure to give it a listen!
Amazing production. The cast and crew really put together something special with this one. Kudos to everyone involved!
What a great story, the characters are so fabulous and entertaining! I can see why it is Award Winning!

5/5

Jeffrey Bridges and Seth Adam Sher come together to create a heartfelt, unique, and wildly entertaining homage to OTR adventure series, down to the crazy commercials by the fictional Umket Industries. Dramatic, action-packed, hilarious, and maybe just a hint of romance, this is a podcast no OTR fan should miss.
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Thanks for all your kind words, everyone! We're working hard to keep this wonderful show in the style of OTR, and yet update that style for 21st Century listeners. While Dixie herself may seem overly loud to some, to me she's just strong-willed and expressive! We've got an amazing cast and crew working on this show, and I'm incredibly greatful and indebted to Pendant Productions for affording me ths opportunity to honor the classic shows of old and help bring them to new territories. Thanks again, y'all, and STAY SAFE AMERICA!!!
I love this podcast, Pendant does some of the most awesome podcasts I've heard yet. I'm subscribed to all their podcasts and am honestly enjoying all of them, this one is especially super funny and entertaining. These are great for passing the time at work especially, but fun to listen to anytime. These guys are all excellent performers and do a wonderful job... keep up the great work guys! :)
From the respectful nod to the radio dramas of old to the exceptionally clever dialogue and well-drawn characters, this is sheer fun from beginning to end! And make sure you listen all the way through, some of the funniest bits are at the tail end of these productions. Bravo!
Big Fun! I find myself forgetting it was not made during WWII, really puts you in the era. Has just enough cheese to make you believe it could have been on the air in the 40's

5/5

By aylara
I admit I haven't really listened to very many old time radio podcasts, but this is a very fun listen anyway. It seems completely period to me, and yet they have these jokes and happenings which are obviously modern. They poke fun at themselves during the commercials, which are completely hilarious (they break into the middle of the show like the old time radio shows had commercials). And yes, Dixie is really loud, but that's OK, because she's got quite a temper on her. It's a really interesting concept and excellent writing, and it sounds like it would have fit in on a radio fifty years ago, too.
Classic old time radio type program with a modern twist. Hilarious with a really interesting plot and developed characters that is just good entertainment, besides the metafictional subplot about the robot advertiser, which is just so bizarrely crazy.
It's a very decent production, but why does Dixie always have to yell when she says anything. I mean, how far back is she from the microphone? Other than that, it's an enjoyable listen.
This is, by far, my favorite online audio drama. Maybe I'm biased because I'm a sponge for all things World War II (my grandfather was a waist gunner in a B-24) and a big science fiction fan, but even if I try to take my own personal biases out of the equation, I still am astounded at the quality of the writing, characterizations and audio production of this show. It's one thing for Pendant to create high-quality programs featuring familiar characters, but for the creators to come up with such a rich original concept and execute it so well is simply a treasure. I mark the day of the month this show's newest episode goes online and listen to it immediately.
to the Golden Age of Audio Drama in this true to pedigree 1930's Audio Drama, complete with the show's Sponser's comercials, which are sure to crack a smile on your face! Fly over to Pendant and check it out!