whenever i think about tpp i start to cry
lesbians love jelly
imagine a utopia where every type of person and every type of love is accepted, oh and you’re also on mars
A Riveting Rip-Roaring Ride
This podcast deserves to be in a spotlight, name flashing on a marquee board. The Penumbra is masterfully crafted storytelling, with inclusivity in every nook and cranny. It’s refreshing because it doesn’t pander, rather it weaves these aspects in just as you would find them in life. The team behind this podcast obviously has a love for their craft, because you can hear it in every single episode. I’ll tell everyone I know to listen to Penumbra!
The Most Wonderful Podcast
The Penumbra Podcast is groundbreaking. It provides several representations of LGBTQIA+ identities that other shows don’t typically touch on; however, the inclusivity never takes away from the story or makes it sound “preachy” in any way.
Masterfully written and performed.
Please get rid of the stories
They are super committed to LGBTQIAA+ characters, which I didn’t even realize but really ended up appreciating! The show is captivating, well designed and written, and incredibly bingeable. I listened pretty out of order but still got a lot out of it. Truly lovely people making a great show, can’t wait to see what’s next!!
A new favorite
I binged all of the Juno Steel arc first, but wanted to wait until I finished the Second Citadel to leave a review. Naturally, I chewed through the whole backlog of Second Citadel in a week. It’s very good, folks! This show has made me laugh out loud and cry out loud and actually, literally jump up and down with joy and excitement. With my body. In the material plane. It’s that good. I would recommend this a million times over! If you haven’t given it a listen yet, please, please do. You won’t regret it.
My all time favorite podcast
Genuinely my all time favorite podcast. I love it. I love both of the main stories. I love that I can get gays in space AND fantasy gays in one rad podcast. The standalones in the first season were fun and very twilight zone. Gay noir in space is like, the ideal genre.
sophie and kevin made me cry (multiple times)
I Luv Dis Movie
at any given moment i am emotional about peter nureyev and it is all your fault. please give me more
A top 3!
There are a handful of stand-alone stories, but the two primary ones are a medieval-adjacent fantasy featuring knights facing monsters and a scifi detective noir story. Good breadth, and all the stories are fun and interesting, the characters endearing. Really excellent dialogue and genre play.
Ultra Professional Human Being
So I really love this podcast, it has tons of representation, and the writing is so beautiful that it made me cry. If that doesn’t make you want to listen I don’t know what will.
Clever humor, good stories and fun characters. They are masters if approaching difficult social issues and explaining them in a way that doesn’t sound condescending or preachy all while you believe you are just listening to a story
Yup or Nup
This a good one.
Very good! Love it!
Amateur Author V
This podcast gives me such Cowboy Bebop vibes and I love it so much! I would highly recommend giving this noir sci fi detective story that’s kinda like Welcome To Night Vale in a way. 10/10 would listen to multiple times.
Incredibly entertaining, excelent sound design and writing, plus a cast of queer characters. One of my favorite audio dramas!! :D
So good, the best, I would die for this podcast
Sidesplitting Hatchet Thrower
Great show, good writing and plot and character progression.
The sound levels for dialog and sound are off so it’s annoying to keep going up and down on volume to keep it normal.
i would die for juno steel!
this podcast.....changed my life.........it is So Good Literally How Did Mere Mortals Create Something This Amazing
On the topic of representation
First off, I’d like to start by saying that I really like this podcast, from its quirkiness to its flamboyance. I don’t have a problem with them being exaggerated stories, since I think that it’s what gives it character and makes it quite fun to listen to.
Although most of the ratings are extremely high, there are some low ratings lurking about. I’ve found that one of the major complaints is that the Penumbra is force-feeding the listener with too much queerness per se and that they should make it less blatant. I however disagree. I think that the extreme presence of queer content within the podcast should be welcomed rather than shunned. (To clarify, in this section I’ll mainly be talking about Juno’s universe.) I’d like to think that with the world’s progress will come an openness to the LGBTQ+ community that will allow them to thrive within society as we see in these ones. I think that if we truly find the vision of the world presented through the Penumbra as jarring, we should really take a step back and look at why we believe that to be true.
In conclusion, although it certainly isn’t perfect, it’s a fun podcast that has an idealistic vision of the future that I think we should all try to adopt (as far as queer culture goes.)
Knocked it so far out of the park it landed on Mars!
Listen. I’m not normally a podcast kinda lady. I get distracted easily and find myself missing half of what’s being said. But the moment I started listening to Penumbra, I was hooked. It’s fun, it’s engaging, it’s honestly so easy to listen to I’ve almost missed my stop a couple times.
Just. So good. Please listen if you like things that are queer, things that are creepy, or just things that are fun. Penumbra is all three.
Everything I’ve Wanted
Lukas the King
This podcast is amazing! I really can’t recommend it enough! I quickly binged my way through their entire catalog in less then a month and I can’t wait for it to come back!!!
I love this podcast it keeps me hooked I can’t stop. I can’t wait for the next season
It is perfectly crafted and great sound with the best caricature names ever
Murder Mysteries & Why we need more of them
I’ve only been listening to The Penumbra Podcast for a few hours and honestly I feel like I’ve been tuning into a Sci-Fi mystery show that was created for the 1930s radio show. And if you know me, I’m a sucker for 1930s radio shows.
The Penumbra Podcast will keep you on your toes, on the edge of your seat, and waiting for more.
to start, this show is so well crafted with all of the sound and voices and everything. the plots are incredible and so so beautiful. please if you have any time at all, give this show a listen.
absolutely phenomenal character development and world building. the amount of effort that goes into every episode really shows.
Audio quality is trash , sounds like they 50feet away
Audio quality is trash , can’t hear half the actors !! Sounds like they are talking 50 feet from the mic ! And your stupid political propaganda no one cares about keep your political beliefs to your self !
Love this show
Super creative characters and plots. Would recommend for fans of film noir, King Arthur, and sci-fi questions of humanity, who wish stories in those genres were more queer! Great music and sound effects too!
Rita is my all time fav secretary/hacker/life coach/film buff, you should listen for her alone.
I was trying to branch out from McElroy content without losing quality and boy does the Penumbra podcast measure up! Writing, actors, editing, everything about this is amazing! In the beginning the audio is rough but it improved quickly. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying this masterpiece!!
Well written characters and captivating story
Ice cream pop cherries on top
I wish there’d be more podcasts like this one, the normalization of lgbt+ people is so refreshing. There’s really no other media I can think of that does such a good job at it. The characters are in-depth and feel like real people. I’ve definitely been recommending this to all my friends.
Extraordinary characters and world building
I just caught up, and now I’m horrified that I don’t have a new episode on the immediate horizon. I love these characters and have become unhealthily engaged in their lives. The main actors (and stellar writing) make even the characters who I initially wanted to dislike sneak into the empathy area. Want more!
oh my god it’s just so Good!!!
it’s a fantastic podcast, the characters are so well-developed and the twists are really good!
Beyond amazing. My favorite podcast, hands down.
I’m not sure if I can properly put into words just how incredible this podcast is. Both for me personally, in terms of the representation they give and the worlds and characters they’ve given us, and how much all that has positively effected me, and overall, in terms of the incredible writing, incredible sound design, incredible acting.... the list goes on and on. I can’t thank Sophie and Kevin and everyone who has worked to bring this podcast to life enough. This show has done filled me with more inspiration to write in create than I’ve had in a long while. The characters they’ve created have brought me joy and comfort like I’ve never gotten from characters before.
If you’re reading reviews trying to decide if you should listen to this podcast or not, do yourself a favor and LISTEN TO IT! It somehow, miraculously, despite already starting off so incredible, only seems to get increasingly better and better.
I am so, endlessly, ceaselessly glad that I started listening to The Penumbra Podcast. It’s been a blessing in so many ways.
this podcast is absolutely brilliant. it tells a story beautifully and the characters are so vivid that they seem real. it’s awe-inspiring, and i love it.
This podcast is phenomenal. A friend got me into it and I’ve resisted fiction podcasts for a long time because I didn’t know what to expect, but after Penumbra the bar is set so high. The character development is AMAZING, and I love how natural and easy the queer representation is. As a polyamorous person myself, I love the realistic interpretation of a polyam negotiation. It’s so hard to find polyam representation on its own, PLUS trans/nb representation PLUS lgb representation written by actual queer people! This is my new favorite podcast and I can’t wait for more.
This podcast makes me feel a lot
Fun thoughtful stories with dynamic characters.
I really enjoy the stories but the dialog can sometimes be a little cheesy and the volume fluctuates a lot between very hard to hear and way too loud.
It takes just two episodes to be my favorite podcast ever
The writing is absolutely phenomenal. And I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow!!
Can it get better? YES IT CAN
Heard this show had some good rep and a nice story. My friends, that is an understatement. The framing, the music, the sound effects, the characters, the story, all of it is amazing.
Steroids for the Soul
Reminds me of listening to old radio shows with my grandfather. Helps keep me going. I love this show.
This show just completely sucked me in. ugh CINEMA
I’m in love with this podcast
From the first episode I was completely drawn in. Awesome sci-fi/twilight zone-esque stories, good voice acting, actual gay characters whose storylines don’t revolve around being gay, but it’s naturally integrated into their storylines. Feeling like I’m actually an intended audience for stories like this is so powerful to me and I couldn’t be more grateful. Stellar quality all around 💕💕💕
Extremely Well Done
There’s a lot I have to say about this podcast and I don’t even really know where to begin. Queer media made by queer folks for a queer audience is so hard to find, and the Penumbra crew has blown it right out of the water. This show is so diverse and full of representation across so many spectrums, and I’ve never felt so represented in my life.
On top of that, the stories they tell are so well written and very VERY compelling. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I’m also a sucker for symbolism and thematic evolution, both of which Penumbra has in spades. I was invested from the start.
Their characters are very relatable, and especially Juno holds a special place in my heart, and his character development has honestly helped me work through some things in my life. I can’t wait to see where he goes next.
I’m so glad that this podcast was recommended to me, and I look forward to what they do next!!
Gripping and Complex from Beginning to Now
I haven't gotten into the Second Citadel series yet--but Juno Steel has me hooked. I originally stumbled upon the podcast because I had heard that it has great representation for the lgbtq+ community and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Not only does it have a diverse cast of characters, it also has extremely interesting stories. I'm usually not one for crime or scifi, anything of that nature, but this podcast proved that there's most certainly an exception. I'm deeply invested in Juno, his career, and his unstable love life...can't wait for more. I couldn't recommend this podcast enough! The only complaint I really have is that the same voice actors keep playing different characters...which can become a tad bit confusing at times, but other than that, it's flawless!
I happened to find this podcast while I was on a horror story kick! This is some of the best story telling I’ve encountered on iTunes. I couldn’t be more in love!!
Gayer than LA in June
Not to be all "this podcast made me gay," but seriously, this podcast (and Sophie) forced me to articulate my feelings about gender in a way I'd been avoiding.
AND IT'S AMAZING.
The storytelling is astounding, the cast is INCREDIBLE, the sound engineering.... is great by the end of season one. Seriously, listen to the remastered versions of the first episodes. I mean, also listen to the originals because there's a couple of scenes that are really delightful that don't make the remater cut, but the remastering is...well. There's a reason.
BUT. Every episode is engaging. Season one is fun because you get a couple of one-off stories that really change the pace, but Season two is fantastic. It's agony to switch from one storyline to another, and agony to switch back, but honestly, if it's not an emotional rollercoaster, is it even worth it?
I think this could be my favorite podcast. The writing, acting, and sound quality are amazing. I have to admit I like Juno Steel episodes quite a bit more than the one with all the knights and monsters. Can’t wait for next episode. Downgraded to 2, about to unsubscribe. Got really excited, saw new episode was up. It was the 5th second citadel in a row. Juno stories are amazing. I hate the second citadel. Hate the story line and absolutely despise the voicing choices. Honestly enough with the second citadel stories. They are crap compared to Juno Steel.
This was amazing and so well written. The voice actors all do a wonderful job and are also amazing. I especially loved the Juno Steel episodes; I was hooked from the beginning. Penumbra was my first introduction to podcasts; for anyone looking to get into podcasts like this, I absolutely recommend it as your first!!
This podcast makes my little gay heart so happy <3
The best podcast out there
I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts but the penumbra is truly the best satisfying story, plot, acting, music, etc. The characters are incredible and Juno Steel is one of the most relatable and likable characters I’ve ever heard. A true work of art and I can’t wait for the episodes to come.
my sweet queer heart needed this lovely podcast
The ultimate in angsty-geek escapism
Fighting monsters. Fighting your friends. Wrestling with and overcoming your own bigotry. Fearing to trust your own perceptions. Falling in love. Emphatically NOT falling in love. Wielding terrible magical powers. Breaking society’s mechanics with your personal life. Solving puzzles. Delivering short, panicked lectures on osmosis. Second Citadel has it all.
Aside from being exactly my idea of fun, the writing is solid as heck. Once the story finds its footing (takes a few episodes, admittedly), the story elements fit together neatly, the characters are complex, and the dialogue is funny and interesting despite almost none of it being your typical witty banter. But it’s more than well-written; this podcast is almost literary. There are so many dots to connect in terms of plot, character, and background symbolism. Most of the lit-crit-geek stuff is subtle enough to be ignored if you’re not interested in the details of salamander mythology, but if your idea of a good time involves digging up botanical and Arthurian easter eggs, you will enjoy yourself immensely.
It’s not perfect. There’s a weird dearth of physical description of characters. And some of the sound effects are like: *sound of broken garbage disposal* “It sounds like an army thousands strong come to bring about the end of the world!” Personally, I don’t care, but I can see that bugging people.
In conclusion, Second Citadel was written for me and me specifically. I’m about to go back and start listening to the Juno Steel storyline; here’s hoping it’s as good.