Limetown

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Limetown
Limetown logo.jpg
Presentation
VoicesAnnie-Sage Whitehurst
LanguageEnglish
Production
ProductionTwo-Up Productions
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes7
Publication
Original releaseJuly 29, 2015 – present
Cited asVulture's Top 10 Podcasts of 2015[1]
Websitehttp://www.limetownstories.com/

Limetown is a podcast fiction series created by Two-Up Productions that debuted on July 29, 2015, and became the number one US podcast on iTunes less than two months later.[2] The show has drawn comparisons to the popular podcast Serial and the 1990s television show The X-Files.[3][4][5] The series was written and directed by Zack Akers and produced by Skip Bronkie. The second season debuted on October 30, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Limetown is a fictional story told as a series of investigative reports by Lia Haddock (played by Annie-Sage Whitehurst), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), detailing the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.[2]

Episode listing[edit]

Although the creators planned seven episodes for the first season,[2] only six were produced:[6] Very short teasers were broadcast after some episodes.[7]

Season 1
No.TitleRelease date
1"What We Know"July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)
Ten years ago Limetown was a self-contained research facility with on-site staff housing. One day a vague 911 call brings the police to the front gates but security doesn't let them past and the first responders are ordered to stand down. After three days, the gates are opened but the site is completely devoid of any trace of people, save for what looks like the result of a pyre containing traces of the remains of Oscar Totem, one of the lead researchers. Lia Haddock, a reporter for American Public Radio, is drawn to the mystery due to her uncle Emile, a Limetown resident. Despite numerous investigations and Congressional inquiries, nothing was ever resolved.
2"Winona"September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)
A woman who only goes by "Winona" contacts Lia claiming to be a Limetown survivor. Although she clearly has some sort of brain damage, she recounts living in Limetown with her husband and daughter Sylvia as well as an experience watching a man (whom she refers to as "The Man We Were All There For") experiment with some sort of telepathy. She refuses to answer most of Lia's questions, and seems to imply that she has been instructed on what to do and that Lia has a role to play.
"A quick apology"September 26, 2015 (2015-09-26)
A man comes to Lia's motel room door late at night, repeatedly smashes his head against the door and tells her that this is her first warning.
3"Napoleon"October 12, 2015 (2015-10-12)
Via a cell phone that Winona provided, Lia makes contact with another survivor who calls himself The Reverend. He recounts how he was a veterinarian and was part of an experiment where he and a pig named Napoleon were implanted with devices that can allow them to communicate with thought. After Napoleon becomes traumatized from a bad-timed emergency, The Reverend is forced to kill him and experiences Napoleon's death. He refers to the last day of Limetown as "The Panic" and implies that The Man We Were All There For was Oscar Totem. He is killed by a drunk driver the next day.
"The 911 call"October 31, 2015 (2015-10-31)
Lia places a 911 call asking for police to come to a specific address.
4"DDoS"November 2, 2015 (2015-11-02)
Lia is contacted by Max Finlayson, the head neurologist at Limetown. He confirms that the purpose of the facility was to develop and test a cranial implant that would allow mind-to-mind communication. Removal of the implant causes severe brain damage, as was the case with Winona. Although the device was a success, the people without the implant revolted and burnt Oscar Totem at the stake. When Lia asks about The Man We Were All There For, Max refers to him as "the secret sauce". Max is extremely paranoid and keeps a gun nearby at all times and has his house equipped with a system that can interrupt the implants. After Lia leaves, Max calls her in a panic and the sound of multiple people coming into the house and gunshots are heard, prompting Lia to call 911.
"The central question"November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)
Despite the clear danger involved, Lia and APR agree to continue the story and investigation.
5"Scarecrow"November 23, 2015 (2015-11-23)
A paranoid Lia meets in an unnamed country with Max's ex-wife, Dierdra. She calls out Max for not telling the whole truth and explains her side of the story. When the success of the implants became clear, a rift grew between residents with the implant and the control group, who take on the name "The Old School" for themselves. Dierdra herself was without the implant while Max had it, causing them to grow apart. To try and rectify the situation, Max decides to secretly give her the implant. When the Old School figures out what happens they riot. Medical supplements, a necessity for implant users to filter out most brainwaves, are destroyed. The implant users panic and the Old School riots which ends with the death of Oscar Totem. Dierdra states that she believes Oscar was secretly planning on selling the technology to a mysterious third party.
"Answers"December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)
APR receives a mysterious message with a recording of the room at the time of the initial 911 call during the panic. The recording contains instructions on how and where Lia can meet the next survivor.
6"Cost-Benefit Analysis"December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14)
APR agrees to do a live interview with another survivor. The survivor is a mercenary who currently calls herself "Lenore Doogle". Lenore was hired to be the city manager and all around troubleshooter. Secretly, she acted as a mole for a mysterious company who wanted the technology for military purposes. It was her that fed information to Oscar in order to convince him to sell out the town. When The Panic happened, Lenore contacted the Company who extracted all the implanted people via a network of limestone caves that ran under the town, killed the Old School, and destroyed all evidence. She reveals to Lia that The Man We Were All There For was her uncle Emile who had innate psychic powers that were the basis of the implants, but he has since disappeared and now the Company wants him back. The only reason Lia was able to talk to survivors was to use her as bait to draw out Emile. Lenore reveals that she saved Winona's daughter Sylvia, even though she didn't have the implant, then takes a suicide pill and hands another to Lia before the door is busted down and men come running into the room.
"A statement from American Public Radio"December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)
APR announces their decision to stop the investigation into Limetown due to the danger it caused. Lia has been missing since the final interview.
Season 2
No.TitleOriginal air date
1"London"October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)
1.5"The Alison Recording"November 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)
2"Bordeaux"November 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)
2.5"The Majda Tape"November 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)
3"Halifax"November 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)
3.5"The Cortez KO"December 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
4"The Bridge"December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)
5"Limetown"December 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)

Other media[edit]

Two-Up Productions signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster to produce a prequel of Limetown in novel form. Cote Smith is writing the book that will come out on November 13th, 2018.[8][9]

TV Show[edit]

On October 8, 2018 it was announced that Jessica Biel would star as Lia Haddock for a Limetown TV show. The show will air on Facebook Watch and will have a first season run of 10 episodes. [10] Stanley Tucci will play Emile Haddock. [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 10 Best Podcasts and 10 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". Vulture. 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  2. ^ a b c "Limetown, a chilling new podcast, is your paranormal Serial replacement". Vox. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  3. ^ "Serial meets The X-Files in Limetown, a fictional podcast drawing raves after just one episode » Nieman Journalism Lab". Niemanlab.org. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  4. ^ Melissa Locker. "Limetown: the podcast that bridges the gap between X-Files and Serial | Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  5. ^ "Limetown podcast preview". Chicago Tribune. 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  6. ^ "Limetown".
  7. ^ "Limetown — Two-Up". Twoupproductions.com. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  8. ^ "An update from Two-Up". us11.campaign-archive2.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  9. ^ https://www.twoupproductions.com/shows/limetown
  10. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/10/jessica-biel-star-in-limetown-facebook-watch-tv-series-podcast-1202477646/
  11. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/12/limetown-stanley-tucci-marlee-matlin-kelly-jenrette-star-facebook-series-based-on-podcast-1202514902/amp/

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