Ahhh, September — for many of us, it’s back-to-school season. For me it means the start of fall TV and back to podcasting.
I’m one of four panelists on Revolution Fan Podcast, and we record a reaction podcast weekly after each episode of Revolution. We talk about our favourite moments, what we hated, what we see coming, and even about the casting. Sometimes we’ll also live tweet during the actual airing.
Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about the mechanics of the podcast. Our fearless leader, Tom, takes care of all that. He also keeps us on task and on topic during the recording. He looks at all the multimedia that’s been published by NBC and comes up with some starter topics. He even composed some original themes for us. We use a shared Google doc with the format of the podcast for that week, and we generally record via Skype voice. Then some magic happens, and it shows up in iTunes and on the website.
My responsibility to the podcast is to bring something interesting to the conversation. So when I sit down to watch Revolution, I don’t just watch it for pure entertainment. I can’t really miss anything because I have to be able to talk intelligently about it later. Gone is my usual full multi-tasking mode (TV watching, game playing, internet surfing and e-mailing).
During the show, I’ll often have a notepad right near my chair, so I can jot quick blurbs about lines I liked or a twist I thought was worth exploring. I’ll also note things that I think my fellow podcaster or our followers might find especially interesting. When we’re live tweeting, I try really hard not to spoil anything big, because I now have followers who are in different time zones.
When the show returns from a long break, like it did in March and will on September 25th, I find that I need to get ramped up. I watch too much TV and read too much to keep all the details straight. So I may need to binge watch the last few episodes.
In the case of the season premiere (and the potential for a hiatus podcast episode), I will also want to review my recording from the SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) Revolution panel. This will give me a point of reference, and perhaps things to anticipate. I’ll probably review all the casting news I’ve read, too. The blurbs you read about casting are pretty thin, but it’s fun to speculate about people you’ve seen in other roles.
When the day finally arrives, I’ll possibly watch the show live, if only to enable live tweeting. I’ll record it too, so I can re-watch before the podcast. Sometimes the live tweeting can distract from the actual watching of the show. Commercial breaks aren’t enough time to catch up with the feed, especially when we have cast and creators live tweeting, too!
This year, we may actually do the podcast with most of us in the same room and I won’t have to worry about getting my Skype settings just right. I’m wondering if the vibe of the podcast will be different because we’re in the same room and reacting to body language and not just each other’s voices. It should be a fun ride!
So now that I’ve made this all sound like so much work, it’s actually not. The hours spent recording the podcast are some of the best I’ve spent in the last year. Podcasting has opened up new experiences and opportunities for me. I’ve spent more quality time with my best friend, and I’ve definitely laughed more!
So this is how I express my fandom (at least for Revolution)… how do you express your fandom? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.