The script, while ambitious, proves to be a bottleneck for Virus 2062. With scattered scientific explanations and little of anything imaginable. The politics, social media processes, religion, all training.
The insecure narrator is often used as an exciting tool in the literature.
But how well does it fit just on audio? It was an experiment that actors Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal agreed to by nodding to the Spotify Virus 2062 podcast. This step in building something new and exciting is commendable for their efforts. In terms of performance, of course, some things are lacking.
Initially, Richa’s voice as a psychiatrist, dr. Gayatri “Bindiya” Rajputs. Despite being a believable performer, Richa felt like he was trying to adapt to new media during a ten-part podcast. Sometimes it feels like physical exertion. And sometimes it gives the impression. That Richa is just reading her lines at a regular desk, with little or no nuance.
But we are ahead of ourselves in history. Virus 2062 is mainly based on a doctor-patient relationship in which Ali Fazal plays the patient. Ali is said to be patient 63, who is not disturbed or Peter Perera. Dr Gayatri says it is from 2062. And she travels back in time to save the world from the destruction of a deadly pandemic.
As noted above, Richa leaves a lot to be desired. Ali Fazal’s voice modulation and ability to pull you through it is more believable and natural. His voice became a low whisper when he was deep in thought. And the fear and anxiety he caused. When he felt he couldn’t get the doctor to believe his idea of truth; everything was smooth.
The script, while ambitious, also proves to be a stumbling block with its muddled scientific explanations. With little of everything imaginable. The politics, social media processes, religion, all the training.
The first few episodes do a great job of creating the premise and introducing us to our two main characters.
Still, the podcast exudes such conviction that even one can’t believe the incredible scenery even in its safest form. And after the fifth episode, the story started to fall on its back.
Science fiction isn’t easy to describe, and the jargon isn’t helping either. Virus 2062’s main weakness lies in its narrative and lack of clarity. Otherwise, the audio thriller will stand firm, and we, he predicts, will.
Fazal seems natural when it comes to voice acting. A free-flow guarantee allows him to modulate his voice in various ways. While switching between English, Hindi and Urdu with ease. The same cannot be said of Chadha, whose most recent work is questionable.
One of the audio story tricks that Fazal seems to recognize. Early on is how he uses the microphone to trust his listeners. In contrast to Chadha, who attacks listeners with his lines as if trying to grab.
The last line of a grand theatre. You can almost hear Chadha smile, face or even pretend not to be interested. In what a seemingly deceived patient has to say about dystopia.
Despite being entirely set in a “cage” in an insane asylum:
The show manages to paint a bleak picture of the future (almost like Blade Runner). Maybe the rain outside blends in with the stories we hear that machines are taking over and the planet is no longer habitable.
It’s interesting how this show takes the accumulated disappointment of the last 18 months as a track to go to a darker place. As we wait for the “pandemic” to end, the show asks if this is just the first domino for Armageddon? The show also has a sense of humour and shows how the premise sounds like a Hollywood movie. They discuss the Terminator, and there are several names for Taarzan: The Wonder Car.
It wasn’t until later in the show, when the responsibility fell on Chadha’s shoulders. That the show started to falter. The central ambiguity about whether this is happening. Or the characters on this show have an overactive imagination is exciting but is eventually lost. “Sick Nurse,” served to elevate the climax, feels more like a heartwarming story than an organic part of the show.