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16 November 2014 @ 03:48 pm
Podcast Review: Kakos Industries  
I got word of this podcast through fans of Welcome to Night Vale. The podcast is set up as the corporate announcement for Kakos Industries, a company whose sole purpose is to "do evil better." The announcements are done by Corin Deeth the Third (played by Conrad Miszuk who also writes the podcast) who recently took over as CEO. The content of the podcast is a bit like what you'd expect Strex Corp. might sound like only minus all the cheeriness. Either that or probably the board meetings Crowley might have to attend in Hell. I've only listened to about 12 episodes so far (there's 18 currently out) and I've found the show to be a mixed bag.

Kakos Industries has some similarities with WTNV in which it's mainly based on the performance of one person with limited guest voices and lots of morbid humor. Each episode also ends with a woman reading the credits and signing off with a suggestion of what to do should the episode have depressed you which feels reminicient of Meg Bashwiner's prologues. Unlike WTNV, however, there is so far no overarching storyline to tie things together. Then again, WTNV was like that as well with only the Cecil/Carlos arc being a constant thread before the Strex plot came in. So far, it's unclear if Kakos Industries plans on ever weaving in an overarching plotline.

Seeing as how the mission statement of Kakos Industries is to do evil better, a lot of what Corin reports on is unpleasant. Some of the unpleasantness is delightfully morbid such as the Ruin-A-Life lottery drawing they do every show. But some of the unpleasantness is just unpleasant. I'm not sure that the show always gets away with the nasty or plain gross humor it uses. I like the stuff that's more around the psychological torture Kakos inflicts on people, including their employees and even their shareholders. I'm less into the stuff the Adult Entertainment Branch is up to such as creating a new hole and the penis enlargment cream they're testing out. Episode 12 in particular features a storyline where one of the scientists at Kakos falls into a vat of the aforementioned cream and turns into a six foot penis. I didn't find that image all that funny nor the ending which featured him ejaculating everywhere complete with sound effect. There was Episode 9 that detailed a mecha battle between Giant-Ass Schoolgirl and Octobot which basically became tentacle rape that was pretty awful.

So what are the good parts of this podcast? Well, as I said before, I like the Ruin-A-Life lottery they do every podcast. I also liked the one episode where Melantha who is the CEO of a rival evil company interrupted the announcements which drove Corin up the wall. And the more lighthearted morbid humor is pretty funny. I'll also say that Conrad Miszuk has a very good voice for podcast as well. It's not soothing like Cecil Baldwin's but it's kind of alluring in its own way.

I'm going to keep going with the podcast for now. Each one is only about 20 minutes so it's not a huge commitment and it updates twice a months.

For anyone wanting to sample the show, you can listen or read the transcripts HERE.
X-parrotxparrot on November 17th, 2014 12:14 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks for the review! I just heard about this (prob through the same WTNV fans) and was wondering if I wanted to check it out. Gross-out humor and crude sexual gags are really not my thing (when it comes to horror-comedy WTNV's surreal existential creepiness is more up my alley) but some of the other stuff sounds amusing, I might check it out...
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 17th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
I listened to two more episodes. Yeah, I think I'm going to stop. WTNV isn't always perfect but the show knows its identity. I feel like Kakos Industries is sort of saying it's trying to make a social commentary but it falls back on jokes that comes across as misogynistic. I mean, misogynistic jokes I can take in but don't tell me it's a social commentary.
X-parrotxparrot on November 18th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Ah, that's too bad. For me the problem with that kind of comedy isn't even necessarily the misogyny itself, but that misogynistic jokes pretty much just aren't funny; they're cheap-shot humor, and even if they're supposedly being done 'ironically' it doesn't make them any funnier >.>
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 18th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
In the end I burned through the remaining episodes. The show gets a B from me. It's funny in parts and I continue to like Corin's voice but it's not nearly as funny or as subversive as I think it wants to be.