Sal and Team Three travel to Madrid through a breathing door and into a lonely man's weirdest dreams.
Sal Brooks, newest member of Team Three of the Societas Librium Occultorum, is settling in to her job and apartment in Rome. In this episode, we meet the rest of the team and get a tour of the Black Archives (pro tip: don't touch anything) before being whisked off on Sal's first mission: investigate a magical disturbance in the heart of Madrid, Spain. There they find a breathing apartment door, little girls being held hostage, and some furniture that is far too alive for good taste. First days on the job are never easy....
This episode is brought to you by team writer Brian Francis Slattery and trips down a rabbit hole (or, rather, through an apartment door) into some thoroughly New Weird territory. Fans of Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy will find much to enjoy.
There's some nice writing going on here, and some very cool descriptions of the effects of demonic possession on an apartment in Madrid, but other than that, the main plotline is simply a rip-off of the idea behind "Warehouse 13." At $4.86 per 1-1/2 hour episode, these are the most expensive audio books I've ever purchased. After I listen to the third episode, which I've already purchased, I will not be continuing with this series.
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