I must say, I absolutely hated both of the stories by Aliya Whiteley that appeared on The Drabblecast prior to this one. To refresh, they were Jelly Park and Witchcraft in the Harem.
In fact, when Jelly Park won the People's Choice Award, I was completely flabbergasted. Its victory over the others--nay, its very nomination--made me believe that a planetary infestation of nanoscopic, mind-controlling and electronically-migrating silkworms made their way through the various pathways of the internet, onto the computers and phones of the people who downloaded the story, out through their speakers and finally into their new homes in said peoples' brains where they caused a spike in dopamine during their migration, causing people to believe it was a good story. I think I was spared infection because I listened to the story long after it was initially published on The Drabblecast and the silkworms had long since found alternate means of transport.
That being said, when I noticed that this story was by Aliya Whiteley, I almost
didn't even bother to give it a listen, what with risk of infection and all. But I trusted the judgement of Norm and the crew and, through this story, Miss Whiteley has redeemed herself in my eyes (even though her story Jelly Park harbored the growth of an alien race bent on the destruction or enslavement of humankind).
It was a great story, made even greater by the amazing job done on production. The new renditions of Nirvana's music, some of which I found elevator-esque, were awesome. And that's saying something, because I have never heard a cover of Nirvana that I liked. I think Kurt would have approved.
Come to think of it, I think he'd be a big fan of The Drabblecast. You guys should run a story about fetuses hanging from trees...
But I digress.
Aliya did a good, consistent job on the voice of the narrator. I believed a rebel-without-a-cause garage-band-rocking teenager was telling me the story. There was a lot of good and sometimes subtle humor in this one.
And I think the main thing that won me over with this was when it came to light that the protagonist was in conflict with the mainstream--something my teenage self could definitely relate to, and something that has leaked into my adult life. And that's something that I think turned me off of Jelly Park. The whole song and dance of it. Because it was portrayed as good
in jelly park, and I didn't like, and didn't want to like it. But in Go Beep, it was portrayed as bad, and, even though I did find the Go Beep song catchy, and I did enjoy it, I didn't want to because it seemed too upbeat and happy for my personality, and therefore, bad. So I found the protagonist to be my ally when he went against it.
Anyway... Enough said.
Aliya, you're alright in my book.
But I also wanted to throw my two cents at Etaan:
I think that 17 is about right. And at that age, if I knew that my parents were brainwashed zombies and I was just sitting around staring at my friends for hours on end, I would have taken the opportunity to sneak a beer. I had a hard time figuring when it was supposed to be happening, however. Youtube and iTunes are current, but in that case these kids grew up 7-10 years behind the peak of Nirvana's popularity and it seems strange that they would be that into them.
Also, what's double math?
Firstly, double math is two periods of math class back-to-back. An attempt on the protagonist's part to be a bummer. Unless you're the 1 out of 10 kind of person who understand binary :p.
Secondly, as I write this I'm twenty-four. I love Nirvana without bounds. To save you the math, I was six when Kurt died, and I didn't know who he was. Nirvana has transcended time and has become loved by many even beyond their prime. Just like Edgar Allen Poe. The messages in the music are very human, very angsty-teen and, I think, universal. I think the time of the story is the present.
I can't remember which episode it was on, but the McDonald's drive-thru order rap was top notch. I'd put that shizz on a CD, yo. Nah'm say'n Norm?