What do you get when you combine Victorian London in the 1800s with spaceships and science geniuses?
The audio drama podcast BRASS, that’s what.
BRASS is a steampunk fantasy adventure set in 19th century London—except it’s not the London you would remember from history books.
The BRASS family are all science geniuses, each with unique abilities: Lord Benjamin Brass (inventor and tactician), Lady Madelyn Brass (brilliant detective), son Cyril (martial artist savant), and daughter Gwendolyn (con artist, mistress of disguise). They serve Crown and Country as they battle a mysterious criminal mastermind for control of London.
The acting is top-notch, and it truly does sound like an old-fashioned Sherlock Holmes movie with a few extras thrown in.
The only thing I didn’t like about it was the narrator. Namely, because they have one.
(No matter how many podcasts I’ve listened to, I still hate narrators in fiction podcasts as a general rule.)
However, mercifully, the narrator is not normally a big part of the story, so I can forget he exists and instead focus on the fun.
Other than the unfortunate narration, there’s not much not to like in BRASS. Overall, it’s a “jolly good” enjoyable romp of a podcast. If you like podcasts that offer a little bit of everything—adventure, mystery, humor, and alternative history—you should definitely give BRASS a try.
August 2021 Issue