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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Virtual virtual assistant


     The audio drama Sandra from Gimlet Media is both delightful and disappointing. There are plenty of fan comments out there raving about how addicting the show is, and that they want more, but one common complaint is that it ends without wrapping up the loose ends and finishing the story.
     The premise of having an electronic virtual assistant (like Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri) which turns out to be real person on the other end of the connection is fun to explore and has a lot of story potential. The cast and crew are professionals whom we expect a lot from but, to be honest, the story does not give these actors enough to work with.
     The protagonist of Sandra is Helen, the real person answering questions from clients, played by Alia Shawkat. The computer voice of Sandra is done by Kristen Wiig; directed by Sebastian Silva; written by Kevin Moffett and Matthew Derby.
     I enjoyed the show despite the abrupt ending. Perhaps this is one that needs a second season to bring it all together.
     It’s only seven episodes, so why not check it out and judge for yourself. Available on iTunes and Gimlet Media.


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