Serial is definitely exciting, the way Sarah Koenig narrates her story about Adnan Syed’s case are full of surprises, confusion and murder. Which is usually the cornerstone to any great detective story.
Due to fact that Serial is based on a real crime, Hae Minh Lee’s murder, one may ask if Serial is appropriate given the subject matter. I feel that Serial is in fact appropriate despite this. Early on in the podcast and sometime later Sarah explains how she made several attempts via letters to contact Hae Minh Lee’s family for a response on the podcast and received no word back, she assumed they did not want to be contacted. We never get to hear a sorrowful mother and father mourning the death of their child, which helps make it appropriate due to the context. Serial is not exciting because it’s based on an innocent girl’s life being taken. I found Serial to be exciting due to Sarah’s story telling and decisions on where and when to give the facts. For example we don’t even know what Jay looks like until almost halfway through the podcast, this shrouded him in mystery even though his testimony is a huge part of what lands Adnan in prison. The shady conversations between the detectives and Jay are interesting.
Throughout the podcast, especially when Sarah reached out to “professionals” was very exciting and appropriate in it’s educational form. There is so much to learn from Serial about how a defense attorney can be over worked and screw up someones case and how detectives interest may be solely on getting the case closed rather than getting to the truth of the matter. How and where Hae’s body was found by that alcoholic streaker janitor was particularly exciting for story purposes, Sarah didn’t have to share his past time hobbies but it drew me in as a listener in a way took away form sadness of the overall situation.