A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
This podcast is more entertainment than educational.
Sometimes what appears to be true isn't the case. Critical thinking is key to problem-solving. Everyone deserves a chance for truth and justice. Looks into the origin stories of fictional villains.
Positive Role Models
A podcaster and reporter, Glowis Glaine approaches each story with determination, gusto, and strategy. In that regard, she's a strong character much like the character that inspired her creation, DC Comics' Lois Lane.
Glowis Glaine is a strong, powerful, smart investigative reporter. She actively outsmarts most of the other characters in the show.
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Violence & Scariness
Superhero-style adventures and rescues are referenced, though never with detailed descriptions of violence. Some scenes may involve peril for younger kids, but it's mostly lighthearted adventure. Although Glowis investigates crime, these crimes are small and non-violent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crime Origins: A Hero Hotel Investigation is a purely entertaining podcast from Pinna and a prequel to the Hero Hotel podcast. The show follows a strong female lead, Glowis Gaine, as she investigates crimes appropriate for younger listeners -- stealing candy from a baby. The narrative show promotes critical thinking, problem-solving and seeking justice on a very simple level. The episodes and the series is short, so it could serve as a great starter podcast for kids.
Is It Any Good?
In a marketplace dominated by superheroes, this podcast presents a playful parody of these comic book characters in a way that will likely appeal to younger listeners. CRIME ORIGINS is a silly alternative to the the popular true crime genre of podcasts. Although it lends to some laughs from all listeners, it often leans too heavily on easy puns -- Batman becomes the sausage-based detective known as Brat-Man, and Doctor Doom becomes Dentist Doom, who delivers cavities with sugar bombs -- that may be too immature for older listeners.
The voice actors and production values are up to the standards of other Pinna podcasts. However, the mystery surrounding Golden Falcon's case and Glowis Glaine's investigation isn't particularly as compelling as other series. Perhaps Crime Origins' greatest challenge is that has a limited number of episodes that are all fairly short, so it doesn't offer quite enough time to fully engage the listener. It does, however, provide a great starter show for kids new to listening to podcasts.
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