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Crime Origins: A Hero Hotel Investigation

By Robert Yaniz Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Silly mystery pod looks at villain origins; light on plot.

Podcast Kids & Family Pinna Average run time: 7 minutes
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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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