Tanis — Season 2, Episode 201: The Wall
Tanis is a podcast that demands your full attention. Let your mind wander for just a minute, and you may miss a vital clue. Skip an entire episode, and you could be lost at sea. And yet, with Tanis, your attention is richly rewarded. Tanis will take you to a world of wonder, beauty, horror, and mystery.
Season 2 has arrived — yay!! — and as we’ve come to expect, listening to this podcast is like drinking out of a wonderful, amazing yet very powerful fire hydrant. Your brain is FLOODED with information. And just as Nic is getting his bearings after what happened in The Cabin, we also get caught up on some vital facts.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Veronica Pillman, Sam Reynolds, and Morgan Miller are all missing. Turns out, they never made it out of The Cabin. Where are they now? Not even Cameron Ellis knows. Meanwhile, Tara Reynolds is under LOCK DOWN at a psychiatric facility in Oregon. The Cabin itself has also since vanished, as it is wont to do. This time, someone managed to catch the vanishing on film. Nic appears to be the only one who came back “relatively” normal — emphasis on relatively.
The theme to this episode, and possibly this season, is awakenings. Eld Fen, this ancient being, has begun to stir. There are more strange phenomena. Severed feet. Dark videos. Mysterious sounds. As Veronica told Nic, “It’s waking up.” All of this is pointing to something big about to occur.
Whether humanity stands a chance remains to be seen. REPEATEDLY, characters who encounter Tanis say they feel both deeply excited and very scared. What does this mean? Whenever Tanis fulfills its destiny — whatever that may be — we as a species will have reason to be very afraid, very happy, or both all at once.
I did have an unintentional LOL moment when Ellis told Nic he would be investigating disturbances and disappearances that were “adjacent to the breach.” As anyone who’s lived in a major metropolitan knows, real estate that’s not quite in a Tony neighborhood but in some hazily justifiable way can be said to be near said Tony neighborhood is said to be “adjacent.” Hence, that run down studio apartment with a tiny kitchen next to a sketchy liquor store in Los Angeles is sold as “Beverly Hills adjacent.” Nic Silver may not yet be standing on par with Cameron Ellis, but he is working his way up and is now officially “Breach adjacent”!
Overpriced apartment on sketchy street corner? Beverly Hills adjacent!
NIC = NEO?
It’s clear there is something special about Nic. Nic is the only one who came out of The Cabin relatively unscathed. He was part of a foursome that created a Map that was “so complete” that it even took Veronica by surprise. B T dubs, what does that mean anyway — that The Map is “complete”?
And Cameron Ellis himself sees something very special in Nic. Cameron may be working under a ruse that he is “hiring” Nic to work on “investigations,” but MAKE NO MISTAKE — Nic is without question the Guinea pig here.
Cameron repeatedly tells Nic to “be careful.” And yet, Cameron very intentionally places Nic in harm’s way, in order to see what happens when Nic comes in contact with The Breach. In other words, you’ve got Tanis aka The Breach on one side, versus Radio Nic Silver on the other. I have a feeling we might be building towards some sort of EPIC SHOWDOWN somewhere down the line. Nic just may be “The One.”
Epic showdown approaching?
For me, one of the highlights of this episode was listening to the strange audio recording that MK uncovered. (Approx 30:20.) They haven’t said much about this specific recording except it’s loosely related to Eld Fen, August Wick, and Professor Coraman, and it appears to be a bootleg audio recording of a part of a film.
I’ve always appreciated the quality of the audio engineering from PNWS and with this episode it’s clear t hey’ve stepped up their game. The sound was eerily reminiscent to the underwater recording from the Pacific Ocean that Cameron Ellis played for Nic in the underground TeslaNova research facility at the end of season one. The sound also had a trippy 1970’s feel to it — which makes sense given their fascination with 70’s scifi art.
The Tanis producers are really into trippy 70’s art!
Throw in what sounds like some people screaming, other sounds that, let’s just say reminds you of vintage adult movies, and some very loud, echoey drumbeats, and it’s clear that PNWS knows how to make the most of the podcast medium.
Overall, this episode had the feel of setting up game pieces on a board. By my count, there were at least 20 different strands of plots and subplots that were introduced in this one episode, all of which — I have no doubt — will be explored in future episodes.
Among the questions on the table are:
- What happened to Tara Reynolds? How is she doing? Why is she in a psychiatric facility?
- Where are Veronica Pillman, Sam Reynolds, and Morgan Miller?
- What happened to Nic in The Cabin? Has The Cabin changed him in any way? What more will we learn from his hypnosis?
- What will Nic uncover in his “breach adjacent” investigations?
- What were those very disturbing “night terror” videos that MK reluctantly sent to Nic? How are they related to Tanis?
- Who is the Coalition? Are they really a group of government operatives? Are they related in any way to Section?
- Where is The Cabin?
- Was Professor Coraman deliberately killed? What did he know about Tanis?
- What’s up with severed feet?
- Who is Alan Malden? Is he possibly from another dimension?
- What happened at Pacifica Station? Will it be reopened?
- Who is Nathaniel Carter?
- How exactly is Section related to Parzavala Communications?
- Does The Last Movie really exist?Or is it a myth as MK believes?
- Who is “the Hacker” that was looking for The Last Movie? Is he Nathaniel Carter? Cameron Ellis? Professor Coraman? August Wick?
- Regarding The Map — what does it mean that there are varying levels of “completeness”? Why did Veronica Pillmin think the four of them (Veronica, Sam, Morgan, and Nic) were especially complete?
- What is in the Eld Fen manuscript?
- Who was August Wick? How, if at all, was he related to Professor Coraman?
- What is the significance of the strange audio recording associated with Eld Fen? Is it at all related to the recording of the underwater sound?
- Will the video of the disappearing Cabin reveal any clues?
All these questions arose from this episode alone — and I’m sure I’m missing a few more. No wonder this podcast feels like drinking from a fire hydrant!
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David Chang is a Podcast Enthusiast and host of the podcast “What Just Happened?”