Patches: That's fair. The jazzy style of season one was a huge risk that paid off huge reward. Replicating the experiment might look a little cheap, not to mention feel terrible for Koenig. I remember a joke she cracked during a 2015 talk at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: "I really miss the days when nobody gave a crap what I was doing." But that's probably true! How do you snoop when everyone's watching? I get the sense that Koenig's biding her time with season two, piggybacking off Boal's reporting, facilitating this story in podcast form, an effort to keep the Serial machine running while she researches a more personal season three. The Bergdahl cases is anti-internet, in a way. Gone are teenage characters (super relatable), the high-school backdrop (super nostalgic), the meme-worthy evidence (super tweetable), and the gory details (super Law & Order: SVU marathon on TNT).
But I do think there's something for the clue-finders, here. Anna, you said you believe Bergdahl. I mostly do, too. And yet his early reflections still startled me. (1) He seems like a crazy person for agreeing to talk to Boal at length before his trail and (2) he has a serious hero complex. Because walking off the base and forcing a DUSTWUN is idiotic! There's one reason I think digging deeper and deeper into the documented (and undocumented) narrative can still "reveal" something: Bergdahl stands to be court-martialed in trial. He could receive a life sentence. Would he deserve it? And based on the first few episodes, do you find yourself caring?