The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel Season 3

Ages: 8 - 12Producer: Pinna Artist: Pinna

The long-awaited Season 3 of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, the Peabody award-winning kids and family audio adventure podcast, was released in mid-February after more than a year of fans wringing their hands in anticipation. It was well worth the wait.

Season 3 of this epic adventure takes more strange turns in the find-the-missing-classmates quest as 11-year-old Mars Patel and his pals return, for a while it seems, to a time and place that’s oddly familiar and seemingly so much better than their out-of-this-world, lost-in-space, kids-populated Red Planet colony adventures in Seasons 1 and 2. Or is it?

Things get so weird that Mars isn’t sure if he’s dreaming or not. “Am I going back in time or something?” he questions, wondering correctly “Where am I?”

This edge-of-your-seat series finale turns everything up-side-down and around. Figure on lots of the unexpected, an interplanetary crisis or two, life-and-death danger, a decidedly alien presence, an uncertain future and wonderfully captivating mystery before all questions are answered and the teetering fate of the world is decided.

Performed by professional adult and child actors, the makers of this benchmarking serial mystery podcast describe it as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things. Its well-developed characters, artful storytelling, and exceptional sound effects make this a must-listen for any middle-school kids intrigued by podcasts. But if you’re new to the Mars Patel experience, start at the beginning with Season 1, Episode 1, when Jonas and Aurora go missing at H.G. Wells Middle School and Mars Patel and friends Caddie, JP and Toothpick set out the find their classmates.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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