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"It seems I always supposed to tell the story. So, without any further delay, the following report is the first of seven."
Limetown (2015-present) is a horror/Science Fiction podcast/Radio Drama from Two-Up Productions that began airing during the summer of 2015. It focuses on Lia Haddock, an investigative journalist for APR, in her search for the truth about what happened to the scientific village of Limetown, Tennessee, in which (fictively) in 2005, 347 people vanished without a trace. Haddock's uncle was one of the vanished. Or so it seems...
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The interesting thing about Limetown is its style: it is presented as Lia's actual reporting on the events in Limetown and her discoveries about what happened, with extensive sections devoted to interviews with people in the know. The end result is that it strongly resembles a notable non-fiction podcast, Serial, to the point that people who were recommended Limetown because they liked Serial often miss the fact that Limetown really is fiction, and are rather put off it until the truth dawns upon them.

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  • Abandoned Warehouse: The setting for the Season 1 finale.
  • Acid Pool: A variant was used to dispose of the Limetown residents without the Tech.
  • Action Prologue: While not exactly action-packed, the first episode features a large number of extra actors in fake archival audio, as well as a lengthy sequence in which the characters wander outdoors with extensive Foley work for sound effects. Later episodes generally take the form of an interview or conversation between two characters in a quiet room, which is much cheaper and easier to produce.
  • The Adjectival Man: "The Man We Are All Here For"
  • Arc Words: "The man we were all here for" and "I had a purpose in Limetown" are repeated a lot.
  • Asshole Victim: Played with. A lot of the Limetown researchers make several questionable moral and ethical decisions, but their deaths are still seen as tragic.
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  • Awful Truth: The Limetown survivors treat it's secret like this, repeatedly asking Lia if she's sure she wants to know what really happened.
  • Brand X: "APR", the public radio network for which Lia works, is this to NPR. Everything about the production of Limetown is intended to sound as much like NPR as possible.
  • Conspiracy Thriller
  • Determinator: Lia is really keen on getting to the truth
  • Dissonant Serenity: Max talks about mercenaries going after him, warns Lia to pay for things in cash to "delay the inevitable" and that he knows about "what's coming to him" all with the breezy carelessness of someone talking about a football match.
  • Driven to Suicide: Max and Lenore. Lenore also makes the offer to Lia, which she declines.
  • Driving Question: What happened to the people at Limetown? By the time we find out, it's replaced with another: Who did it? And what do they plan to do with the people of Limetown?
  • Electronic Telepathy: What the scientists at Limetown seem to have been working on.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Don't try to run."—Max
    • "I really think you'd prefer the pill."—Lenore
  • Fate Worse than Death: Implied with Winona and the reason Max shoots himself at the end of episode 5 and why Lenore takes what seems to be suicide pill.
  • Ghost Town: The titular research town is this.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The last minute of the Season 1 finale.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. 162 people, which may have included children, died a horrible death. The exception seems to be Sylvia, then a seven year old girl who Lenore saved.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Lia puts herself at great risk to report on Limetown.
  • Kill 'Em All: The Hummingbird organization kills everyone in Limetown who doesn't have the Tech. Not to mention that nearly everyone Haddock talks to ends up dying in some way shape or form.
  • Mockumentary
  • Meaningful Name: Limetown. The town was built on top of some limestone caves, but simply spelling "lime" backwards makes it "Emil Town"; which makes sense, given that Emil is the Man We Were All There For.
    • Averted by the Hummingbird organization. The hummingbird isn't their name or symbol, it's a sticker that Lenore put on the folder, presumably so she could keep track of it. Their name changes frequently.
    • Napoleon the pig the first recipient of the tech was named such by father Warren Chambers after the first pig who rebelled and took over in Animal Farm.
  • Suicide Is Painless: Whatever pill it was that Lenore took that put her to sleep and then stopped her heart.
  • Take That!: A pretty brutal one to the Syfy channel:
    Lia: "For those of you that have taste, 'Signals' was a syfy channel movie."
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: Episode 3 ends with Lia getting a creepy call from inside her parents' house.
  • Wham Line: On the subject of "The Man We Were All There For":
    Dierdre Wells: He was your uncle.
    • Also, at the end of Episode 4:
    Max Finlayson: "Don't try to run."; uttered just before he shoots himself.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In 4.5, a caller to APR hotline chews Lia out for endangering the lives of everyone she comes in contact with and warns her to stay away from her missing brother, given that just about everyone she goes near in her search for truth drops dead.

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