The THAC guys have started their new series, which will be posted to the Marble Hornets YouTube channel. The series, which has been mentioned as following the events of Marble Hornets but not necessarily involving the previous series, now has an official name: Clear Lakes 44. The YouTube channel has been renamed to reflect this. The THAC guys have stressed that Clear Lakes 44 is its own series and doesn’t require any knowledge of Marble Hornets in order to enjoy, and that they are posting it to the Marble Hornets channel in order to reach and maintain the audience from their original series.
Marble Operator is a podcast that I started in mid-2011 to discuss the Marble Hornets series. Back then there were no on-going Marble Hornets fan podcasts, and I wanted to hear discussion in an audio format, having been a reader and somewhat-active member of the UnFiction Forums’ Marble Hornets section. I had found one podcast, Slender Nation, but that podcast had been discontinued (indeed, as I type this, the last episode posted was from March of 2011, many months before I even had the idea for my own podcast). Marble Operator was a weekly live discussion about Marble Hornets, in which we analyzed new Entries, new totheark videos, and theorized about the plot and characters. We covered new Entries and totheark videos as they were released, but also carried on an ongoing discussion of previous videos in order, starting with Introduction.
However, once we were caught up with Marble Hornets, we had empty weeks with nothing new to discuss. During these empty weeks, since we still wanted to do new episodes, we looked to other Slender Man-based YouTube serials to cover. We first went to TribeTwelve, another popular series. This coverage eventually led us to interviewing Adam Rosner, the creator of TribeTwelve (an interview I had to post in two parts due to TalkShoe’s file upload size limit).
Throughout Marble Operator’s original run, I received numerous suggestions and requests to cover the YouTube series EverymanHYBRID. While I’m a fan of that series, I could never work out a way to easily cover everything involved, as that series spans numerous channels and accounts across many social media networks (such as YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and so on).
However, the original run of Marble Operator came to a rather abrupt halt last July, when Marble Hornets ,the series that started the podcast in the first place, officially ended. With that series gone, it looked as though all motivation from other series’ creators to do new episodes of their own stuff dried up; we weren’t getting new content from TribeTwelve, Andersen Journals, or Dark Harvest, or even EverymanHYBRID. There was new content, it was just extremely rare. We had no new material to merit new Marble Operator episodes. The craze had ended, now that the series that inspired it all had ended.
Very shortly after Marble Hornets had ended, Troy Wagner of THAC told fans on the THAC posdcast to not unsubscribe from the Marble Hornets channel, that there would be new content posted at some point. While not our first hint of a new series (the original announcement had been as a stretch goal on their MH season 3 DVD Kickstarter), it was confirmation of where they would be posting the series. Speculation had begun about what this new series would be about, and what connection, if any, it would have to Marble Hornets.
The code-name for the new project would be revealed in February of 2015 on the Marble Hornets twitter page, with a tweet that read simply, “44”. That’s all we had to go on, but it was new activity on the MH twitter feed, which had been inactive since the series had ended. What did this 44 mean? Fan speculation continued at this, as people pored over old Entries, looking for instances of “44”. Alex Kralie, a central character in Marble Hornets, was born on April 4th, for instance. Entry 26 featured a timestamp of 4:04pm. A late-series Entry featured 44 as a channel logo on some TV news footage. There was an Entry #44.
There were other events that led up to the first new series video, which was posted in early August of 2015. These events included an official Marble Hornets website, which would gradually reveal new content and clues, including links to new videos posted to the Marble Hornets YouTube channel. Then in early August, it began, with Clear Lakes 44 Broadcast #1 uploaded. Broadcast #2 was posted later in the week, with Broadcast #3 uploaded that following weekend while the THAC guys were away at a convention. The new series had officially begun.
This led me to consider the Marble Operator podcast. The last episode I’d done was when Marble Hornets ended back in 2014. Since then, life had happened, my cohosts had gone their own ways, we no longer spoke, and so on. There was no way I’d get everyone back at the same time for a conference call to record new content. If I wanted to do new episodes, it would have to be on my own.
(On a side note: I’m fully aware that we never covered the “Always Watching” movie, which we really should have, given that the Marble Hornets guys wrote it. Maybe someday we’ll cover that)
Anyway, I started recording new episodes. I discussed events leading up to Clear Lakes 44 Broadcast #1. I discussed the ideas of the new series, and what we’ve been told to expect. I’d revived Marble Operator.
In the time since, I’ve heard from two cohosts, and talked about availability and if we could record new episodes together. Details are still being worked out, but it looks possible. I would like to have my co-hosts back to discuss Clear Lakes 44.
As I’ve been typing this, I’ve remembered that I’ve not done episodes to discuss the new content from TribeTwelve and DarkHarvest, both of which have updated since the end of Marble Hornets. I’ll work on that, as well.
More to come.