If the title alone wasn’t enough to convince you, then let us. “If I Go Missing the Witches Did It” is one of Realm’s newest and most original fictional podcasts with a supernatural twist that’s unlike anything you may have heard before. It follows two storylines, that of Jenna Clayton and that of Elise Edgerton’s, the woman trying to find her.
“If I Go Missing the Witches Did It” is a serialized podcast, so you’ll need to listen to it in order to find out what happened to Jenna. It’s nine chapters long, each just half an hour each, with an hour-long bonus episode with the writer of this story, Pia Wilson.
Starring Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe as Jenna, “If I Go Missing the Witches Did It” is a story about influencer culture, relationships, race, white savior syndrome, and a hearty splash of the occult. We meet our main character, Jenna, as she arrives in Westchester, where she’s staying for the summer with her wealthy, white boyfriend, Victor. Victor’s relative has passed, leaving the family estate empty. Estate is a generous word for the large, country-style home that was left behind. But first, they meet the social media influencers who seemingly run the town: Brooke, Carmen, Meghan, and Bebe.
A writer, Jenna is curious about their seemingly perfect lives, especially when she starts to see that there’s something dark lurking behind their friendly smiles. She records voice memos about the influencers, her boyfriend, and her findings so she can remember it all for her next story when we suddenly cut to a brand new character.
Elise Edgerton, a gossip-podcaster and native of Westchester, arrives in the town a month later. She runs into Victor, an old college flame who she’s inappropriately flirting with considering he is a taken man, and the woman he is taken by is missing. Yes, just four weeks after the couple arrive in Westchester, Jenna has gone missing, not seen for days and her phone sending Victor’s calls straight to voicemail. Elise, between fantasizing about Victor, says that she will find Jenna, as far too many women of color go missing without any press coverage. You can see where we’re going with this.
“If I Go Missing the Witches Did It” not only captures what happens when you become a target, but also the danger of well-meaning people getting it wrong, too. The dialogue is savvy and smart, the characters well fleshed out, and Sidibe’s inner Jenna monologue is naturally charming, bringing the story to life. It’s funny, addictive, light-hearted, and thoroughly thought-provoking. Our only complaint is that we want a second season.