Reporter Lia Haddock is haunted. Not by a spirit, but by a fifteen year old mystery. If you are an avid podcast listener, you may recall Lia’s story from the uber popular 2015 podcast, Limetown. Now Facebook has teamed up with actor/producer Jessica Biel to bring the story to the social platform’s Facebook Watch.
Biel plays Lia, a hard-nosed reporter who rarely lets her guard down. When we meet her in episode one, she’s being chewed out by her boss (The Fosters Sherri Saum). Lia is taking too long to produce her story about Limetown, a utopian experiment of a small town that topped the headlines fifteen years prior. After calls of distress from the town and stonewalling by the town’s private security firm, authorities discover that the population of the entire town has vanished without a trace. The story shocks the world, but as time passes with no new info, Limetown fades into the background for most people. Well, Lia is not most people. Her uncle Emile (Stanley Tucci) is one of the vanished.
When Lia finally arrives in Limetown to interview a fellow reporter and explore the abandoned town, things start to rev up. That includes meeting a possible survivor that could turn everything on its head. However, knowing the unknowable has a heavy price, one that Lia will soon have to pay.
Biel has come into her own as an actress in recent years, with an impressive turn in USA’s The Sinner, which she produces. (She also made headlines last year for campaigning against a California vaccination bill.) As Lia, Biel does a capable job of building a wall that few can break through, the exceptions being her girlfriend (who doesn’t even get a name! come on) and her uncle Emile. When she returns from Limetown, and exhausted Lia heads to her girlfriend’s place and audio-records them having sex. Later at home, Lia listens to it and you can guess what happens. Limetown fans, help me out but I don’t recall if Lia’s sexuality come up in the podcast, so I’m guessing this is a way to flesh out her character more for the series. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
If you enjoy thrilling storytelling, then Limetown will probably be right up your alley. The series is free to watch on Facebook, with the first two episodes available now and new episodes on Wednesdays.