One of my favorite audiodrama podcasts has returned to active duty, after a hiatus between seasons.
The podcast in question is none other than The Bright Sessions, created by Lauren Shippen. Now, if you haven’t heard of The Bright Sessions yet, here’s the TL;DR:
The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast about people with supernatural abilities, and the people who want to help – or use – them. It follows the titular Dr. Bright in her efforts in helping these people – so-called Atypicals – with dealing with and controlling their abilities.
That’s the short introduction to The Bright Sessions, but if you haven’t already subscribed to them, you should. The podcast is well-written, and well acted. The cast of characters are likeable, and the premise is interesting as all hell.
That said, if you haven’t caught up to the podcast yet, you might want to stop reading here, as I’ll be writing about the first episode in the third and newest season of the podcast.
Still with me? Great.
I’ll try to keep off spoiler territory by talking about the episode and its contents in broad strokes, but you might still get spoiled a bit if you haven’t listened to it yet.
The episode is titled “Asset 43, Meetings 1-6”, and it sort of flips the tables on the regular format.
In the episode, Dr. Bright is being interviewed by her former friend / mentor / superior from the AM, in a series of disciplinary meetings. We gradually learn about what happened to Dr. Bright, and what made her want to leave the agency in the first place.
The episode is interesting, as it sheds some light both on Dr. Bright’s past, as well as on the ever-presently-lurking-in-the-shadows AM. As it turns out, the former friend / mentor is now a Director at the AM, and she has her reasons for not turning in Dr. Bright to her own superiors, despite knowing that she is behind the events of the Season 2 finale.
The episode features a new take on the theme (loved it), and strong performances from both Julia Morizawa (Dr. Bright) and Alex Marshall-Brown (Director Wadsworth).
The wait between Season 2 and Season 3 of The Bright Sessions feels longer than it was, but going by the first episode of this season, it was definitely worth the wait.
For now, I’m just looking forward to the next episode.