Welcome to the 5th podcast episode of this side series, the Podcast Spotlight. In this episode, we talk with veteran podcaster, Raven Lim, as she introduces the following 2 podcasts:

Podcast 1: The Bright Sessions

The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast created by Lauren Shippen and starring Julia Morizawa as the titular Dr. Bright. The podcast takes place in a fictional universe where super-powered individuals, called “atypicals”, exist. Dr. Bright is a therapist and the podcast originally focuses on her sessions with various patients.

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The cast of ‘The Bright Sessions’

Generally speaking, this is a wonderfully written and produced audio drama with a heavy YA tinge to it. There’s a lot of underlying themes about mental health and personal issues, which lends a very real touch to this otherwise abnormal story. The sparse production and dialogue heavy format also does nicely to add gravity to the matters discussed. This will be perfect for you if you love shows such as X-Men or Heroes.

P.S. Since this is a running series, we have only discussed Season 1 in brief to avoid too many spoilers. In total, there are about 4 seasons and 50 episodes, and the series has officially concluded.

Podcast 2: Wolf 359

Wolf 359 is a Sci-Fi Sitcom Radio Drama, with strong Horror and Thriller elements mixed in. It chronicles the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Hephaestus, a (fictional) space station orbiting around Wolf 359, a (real) star located 8 light years away from Earth. The stalwart team of misfits has been tasked with a series of experimental tasks and obscure mission objectives, among them searching for signs of alien life.

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The cast of Wolf359

In contrast to the Bright Sessions, Wolf 359 has full production with sound effects, ambient noise, music, and so on. And in terms of the story, while it does take a while for the arc to kick in, the show does well to cover themes such as existentialism, humanism, mental health, capitalism, extra-terrestrial life, and others. It is in a sense, a story that is portrayed on a much grander scale in comparison with the Bright Sessions, though it really is not appropriate to be comparing these 2 very different shows. Tune into this if you are a fan of sci-fi related dramas.

P.P.S. Similar to the previous podcast, we have only discussed Season 1 in brief to avoid too many spoilers. In total, there are about 4 seasons and 51 episodes, and the series has officially concluded. Plus, there is also a ton of bonus mini-episodes and even a full live show, do check out their website for all this great content.

Music by Pandrezz: Takin’ you for a ride

Once again special thanks to Raven Lim for agreeing to come on the show. Although her previous podcast has discontinued, it is still by far one of the most unique show formats around. You can find her show, Tomboy Tirades, here.

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