I recently discovered The Bright Sessions, a newer podcast which has quickly gained a following and for good reason – it is excellent! But, first a digression. I loved the first season of Heroes – a 2006 television show which is kind of infamous. It started strong but rapidly dropped in quality to the point where I felt the final season was nigh unwatchable. But what a first season! I think I liked it so much because it took this group of regular people and gave them superpowers. Some of them saw their powers as liberating, some saw them as a curse – but best of all the reactions felt realistic as they attempted to grapple with their new realities in the face of threat.
The Bright Sessions captures that same feeling from Heroes. The podcast is about a rather ordinary therapist with a rather unconventional set of patients – young people who have manifested powers and are attempting to cope. Their everyday lives have been impacted by their powers and often not for the best. The podcasts are recordings of the therapy sessions as the therapist tries to help her patients cope with their newfound abilities. As a person who has been on the receiving end before of one of these talks, the interplay is surprisingly accurate and real.
The podcast is less than a year old and getting ready to start its third season and I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t want to spoil the story but it is clear early in the series that not everything is as it seems and the therapist isn’t completely altruistic – she has an agenda which quickly moves these sessions to a much larger story. The end of the second season was outstanding and I have high hopes that this podcast gets even greater exposure.