The Pasithea Powder

A monthly Audio Drama, Science Fiction and Thriller podcast
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The Pasithea Powder is a monthly audio drama from Bad Wine Productions. On a faraway world, Captain Sophie Green is recovering from a war that ripped her planet apart and left her personal relationships for dead. Among the many atrocities committed on both sides was the invention of Pasithea Powder, a drug with memory altering properties. Thankfully, the drug has been eradicated and only a handful of scientists—now political prisoners—know how to recreate it. When Sophie sees one of those scientists walking free, she has no choice but to turn to an estranged friend for help.
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21 episodes
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21 episodes
This show has everything I'd want. Intricate world building, snarky repartee, belligerent sexual tension, mystery solving, and reckoning with the ethics of military actions via long, encrypted voice messages. If there’s a weak link in The Pasithea Powder, and it’s only a weak link because everything else about the show is so well written, it’s that Jane gets the lion share of having to reckon with the fallout of her actions, while there’s relatively little discussion about Sophie’s role in killing enemy combatants or risking her life on the frontlines. So the show feels uneven in that respect. Jane’s growing horror at the potential misuse and unintended consequences of Pasithea Powder did an excellent job of hooking me in to her point of view. Whereas it was harder to sympathize with Sophie, though the show does hint at an explanation for why Sophie doesn’t dwell on her past as much. Where the mystery ends up, and how it illustrates both how much but also how little Sophie and Jane have changed over the course of their team up, are strokes of genius. I’ll admit, listening month to month, I got a little worried that the writers were straying away from the themes that had been discussed to chase a new shiny plot point, but then they show their hand and everything clicks into place. If you enjoy meaty, introspective shows about war, trauma, and memory, you should give The Pasithea Powder a go.
Original, brilliantly written, funny, dark and intriguing with characters that are fully rounded and human in all their foibles, flaws and heroism. A must listen and a truly great piece of work.
This show manages to tell such a coherent, expansive story while still grappling with the small day-to-day feelings of its characters, their regrets and failures and things unspoken. There is a sense of profound loss and emptiness that the characters feel about the war, on all sides, that drives their need to not see it reignited, and having that at the core of everything, grounding the story, makes the political sci-fi-thriller of it all that much more worth investing in. Plus the dialogue is just so incredible and you can feel the weight of every relationship.
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Podcast Details

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The Pasithea Powder
Podcast Status
Oct 21st, 2019
Latest Episode
Apr 14th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes

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