The Pasithea Powder

A monthly Audio Drama, Science Fiction and Thriller podcast
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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.
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.
I've just caught up on this tremendous sci-fi exploration of friendship in the worst of situations, the plot unfolding so slowly and deliberately episode by episode. You're so invested in the people and their history, when big events come they absolutely surprise you. I can't wait to see where it all goes next.
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.
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Podcast Details

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The Pasithea Powder
Podcast Status
Oct 21st, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 13th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
26 minutes

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