Verity Weaver is a miner on a dirt poor company-run planet. Her one comfort is 20 minutes in an Experience Machine every day, where she gets to leave her life behind and go on virtual adventures through the galaxy with Fable Ashwood. Then she meets the real life Fable Ashwood.
Take the high concept science fiction plots from Doctor Who, mix in the goals of The Good Place to lay out a blueprint for how to live a life that's compassionate and consequential, suffuse them with a contemplative melancholy, and you get the masterpiece that is Verity Weaver. This is a show that is somehow deeply personal and intimate, yet fired up with grand ambitions on how to change the universe.
Verity, played by Alena Van Arendonk who exudes warmth and wistfulness, jets from planet to planet, meeting new aliens and discovering new tech. On her journeys, she tackles themes of identity, self-determination, reincarnation, war, and entrenched power structures. In one episode, she takes much appreciated digs at solipsism. Another episode is titled "The Veil of Ignorance" in reference to John Rawls' theory. This show isn't playing around.
The gift of Verity Weaver is that it's not content with platitudes. Saying how you would change the world is one thing. Putting it into practice.... Where Verity Weaver lands in the end is optimistic and clear-eyed, magical without relying on magical thinking. Easily one of the best audio dramas I've listened to and an experience to be savored. "To the future. To dreams of starlight."