Bridgewater State University is contained within the infamous Bridgewater Triangle which, much like the Bermuda Triangle, is an area in Massachusetts claimed to be a site of paranormal phenomena. Taking inspiration from this paranormal vortex, Aaron Mahnke (he/him) —producer of the Lore, Haunted Road, and 13 Days of Halloween podcasts — has created Bridgewater, an ambitious 3D audio podcast, based on real folklore of the area.
Bridgewater’s all-star cast consists of Supernatural star Misha Collins (he/him) as Jeremy Bradshaw, Teen Wolf star Melissa Ponzio (she/her) as Anne Becker, Deadpool star Karan Soni (he/him) as Vipin, and Firefly star Nathan Fillion (he/him) as Thomas Bradshaw. The second season sees fellow Firefly alum Alan Tudyk (he/him) replacing Nathan Fillion as Thomas Bradshaw.
Living up to the amazing cast, this story follows Jeremy Bradshaw, a professor of Folklore at a university in the Bridgewater Triangle (presumably Bridgewater State University), as he investigates the forty-year-old cold case disappearance of his father, Thomas Bradshaw. Jeremy must work alongside his father’s old police partner, Anne Becker, and his teaching assistant, Vipin, as they uncover new clues in the disappearance that force Jeremy to confront the idea that the legends he studies may contain some truth.
As the first season progresses, Jeremy uncovers both family, town, and paranormal secrets that will inevitably change his life as he deals with the fallout in the second season. The second season picks up where the first season left off and jumps right into the action without missing a beat. This season has already begun to expand on the lore of the first while remaining rooted in the lives of our protagonists.
This podcast contains well-developed characters that offer complexity and intrigue to the listeners. The audio production in itself is completely brilliant as the listener feels surrounded by the environmental sounds of the characters along with perfectly fitting musical scores.
All in all, this podcast is spooky, surprising, and touching at times. This is a must listen for all BSU students who enjoy a little bit of spookiness in their life. You are sure to be immersed, intrigued, and enamored by this podcast — but make sure to listen with headphones for the full experience!
5 out of 5 stars.