Mount Olympus University is a podcast about Pandora Wordsworth navigating the terror that is university education. It's also about finding your place in a world that often asks you to be someone or something you're not – to the point where you might even find yourself wondering if you even have a place here.
And you do. I'm certain that you do. And so does Pandora. Everyone else at Mount Olympus University has actual powers, like causing people to fall in love with you and super strategizing and killing things. Pandora, last time she checked, has no such powers, yet she must still attempt to pass classes like Water-Based Spells 121 without them.
Mount Olympus University has an extremely entertaining premise which is open to so many possibilities, each one having their own name and group of worshippers. The sheer number of deities, legendary kings and would-be princesses that Pandora interacts with goes on and on, but each entertaining, larger-than-life personality plays well against Pandora's role as the average joe in this funny, sweet and sincere podcast. Pandora is wonderfully human in her interactions with technically non-human characters but that doesn't mean she is perfect. She has to deal with supremely thoughtless parents, and she has to get called out on how she can become uncommunicative.
All the characters that she interacts with are real people with their own problems. While the other students of MOU could've been just as one note as self-aggrandizing, unable-to-take-no-for-an-answer Zeus, as Pandora gets to know them, we find them just as flawed and just as uncertain about their places, like Arthur struggling with the legacy of his family and Aphrodite being uncertain of friendship and Isolde not wanting to ruin a potential relationship because of her family's class prejudices.
And maybe I just really like the intertextual implications of the first episode. Pandora's Box is the myth commonly reduced to: woman opens container, releases many or all of the evils into the world, hope remains inside container. What does that mean then, when MOU's Pandora starts off the series by entering a seemingly empty storage room, filled only with empty boxes and a working microphone? I'd like to think it means that hope lies in broadcast. That we must put ourselves out there in order to find things and people worth hanging onto. We must be vulnerable in order to connect with and bring hope to others, even if vulnerability is difficult and scary and dangerous.
Or maybe I'm just overthinking a fun, good, easily-digestible show about famous mythologies in a college-aged alternate universe.