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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Francesca

A Boy And His Dog Against The World: "The Healing Powers of Dude"

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With only eight episodes on Netflix right now, The Healing Powers of Dude is a show that dives into the world of a young kid with social anxiety disorder.

As a person who deals with anxiety herself, I found this show to have successfully displayed what it's like to be young and suffering with one's mental health. I too, was around Noah's age (Jace Chapman) when I first started experiencing anxiety. Going to middle school can be hard enough as it is, but having something else lay so heavy on you can make it all much harder.

The creators of the show, Sam Littenberg-Weisberg and Erica Spates, have created something really special here, and I hope a second season is to follow soon. Throughout the first season, many of Noah's fears and anxieties are shown through dramatic and creative visual effects, such as a group of bullies who suddenly turn into zombies when Noah becomes anxious. In doing so, the show creates a sense of understanding for those who may not know what it feels like to deal with anxiety.

Emotional Support Animals are something of a hot topic lately. Creating a show that surrounds all that a pet can do for someone with an anxiety disorder is a big step in the direction of breaking stigma surrounding mental health, and it is accomplished in a sweet and playful way by allowing Dude the dog, (Steve Zahn) to speak.

The music in The Healing Powers of Dude also adds to its impact on the audience. Even though only added in certain parts such as right before the credits or at the start, it is able to lay down a nice vibe that almost feels hopeful. It is that sort of music you hear in a scene where a person is feeling down about something, and then is able to find a small glimmer of hope somewhere, if that makes any sense. Here are some of the songs that are played in the show: "I've Got You" By Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, All the Best By Layup, Lean on Me By Telekinesis, etc.

I'm wishing for a second season to come out, because I am glad that another great show about mental health has been released, and I really enjoy the way these creators have chosen to go about it in somewhat of a lighthearted and inspiring way. They hone in on the power of emotional support animals and having supportive family and friends, and how that can make all the difference for a child growing up with a anxiety disorder.

The Healing Powers of Dude is worth the watch! The episodes are short and sweet, and always leave you with the next hurdle that Noah and Dude will face together. On the last episode, Dude has fleas and is now banned from Noah's middle school, which now means he must face the school alone. This is where the show leaves off, and I really want to continue watching to see how he handles what comes next, I also would be interested in seeing him grow (if they continue further) with Dude, and takes on even more life challenges as high school and college near. It would be cool to follow their story!

~Francesca Reviews


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26 ene 2020

This truly is awesome

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