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For Flux sake! — My review of Doctor Who: Flux

Promotional poster for Doctor Who Flux featuring from left to right: John Bishop, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill.

Chris Chibnall, current showrunner of Doctor Who, opted to make the most recent series of the show a single story split into six parts. It was a decision I still admire; I’ll always appreciate efforts to try something different with the show. However, the season’s conclusion failed to deliver on all the promise of its early parts.

As I have so many thoughts, I decided I’d post them here. Consider this my first TV review on this blog.

Whilst I don’t spoil everything from the series in this review, there are some big things I either explicitly mention or hint at. I couldn’t really give my full opinion without some major spoilers. So if you’re not caught up, I’d recommend giving this review a miss. This is your one and only spoiler warning.

Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor says "Spoilers"

Also, I hope it goes without saying, but if you disagree with me and thoroughly enjoyed the series then that’s great. I sincerely love that for you. I’m happy to let you enjoy things if you’re content to let me not enjoy things. 

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Gaming for a non-gamer

First video in the series: “What Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn’t Play Games”

Razbuten is a YouTuber who posts video essays about video games. He’s talked about why they hate fast travel, how crafting is pointless in some games and how small open-world games feel big, among other topics. However, my favourite videos on his channel are all part of his series Gaming For A Non-Gamer.

One day, his wife — who had not grown up playing video games — asked if she could have a go at one of the games she had seen him play. Like any good content creator, Razbuten saw an opportunity. What better way to understand what gaming is like for someone who does not usually play video games than to see a non-gamer learn in real-time? All he had to do was watch and provide almost no instructions. And so began a series of informal experiments that raised many interesting questions about the language of video games.

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Short film recommendation: Facing It

Still from the short film: A group of people with claymation faces sit at a bar staring down the camera at the viewer.

As I wrote in my latest newsletter, out of everything I watched in September, the most impactful was Sam Gainsborough’s excellent short film Facing It.

When something hits me as hard as it does, quite often it’s because I experience that feeling of “being seen.” Well watching this short film was the most seen I’ve felt in some time.