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Watchmen: a diversity of storytelling voices

Updated: Jan 27, 2020


It's 3 days since the finale of Watchmen, and I've finally come up for air! I've been hitting the HBO Peteypedia pages, listening to YouTube reviews, revisiting the source material (Alan Moore's Watchmen series published by DC Comics was turned into an animated comic, illustrated by Dave Gibbons and narrated by Tom Stechschulte). It was even a delight to find Zack Snyder's 2009 movie recently added to my Sky Cinema package!

Not only am I a self-confessed Geek, I celebrate my geekiness! But in this instance, I don't believe Watchmen simply tapped into my nerd-like qualities. I think good entertainment has the ability to be part of our learning journey. Okay, we can clearly see that documentaries or television events like David Attenborough's 'The Blue Planet' will impart factual content aimed at educating us. Yet, I think more and more of the fictional shows work as a Trojan Horse; introducing ideas and concepts that we hadn't been aware of. Surely, I'm not the only one who regularly pauses a show to Google something that comes to mind when watching it? I didn't just enjoy the 9 hours of TV entertainment that HBO presented, I went on a deep dive to explore how it came to be and why it was so engaging.

Now that I'm back on shore - so to speak - I wanted to write an article about Watchmen in my guise as a Learning Specialist that focuses on employee engagement and organisational resilience. The show covered many themes and again, it's important for me that I don't ruin anyone's ability to enjoy this series if they haven't yet seen it. I therefore shine a light on the inclusive culture of the creative team .