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Voice of Kerblam
Little things like Twirly the delivery bot and even the basic idea of killer bubble wrap are imaginative flourishes. But it didn't all come together with enough poetry.
We're still waiting for a truly great sci-fi episode this season, and "Kerblam!" most definitely isn't it. It's at best visually interesting, and at worst poorly written pseudo-intellectualism with very little to say.
Episode 7 of Doctor Who provides an insight into our possible future of a robot-filled workplace and the unfortunate effect this has on the relationship between people and machines.
It's not bad, not great, it's just a good little episode tucked away in the middle of a series. It's a fine way to spend an hour.
With three episodes left in the season, I can only hope there will be a reason for children to hide behind their sofas once more, instead of feeling like they have to engage in an ethical discussion about the fallibility of man with their parents.
There's a clear critique of consumerism in this, at least as it pertains to thoughtless consumption or the belief that things can lead to happiness.
There are no "the fury of the Time Lord" moments thus far. Binary good and evil is largely missing, and I can understand why that makes some viewers feel dissatisfied. It is, however, the perfect message for the time we live in.
Kerblam! delivers some familiar tropes of Doctor Who, but it packs enough twists right up until the last few minutes that a Broadchurch showrunner would be very happy.
Because, by any measure of surprise, this was an off-the-scales shocker of a show.
Kerblam, is an adventure that builds a world and finally gives the companions equal footing.