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Dimension 20: Dungeons and Drag Queens Review
Curious about Dimension 20: Dungeons and Drag Queens? I watched all of it to help you decide whether to watch it. Here's my review of this season.
Now that the season has ended and we can take a bird's eye view of it, it's time to review this season of Dimension 20.
Dungeons and Drag Queens was a fantastic little adventure that, while short, spanned many events and felt satisfying to watch to the conclusion.
Let's dive into it.
Dimension 20: Dungeons and Drag Queens
The 18th season of Dimension 20.
The World Setting
Dungeons and Drag Queens introduces a small but promising world. Most of the mortal realm is unknown to us when we enter this campaign. We pick up quickly before our players dive into the underworld for their actual campaign to meet the goddess of death. In the mortal realm, we only see a tavern and the mountain next to it.
The underworld is more fleshed out. It includes lore about people from the mortal realm coming to do business with the town close to where the entrance to the underworld is. And people can't go further than that into the underworld (so naturally, our heroes must).
Brennan's respect for his players shines through his choices to introduce characters based on drag culture. However, this world still has all the elements of a fully fleshed D&D world with some staple characters thrown in, like Titania, Queen of Fairies.
The Production Value
This season, however short, still enjoyed all the elements of production that a core-cast season enjoys and then some.
They used the dome, had minis, and even got Brennan with makeup. One could argue that this one had more production value as a shorter season than a longer one.
The editing was fantastic, the choice of music was satisfying as always, and the illustrations of the characters and select NPCs did not disappoint. Dimension 20 knows their jam with so many seasons under their belt by now.
But how was the story? Let's talk about that next.
Brennan did not disappoint. Two challenges worked against him this season:
Time (as with every season).
Before starting this campaign, none of the people around this table knew much about D&D. And Brennan turned it from a challenge to a learning experience.
That's why I think this season is even better now for new players to be introduced to the game instead of Fantasy High when we had a core-cast season documenting Ally Beardsley's journey of learning D&D on camera.
This one is shorter and touches on all the right things a new player would need to start playing.
And how did the players do story-wise?
I won't divulge any spoilers here since that's what my recaps are for (down below). I will only say that the heroes made some fantastic choices in this campaign that showed that they are new to the game and their creativity.
This season had fantastic vibes. Even when the story took the players to darker parts, there was always a moment of levity to bring them up right around the corner. These players are performers at heart, and they leaned into the moments when they needed to. The rest of the season is ladled with humor through and through.
It's clear as day that the players enjoyed playing the game; when they enjoy it, we enjoy watching them play.
So now to the big question: should you watch it?
Should You Watch Dungeons and Drag Queens?
If you loved previous Dimension 20 seasons - yes. You should definitely watch this one. If you don't know what Dimension 20 is, this one is a great starting point to introduce you to the production and Brennan Lee Mulligan's storytelling.
If Dungeons and Dragons isn't your thing, but Drag Race is, you might still enjoy this one just for the humor and Drag vibes alone.
Did you watch this season? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below - better yet, share a favorite moment but don't forget to give a spoiler alert!
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