(As recommended by Waypoint’s own Danielle Riendeau!)
Over the last week, SB Nation has been released episodes of a five-part documentary series called Fighting in the Age of Loneliness. Written and narrated by Felix Biederman (Chapo Trap House co-host) and produced and directed by Jon Bois (of SB Nation and 17776), it is a strange and fascinating review insight into the world of MMA.
I’m not much of a video person, but I watched the first ten minutes and know that I am hooked. Danielle’s pitch on the episode is great, but I think Bois’ production work and Biederman’s narration cohere the opening preamble well in a way that bodes well for me sinking through the next 4.5 episodes in short order. The episodes aren’t too long (~25 min each), so I am definitely interested to sink my teeth into it, even though I am not in the MMA demographic at all.
You can watch it here on their website, but it is also up on SB Nation’s YouTube channel directly. Please note: the episode isn’t joking about a content warning for extreme violent imagery! As Austin says in the podcast (content note: violent imagery), there is a visceral shot of a man’s leg breaking and being turned into “jello”. Go into it aware that there are some pretty gnarly scenes.