I'm trying to put my finger on what is not working with this version of Who
for me, and what I've come up with is that it's like so much other television, and non-great television at that. Not bad television, mind you, I'd compare it to good television, enjoyable television. It's just not great, or ... special. And RTD's Doctor Who
, in my opinion, was beyond great, it was unbelievably fantastic. It *was* special. There was a light, a spark, a belief in what could happen, and what could happen was anything, everything, and the reactions (both good and bad) from the Doctor, his companions, the other characters (recurring or one-offs) made the viewer feel like they were witnessing that something special.
In Moffat's Who
, I'm just watching a standard sci-fi television show where 'ooh!spooky!' things happen, but they're just stuff that happens on a tv show. I don't *feel* anything. Which fits with Moffat's comments about Who
being plot-based in his opinion, about being what is the scary thing in the dark, as opposed to why there is a scary thing in the dark. I prefer the why. Also all the episodes, so far, that I've watched have so many moments of predictability. I say dialogue before the characters do, I know what's going to happen before it does because it's so obvious. It's just not ... special. *sigh* In a way, this is worse than I thought it would be because it's not bad, it's not terrible, other than Matt Smith, it's just kinda there
. Anyhoo, onto specific episodes (02 through 05), some brief thoughts, with later episodes getting a bit wordier treatment.
Also, note that I am NOT a Steven Moffat fan. I insult him and his work quite a bit in this. If you're a Moffat stan, or even just a reasonably-minded fan of the guy, you will most likely disagree or even be annoyed with much of this. Just a heads-up. Oh, and anon commenters showing up just to be Moffat-jerky-stans, I will delete you pronto without a response.( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )( Collapse )
Oh, and butterfly
, at this point, I'm going to definitely say that despite Matt Smith's uber-adorable factor, don't bother.