"The Vampires of Venice" -- This one felt much more like the premiere -- which I mostly enjoyed -- so that was good. I guess I get why Amy kissed the Doctor now in the last episode, but I just feel that I should have gotten that from the *last* episode and not because the Doctor spelled it out here. Eleven/Matt Smith continues to be awesome. Amy is okay, Rory's cute and asks some good questions/makes some good comments. Rosanna (played by Helen McCrory) did a beautiful job. I actually could see this character as a one-off in RTD's Who, and that's the first time I thought that this season. So good.
"Amy's Choice" -- Sorry, danceonstardust, but I had no problem with this episode. In fact, this is the first GREAT episode of this season, in my opinion. It felt real, it felt special. I loved the Doctor (in all of his cranky-butt glory, LOL!), I really liked Amy, and just like that, I fell in love with Rory, and Rory/Amy are adorable -- even if Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill haven't a lick of chemistry. I just pretty much loved everything about this one, and can definitely agree that the series *is* getting better. Four was much better than two and three, five was better than four, six was better than five, and this one is, not only, by far the best of the series so far, I'd put it alongside some of RTD's-era episodes that I loved.
"The Hungry Earth" -- I'd heard bad things about this one, but other than the slight Star Trek-y* feel during the Earth-lian/Doctor scenes (that were somewhat elevated by the Doctor's 'don't insult me, I know what last of your kind feels like' bit), I enjoyed this one too. It felt like Who to me. I dunno, maybe because I'm just growing accustomed to the series, as opposed to how it differs from RTD's era, or maybe the episodes are just getting better. Either way, I look forward to part two! (Oh, and Matt Smith and Karen Gillian continue to have A-MA-ZING! chemistry.) Plus, I loved "DON'T DIS THE SONIC!" Hee!
* Not that there's anything wrong with Star Trek. I love Trek, but it's just that Who has always been a bit more sophisticated, I guess? Ah well.
"Cold Blood" -- It, again, had the Star Trek-y feel which really sticks out like a sore thumb on Who, BUT the emotional levels were on fire. This is the second episode in a row where I said "Go Amy!," I love Rory -- yes, I totally cried when he died, and started to get all emotional again when the Doctor had that quick moment before he pulled out the TARDIS piece -- and I loved Nazreen, great character. And, the Doctor, oh Eleven! I love you so, so, so, so much. SO MUCH! What I didn't love? The flashbacks. Yes, yes, the whole crack is important, but we had the recurring "Bad Wolf" theme throughout series one and I don't recall flashbacks sprinkled throughout the series to remind viewers. Just the saying of it, or the sight of the crack is enough. I still think that actually showing flashbacks to those moments is dumbing it down. Still, overall, I really am genuinely enjoying the series now. And if I didn't mention it? I LOVE ELEVEN!