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01 July 2010 @ 10:40 pm
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Okay, I'm definitely enjoying it more. Everyone who said it gets better as the series continues was absolutely right. And I'm falling more and more in love with Eleven with each episode. And while I do like Amy, I have figured out what my main problem with her is. With Rose, Martha and Donna, there was always this sense of joy and wonder traveling with the Doctor. Other than a few lines, which fall under the 'tell, not show' category, I just don't get that from Amy. Ah well. Anyhoo, onto the episode mini-reviews. Oh, and note, the plan was to originally combine my thoughts on episode six through ten into one post, but "Vincent and the Doctor" deserves its own post. Period. That's up next.

"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!
Jessica: who. t/r. in the static far awaygalfridian on July 2nd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Don't worry! That sense of wonderment you've sensed Amy seems to lack? Well, Moffat's not messy in his storytelling; there's a reason for it. You'll be well at home shipping Rory/Amy. Most of the fandom loves them.

With “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”, I came away really wanting to know what happened next. What happened when they DID encounter humanity again? THESE THINGS, I need to know. (I suspect maybe we'll find out in S6?)
Arabian: David & Billie Dancingarabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Right, I was hoping that we would see 1,000 years in the future, but then Rory died and I no longer cared.

I generally do think that Moffat is VERY messy in his storytelling, BUT, I had hoped that one of the things that would be gained from him being the exec producer would be that he wouldn't be so messy. So, I'll take your word for it. I do like Amy; I really do. I just like Eleven (hah! like, I LOVE HIM!) and Rory more.
Jude: Elevendanceonstardust on July 2nd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Stop saying sorry!!!!!!!! Please, I'm actually begging you. it's a sign of weakness, damn NCIS FOR PWNING THAT FREAKING LINEGah. It's my opinion. Plus you don't want to me to get all ranty on the phone. You'll be quiet for 5 years after I rant on the phone. It also makes me laugh after I literally render my friend's speechless but yeah my friend also get annoyed by me after and won't call me again in about 2 hours to vent their own frustrations...


You know why I didn't like this episode so that's done with.

M.S. and K.G. is freaking awesome together. I hate myself for shipping 11/Amy more then Rory/Amy but come on!! It's there!

Still pissed at Rory's death on Cold Blood. Oh and that chick with the purple jacket killing that Silurian pissed me off too. But I agree everything else.

Edited at 2010-07-02 05:07 am (UTC)
Arabian: TARDISarabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Eh, no worries. I wrote this up *before* I "talked" to you in the other thread and on Twitter, and I didn't bother changing it.

M.S. and K.G. is freaking awesome together. I hate myself for shipping 11/Amy more then Rory/Amy but come on!! It's there!

I know!

Still pissed at Rory's death on Cold Blood. Oh and that chick with the purple jacket killing that Silurian pissed me off too. But I agree everything else.

We don't disagree on that; I am not happy that Rory died, and yeah, that Silurian was annoying!tar
S.: bbtheory; sheldonartic_fox on July 2nd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think flashbacks dumb things down. I always remind myself that there are a TON of kids who watch this show, people like my little cousins, who maybe need the visual reminders more than us old folks!
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper01arabian on July 2nd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I just can't see it as anything other than dumbing down, sorry. I go back to Bad Wolf in s1, we didn't need constant flashbacks to get it. And I think any kid who's old enough to understand the concept of the show period wouldn't need flashbacks either. That's my experience with kids anyway. :)
S.: dw; staying out of trouble (badly)artic_fox on July 3rd, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't see it as that simple. There are a lot of kids here who watch the show for the monsters, and the action, and the silly Doctor, who may not always have full grasp of the narrative. Having met David Tennant a few times, he always had fans who were kids wanting to meet him, some of whom were VERY young, and in Britain the fan base does start from school age children, and the Brits are very aware of this. Maybe the US is different, but Who is an institution here, a generational thing that whilst does include adults, includes very young and new fans too. I went to the Doctor Who exhibit here and they have school groups of 6-7 year olds doing tours. I think the production team are very aware of their need to work to that age group as well. Sure, it may be dumbing down for adults, but we aren't the only ones watching.
Cindycorpsebride05 on July 3rd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)

I Love to read your thoughts on Doctor Who. I consider myself an official DW fan now! Did you see the story about Johnny Depp playing Doctor Who?

"And I'm falling more and more in love with Eleven with each episode."

I've only seen one episode so far and already I like him!
Arabian: Jim Parsons03arabian on July 3rd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
If you ever go back and watch seasons 1-4, I did write-ups on a lot of those, and the show in general.

And, sorry, but, I'm NOT a Johnny Depp fan. I don't actively dislike him, but I don't really like him all that much either. Haven't since he first appeared in 21 Jump Street. I like some of his roles, but they are few and far between. I have seen most of his work though, and I wouldn't like to see him as the Doctor. He just isn't him.

Eleven just gets better and better. He's awesome!
Cindy: pic#101814607corpsebride05 on July 4th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
I'll be sure to check those out! I Love reading your stuff. I remember that your not crazy about Johnny like I am! You don't have to tell me again I have a good memory.

It turns out there is no Who film in the works!
Arabian: Penny03arabian on July 4th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the movie thing has actually been debunked several times, but it's one of those rumors that just will not die down. It will probably pop up again in a few months with a different actor attached.

I know you're a fan of his so I try not to be negative about him, and didn't know if I had mentioned that I don't like him or not since we both agreed about how great AiW was.
Cindy: jack s sexy compasscorpsebride05 on July 5th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)

As Jack Sparrow would say,"No worries, Love"!
misspopurimisspopuri on July 3rd, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
Really? You think Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan have no chemistry together? Eh, I think the dynamic is fine between all three of them. Matt Smith is an AMAZING doctor. I like Rory/Amy because it reminds me of what Mickey/Rose could be (even though I haven't seen all of Series 2 yet, I heard about it.)
Arabian: Bad Wolfarabian on July 3rd, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I like them, but, yup, no chemistry. That has nothing to do with the dynamic. The dynamic is wonderful between the two and the three of them. And I don't think that Rory/Amy are ANYTHING like Rose/Mickey mostly because I believe that Amy could be happy/in love with Rory, and that was never the case with Rose and Mickey.
eolivet on July 5th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hee, this was a fun surprise to come back to after my vacation. :D I've been watching DW on BBCA (so we only just saw "Vincent and the Doctor," which was wonderful :) but I was curious about what you'd think of the series.

I just have to say I knew "Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" would be disappointing because Chris Chibnall was the writer, and he wrote eps of "Life on Mars." I've never liked a DW ep a former LoM writer has written (Matthew Graham, LoM co-creator, wrote "Fear Her," and I didn't like that either ;p ) Different skillsets, maybe.

Glad to see another person isn't over-the-moon for Rory/Amy. I actually found Rory kind of annoying and much like Rose was with Mickey, I found Amy to be less of herself around him than with the Doctor. I loved "Amy's Choice," but only for the mind-bending self-loathing the Doctor projected that turned it into a neat psychological drama. Amy barefoot and pregnant? Not so much (and why does Moffat always do that to his women -- see Donna in SotL/FotD :x )
Arabian: TARDISarabian on August 12th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
Waaaaaay after the fact.

Sorry, I do really like Rory/Amy, I just don't think the actors have any chemistry and I don't ship them. Also, I would really compare them to Mickey/Rose, because I believe that Amy legitimately wants/love Rory, unlike with Mickey/Rose.

Amy barefoot and pregnant? Not so much (and why does Moffat always do that to his women -- see Donna in SotL/FotD :x )

Ah, but that's typical Moffat. Ugh. :(