Today I found out that a human being could survive ninety seconds in deep space and still get better.
Sooooo I guess I have to cancel my whinging about River Song
's stupid plan about chucking herself out of an airlock in The Time of Angels. Technically she had 90 seconds. (Although after not many she'd have been quite sick so to some extent my point still holds. To some extent.)
Look, I remembered I still had to write this post!! Yay :D
Anyway... I adored this year's Christmas special, I have to say. It was all timey-wimey and awesome, and although there were some things about it (well mainly one thing) that I didn't like, these/this is minor and overall, I still adored the episode :p
Apparently it was hard to follow without watching it the whole way through; my sister missed the start and my mother missed chunks out of the middle, and neither of them had any idea what was happening in the episode as a result. But I watched the whole thing, so I remember.
Lastly... HOW FUCKING AWESOME WAS THAT TRAILER. The fez!!!!!
You know what this means?? TWO FINALES. Also, less of a wait between the halves of the season. But mostly TWO FINALES.
And while I'm talking about Doctor Who, have something FUCKING AWESOME: the opening lyrics to Children Collide's song "Asleep on my Feet":
I've been looking for a timelord
To take me back to when I was a god
Too bad I have nooooooo idea what the song is about, but I got that bit :D Chapel St also got a mention - Melbourne represent! ;D Actually if I post all the lyrics maybe someone can help me out :P( Cut because MASSIVE WALL OF TEXT )
Seriously, this song is intense. I have no ideas, none at all.
If I magically gain one, I guess you can expect a slightly repetitive entry as I write about my amazing revelation... :P
If you read my review of the Doctor Who episode Victory of the Daleks, THIS SHIT IS EXACTLY WHY THAT EPISODE PISSED ME OFF SO MUCH. Churchill does not deserve his reputation for heroism and bravery at all. Man is a fucker. Just read the article and read ALL THE HORRIFIC THINGS CHURCHILL SAID that I did not know he said; not knowing all that much about twentieth-century Britain, I was basing my opinion purely on the fact that Britain retained an empire during WW2, Churchill lead Britain during WW2, therefore Churchill is an imperialist dick. I am very articulate explaining why I hate people, I know. But as the article says itself it's not even that Churchill was reflecting values indoctrinated into him:
...even at the time, Churchill was seen as standing at the most brutal and brutish end of the British imperialist spectrum.
The article talks about how he gleefully destroyed villages in then-India, was irritated that the vast concentration camps in South Africa WERE NOT GOING FAR ENOUGH (seriously we learned about these concentration camps in history last semester and they are horrific), boasted about ~personally~ shooting three Sudanese "savages" (i.e. human beings), wanted to use poison gas on Kurds in Iraq... I mean fuck it man, when was the last time Saddam Hussein was celebrated in British TV as a hero? HMMMM.
I'm not sure about the bullshit in the article at the end, trying to salvage Churchill's image by going "he DID believe in ~freedom and democracy~ and it DOESN'T MATTER that he only thought white people deserved any because people never take things that way lol". It's like, no. STFU.
And besides, how fucking much did Churchill believe in the welfare of people as a conservative politician? How fucking much did he care when he personally shot people dead and believed he was entitled to do it? Who cares that he could string together a few pretty words about "freedom" and "democracy"? Honestly, if you do not believe that human beings are AUTOMATICALLY entitled to necessities for life like FOOD, WATER, HEALTHCARE, SHELTER, AND SO ON then you can wax lyrical about "freedom" and "democracy" all you like but it's all meaningless words.
Sooooo today hasn't been a great day. I was supposed to go to a speak-out yesterday in favour of same-sex marriage rights, but I didn't, so I should have gone today to a speak-out for refugee rights instead, but there was a power outage and I slept in!! Stupid power outage switched off my alarm clock, and if I don't have my alarm clock, I... don't wake up. At least not until 2pm :(
I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday, which was pretty cool seeing as I hadn't seen it before! When I first read the book I decided it was my favourite, but that was a while ago and I don't know any more... for being my "favourite", I sure remember a lot more about the first five books o_O (I also remember virtually nothing about Deathly Hallows, aside from the fact that I felt like NOTHING HAPPENED IN ALMOST THE ENTIRE BOOK and I couldn't put it down regardless :P etduenuek) Anyway, since Mark Reads Harry Potter is currently one of my very favourite blogs, I decided to start rereading the entire series from Prisoner of Azkaban onwards to follow along :D I'm going to face a lot of problems once I get to Half-Blood Prince because my sister has no idea where that book went (she handed CoS, GoF and OotP over to me, told me where PoA and DH were so I could locate them myself, said PS was somewhere in her room which = "you can't have it" (which doesn't worry me anyway), and just had no idea where HBP was!), soooo I guess I'll borrow it from the John Medley library at uni. The recreation library is BOUND to have copies of Harry Potter books!
Anyway, what was I talking about? ( Oh yeah, I watched the movie. )
Anyway, pretty good movie, and I'm glad I watched it, finally :P (The delay basically mirrors how long it took me to read Half-Blood Prince, btw.) And that is all for now~!
I've already discussed this finale to a great extent in the comments of my "my TV died ;_;" post (by the way, we have a new TV now. It is massive and digital. I love it.), but I think I need to collate all my thoughts that I remember thinking into a nice, coherent post! (For certain definitions of "coherent".)
In short, and in a non-spoilery way, I loved it. I thought it was epic, had a perfect mix of funny and serious moments, was fascinating... just yes all around. My favourite NuWho finale by far, although it doesn't seem fair to compare it to RTD's, er, efforts.
Now that is over, I can't imagine that I'll stop posting Doctor Who related posts entirely until the Christmas special finally airs. I might watch or rewatch older episodes, or post more general speculation, or possibly fanfic (would you believe, I actually started one! AND it got to 1,781 words, and then I got bored...). WE'LL SEE. But I'll totally do it. ;D
So, this may be a little random, but the Cyberman in The Pandorica Opens yesterday reminded me that I love the original Cybermen, and I wanted to watch the Cybermen's very first story, which is also the First Doctor's last story, The Tenth Planet.
So I did this, and I took notes, and oh my, there is SO MUCH TO DISCUSS. But I am going to try making this discussion not dependent on having seen the actual episodes, because how many people have, really? Annnd there may be spoilers, because the episode DID AIR 44 years ago, so if you are worried about being spoiled, you should really have watched it already -_-;
I want to watch more old episodes. This was really fun! :D
This will be a very short review, because I don't have much to say about this episode. Honestly I am kind of over these silly one-parters, and I want to get to the finale already. I haven't particularly enjoyed any of the one-parters since The Beast Below, much as the two-parters have been AMAZING. Clearly this is evidence that the season should be almost entirely two-parters?! There have been some good one-parters (i.e. in all of NuWho), but they're usually the ones that aren't so formulaic, like Blink (with the plot centred around time travel), or Midnight (with everyone being confined to the same room) or Turn Left (which essentially showed us scenes from an alternate history). The fact that there are SEVEN ONE-PARTERS EACH SEASON is far, far too much. There are not that many good plots for one-parters. And one of the one-parters I liked from this season, The Beast Below, would have been about 10x better as a two-parter so the fact that I liked it doesn't mean that it was a one-parter that worked. It was a one-parter I liked despite it seeming ridiculously truncated.
This rant is relevant because The Lodger, for all that I giggled at it, is still a formulaic one-parter with an illogical plot. It reminded me so much of various one-parters from the 2006 season -- things like Fear Her and The Idiot's Lantern due to the setting in a typically English townhouse (er you know, the houses that are joined at the sides to other houses) and, oh yeah, the villain that was generally a big "wtf this is dodgy" for all involved.
That said, I did giggle at it a fair bit, so it's not like it was a bad episode. I did cringe a fair bit, but I think that was the intention ;)
I thought this episode was all right. Perhaps better than the last Croatia episode... certainly the plot was less annoying, but this episode suffers from a LACK OF A CERTAIN IMPORTANT CHARACTER (because I usually save spoilers for under the cut I don't really want to say, haha). I didn't feel very emotionally engaged by the episode, either. I don't have much to say about it. Nonetheless, what I do have to say is below the cut.
( This cut here. )
Yep that's all I can think of. Now, linguistics study.
I shall begin with, EXCELLENT CHOICE OF EPISODE TITLE JUST LIKE IT WAS AN EXCELLENT EPISODE.
Because I was watching via iView this time I got the opportunity to take notes. Unfortunately I don't understand all of them. In fact, ironically enough I don't understand what "CLEAR MESSAGE" is supposed to mean (...). But this means there's definitely stuff I know I was loving, and stuff I know that made me go wtf (but they didn't make me stop loving).
I am so deeply in love with this episode, man. I love it almost as much as Flesh and Stone... maybe more than Flesh and Stone... oh God I don't even know. I'm too excited after having just watched this masterpiece. Oh man.
I quite liked this episode. Like I suggested in my last review, I was getting Inferno vibes from the promos and also from the first few minutes of the episode. This was actually a good thing, because I quite liked Inferno! If you ignored the entire parallel universe dimension of Inferno, they'd be VERY similar indeed (i.e. drilling deep into the Earth's crust unleashes a wave of prehistoric lizardy creatures -- although in the earlier story, of course, that was hardly the biggest threat). Anyway, despite not being Inferno, the episode was good. Although it felt extremely short.
This is a very quick "review" (it won't really be much of one, since the episode did air a week ago) about last week's episode. Seeing as there'll be another episode tonight, I thought I should do my best before the new episode aired and displaced what few memories I still had :P
In short, I thought it was all right. I think the problem with really, really good two-parters, as The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone was, is that they are hard to live up to, especially for one-parters. The one-parters at the beginning of the season don't have this comparison problem.
Can I just say, OMG YES THAT WAS AMAZING <33333
Seriously I can not think of a single fault with it (well except for one). My family members could think of faults (one criticised the physics, the other was disturbed by the last scene) but I LOVED IT. Including the last scene! The last scene was amazing (please note I am not saying this just to spite her).
As a note so important I'm going to put it before the cut, I think Matt Smith is my favourite Doctor. Not that I have ever seen the Eighth Doctor, but I've seen the rest, and the Eleventh Doctor pips them all. He is everything a Doctor should be. AMAZING.
Much better than last week's episode! I don't have a hell of a lot to say about it, actually - only that it was awesomely creepy, and I loved it. Okay, there were a couple of things I was a bit dubious about (mainly the first two scenes) but once the episode settled down, and took on a more serious tone, those kinds of doubts dissipated. Well mostly. I mean, there were a couple of things...
PS LOOK NEW ICON
As an interesting but irrelevant note, I have had to look up the name of every episode in order to write a review of it. How do I miss it in the opening sequence every time? It is there, right?
I will admit before I begin that I really do not like Churchill, much less hero-worship of Churchill (I mean, hero worship?! He is very quotable, but ruthless and imperialist and... just ugh), so the hero-worship vibes I got from this episode were immensely irritating. The Doctor is supposed to fight against ruthless leaders who use other countries and people as pawns in their wars. Churchill refused to let Australia defend itself against the Japanese army, for instance. When Curtin tried to bring our troops back home to defend us, Churchill countermanded him and redirected the troops to Burma (at least, I think it was Burma. That or Egypt). Who cares about Australia's independence, when Britain's colonial possessions are at stake?! Lucky for us that a) the Japanese didn't truly intend to invade Australia anyway; and b) Curtin was stubborn and countermanded Churchill's countermandation. I'm leaning towards a) as the biggest reason for us not being invaded. Anyway, the Doctor getting along chummily with historical figures I hate is nothing new, but it was still annoying.
So, I didn't like this episode as much as I liked the other two. In addition to the Churchill thing, the plot seemed weak and drifted into deus ex machina territory, especially at the end. The characterisation wasn't bad, though, except that I don't particularly like Churchill The Real Person and this extended to Churchill The Character, sorry to say.
I wrote most of this post on Sunday immediately after it aired, but then through a combination of getting distracted repeatedly, my laptop crashing repeatedly (I love Windows), and related causes, I'm only finishing and posting this post today. Tomorrow, the next episode is being aired, so this is just in time!
To put it very briefly: setting, design, characters, dialogue, ideas, almost everything = AMAZING. Seriously, I loved it.
However: pacing, pacing's effects on plot = what D:
Mainly, I think this episode suffers from trying to cram too much into a single episode. The idea is amazing, with enough material for a two-parter. It has too much material for a one-parter.
Basically, I really liked it. I can see we're moving past the era of deus ex machinae and stupid episode endings that piss me off because they're illogical and there was nothing building up to them at all.
(You hear that, Moffatt? This means you can't let me down now.)
First things first, the new opening theme tune (and closing theme tune, for that matter). I didn't outright hate it, but it has to be said, I preferred the old (2005-2010) one. This new one, though, reminds me a lot of the old tunes from the 1980s, in particular the Seventh Doctor's time. If the Eleventh Doctor's episodes are like many of the Seventh Doctor's, then the new theme tune is a fitting tribute and in some ways a good thing, as it harkens back to that glorious era of TV. (Ahem.)