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Obligatory Doctor Who Post

I'm pretty certain the Apocalypse must be coming, because (a. I didn't find this episode that bad (as far as Moffat stories go) and (b. I'm actually finding Matt Smith hot. I mean, look at that icon. Isn't he hot in that shot? I don't know what's wrong with me. This is the guy that last season my sister and I were calling "Frankenstein's monster" on account of his big forehead. Now I'm actually drooling at certain pics of him. I must be really horny...



I know a lot of people are angry at Eleven's decision to brainwash the World into killing the Silents, but I don't particularly see how this is different than his destroying Gallifrey or the entire Dalek population. In fact, the destruction of the Silents wasn't even genocide like the other two instances. We know the Silents were taking over the entire universe. They attacked the home of the fish people from "Vampires of Venice," and who knows where else. The Doctor only got rid of the aliens living on planet Earth. And who says they all got killed? The way I viewed it, after the Silents saw that they had been outwitted, they packed up and went home with only a few fatalities. Now, what I don't like about the scene: the Doctor's lack of concern about destroying another race. Previous regenerations would have at least looked remorseful as they sent creatures to their death, but Eleven looked positively gleeful. Not a very good directorial/acting decision, IMHO. And, as some other people have pointed out, where was the Silents' choice? The Doctor always gives his enemies a chance (or two or three or four).

Also, RORY OMG I LOVE YOU! He was so cute in those glasses. <3 <3 I was not impressed with the "love triangle" crap thrown in the middle. Amy's whole declaration of love that was made to look like she was talking about the Doctor annoyed the crap out of me. Let's get over this triangle plotline, plzkthx. It's getting quite stale. Especially when you consider how KICKASS Rory is. That whole waiting 2000 years is so EPIC. And then his comments about Amy knowing he'll always save her... *swoon*

Another complaint I have is Amy's continual treatment of Rory. When she was kidnapped she swore she was going to tell Rory she loved him when she saw him again. Instead, she tells him what a moron he is. Why do nice guys get treated like crap all the time? *sigh*

And River/Eleven is still far too squicky for me to accept as a ship. I mean, how awkward was that kiss? Eleven flailing around like he was a twelve-year-old boy trying to escape getting his cheeks pinched by his Auntie. And this whole, "I have to love you because it's in my timeline," is such crap. Considering the Doctor was so for saving the Earth's free will from the Silents, it seems like he's doomed to have no free will of his own when it comes to his relationship with River. Sucktastic.

All in all, not a bad episode, considering it was the end of a Moffat two-parter. I know people are always saying RTD had a problem with resolving two-parters, but Moffat is just as bad, if not worse. At least RTD attempted to explain his story-line. Moffat just jumps ahead three months in the the story-line so he doesn't have to. Lazy, much? And I'm not impressed with this whole LOST vibe the show is getting, keeping secrets from week to week as a ploy to get the viewers to tune in again. LAME.

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worbeest
May. 2nd, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
THIS.

And please don't let this show turn into another LOST. That's just setting yourself up for failure, Moffie, my boy. You'll never be able to live up to the hype.

Edited at 2011-05-02 03:46 am (UTC)
cassandra_elise
May. 2nd, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Rory needs his own spinoff. Instead of Doctor Who we'll call it Nurse Awesome.
surrexi
May. 2nd, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I actually was thrilled with both what the Doctor did to the Silence and how he did it. I think it's a return to what the Doctor used to be - a "no second chances" sort of man who does what's necessary. And to be fair, he didn't even necessarily cause all of the Silence on Earth to get killed - he just gave them a choice between leaving the Earth or staying and fighting a population that is finally actually equipped to fight back. It's not like every American constantly has access to guns, so it's not like every Silent immediately got shot as soon as people saw the message and then saw a Silent. Besides, the Silence weren't just in America, they were all over the world with a network of secret tunnels and spaceships. I'm sure the vast majority of them could get away without getting killed.

Personally I think his actions in this episode are way truer to the Doctor's real character as established over the entire history of the show than the way RTD was writing Ten for the last few years he was around, particularly the ridiculous "I never would!" scene in The Doctor's Daughter.
cassandra_elise
May. 2nd, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
Exactly. The Silents weren't completely eliminated by the Doctor, and even if they had been, I feel it was justified. I just wish the Doctor had shown some sort of remorse for his actions. I mean, killing is not an easy or fun thing, even when it's necessary. It sucks, and I felt like Moffat was glorifying it too much with the shiny, flashy gunfights and such. *shrugs*
surrexi
May. 2nd, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I even think that the way they played it was more in character than most of what else we've seen in New Who. And I don't feel like it was "yay killing" so much as it was "yay turning your own plan against you" and "out-clevering the bad guys once again" excitement.

But I guess this is a classic your-milage-may-vary moment. I think a lot of people have differing levels of happiness and unhappiness with this particular moment. *shrugs*
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cassandra_elise
May. 5th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
I had the same problems warming up to Eleven in the beginning. My heart kept protesting, "But he's not my Ten!" :P But Matt Smith has done a good job making him endearing. I really think it's the direction and writing that sometimes fails Eleven (just as it sometimes did for Nine and Ten). Like that kiss was sooooooo awkward. I tend to think that was a Moffat/Mr. Director decision as opposed to something Matt came up with. I like the idea that he was missing Rose. ;p

RORY IS AWESOME. I love him so much. He could totally fit into the RTD era of well-developed characters. <3 And he makes Amy so much more interesting, too!
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