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Oct. 25th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
I mostly liked it, I think. It went a bit weird when the glowy things started showing up and I'm still not sure why they were needed really. Also, I liked the kids but it's always awkward when there's a kid on TV show who seems like a very obvious "stage school" type and you know it isn't her fault, but...umm.. it's irritating. (I feel like a horrible person for being irritated by a child, but that's just how it is).

But yes, the plot was mostly cool. Could have done with a bit more menace in the episode. Liking Danny more, but ESPECIALLY loving the dynamic between the Doctor and Clara here. And the dialogue was good throughout.

Re: next week. I refuse to believe anything because those trailers are made to trick us.

Edited at 2014-10-25 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
I thought I'd posted my thoughts but the damn LJ app appears to have eaten them.

Will try again tomorrow!
Oct. 26th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, second time lucky? Given the LJ app just showed me comments from a completely different post from 2006 rather than on the post I was reading, this could go anywhere!

I quite enjoyed it, if not as much as the last 2 weeks. I'm endlessly forgiving of 'we could apply actual science but we're going to make up something stupid because children's tv' in Doctor Who, which is probably just as well this week.

I continue to enjoy Danny/Clara, and I mostly enjoyed the kids (altho Ruby's delivery was grating). I thoroughly enjoyed the Doctor with the kids (even grumpy Twelve can't ignore a child in distress), but didn't believe for a second that the Doctor would fly off and leave everyone to die.

No, sorry. We've had 50 years of the Doctor laughing Death in the face whilst trying something daft to save the day. He doesn't abandon Companions or children. Even Waters of Mars Ten couldn't resist trying to fix a fixed point he was obliged to walk away from. And Twelve may be sympathetic to 'I don't want to be the last of my kind' but I don't accept that he's sympathetic to 'they'll always miss their parents so they're better off dead'. Bad Clara, no biscuit.

Combined with the weekly borrowings from film, fiction and myth (often referenced but underused), I'm open to believing this entire series hasn't been real, but set in an engineered reality run by Missy. Hence Clara has never been real (which isn't to say she never existed, but is a close cousin).

I loved leafy London, and liked how they used Underground stations to show they weren't just running around Trafalgar Square (altho given the trees filled the streets, the jump to 'you can get lost in ANY forest' was a bit big - London streets are notorious for not being very wide!

And while I picked fairies as soon as I heard 'Maebh Arden', I literally couldn't understand a word the glowy things said, so I'm going on faith they were fairies.

Roll on next week. This season hasn't felt entirely coherent with its occasional passing meta Missy, so I'm hoping it turns into a 'must rewatch it ALL' once the meta becomes clear. But individual romps remain fun.
Oct. 26th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh Livejournal with your whimsical ways...

Yeah I think generally trying to suss out the science in Doctor Who is a losing game.

The thing about this Doctor is that I think there are situations when he would defintely SAY things that other Doctors wouldn't, like when he initially pressed the fuck off button on Maebh, but he wouldn't be particularly likely to follow through on it. And I like that about him, but you're still left with a bit of that "no, I don't believe this plotline" stuff. Of course he's gonna go back and sort it out. I did like Clara's awkward acknowledgment that being the last of your kind would suck hard though.

I still haven't figured out what the fairies were or what they were doing, but who cares? Also that plotline with the missing sister seemed fairly unnecessary in the end.

As long as Missy isn't actually Clara, I'll probably be ok with whatever happens next week. So long as Clara gets an ending that isn't "settling down with the husband to have some kids," I'll be cool whatever.
Oct. 26th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, the missing sister felt like a plot line that had more significance than ended up being shown - maybe some of it ended up on the cutting room floor? I suppose there's some harking back to fairy tales and Thomas the Rhymer type tales of people getting lost in Faerie when they wander in the woods, and we were meant to get a glow from her coming back, but I was too busy thinking that the silly magic forest reset didn't have to go as far as to recreate all the global deforestation issues we have :)

And yes - I'll be a bit sniffy if Missy=Clara or Clara retiring to get married and have kids is presented as the only sensible and rewarding future for independent, intelligent, thoroughly capable superwomen :P
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