I liked the episode overall. There was an element of imminent and real danger, Clara was instrumental in showing the humanity in the otherwise deadly alien creature bent on destroying the world and making us relate to him in the way that the Doctor never could (despite being the hero of the series), the Doctor himself provided knowledge and sense of direction as to what was happening and why, while also sharing with us bits of history. Overall the episode was great. Some things I did find odd. Namely:-The Doctors reaction to dismantled bodies. These were people who were murdered, how and why was the Doctor OK with that? Even if the Ice Warrior showed mercy in the end, this seemed to be an odd piece of the episode and not something that the Doctor would have treated so lightly in his past incarnation. - TARDIS translation matrix working while the TARDIS itself was at the opposite pole. Maybe it's a clue to Clara's mystery somehow...don't know.- This was also another case when the Doctor proved helpless and Clara came to his rescue (it seems to be a thing with her, isn't it). In effect, it was Clara who established a connection with the Ice Warrior and found something that "melt" his heart and through that emotional intelligence saved planet Earth, when the Doctor's solution was to sacrifice the entire fleet. Maybe it is just me, but it seems that while the Doctor's past companions brought out and showed the humanity of the Doctor, Clara seems to underline just how alien he really is.
Which is basically the reason I love this show. I can see something very profound in it, while also enjoying pure entertainment that comes from Snow White battling it out with Aurora. I love these Disney princesses who refuse to be victims of circumstances and are ready to fight for what matters to them. I just love the badassy princesses.
Is it just me or does it seem that "parents and children" is becoming an undercurrent theme of the series? "Buffy The Vampire slayer" was a coming of age story that showed the heroine's struggle for survival from high school all the way through trying to make it as an adult without major screw ups (sometimes not so successfully). "Once Upon A Time" I think is borrowing from Buffy in a way that it is trying to explore something that is fundamental to human psychology which is the relationship we all have with our parents through allegorical tales of supernatural fights with swords and arrows and evil sorcerers. But despite the ogres and magic, in the end of the day, it gets to the core of something that is very realistic and profound and that is how the relationship we have with our parents shapes us as human beings.
@Acolyte Huli, the Angels were first introduced in season 4 of Doctor Who in the episode "Blink". Last night's episode actually stayed true to that introduction because this is exactly how we learned the Angels kill you when this monster was first shown in the series: they throw you back in time to live out the rest of your life, but you die in the present and the Angels feed of your life energy. I don't believe Rory and Amy died in that 1938 hotel. They jumped off a hotel rooftop thereby creating a paradox (Rory died both by suicide and by touch of the Weeping Angel - and you can't die twice in 2 different ways) that was powerful enough to make everything that was shown about 1938 to never have happened, including the hotel. Supposedly, according to Amy's letter, she and Rory have lived their lives well and had a good life, so she must have found him wherever in the past the Angels have thrown them.
Emotionally, it was an episode designed to tug at your heart strings and to make you cry. And it delivered that pretty effortlessly. I do love how Matt Smith can transition from the silly, cookie, ridiculous Doctor to someone who makes you feel just how hard it is for the Doctor to see the people he loves leave him (yet again). I have a feeling that the Doctor cannot go back in time and see Amy and Rory because he would risk interfering with his own timeline and every time that happens, the world is in grave danger basically. It is one of the rules of the show. The Doctor cannot interfere with events in his own life. River does not have that restriction so she has more flexibility to move around in her timeline without taking a risk of causing some major cataclysm.
This was probably my least favorite episode of the season. I think it started out great. Invasion of Earth episodes are always fun. But then it lost focus. Maybe it should have beem a two parter or maybe certain things were unnecessary like Doctor painting fences and playing wii, but there should have been more conflict and more Doctor brilliance. I miss the Doctor being brilliant. Like he was in the Christmas Invasion (in series 2). And that Doctor spent most of the episode in a coma...
I loved this episode. It felt like a mini movie. Can't wait for next week's!
Doctor Who is about the only show I know that can combine silliness, heartbreak, and sexual inuendoes into an hour long adventure through space and time while also making a statement about evils of inhumane greed AND tops it off with the Doctor doing something he has done before when seriously pissed off: playing a judge and an executioner. Basically, a great episode that leaves you full of emotions for hours later and one of my new favorites. And how awesome were all of the Ponds?
I think it is safe to say Eric and Bill will never be bffs ever. But I was touched that at least Eric cared about Bill though stupidly as it turned out to be. Or not. You really can't read Bill's mind there. Maybe he is just playing Salome. Bill is a master deceptor after all. Regardless, I felt underwhelmed by this week's true blood. Lilith storyline is just not working for me. I like Salome. I like Nora. I liked Roman. Hate Lilith and her blood. Wish they left religion to humans and just played pure politics as far as vampires were concerned. I mean they do. I just don't like the whole Lilith driver behind it all.
My inner geek just erupted into a million happy pieces
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