No, it by itself isn't the plot whole, but them hitting the ship with it suddenly giving the vessel a power boost exposes one. Plot whole:The robots needed gold to rebuild the engine core. You see them making and carrying off circuit board-like contraptions.. but then around 2/3 into the episode, the writers stop treating the gold as a component and make it into a fuel analogue. If the gold was indeed used for engine components the arrow would not have done a thing.. and if the gold was fuel all along then that tiny arrow could not possibly have made a difference. They could have used that gold arrow a lot better and keep their narrative coherent.
Alright. They wanted to give Doctor Who a darker tone.. that does not mean you have to murder people every episode.. That said. I had fun with this. Capaldi and Riley were a blast, playing off each other well. The ending was really stupid though. I knew the golden arrow would come into play again but the way they used it just opened up a giant, gaping plot whole. Looking forward to next week! What a great teaser. I love me some scary Who!
Comment modified at September 07, 2014 07:00
I like the show when its not pulling Hitler-youth camps and messiah-complexes out of a hat. I give it this much, for an episode, neigh season of plot conveniences it ended on a rather high note. Still, just because they are dangling a carrot in front of its nose, that does not mean this donkey is going to walk. I am ready to suspend my disbelief for a lot, but they are not even trying this episode.. I gave up when Anne just so happened to hide out on top of a flame-thrower.. This could not have been more convenient to the narrative if she had found it in a chest with an accompanying "TadaDaDa" like in the Zelda games.. where you need an item to process through the dungeon. Looking forward to the next season simply because I want to know what the "next big threat" is going to be. They just have to 1-up themselves every season, so we'll see.
The sentence that says it all: Dexter's ending was better. Now let that one sink in...
I think I'm just not the target audience for this anymore.. seen to much of the same already. Saw every twist and turn coming from a mile away the entire season. What speaks for the show is that I can still enjoy myself watching it. Sometimes. Those times when the writers aren't busy laying cheese over cheese on-top of cliche after cliche and spraying it with Cheez Whiz. Seriously, you could come up with an episode for this show by scribbling a bunch of cliches on tickets and randomly pulling them out of a hat. I'll watch season 2 on the side.. in small doses though. having to watch my cholesterol and all.
I agree with most of what you wrote. The episode was my favorite as well. Eichhorst might just have more control over his urges then his younger siblings. I don't think he is free of them. Oh and how great is it to have a German actor playing a German? Having the language and accent not butchered on American TV is a nice touch. Vasiliys info dump about the building had two purposes:1) Sticking it to the jerk. Vasiliy told him to the face that the smart deal he made on the place was actually him getting duped because the previous owners knew about the rat problem.2) To make the follow up scene more dramatic. The rats are fleeing from something... either from the general vampire presence or a more immediate vampire threat. Maybe there is one in the building. Bolivar.. Bolivar.. Bolivar.... how awesome was that reveal! I kind of hoped he would transform on stage or something alike but this was cool too. What is interesting is how he seems to accept the changes, consciously.The only bad thing I take away from this is the sound I now have tied to genitals popping off in my head..
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 09:00
I guess they just had to make Kara just as stupid as Danny. He risked the whole ship for her after all.. lets repay the favor! That wasn't just silly! Her behavior was outright criminal neglect. Moving between sections during a bh-lockdown? Might as well pass the virus around in syringes. Chandler was as lenient as it goes here. I liked them coming clear with the crew. There was no question that they would but the writers did a descent job getting us there. A little thing that bugged me: Where did they get the Plexiglas monkey cages? A bigger thing that bugged me: The two ton cheese-ball that was the reenlist scene. I have no problem with the concept but did they have to make it so cliched? We have seen the "surprising reveal of soldiers stepping up and doing the right thing in front of the humbled CO" done to death.
"Hey writers, we knew about Ben being a love-sick-guilt-ridden puppy. There was no need to bang us over the head with it. Then again, you gave us a Sarah Carter bra-scene.. errr.... still unnecessary." But what is this? Anne getting real character development? She is still psycho-mom, don't get me wrong but this I can at least work with. Even lodes formed a sentence or two this episode I didn't have to cringe at. One could almost think the show is getting back on track! Whats bugging me is that the whole Lexi storyline just isn't anything original. Unless the writers throw us a really good curve ball this has been done and done better. Over all when thinking back on what a pacing nightmare this season has been so far I'm happy with the episode.
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 08:59
I knew the Lettie Mae story line was going to be painful and so far I see my suspicions confirmed... yes its less annoying this week because of Lafayette but that still does not make me interested in the story line even a little. Worst of all is that I fear the writers are going to latch the last arc of the show onto Lettie Maes back.. I'm already cringing. I liked how they made Sarah Newlans blood the cure. I wonder how they will make it work. Is drinking a cured vampires blood enough to heal another, like snowball effect, or do we keep Sarah around to make a cure.. in any case, can we still see Sarah getting her head twisted off in the end? Pretty please? What ticked me off this week is how it turns out that the writers set Adelind and Andys son up only to have them act as scorn-collateral for Violet. How lazy was that! I completely agree with @San in that regard.
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 08:58
I almost can't believe how surprised Abby looked when she read BRIBE on that notepad!She rewarded Ray for the house after all.. what a hypocrite! Not excusing Ray in this, he obviously wants to deal with his marriage, but the man is just as clueless. Now fate is dangling another strong woman in front of his eyes.. I wonder.. Chances are that the writers want to elude to a possible affair but redeem Ray by not going for it.
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