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.
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