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unfeathered: (Eve Myles - sexy)
Sunday, June 30th, 2013 10:48 pm
Just caught up on the first episode of this (had it recorded but hadn't been in the mood for something new till tonight) and wow, that was good. I didn't expect to be bowled over by it, and to be honest probably most of my reaction is just emotional resonance with the woman trying to care for everybody else and not looking after herself and her own home, but wow, that really got me.

Also, how weird is it that the DW episode I watched with Jack earlier this evening was The Shakespeare Code? That is, to my knowledge, the only other thing I have seen Dean Lennox Kelly in, and I then spent most of Frankie trying to work out which of the two guys he was, because he looked so different! A very nice cast there, and good writing - very believable characters.

Looking forward to episode 2 now!
unfeathered: (Eleven & River)
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 08:05 pm
Well. That was a hell of a lot better than expected. I really was scared it would ruin everything, but I think it just about managed not to. And oh, there were some lovely, lovely touches. Cut for spoilers )
unfeathered: (Eleven bemused)
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 10:48 am
Like most of this half-series of Doctor Who, last week's episode left me cold. It was all very clever clever and there were some fantastic performances, especially from Matt Smith, but like so many of the recent episodes it didn't grab me emotionally at all. I sat through it, fairly bored, and at the end actually contemplated next week's finale with dread. I am literally dreading what Moffat is going to do to the Doctor next week in the name of cleverness.

On the plus side, it was nice to see the girl who played Angie again, having been really impressed by her polished performances in the CBeebies series Nuzzle and Scratch as the Boss of two lovably incapable alpacas. (Yes really.) But apart from that… Cybermen who just upgrade past any threat you throw at them – yes, that should have been scary but it just felt really predictable. There was no tension there for me at all, and despite some great performances, the supporting characters (as in previous recent episodes) felt extremely 'cardboard-cutout' to me. Even Clara, whilst fun and spunky and likeable, is completely 2 dimensional. I'm not sure why this is, since both her previous incarnations seemed to have a lot more to them, but Clara III seems incredibly flat and characterless and merely there to provide a puzzle. It's hard to connect to her.

It's weird. I did enjoy Moffat's first season, and mostly enjoyed the second, but this third just… feels really flat. Perhaps I feel that Moffat, having 'fixed' everything RTD broke about the Doctor (as [personal profile] elisi puts it), doesn't know what to do with the Doctor now. (Kind of like, how do you make the 'happy ever after' emotionally satisfying?) And I know I should be invested in the finale which will presumably tie up at least some of the many, many questions that have been posed through the last three seasons, but I can't help dreading that it's just going to be another overly complicated timey-wimey dash about with a last minute fix and no dramatic tension and… Well. I guess I haven't long to wait and see now, at least.
unfeathered: (Amelia - believe)
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 01:38 pm
So, I was rewatching The Girl in the Fireplace the other night, as that's where we've got to in our current New Who rewatch, and whilst I very much enjoyed it I couldn't help noticing some rather distinctive parallels.

The Doctor meets Reinette first when she's 7 (well, she says she was 7, though going by dates she couldn't actually have been more than 6). He then pops away expecting to be right back, and ends up coming back when she's 19, leaving her thinking of him as her kind-of-imaginary childhood friend.

For goodness sake, even the *ages* are the same as Amy's ages! I mean, I know it's become very evident that Moffat likes to recycle ideas (and normally does it well enough that I don't mind), but honestly, does he really have such a lack of creativity as that???
unfeathered: (Buffy huh)
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 11:01 pm
Just caught up with the last episode.

After a shaky start, I really got into the series and have been really enjoying it, despite having pretty much no clue what the hell has been going on. But this last episode - and the very ending - and the baby... I'm sorry, but what???
unfeathered: (Eleven bemused)
Saturday, September 15th, 2012 11:09 pm
I don't know if it's just because I'm a bit 'ugh' at the moment (some stressful stuff has been happening which I'm not going into in an open post) but I was actually *bored* this evening. I've been really enjoying having new Doctor Who to look forward to the last couple of weeks, but this felt like a real let-down. It just felt really... understated? None of the characters made me feel anything for them, except Rory, a bit. As I said, this could be just me finding it hard to feel excited about anything at the moment, but this is the first time I've been bored during the *first* airing of a DW episode in a very long time!
unfeathered: (Jack pink shirt)
Friday, May 18th, 2012 10:27 pm
I think it really says something about how utterly crap this finale was that, upon rewatching, the thing that got me going the most was Jack saying, "I was in China for the Boxer Rebellion." My brain spent the next several minutes thinking about how one could hook him up with Spike, or Angel, or Drusilla, or Darla, or the Chinese Slayer, and how one could work that into a story as a flashback with him meeting one of them again in the present day etc. etc. - because it was far more interesting than the utterly ridiculous, overblown ending to what had started out as a fascinating idea.

Okay, Rhys and Andy in the Category One ward saying goodbye to Gwen's dad and the unnamed girl was moving too, but honestly, that was it.

And god the Blessing really did look gross.

Ah well. At least it didn't have a really, really stupid and groan-worthy ending.

Oh wait. It did.

I'm going to stick with TW S1 and 2 from now on, with the odd foray into CoE. I've just finished a rewatch of S1 and it was about a billion times better than this drivel!
unfeathered: (Spike hurt)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 09:24 pm
I was looking forward to getting to In the Dark in my Angel S1 rewatch and it was just as much fun as I remembered. But the moment it started, I couldn't help thinking of the similiarites with KKBB. Mainly because they both start with James Marsters up on a roof giving us a nice little introduction to his character. And of course because he's basically playing the same part in both of them. Old shag (I would say love but that's not really true in either case) of the leading man - the dark, mysterious, older-than-he-looks leading man - with whom he has a love/hate relationship. Meeting the team and chatting up the girls (Cordy/Tosh/Gwen) and the girls falling for it, even if only briefly. And there's torture in ITD while in KKBB Jack's just got back from the year on the Valiant. Both episodes even end with another rooftop scene and a sunset! (Or is it sunrise in KKBB? I can't remember. Same coloured sky, anyway!)

I know it's nothing deep, but it amused me, and I can't help wondering how much of the mirroring in KKBB was deliberate!
unfeathered: (Willow hee)
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 09:37 am
I've started watching Buffy again after a bit of a hiatus, due to the fact that last year I finally (after 8 years) finished my viewing of all seasons in order. The reason that took so long was that at the end of 2005 I became a mother and everything else pretty much went out the window! And also the fact that Buffy was over and I got into the Doctor Who/Torchwood fandom instead (and started writing fanfic and role-playing), so watching Buffy and Angel moved a long way down the list of priorities. But actually, the slow-down was good because it meant that by the time I got to the later seasons of both shows which I hadn't liked so much originally, I really, really enjoyed them.

Cut for rambling )
unfeathered: (Giles ook)
Monday, January 2nd, 2012 12:15 pm
I loved this. There's just SO MUCH in there! But... there's just so much in there! I kinda wish they'd show these as two-parters so that those of us who can't keep up with Sherlock could have a week in between to assimilate it all and try and work stuff out!
unfeathered: (Eleven happy)
Sunday, September 25th, 2011 09:34 am
A funny and very cute episode with some fantastic lines and moments (I love Craig, and Craig/Doctor) but as I was watching it it felt particularly devoid of story. Maybe it was because it was Cybermen - again - and my disbelief at how there can be more Cybermen on Earth has reached its limits (though at least this was eventually explained by it being a spaceship that had crashed centuries ago). I don't know. It just felt rather nothingey to me.

I also got stuck on a couple of practical points which completely distracted me.

1. What the hell were Amy and Rory doing in Colchester??? Is Ledworth supposed to be in Essex (I never got that impression). Or is that house the Doctor bought them in Colchester? Why? Because he wanted all his friends near each other? As I said, this completely distracted me.

2. When was this supposed to be set? The way the Doctor kept going on about dying tomorrow, it sounded like it was supposed to be the day before that – i.e. on Earth, not just in his personal timeline. But it can't be, because at that point Amy and Rory were on their way to meet him in America, whereas it's clear that months if not years are supposed to have passed since the Doctor dropped them back off on Earth to give Amy time to have become a perfume model. So that's just weird.

3. Also, if the Doctor's going to die tomorrow, then is he now 1100 and something and this is him 200 years after he dropped off Amy and Rory? I certainly didn't get that vibe off him, in which case I'm confused!

Also also? Enough with the "I'm going to die" angst. At least Eleven is more stoic about it than Ten, but gah, it just feels like that all over again.

Funnest bit, though? Spotting Lynda Barron as the gossipy shop assistant, whom my son and I watch regularly in a children's show called 'Come Outside', and realising that that was recorded so long ago that it was actually closer to her appearance as a pirate captain with the Fifth Doctor in The Eternals than how she looks now! Timey-wimey indeed. *g*
unfeathered: (JB What About Us)
Thursday, August 18th, 2011 10:18 pm
Nope, sorry, you've lost me with this one.

Spoilers )

Ah well, at least next week's looks more interesting, even if I'm not convinced by Gwen turning on Jack one tiny bit. *g*
unfeathered: (Jack Gwen)
Friday, July 29th, 2011 09:06 pm
Okay, so now LJ is finally back, I actually feel like making a post!!! Yay me!


Spoilers for Episode 3, whatever it was called )
unfeathered: (Jack thinking)
Monday, May 16th, 2011 07:36 pm
Okay, I haven't actually read any one else's reviews yet, because I didn't see the ep till yesterday and haven't had time, but my flist seems to be absolutely full of squee.

So is there anyone else who didn't think much of it, or am I the only one?
unfeathered: (Amelia - believe)
Friday, January 28th, 2011 10:32 pm
I just rewatched these two episodes and I have to say, they were loads better than I remembered. I guess the first time round I was distracted by trying to work out what the hell was going on (okay, I was a bit distracted by that this time too since I couldn't remember how it all worked) and probably also by watching with a four-year-old, but this time around, knowing roughly what was going to happen, I was able to sit back and enjoy and just watch the pieces fall back into place.

And I like River. And Amy. And I love Rory.

(And I am possibly a tiny bit drunk. There has been some consuming of wine this evening. So I'm going to shut up now and go to bed.)