Wolf In Your Grandmother’s Nightdress

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Sep 292012
 

Hi guys, me again. No, not Gigs. This is my spot, not his, despite what he may have been telling all of you people. Do not listen to his lies!

THEY ARE LIES!

In any case, this was sort of supposed to have been done earlier in the week but because of poo-brain and sickness it did not. As  a result this post itself will likely be a little slipshod. Also no Gravity Falls post for you guys either. We shall get to that later.

Let us proceed before it gets too awkward.

The Power of Three was… an episode. I am not sure, personally, how I felt about it. A lot of factors went into it, including the external knowledge that the Ponds will soon no longer be traveling companions of the Doctor. This induces a sort of Pond Panic and artificially charged the episode with, as the tumbler puts it, The Feels since they were the focal point of the story. Do not delude yourselves, it was all about the Ponds and their internal turmoil over what they should do with their lives: live or Live? Unfortunately the joke is on them as the real answer will be C: DIE… maybe?

Mind, we also get to see more of Brian whom I adore and we also get a big old dose of the Doctor being twelve. Okay, maybe just a bit (a lot) A.D.D. when he is forced to actually exist for an extended period of time… in one time period. So to speak. We’ve seen this before (Vincent and the Doctor) but it seems to have gotten a lot worse since he started dropping Amy & Rory back at home between jaunts with them. One of Eleven’s quirks is that he is an Antsy Bugger. Brian proves his diligence and that the Williams boys have a lot in common, what with the pockets and the waiting. It really made me want HIM to be a companion, but that’s grasping for stars I know.

Then there are the Boxes. Which are really slow time bombs. Not one-hundred percent sure what was up with the random-assness of them all going berserk  unless it was to give some people a good reason to get rid of them so they didn’t kill everyone? But that doesn’t make sense either since they were there to outright wipe humanity off the galactic map? I don’t know. Speaking of which, Get used to this face. Ain’t that just the loveliest smile you ever did see?

The Shakri are a ball out of left field. One that is going to bounce off of something and come back at us at least once more, you can take that to the bank. When you have an Alien Species introduced as Gallifreyan Boogiemen you are going to see them again. I don’t know if it’ll tie into the season ending shebang or what but I wouldn’t be surprised. I will only be surprised if we do NOT see them again this season. Or next season, depending on how things go.

OH! And UNIT! We got UNIT back! Also The Brigadier’s daughter! Ha-HA! That was good, nice little heart-string tug there. Er, ahem, in any case. What was up with the people on the ship? Were they keeping a few random folks around as a Whitman’s Sampler of Humanity? And if so why? More questions that may or may not ever be answered.

And that ending line! Ugh. I groaned. I really did. That was just terrible.

In any case, I’m going to sleep and you’re going to read this and then I’m going to steal the next episode and HOPEFULLY, since I am no longer (as) sick and I have nothing else to do today I will actually get this regular article moved to something more suitable like Tuesday. Maybe. Hopefully.

 

Wibbly Wobbly

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Sep 222012
 

Okay guys, sorry, I lost track of what day it was and haven’t done a write-up of a Town Called Mercy. That’s on me. I’ll either get to that today-ish or have to make up for it with a double blog next week. Also look forward to a couple of other posts from me about Gravity Falls and some other things.

Maybe soon.

My bad.

 

Edit: Here’s something from someone else…

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!

Guess Who.

Well, it ain’t Landon.

Since ThreeDark lacks the CONVICTION to write about Who, I’mma gonna do it.

“A Town Called Mercy”, like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, this ep’s more about the adventure than the whole BIG PLOT TWEEST! OH HAI RIVER that’s been the Eleventh’s MO in past episodes. But “A Town Called Mercy” does throw in a bit of character exploration.

The gist of this ep is the Doctor goes to the Wild West. He and the Ponds find themselves in a town called Mercy, which is at the mercy of a mysteeeeerious Gunslinger who prevents anyone from coming in or out of the town. With no supplies coming in, the town’s on the verge of imminent starvation.

The Gunslinger’s demands are thus, bring him the “Alien Doctor”.

Blahblahblahspoilerblah, the Alien Doctor is not the Eleventh, but simply another alien who happened to be an actual doctor with PHDs and such.

Right off the bat, you realize the alien doctor is a bad guy because of how absolutely good and pure he is. No one that nice could possibly be a good guy, and yeah, turns out that this guy is a war hero who performed countless hideous and heinous atrocities during the war to create the Gunslinger and his ilk. Now that the war’s over, the Gunslinger’s broken free of his programming and is after the alien doctor for revenge.

Now let’s get to the point. The core of this episode is a bit of character exploration on the Doctor. Doctor Who villains tend to be pure evil, like Solomon from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” or the Daleks or whoever. But here the Doctor is presented with something of a conundrum. The alien doctor was once a scientist/surgeon who performed horrific and inhumane experiments to create biotechnological weapons for the war. And the guy’s pretty unrepentant about it, since in his mind, he sacrificed thousands to save millions.

On the other hand, post war, this alien doctor has been making amends. He’s haunted by the screams of his “patients” and he’s done what he can to help the town called Mercy. He even saved the entire town from cholera.

It would be easy if he was repentant about his past, but he isn’t. He did what he had to do and he’s standing by it. He represents a clear case of someone who is both extreme good and extreme evil. In fact, depending on what “mode” he’s in, kindly doctor or war criminal, he behaves differently as well. Just to make it clear to us viewers that he’s good… and that he’s bad.

In theory, this is all great. In execution, it falls a little flat. And that’s entirely TV’s fault. You see, in the modern viewer’s mind, death is seldom a just punishment anymore. Not unless you’re a complete monster.

Shows and series like Rurouni Kenshin and so forth, have hammered into the modern viewer’s mind that sincere attempts to make amends, or even simply the desire to live a peaceful life, is sufficient consequence for a lifetime of atrocities. It doesn’t matter how horrible you were, just so long as you’re not actively hurting anybody right now.

As a result, we don’t really get behind the Doctor when he goes on a spiel about how you don’t get to choose how to make amends for past misdeeds, especially since the Doctor is all about trying to wipe the sins off some off-screen sinning he did.

Ultimately, this was a watchable, even decent episode of Doctor Who, but it’s far from being one of the good ones. It’s pretty lackluster in fact.

Aaaaand that’s it, ThreeDark should do a post anyways.

Oh, and the cast member who stole the show? Susan.