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15 September 2012 @ 10:01 pm
A Town Called Mercy review/thoughts  
I just ... idk ... something really felt missing. This was like Firefly without the "fire" part.

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1. I really felt like I was gonna start hearing the Firefly theme at any time. Space western and all that ...

2. So um ... what happened to the whole "it's home for us, doctor" and 11's emo!face at Amy and Rory's leaving the end of the last episode? Why are they still on the TARDIS? My biggest issue with Moffat (besides characterization, but tied to it) is lack of continuity ... (at this point, in reference to the lack of continuity, my husband rolled his eyes with a "JFC"). So are they just occasionally being picked up and dropped off?

3. WHAT WUZ RORY DOING IN HENRY VIII'S ENSUITE???? I think I ship Henry/Rory now, just sayin' ...

4. The variety of disparate American regional accents kind of threw me a bit, but it was a cool hearing Matt Smith sound like a yank XD

5. A transgender horse ... named Susan. I now ship Susan/Arthur.

6. The revisited Time War angst is a nice throwback to the RTD era ... however it seems a bit out of place considering that the only time Eleven's seemed even remotely un-"meh"-y about it recently was a year ago, in The Doctor's Wife.

7. It would be nice if Eleven's merciless emo with Solomon last week and his almost!mercilessness with Kahler Jex were able to be cohesively joined into some sort of seasonal theme. Alas, sadly I think these links are destined to remain disparate.

8. "Give me a Dalek any day" - yes, Eleven, ~~Oswin~~ will be joining you soon =P

9. It's kind of funny, as my husband pointed out, that the cold-blooded-killing weapon hasn't actually deliberately killed anyone XD

10. I really couldn't bring myself to care much that Kahler Jex decided to blow up his spaceship. There was just something missing that didn't make him seem as heroic as he might otherwise have semeed. Idk. I just didn't "feel" this one too much.

I'd rank this one a "meh" out of 10.
kelkat9 on September 16th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
LOL I kept thinking about Cowboys and Aliens at the beginning of this! Agreed it was a Meh ep.
Katherine: TARDISspicandspan89 on September 16th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
"Firefly without the fire" is a very good descriptor! IDK what it was missing... it felt too rushed to me. Like the one-off characters weren't very well sketched, particularly the townspeople.

Lol some of the accents were pretty bad.

Susan/Arthur - I like this idea!

I like to think we are seeing Eleven getting progressively ~darker. It is Moffat at the helm, so we can of course expect some back-and-forth on this.

lol @ Eleven preferring a Dalek. He won't be singing that tune once he meets them again and won't be able to talk his way out of trouble.
Abbeyplace_to_hide on September 16th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Well and the Isaac character, kind of sounded like Adam Baldwin.

I just watched last week's episode. Dunno why but I looking for clues to how the ponds leave in the 5th ep. I got awfully suspicious of the conversation Eleven and Amy had towards the end. About who might out live who or whatever. When Amy said something to Eleven like he may live longer than she will. I was like... *GASP* Doesn't mean Amy dies does it? :/

wheatear: the doctor is sonicwheatear on September 16th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
I agree, it was the lack of continuity that really threw me off. I couldn't work out how the characterisation and moral dilemma presented in this episode related to the previous episode, or to the series arc in general.
Katie: it needs sayingkh1369 on September 16th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
I believe we're once again left to fill in the blanks with the Ponds here and assume some time has passed between episodes. I'm just kinda wondering how that went down - did Eleven call up the Ponds to have a chat, and were they like, "oh, hey, can you take us to the Day of the Dead? TARDIS travel service at our beck and call?"

I noticed the Gunsligher not actually killing anyone, too - even after explicitly saying he'd come back and kill everyone.

And I agree with your last point - like, he'd just been saying the night before that he was afraid of dying. I didn't see anything that would have given him enough character development to then go and take his own life 12 hours later. *shrugs*

Absolute "meh" on the ep. I'm just happy I wasn't angry over it.
fogsbluefogsblue on September 16th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
A transgender horse ... named Susan. I now ship Susan/Arthur.

I completely approve of this ship. It may become my new OTP ;D

So are they just occasionally being picked up and dropped off?

Very much wondering about this too... Especially given the preview of next weeks ep.
giallarhorn: Chuck/Nedgiallarhorn on September 18th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Moffat's lack of continuity with everything is really starting to stand out- like, Amy, didn't you just tell the Doctor that when he travels by himself for too long, Bad Things happen? And by the end of the episode...whoops, back home with the Ponds.

I love Time War Angst+the Doctor. IDK, that's just me though.