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11 May 2013 @ 09:22 pm
Thoughts on Nightmare in Silver  
Wow haven't had time to do one of these in ages!! Not that I have the time now, mind, with a final on Monday but w/e lol

Anyway .... below the cut ...
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* my husband refused to watch this with me. Even though it's Neil Gaiman who he likes, he's given up
* honestly I thought it started off a bit slow =X
* why not have the kids sleep on the TARDIS? In order to get them in trouble later, of course XD I think it would have been better if they hadn't been wanting to leave - like if it had been the kids' idea to stay there overnight. As is, it feels plot-device-y bc well, it is
* why is what's-her-face mad at clara? Don't bite the hand that feeds you, or that let's you manipulate her into inviting you along for a trip. That little girl is seriously obnoxious.
* it is kind of funny tho that the person who gets in trouble is the one who DIDN'T wander off
* matt smith is a really good physical actor, it's a shame he doesn't get to do that more often
* i guess I still don't get why the hell Clara is interested in travelling with the Doctor. Rose wanted to escape her life (then fell in love), Jack was brOTP and kinda had to come along if he didn't want to go boom, Mickey wanted to prove himself, Martha was smitten, Astrid thought he was cute and was out of a job, Donna wanted to feel special, Lady Christina didn't want to get arrested, Amy wanted to run away, Rory wanted to be with Amy -- I understand why Eleven wants Clara to travel with him (mystery blah blah blah), but she doesn't seem to really WANT it. And she's seemed downright snarky re the TARDIS in previous episodes and ... I just don't get it. I like JLC but this is not compelling and feels just sort of there.
* i'm still bored
* lots of references to previous episodes, nice nod except ewwww @ the episodes I hate
* ok i'm bored again
* heh she does have a good read on him 'rather dying than saying' how he feels -- however, I feel bad for River/Doctor shippers. They're shipping Eleven/Clara pretty hard and River's not even dead yet .... this feels kinda John-Edwards-cheating-on-dying-Elizabeth-Edwards-kind-of-slimy =X I don't even ship River/Doctor and it bothers me ...
* the whole emperor subplot seemed kind of ... pointless. I'm sure it was meant to be meaningful I just can't bring myself to care.
* lovely skirt comment and salivating little grin =P Again, I feel bad for River/Doctor shippers.

In short ... meh
 
 
 
giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on May 14th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not sure why but the pacing for the entire ep felt really off and weird.

Urgh, the girl was really irritating. Like, I get that it's probably in character for her being a teenager and given everything that's happened to her, but still.

I guess Clara sees it kind of like a nice once a week trip out to see parts of the world? I guess that we were supposed to assume it was her desire to travel that drew her to him, but seeing how she keeps going back off, well, conflicting reports here?

Sidelining River feels strange since we spent...an entire season revolving around her and another building her up and now she's sort of out of the picture? I guess with the Ponds gone, it'd make it more difficult to integrate her back into the storyline, so.
kilodaltonkilodalton on May 14th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah agreed. I think Moffat is trying to overcorrect and be like "fans miss companions having a family - let's have Clara be devoted to hers, and they even come travel!!" ... it just doesn't feel right pacing-wise. Something is missing. (Like, why she wants to risk her life - is it the adventure? The desire to make things better? Is she hot for Eleven?) She just doesn't seem to like it, and it makes her much less compelling since nothing seems to drive her or inspire her.