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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
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Once Upon A Time "We Are Both" review/thoughts

This season is still good, but slightly confusing in places XD
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  1. "I will not listen to childcare lectures from a man who put his daughter in a box and shipped her to Maine." LOL.
  2. Regina's mom is really creepy. She clearly believes she's doing the right thing. Kind of ironic how Regina becomes so much worse of a person than even her mom seems to be, and how Regina was treated by Cora is mirrored by how Regina then in turn treats Henry. Henry is pretty much Regina (Kind of now wanting to see future dark!Henry)!
  3. "Are the nuns still nuns ... or can they, y'know, date?" SO SO SO WRONG.
  4. Speaking of which ... I kind of miss Amy Acker. I thought that the Dreamy episode was so lame, but I keep looking for her all the same =(
  6. Rumple's kind of creeping on Regina ... not so sure what that's about @.@ Guess we'll find out more soon?
  7. Also not sure what's up with Rumple being so violently upset about not being able to leave Storybrooke. I never got the sense that he particularly ... cared? And now he's standing at the border ... did he plan to leave?
  8. I thought that the mad hatter left the dimension? Not sure how he got back? He was so focused on finding his daughter that it surprises me a bit that we haven't seen her looking for him, or him trying to find her again now that she knows who she is.
  9. Awww Regina does have some redeeming qualities
  10. ... what happened to Pinocchio? =X
  11. OOH Cora!!! But I thought she was in a different dimension? (Is that what Rumple meant by "future" connection with their families? IDEK).

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Once Upon A Time "Broken" review/thoughts

OK so I wasn't going to liveblog this. But this episode is SO AWESOME so far ...

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1) So Mulan is my favorite Disney "princess." I just think she rocks and YAY for female empowerment. Not so sure how I feel about the love triangle we're working up to, as that's been done to death (unless the person she really loves is Aurora). I do like she's a HBIC in this ep and knows more than anyone else - I guess I'm just half-expecting the typical trope about the powerful-woman-having-to-pay-for-it-by-being-lonely. I hope we're in for a girl-girl OTP, even if it's just best friendship since Aurora and Mulan are so different from one another ... like Beaches except without the tearjerking ending! =D

2) That Gold/Belle kiss was HAWT. I don't even think Robert Carlisle is all that hot, but day-um .... It's funny how he's technically keeping his word to Belle while completely ignoring the intent of her request >.<

3) I already love the fairytale characters SO much more than their contemporary alter egos. Especially Snow and Charming. LOL @ her with the "one night stand" comment - he looked so shaken up! At least she didn't go and marry someone else.

4) I kind of like how torn Emma is feeling about knowing who her parents are now. All of this crap is finally real to her.

5) Wow, so Regina had a soul to be sucked by the wraith in the first place? XD I'm kidding ... I know she loves Henry (and it was sweet how touched she was that Henry wanted her safe).

6) Annnnnnd re Mulan, so she's willing to give her own life so that the man she loves can live out the rest of his life with another woman. How positively Eponine/Madame Butterfly/Miss Saigon. ALL THESE THINGS ARE SO CLEARLY WRITTEN BY MEN, I SWEAR!!!

7) Wow. So that whole hat thing didn't go well =X I can't say I saw that coming. Even Regina looked slightly horrified for a mo there.

8) I wonder if Ruby is going to turn into a wolf again.

9) I really liked how I had totally assumed that Mulan/Aurora/Philip was yet another flashback ... but it wasn't!!!!!! That's pretty damn cool.

All in all, infinitely better than most of Doctor Who this season XD I'll even forgive the momentary lapse into cis-female stereotypes. I wasn't the biggest fan of this show last season because I felt like it was still finding its feet, but I think it might get there this season!!
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The Power of Three review/thoughts

Very cute.
Loved Kay.
Made me think of a lot of Davies-era stuff.

More below ...

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1) Something about this really reminded me of Army of Ghosts ... strange things appearing all over the world. And the newcasters.

2) BRIAN COX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no "better man than you"!! <3 <3 <3 Seriously, I adore this guy.

3) So Amy is a kissogram, perfumer, model, travel writer ... I kind of wish it would stay consistent. I still can't figure her out. Nothing she does says anything about her.

4) Kay Stewart was such a nice tribute to the Brig ... that was really cool, and now I'm gonna get greedy and wish they'd do that more often. Although speaking of former companions, "is that all you can do, hover? a metal dog could do that" -- SO COLD!! Especially considering K9's sacrifics in School Reunion and the fact that he was instrumental in towing the earth back in Journey's End.

5) Restless!Doctor was a bit funny. Clearly everyone is wondering the extent to which Eleven and TenToo are likely to be similar XD Especially since I so want them to be similar with the reference to "because you were the first. the first face this face saw, and you're seared onto my hearts, amelia pond. You always will be. I'm running to you and Rory before you fade from me." (Although I wish Ten had shared the attitude about running towards Rose instead of away from her. That's the biggest problem with me shipping them - he didn't seem to WANT-to-want to be shipped).

(Actually wait a second ... Rose was the first face Ten saw, do you think it was Donna or Rose who was the first face TenToo saw? Does Donna count?)

On that note, I don't know how I feel about the whole "I don't travel to run away" thing. On the one hand, it's a great speech and I loved it --- on the other hand, that's not the Doctor, at least not in new Who. So ... nice but OOC. Or lying to himself. IDK.

Officially talking about Journey's End in this review more than about the episode at hand. Ahem.

6) I think it's funny that Amy commits to being a bridesmaid and that means she "has to stay" - but she didn't have that attitude with her own wedding.

7) BRIAN'S LOG lololololololol

8) "Not them. Never them." Famous last words...

9) So nobody's noticed this creepy kid sitting in the ER for days or weeks or months or whatever.

10) So they just leave the little kid sitting next to an active defibrillator LOLOLOL

11) So both the Chakri (sp?) and Toclafane are like Gallifreyan bogeymen stories, I guess?

12) D'aww ... the power of two =) ... or better with three =) -- cute ending.

So ... cute, and upflifting, but ... kinda discombobulated a bit? It just felt like there was a lot going on and there wasn't one unifying theme, I guess. Still, SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST WEEK!!

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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.
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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship review/thoughts


(although, funnily enough ...my husband said, "Not a good sign when Doctor Who starts taking creative tips from Snakes on a Plane" XD)

I actually really enjoyed this ep, ngl XD It was a fun romp.

And I **loved** the girl-power motif. So obviously not a Moffat episode.
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1. What's up with Nefertiti? If I were an Eleven/River shipper I'd be miffed. And if I were Amy Pond, I'd be WAY suspicious - when Nefertiti is prompting her to see if the Doctor is attached, Amy doesn't even mention "yeah he sorta married my daughter in an alternate timeline." Which I think just goes to show that Moffat - kind of like he intimated in The Big Book - doesn't consider them really properly married. ((OK, getting off soapbox now. I just like it when new canon backs my personal views up, ngl)).

2. I think it's cool that finally - FINALLY FINALLY - we are seeing the family of a companion in the Moffat era. And I love that Rory's dad kind of dresses like him. And thinks that piloting a spaceship is "better than golf" XD

3. I really don't know how to characterize the Eleven and Amy relationship at this point. I'd never gotten the impression they were particularly close, and now he just seems to dart in and out of her life pretty casually, like an annoying relative that asks to spend the night on your sofa.

4. BAD WOLF BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it really sad and lame and fangirly pathetic that I recognized it at first sight? XD

5. "And you Amy, are you also queen?"
    ((self-conscious pause))
    "Yes. Yes I am."
    .... I'm not sure I've ever liked Amy as much as I did when she said that XD

6. I love the bitchy robots XD WHO PEE OIL WHEN THEY'RE SCARED!!!!!! OMG LOLOLOL. Chris Chibnall, apology accepted for Hungry Earth/In Cold Blood XD

7. It's a really minor point, but I'm not sure how I feel about the re-use of the name "Solomon". Yeah it's biblical and all, but there are a TON of biblical names out there, and as fun as this episode is turning out to be, nothing is more beautiful than angsty!s3!Ten

8. Omg ... poor Silurians ... repeatedly massacred by Chris Chibnall in so many, many different ways =(

9. I still maintain that the music is weird as all hell this season.

10. I really liked how Indira was clearly not happy about having to make the decision to launch the missiles. The reaction shot was quite nice.

11. I loved -- LOVED -- the Eleven/Rory kiss. I don't care about the characterization here and the fact the Eleven woulda TOTALLY thought of defense systems on his own- it was priceless and I think kinda underscores the fact that the Doctor doesn't always think about kissing/sexuality/etc in the same context as humans -- which I really like to see on the show

12. I really liked Nefertiti. She was everything that someone like Reinette (in canon, at least), wasn't - determined to be in charge of her own destiny -- not just a victim to it -- and brave - she saved everyone, didn't just scream for help. Even when confronted with potential torture, she just stared him down - too proud and too good to ask for help, and determined to save others. I kinda fell in love with her a lil bit, ngl. And then she hooks up with what's-his-face at the end ... just because she can!!

13. Speaking of which ... do I even need to talk about the girl-power thing in here? Amy being a HBIC, unwilling to tolerate sexist crap, and Nefertiti ... and even Indira, who we didn't see a lot of, but who showed a lot of texture.

14. And Eleven just lets Solomon die. Dark, seriously. Very human of him ... I wish we saw more exploration of this, and I think it would be amazing characterization ... but given the current head writer, I don't think that likely at all. Still ... wow. Not sure he woulda done that if Solomon hadn't killed the tricerotops.

15. Omg. Rory's dad's greatest wish with all of time and space at his disposal was to ask to see Earth from above. Just the quiet, peaceful beauty of home. And how it inspires him to appreciate the beauty of home, and travel ... that's ... just ... just ...

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Asylum of the Daleks review/thoughts

OK so since I haven't TOTALLY fallen off the face of the planet ....
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1. Daleks have prison camps???? Since when? The fake!Dalek is pretty cool, however ... Daleks are impenetrable master fighters. They survive basically anything. They don't need a Trojan horse, let alone one that looks like a human. Cool morphing tho. And the concept of "nanogenes for Daleks" is pretty cool.

2. So I WAS going to say: "RORY AND AMY BROKE UP!!! THANK GOD." And I thought it was going towards somehting cathartic when he said he loved her more than she loved him, but then they needed to go into all the whole "I cannot bear children for my man and therefore must be less of a woman, so I must allow you to go off and procreate with someone else" bullshit. If I didn't know I was watching a Moffat episode, I'd know I was watching a Moffat episode.

2a. Speaking of characterization-thingies: when we last saw Rory and Amy at the end of TWORS, weren't they over the moon about Eleven being alive? Yet now they seem a bit casual, over-it and snarky.

3. Does the music in this ep strike anyone else as rather ... cinematic? It's rather un-Murray-Gold-y ...

4. "Sorry there weren't any good questions left." Never change, Rory <3

5. Re Clara, I wrote: "Oooh look the new companion! It's funny that Eleven asked 'how do you get the milk' bc I was thinking the same thing. It would be funny if she ended up being a Dalek too. She is brilliant after all. And rather flirty". AND OMG SHE WAS A DALEK!!!!!!!!!

6. At this point my former Whovian husband walked in and was like "You watching that garbage?" and then left XD He came back tho.

7. The egg thing was cute XD I like thinking of it as a Dalek with a stutter XD

8. Cool that she wiped the minds of ALL the Daleks ... which sort of mind-wipes a lot of NuWho angst. Not sure how I feel about that.

Now ... Eleven never SAW Clara, so is her entire companion run going to be a time loop? Just a thought, since I seem to be on a roll, and Moffat LOVES his time loops =P

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Review for the Doctor Who (audio)book "The Clockwise Man" (AKA "Girl in the Fireplace Lite")

I know that I usually put this stuff under SOME kind of a cut, but this time ... I just can't. I just kind of need to shout this from the e-rooftop.

* Historical episode
* European royalty
* Clockwork killers
* Creepy harlequin masks
* Getting stuck (briefly) on the slow path
* Jokes about "winding you up" etc

The big differences being ... ya know ... the characters are kind of IN CHARACTER, and even the monsters get some rather awesome characterization.



Moffat, have you honestly ever had an original thought in your head?

There's really nothing more that I can say without some major keysmashing at Moffat, who had nothing to do with this interesting little book. I enjoyed it. Lots of characters. Lots of battles. A bit swervy, and a little bit slow at times, but it was an intriguing story with what I think was a pretty awesome and uplifting ending. I can easily envision this story taking place in early season 1, after Aliens of London/World War Three. The Doctor and Rose are in that chummy new place, where they enjoy each others company but where his raw need for her (see Dalek) isn't so evident yet. I think I would have enjoyed this as an episode, and I think it has enough plot to even have been a two-parter.

And it proves, yet again, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Moffat is a (insert favorite descriptor here).
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Non-spoilery review for the Doctor Who (audio)book "Borrowed Time"

Another non-spoilery review, since most people won't have read/listened to this =)

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I enjoyed Borrowed Time for the most part (even though lol, rereading this review, it might not seem like it. I think that the utter awesomesauce-ness of The Silent Stars Go By kinda spoiled other Whoniverse books for me). The plot was a bit more ... heavy-handed? teeming with attempted metaphorical relevance to today's society? ... and I'm still not sure whether that amused me or annoyed me.

Characterization-wise, I think this one fell a bit short. It was hard to figure out where exactly it would be slotted in to the Eleventh Doctor era. Amy and Rory are married (which would indicate s6), but Rory's characterization seemed rather self-conscious in a way that was far more reminiscent of early s5 than of even late s5, let alone s6.

But the characterization of Amy is where things really deteriorated for me. Without giving away spoilers, something rather important to the story completely hinges on Amy doing something INCREDIBLY stupid and completely out of character for any time traveller. (Like, seriously, I think even Adam Mitchell from Dalek/The Long Game would be standing there frowning, all like "Um ... you sure you want to do that, bb? Seems a bit daft, ngl." Anyone on my Flist is probably aware of my innate dislike for Amy - but still. Way OOC. (So OOC, I'm suprised Moffat didn't jump on this yet as a plot point for her -- KIDDING!!! Sorta).

Anyways. It was entertaining despite the handwaving. Sometimes twisty, sometimes predictable. Certainly no The Silent Stars Go By, but I still enjoyed it.

Non-spoilery review for the Doctor Who (audio)book "The Silent Stars Go By"

Still putting it under a spoiler-cut though, although I don't address plot points because I know most of you guys won't have read this - rather, I focus on what made this audiobook awesome -- the characterization! =)

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I listened to the audiobook, which takes place at an unidentified time after Amy and Rory's wedding. I have a long commute and it's ~5 hours long so why not!

What I really liked - no, LOVED - about this audiobook was the characterization of Amy's relationship with Eleven. I think the show has really wanted us to take it for a given that Amy and Eleven share some sort of a close friendship, based on little comments she makes about 'knowing him' - like in The Doctor's Wife, when she tells him to be careful, or in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe when Eleven gets an inexplicably emotional tear when he sees her again. However, canonically, in the TV series, I honestly don't ~feel~ any indication of a close relationship at all. It should come as no surprise to you guys that I chock this up to Moffat's seeming disinterest with filling in characterization subtext with the same kinds of important little "applegrass moments" that RTD did with Ten. So the overall effect of Amy and Eleven to me comes off more like a weak association, rather than a strong bond.

But the audiobook does this beautifully!

Eleven and Amy banter!! They create inside jokes, and banter that really reinforces their friendship. They tease each other - Eleven teases Amy about her inability to remember the rather simple name of a certain alien species, and this turns into a running joke in the audiobook, with even the OCs joining in to poke a little fun at Amy. Amy in turn teases Eleven as well for his botched landings and other mishaps. The overall effect is that you have a pair of friends with an obvious long-standing camaraderie, where they can lightheartedly tease one another and share a common history. It's exactly the sort of thing I would have loved to see on the show! And when things invariably turn sour, these "applegrass moments" help to underscore Amy's anguish and worry about the Doctor - he's in trouble, she messes up the name of the alien species again ... but this time, he's not there to jokingly correct her. It's just a single, simple line, but the subtext is profound and as a result, it's actually quite moving. Would really like to see this under Moffat!***

Rory features in this audiobook as well, and all I'll really say about him is that it's nice to see the wheels turning in his head as you see him learn to be an independent problem solver on his own merits in this audiobook, as opposed to 'gee look how I've grown during 2000 years offscreen' =P This would have been awesome in canon as well! Again - wrltstum!!

All in all, great story, AWESOME characterization and a great plot - one that is more complex and far more nuanced than it might initially seem! As the reader/listener, you end up making some assumptions ... which may or may not be correct =) If you're anything like me, you'll pause it at the end and say "OOOOOHHH!! So that's why this happened the way it did!!"

Characterization + plot = profoundly impressed kilodalton!!

*** can I just abbreviate this as "wrltstum!!!" from now on? I have a feeling I'll be saying it a lot XD