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Is my reaction to Power of Three at all surprising?



Well, as per the first three episodes in this run, it's pretty much incoherent squee. So, no, nothing surprising there. Shall I mention, that (apparently oddly) some of my most favorite episodes are Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, and The Lodger? I didn't think it was possible, but this...this takes the best parts of both of those, and makes something else entirely new out of them.

Guys, if I do this quoting thing, I'm gonna quote the whole thing and not have anything remotely coherent to say about any of them.

Right. So on we go then:

- Brian Williams. Is. Awesome. Rory's dad; oh I love him to bits in this. The whole "what if they're bombs?" scene is amazing.

- "'Course I've got a job. What do you think we do when we're not with you?" "I imagine mostly kissing." LOL (Also, Rory in his pants.)

- Kate Stewart. Is. Awesome. Her entry is about the most fantastic thing ever. The way she commands attention and respect, but still has a hands-in-pockets nonchalance about her. Also, as an American, I love her accent. It sounds different than everyone else's--more posh, maybe? They did a good job making her sound Lethbridge-Stewart-y, if that makes sense. I kind of love her.

- "Twitter." The disgust of this line. Oh Eleven, I love you. He has some great lines in this episode, both comedic and dramatic. He's very "old school mystery solving Doctor" in this one.

- "Patience is for wimps!" *dies*

- "Did real life just get started?"

- Brian's log. Is. Awesome. His middle name is diligence, and don't mock his log.

- Hey, the red-nosed reindeer song again. They like this one.

- Creepy child has been imbibing melange! Or not. I can't quite figure out what the bad guys' motivations are in this. And yet I can't bring myself to care. It makes WAY more sense than The Lodger did, and I loved that one SO MUCH.

- Where's Rory's mom? Also, hey, June and the Ponds' wedding anniversty.

- OMG Zygons in the Savoy. Also, I LOVE Amy's dress. Also, Rory kisses the Doctor!

- Brian calls him on it. Because Brian is awesome. "What happened to the other people who traveled with you?" Poor Doctor. Never them, he says, as though he can promise that.

- The Doctor admitting he misses the Ponds. Making allowances. Staying, for them, instead of running. Just this once. And the whirlwind stops, and then catches up again.

- "And I am cream-crackered." HEARTS

- Fish custard. "I've run restaurants." HA this makes me think of that Fifth Doctor novel... the Crystal Bucephalus. So we all know how the Doctor's restaurant-running goes. About the same as the rest of his life, timey wimey with extra peril. [ALSO: EF YOU ElJay or Firefox or whatever is making any "edit" I do of this page pull up a fucking cached copy! So I add a new edit... to an older version that doesn't have my other edits... unless I remember to refresh the edit page. What the ever loving fuck?]

- Love the Amy and Rory domesticity. And the Doctor playing Wii tennis. And the repetition of the ulitmatum line. And "I had a metal dog could do that." And then the VoV-like meeting of excitement: "The cube in there just opened!" "Mine spiked me in the hand and took my pulse!" "Really! Mine fired laser bolts and now it's surfing the net!" "You'll never believe this. My cube, just moved. It rattled."

- "Also, ravens of death." "I like her." ME TOO.

- LOL chicken dance cube. So the cubes are collecting information. They're like, little sponges of information. And my brain goes immediately to: HOLY SHIT, IT'S THE DATA MINERS OF THE FUTURE. Monitor ALL the Things! They are way better at finding actionble information than network security monitors though.

- Aw, it's nice to see the softer, smarter side of the Brig. Science leads the way; so in spite of his bluster and predilection for weaponry, the Brig was not all muscle and no brains.

- The whole scene by the river. "They pull at each other. They pull at me, and the traveling is starting to feel like running away." And the fact that Amy and Rory are still part of the things he runs to, the things that flare and fade forever. Life in the TARDIS is timeless, but only the way two mirrors facing each other are infinite.

- "You're seared onto my hearts, Ameila Pond." Also, I'm married to your daughter.

- "Yeah you do, Pond." I love when he calls her Pond. LOVE.

- Of course it's a countdown. Well, why not minutes? They're using human numerals.

- What's with the seven portals thing? And man, lifts. Lifts that are closed off are alsway bad news. Together with Closing Time, they're 2 for 2 in "weird shit lives here".

- So the cubes open... inviting people to look at them? And then they send out an electrical signal to stop peoples' hearts?

- LOL, "Turn around, turn around, turn around!!!" Reminds me of Castrovalva and poor Tegan and Nyssa having to cart the Doctor around in a crazy wheelchair. "OW, Crikey Moses!" And "How do you people manage one heart? It is pitiful!" Amy's face when he yells at her...wait, I never do this but here:
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- Seven people, seven portals? What? Does this make any sense.... *watches anyway*

- "Oh my god." What is funny is if you go back to the RTD era and count how many times this phrase is used. Like in the Christmas special with the Sycorax. It's like, every other line. Seriously, I watched all of Eccleston's series in one night. All 13 episodes, and while I blithely had no clue about all the "Bad Wolf" references, I DID notice just how many times someone stares at something and says, "Oh my god." Here, Amy gets to say it about a creepy blue glowy girl. I don't know if Moff's era has just as many and I didn't notice it, or if this is just another subtle call back to RTD.

- "Welcome back, lefty!" LOL so very Tennant. "Never do that to me again."

- LOL bad CGI. But, through the looking glass. To find . . . Darth Vader without his helmet.

- What the hell is "the Tally"? Right, this bad guy is creeptastic but not particularly thought out very well. Okay, so let me parse this. These guys, the Shakri, exist through all of time and space, and every once in a while descend on planets to decide whether or not the inhabitants merit allowance to expand into space, or total extermination. They are some kind of Gallifreyan bedtime story. Good God, between that, Zagreus, and the Untempered Schism, it's a wonder all of them weren't as maladjusted as the Master.

- Oh, the sonic screwdriver is magic. Of course. "Run." And just this once, give him this one, everybody lives.

- "A kiss from a Lethbridge-Stewart. That is new." :D

- Swings to swing on... and Brian, who has to stay behind and water the plants.

- Next week . . . the last of the first run, and then no more Who until Christmas! Whatever will we do?



ETA: There is some discussion about next week in the comments... (I think only what can be gleaned from the trailer)

Date: 2012-09-23 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Apparently there are a couple of deleted scenes from S5 in which they allude to Rory having a stepmum and his parents having split. This may also explain why Rory's dad seems to have not been at the wedding or not met the Doctor while he was there, in any case.

Life in the TARDIS is timeless, but only the way two mirrors facing each other are infinite.

That is seriously really deep. And no, that was not a pun, that just happens when I talk, I'm sorry! O_O

"You're seared onto my hearts, Ameila Pond." Also, I'm married to your daughter.

Who was it who said he imprinted on her like a baby duck? Was that promethia or elisi or you? Anyway, not so very different from being married to her daughter.

I assume not minutes because the time from 7 to 6 was not a minute?

What will we do? Well, what I'm going to do is probably cry. And then fic. And then cry some more.

I really liked how they set it up like they were going to have to choose between "real life" and "Doctor life" and then in the end it was never really about that, it was about choosing to fit the people you love into your life however you can manage. Although I suppose they are going to have made some manner of final choice by the end of next week....

Date: 2012-09-23 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
That is seriously really deep. And no, that was not a pun, that just happens when I talk, I'm sorry! O_O

Ha, thanks :) I guess I just mean, timelessness is an illusion--unreachable. And the illusion only holds as long as you keep running. I thought about it a lot back when I wrote Walks Through Walls with Six and Erimem.

LOL I didn't say the baby duck line. That's pretty funny though ;D

Yes, back to the real choice. it was about choosing to fit the people you love into your life however you can manage. I really like this view of it. Stand this one up against Amy's Choice too; and it's definitely a more mature take on what matters. Oddly, the resolution is somewhat the same: Given options A and B, well, let's just choose option C. The Doctor: instant arbitrage.

Date: 2012-09-23 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
They did take option C, but it could have just been an, oh, the Doctor never lets people force choices on him sort of cop-out. But he really didn't like living in their house in linear time, even though he loves them, and the writers also acknowledged that if the Ponds go with him, not only are they giving up huge chunks of their real life, but they're risking a lot of danger. So it felt like an actually considered option C.

Date: 2012-09-23 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Am watching it right now....and of course reading your post.... Oh my gods...I'm just flailing here. Have no idea I will wait until next week let alone to the Christmas episode. Meep.


Edited to add:...HOLY. BAT. DREN.
Edited Date: 2012-09-23 02:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-23 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Ha, wasn't that fantastic?

Date: 2012-09-23 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Oh yes indeedy. i am however, completely verklempt ahead of time about next week's episode. Meep.

Date: 2012-09-23 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this episode - really really. And once I finished watching, I realized that I will be on a plane next Saturday to Toronto and am not taking my computer (The Doctor), but Rose Tyler (iPad) is coming along but holy crap I won't see the final episode of this set until a week and a half after it airs. I will be viciously avoiding all spoilery spoilers.

Also, one thing that I didn't see in this episode but expected to -- and maybe I just missed it -- was a flickering light at some point. Did I miss it? Did you see one? In every episode so far this series, there's been an instance at some point of a flickering light (first ep: Amy's makeup area, flickering light Brian is fixing as examples). I am taking these to be little foreshadowings of the fact that scary Weeping Angels are coming and that these are *gasp* maybe little clues that next week's ep is going to be a major major besides the obvious "last Rory and Amy".

Speaking of....honestly, I really hope that they don't get sent back and trapped in past time without at least saying goodbye properly to Brian and the Doctor ... but it sounds like maybe something heartbreaking will happen because of the time spent in this episode on how it'll be "never them". A wise Nine once said, "never say never-ever"....so I am really dreading the fact that because I still bawl at Army of Ghosts/Doomsday even though I've seen it a dozen times, next week's ep has the potential to be devastating.

Date: 2012-09-23 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Oh my, that's gonna be a tough week point five!

Flickering lights... Well the lights did go out in the Tower of London, but they didn't flicker.

Speaking of....honestly, I really hope that they don't get sent back and trapped in past time without at least saying goodbye properly to Brian and the Doctor ... but it sounds like maybe something heartbreaking will happen because of the time spent in this episode on how it'll be "never them". A wise Nine once said, "never say never-ever"....so I am really dreading the fact that because I still bawl at Army of Ghosts/Doomsday even though I've seen it a dozen times, next week's ep has the potential to be devastating.

I am pretty zen about next week. I am pretty sure Moffat won't give Amy and Rory a bad ending. I kind of hope that Amy's storytelling in this one is telling stories to her and Rory's kids. So maybe they get sent back in time, but only from the Doctor's perspective, in that they get sent back in time to their contemporary time? So, somehow, timey-wimey being what it is, the Doctor can't go back and see them but they live out their lives as they would have.

Um. I hope. Man, thinking about it is now making me more nervous. Also I'm not a huge fan of the Weeping Angels--but this whole series has been pretty good so far, so hopefully it won't end on a bad note. :(

Date: 2012-09-23 11:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aurora-novarum.livejournal.com
I think the lights flickered in the hospital when the little girl robot started to activate and that one patient was killed by the cube men...but I may not be remembering exactly.

I didn't pick up that there's been one every episode, but there has, hasn't there?! They've woven them in so well to the immediate plot...

Date: 2012-09-23 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
I'm just thankful there's been something for me to sleuth Bad Wolf-style. Last season really didn't have much we could speculate on....

Yes, I think the lights flickered as you said, and then definitely at Tower of London, but I attributed that power outage to the electrical spike of the cubes starting to zap people.

Yay and FREAKY.

Date: 2012-09-23 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
FAR. MORE. COHERENT than I!!

OMG. THE LOVE FOR THIS. THE LOOOOOOVVVEEEEE.

I want Next Week to be over. But never happen. I wanna see so bad, but...I'm so terrified!!

*SOBS*

*CLINGS*

Date: 2012-09-23 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Well I suppose all we can do is hope things will be okay, and that Moffat is not evil. I'd like to think that we can get a heartbreaking ending that still gives Amy and Rory a chance for a normal life. *crosses fingers*

Date: 2012-09-23 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeynoir.livejournal.com
*inchoherent noises of agreement* Everything is Doctor Who and nothing hurts.

They are some kind of Gallifreyan bedtime story. Good God, between that, Zagreus, and the Untempered Schism, it's a wonder all of them weren't as maladjusted as the Master.
This. Seriously.

Date: 2012-09-24 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Oh, ha, let us not forget the Toclafane as well. Time Lords, WTF???

Date: 2012-09-24 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeynoir.livejournal.com
Ffff, yes! No wonder the Doctor substituted those stories for "The Emperor Dalek's New Clothes".

Date: 2012-09-23 04:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lost_spook
I'd seen kate's name in DWM and never even twigged until the Doctor said. That was such a lovely thing. I didn't even get annoyed at Chris Chibnall at all (and usually I have to deactivate my brain to avoid that). It was pretty adorable and the plot was irrelevant. Which was a good thing in this case.

:-)

Date: 2012-09-24 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
I didn't think about it until someone mentioned it on LJ and then I was like, "Oh, that would be nice." And it was so! :D

Date: 2012-09-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
ext_3557: annerb icon with scenes of all team variations, my OTP (DW My Boys)
From: [identity profile] aurora-novarum.livejournal.com
I loved so many of the scenes and moments of this episode...in fact I forgot how much of the moments I was enjoying until I read your real time reaction.

I think the build up to the boxes ended up making me disappointed when we got introduced to the Tally, they just seemed to be some brush off villain who disappeared as quickly as they were introduced to finish up the plot and get back to the character storyline--I admit I was more interested in that part of the tale, but still...

That said, I could've watched them sitting watching telly and eating fish fingers and custard all day. So...

Date: 2012-09-24 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Ha, well to be fair, this was my typing upon second or third watch; the first time through I just watched with no pausing and typing :)

I think the boxes didn't really follow through as well as they could have. But I do like the idea of them being passive monitors. But why the weird drone child and the strange-mouthed orderlies? Why did they knock people out and then just keep them on the ship? I have to not think about it...

Date: 2012-09-25 09:26 pm (UTC)
ext_3557: annerb icon with scenes of all team variations, my OTP (DW River Song)
From: [identity profile] aurora-novarum.livejournal.com
Yes, those were my questions, but I've realized that if the choice3 was answering those questions or watching them play Wii, vidblog, and eat fish fingers and custard, I'll choose option B.

Date: 2012-09-25 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
I love this review, but forgive me if I'm repeating - I can't look at the comments because I don't even watch trailers (and people have already spoiled me in their goddamn reviews, ARGH, I just, ARGH! Not you, but. Anyway so I'm ultra paranoid). Anyway we just finished watching this and the one problem we had was that it wasn't where everyone lived! All those people on the spaceship presumably got blown up. We can't figure out why there were weird venty-mouth people and people being held in stasis. And then they all got blew up presumably?

Other than that I really did like it, especially KATE STEWART OMG. <3

Date: 2012-09-25 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
I especially put the warning there at the end for you b/c I know you don't watch trailers. I thought some folks may have died on the ship but--the Doctor does tell Amy and Rory to get all the people out while he's squaring off against Darth Vader the Shakri. So I count those persons as survivors.

No idea about the weird-mouthed dudes or the creepy girl. I think they are just... there. I think in the script meeting for this ep they said, "Hm, we like this, Chris, but we've only got 40 minutes. So we can make either the plot OR the character arc make sense."

Date: 2012-09-26 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
You are the sweetest! Seriously, that just made my day.

You're probably right about them getting all the people out, which is great. Makes me happy. :)

It was really a character piece, which is fine...just a little silly they left in random plot elements!

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