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Ten Little Chances to be Free ([personal profile] tenlittlebullets) wrote2013-04-08 09:49 am

The Rings of Akhaten

Well, that... wanted to be a much better episode than it really was? It was cute. Eleven and Clara are adorbs. It also didn't even try to have a plot that made sense, which would be more forgivable if it didn't try to shove forward into a big melodramatic climax that I guess was supposed to give us lots of feelings, but it felt cheap and not earned at all and I was still too busy trying to figure out basic elements of the plot and what things were even supposed to mean. Most of which were never made clear at all. Not earning your big emotional climax is a bit of a stupid error to fall into when you have an entire subplot about using objects of personal value as currency, but then again maybe that's what Neil Cross was trying to do, cash in on our feelings about the show's history in a cheap and exploitative manner.

Also, Who fandom seems completely divided between "Murray Gold is awesome" and "Murray Gold should be dragged out back and shot for crimes against good taste," and I think this is the only time I've jumped ship into the latter camp since the choirs of angels sang Ten to his angsty drawn-out rest.

Perhaps I am being overly mean. It's just that I very very rarely outright dislike an episode of Who right after it airs, normally I am all over defending them and pointing out their redeeming qualities even if the execution was botched, and this time I just... can't. It's making me cranky.
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[personal profile] remindmeofthe 2013-04-08 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
So, for someone who was mostly bored with a touch of annoyance for Bells of St John . . . not really worth watching?

I think Moffat needs to recharge his creative batteries. And, in my fondest dreams, lrn2feminism, but that's never gonna happen.
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[personal profile] remindmeofthe 2013-04-08 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm. That does sound like it has stuff I'd like. And I was gonna watch it anyway, I'm not ready to ditch DW just yet. I just needed to know how much of a priority it should be.

Yeah, I agree. Moffat as a writer has always been inclined to go for the immediate visual spectacle and emotional wallop over telling an actual coherent story, and it's showing more and more. Something needs to be done before his era as showrunner jumps the shark.
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[personal profile] remindmeofthe 2013-04-09 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, so I watched the episode and - I don't know what happened? Like, I'm pretty sure the moral was AND EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT but that's what EVERY episode is about so I don't know why it needed a dramatic climax. Man, at this point I'm just watching this show because old and once-fulfilling habits die hard. Wake me up when the next showrunner takes over.