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I've been saying all year that Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie have been one of best Doctor/companion duos in recent memory. Their chemistry is absolutely crackling, and this episode had some truly gut-wrenching and heartwarming scenes between Bill and the Doctor.

When the Doctor told Bill he was joining the Monks to save humanity, you could see and feel Bill's anguish. And when the Doctor told Bill that people like her are why he tolerates humanity, Bill's smile made you feel good all over.

Mackie and Capaldi are killing it...

Too bad the plot made no sense.

For a near-omnipotent extraterrestrial race, the Monks went down way too easy. Yeah, I got a fairly good answer to the "consent" question from last week, but a million other questions popped up in its place. To wit:

When the Monk scanned Bill on the boat, why didn't it recognize the linchpin of its invasion? And, as one critic pointed out, why are they allowing a precious asset like Bill to wander around in the first place?

Why couldn't the Monks stop the Doctor's aquatic battering ram after they stopped missiles and jet aircraft last week? Why wasn't the broadcast station better protected? (There should have been a thousand troops loyal to the Monks ready to blow anybody approaching the building to the gates of Hell.) And while I'm glad Bill's brain didn't get fried, I don't think the Power of Lurve ending worked nearly as well as it did in "Closing Time."

(I do think the regeneration was "too much." And a waste of life energy.)

There was no explanation as to why the Monks were interested in the Earth in the first place, and they did a piss-poor job defending their territory when the lie faded. The whole Monk invasion seemed strangely airless -- in a sense, almost abstract. Instead of an alien invasion, I felt I was watching an installation at the Museum of Modern Art entitled "Alien Invasion."

[cjlasky steps back to study the installation, strokes his chin and mutters "Interesting," then wanders off to find the Picassos.]

But if nothing else, we got some great Missy out of the episode. (Guess that was her in the vault after all. Huh.) Michelle Gomez keeps working new shades of ambiguity into what was once a two-dimensional supervillain. She's the best version of the Master since Derek Jacobi's oh-so-brief appearance in S3. (I'll leave it to expert Whovians to argue if she's the best since Delgado....)

Date: 2017-06-05 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, I have a fondness for John Simm's the Master.

I sort of ignored the plot, it was better than the previous week...the Missy/Doctor scenes did make up for it.

Question? Do you watch Doctor Who with your son? People keep telling me this is a kid's show in response to my critiques of plot, etc.

Date: 2017-06-06 01:10 am (UTC)
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Interesting...I was getting the same impression from a British online poster, who said s/he was worried that young boys were losing interest in the show and this would cost it in ratings...and it may get cancelled. The intended audience is apparently young boys, not their parents.

Although I didn't really watch as a kid either. It popped up for a bit in the 1970s, but I was 8 or 9 at the time, and thought it was too scary. Which is interesting, because I also found Space 1999, Star Trek, the Outer Limits, Night Gallery and Twilight Zone too scary...along with Dark Shadows. Watched them anyway. Best friend when I was a little kid loved horror and sci-fi horror, as did my grand-father.

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