Once Upon a Time “The Doctor”

First off-this episode is just silly.  There is no reason to take it as anything but fanfic, as far as I can see.  However, since it is officially cannon, here are some things that can be gleaned from it.

SPOILER LESSONS

1. Either Europe is a  whole different world from the U.S. in this show, or Frankenstein’s from a parallel Europe, where I presume there are also vampires, werewolves, and Dracula.  Maybe a third season will bring us Van Helsing for next Halloween.

 

2. Regina must have very intermittent filing skills, cause though in this episode she claims she has no idea which heart is whose, last season she went straight to the heart belonging to Graham, knowing exactly where it was and who it belonged to when she killed him.

 

3. Speaking of baby-sitting, apparently Charming thinks horses make excellent baby-sitters so he doesn’t actually have to watch Henry.

 

4. It seems we’ve reached Pirates of the Caribbean territory with this magical compass business.  Maybe the giant has a pet kraken here.

 

5. Obviously, when one realizes one’s true love is really gone, the first thing they do upon leaving the body is to go shopping for black leathery outfits.  Right on.

 

6. So, the king just lets Regina wander off with Rumplestiltskin?  She had the wedding in there somewhere between agreeing to study magic with Rumple and what we saw this week, though she’s dressed the same and acting the same in the beginning?  What exactly does he think she’s doing?  He suddenly doesn’t care about having her around to grace his court and look her part, the way he seemed to like having it in the genie episode?  He doesn’t care about not having his new bride physically around right after they were married?  Also, he wasn’t planning on taking her on a honeymoon, apparently?  This is post that?  This timeline just throws everything hella off.

 

7. It doesn’t occur to anybody that the reason bringing people back from the dead with this procedure is that it’s with THE WRONG HEART?  Get the right heart to the right person-maybe it’ll work out right.

 

8. When we get truly to the Pirates of the Caribbean stuff, I want Johnny Depp.  Just sayin’.

 

Doctor Who “Angels Take Manhattan”

*STAMPS APPROVAL*  (Small print states there will be spoilers ahead)

 

I love, love, love the opening sequence.  Sassy detectives and the noir 30s style set off weeping angels to perfection.  The entire book framework was brilliant, gave this episode a choose-your-own-adventre-novel feel, and did glorious things for the semi-romantic relationship of Doctor and River.  Speaking of River, the detective atmosphere became her excellent well, also.  The pacing of the episode was marvelous, in contrast to the rest of this season.  It went so fast I was wishing for more time at the end of the paradox, but felt the final moments had enough space without getting ham-fisted.  Granted, they went with the most foreseeable ending for Rory and Amy considering it’s a weeping angels story, as opposed to something more subtle, but they did it so well!

 

This episode was indubitably the best this season.

 

Now that’s clear, can we discuss the Doctor’s selfishness?  I’m not saying it’s necessarily bad that he’s displaying such selfishness, but it’s definitely there!  He’d rather have Amy stay with him than be happy with Rory-that’s the underlying theme of his actions this episode.  It seemed clear to me that his main reason for not trying to create a paradox wasn’t doubt, but rather the knowledge that if Amelia’s last farewell isn’t to Rory, than it must be to him, and he’d rather let Rory go.  It’s not just denial and depression-which already puts a lot of pressure on those around him, it’s that calculated.

 

Quibbles:

I was slightly irked at how long no one looked at the Statue of Liberty without it getting any closer, defying the thrill of these opponents, but have since decided that the Statue of Liberty’s size just slows her down when it comes to actually bending her head/mouth instead of just gliding to a certain location.

I really wanted Rory and Amy to have at least a slight kiss before leaping.  I mean, it’s their romantic farewell episode, they can’t even get a decent snog in?

If River can send the book to Amy to get published, can’t they send her other messages, too?

What are they doing with go tell my little-girl-self how my story ends?  That just seems like a terrible, terrible idea for all possible reasons.  In my head this episode ended before that part.

Downton Abbey 3×2

The season proceeds apace!

 

Spoilers:

1. I’m not sure about this whole Edith/Anthony thing.  I think it’s clear Edith would be happy with anything that got her attention, her own house, validity.  Does Anthony still really like her now that she’s being all brazen and managing with him instead of listening and letting her teach her stuff?  I suppose there’ s no real reason why not, but it’d have been good to.. ya know, actually see something else they get from each other.  Also, I’m worried about Anthony’s survival.  He’s always saying things about his age and survival and it feels jinxing.

-On a side note, what the hell with Crawley?  His daughter’s about to be poor and turned out of her house, he has no business turning away any suitors, let alone well off ones with titles.  It’s just silly.  Let Mrs. Bennet at him!

 

2. The Valet Wars commence!  The move with the evening shirts stepped over a line as it got the upstairs folk involved, though.  Less fun that way.

 

3. I love the hair plumes and trinkets this episode!

 

4. I love Mrs. Hughes’ views on life and stiff upper lip.  I salute her.

 

5. Bates ALWAYS chooses the worst possible, least logical times to get aggressive.  You have to live with this person, you have to fall asleep, there’s no real reason to bother in his business…just stop it.  It shows very clearly his trend of being noble when it just causes trouble and hostile when it’ll be most disastrous.  I’m kindof done with his character.  I still do approve of Anna, though.

 

6. I dearly want Carson to get accidentally picked up by the Doctor or something and find himself in Ancient Rome.  Everyone’s lounging on couches!  Punch!  Augh!  If he survives the culture shock of the first few weeks he’d fit right in and doubtless wind up in politics via attaching himself to political people.  Someone needs to write this fanfic.  Pretty please?? With an orgy on the side?

 

7.  Maggie Smith is hilarious when she’s trying to be diplomatic.

 

8. There should always be insults about clothing that affect both downstairs and upstairs!  It’s been a trend so far this season, and I’d like to see all the reasons they could come up with to continue.  Perhaps someone will attend Edith’s wedding looking as if they’re at a funeral?  Or a woman’s stocking will wind up showing inappropriately, to bring them in on this?  Ruined plumes?

Doctor Who “Asylum of the Daleks”

Okay, here’s the thing: ( SPOILERS)

 

If Oswin is brought back to be a companion, as it seems she undoubtedly will, how can that not cheapen the primary effect of this episode?  I loved her, I love the idea of seeing more of her, the actress did things brilliantly, but-my favorite part was definitely the depth and impact of the not-totally-surprising twist.  If that is going to be taken away then I lose my favorite thing about this episode.  It leaves me very confused.  If it weren’t for knowing she’d be brought back I’d at least know for sure that I loved this episode, until the actress returns, at any rate.  Please, guys, don’t ruin this!

 

Also, this episode is the first time I have been fully on-board with Matt Smith as the Doctor.  My main complaint about him was always that he seemed too young-the doctors I’d seen before him all shared a feeling of age, of bitterness, of a certain bright and brilliant-edged despair, that Smith always lacked.  Until now.  For that, I applaud him.

 

So, how did Oswin manage to broadcast Carmen music?  Does she just remember it that well?  It’s clearly established that she’s got the willpower to push her thoughts to override the dalek mindwaves, but this seemed to be broadcast outside of that only.  How did that work?  If you happen to have been fitted into a personal-machine can you just morph yourself a music player if you wish hard enough?

 

Now, onto the other thing: no matter how noble Amy was deciding to be about giving Rory up, how do we believe that Rory would actually go?  As the man says, 2,000 YEARS WAITING OUTSIDE A BOX.  He’s supposed to just go because she’s throwing a fit at him (which to be honest has happened before and never driven him off), without even finding out the reason?  Because it seems like he just didn’t know why.  If Amy told him a lie about why she wanted him gone, it should’ve come up in there, yet none did.  It’s clear she hadn’t told him the real reason before.  We’re supposed to believe Rory just left  Amy Pond without even a good reason after all that other shit and jealousy and actual potential reasons for leaving her that he’s weathered before???  And not only left, but conceded to, even advocated, a divorce?  WITHOUT EVEN GETTING A REASON?  I know I don’t.  Two thousand years, guys.  Waiting.  Outside a box.  Rory Williams does. not. leave.  Besides, indomitable Amy Pond would’ve come up with something to tell him-or at least throw at him, so he thought he knew why.  That absent cover-reason just throws off the whole thing.  Cover-reasons, Moffat!  Tell me you at least had one and just cut it for time.