January 06, 2019

This is Getting Kind of Scary

"Yes Comrades, your IP addresses have been logged and your incorrect opinions have been noted."  

Of course I suppose it's possible that the BBC might have run a private screening for the critics and due, perhaps, to a software glitch, accidentally broadcast a blooper reel instead of the episode the critics saw.

I can't help but think though that a blooper reel would have gotten a higher core.

I haven't seen the episode but that dichotomy is, frankly, disturbing.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:30 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 It wasn't really awful, but it was *lame*, and it was a lame cap to a lame season that did have some true awfulness, and I suspect people are getting fed up with being told the only reason they don't like it is they're sexist/racist/whatever--possibly more so than with the crap we're being fed and told we should like.

Posted by: Rick C at Sun Jan 6 18:21:54 2019 (Iwkd4)

2 I've quite enjoyed this series. I've never really enjoyed Dr. Who before; not enough to watch a full series. Then again, although the ratings have been decent, I'm apparently out of step in liking the current series.

Posted by: Ben at Sun Jan 6 22:01:18 2019 (4TRZx)

3 Um, so, what did you like about it?


Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 03:46:54 2019 (tgyIO)

4 Hm. Not sure the best way to answer that, since I don't really want to do a full series review. Also, it's probably not fair to compare it to the little I've seen of Dr. Who, but it's hard to get away from that.

In fact, one of the things I liked most is that *I didn't need to know anything going into the series*. No one had to sit next to me while I hit pause and explain what this was or that was or what series or Dr. I needed to watch understand something. That was *immensely* satisfying, as it has been a problem for me trying to enjoy Dr. Who in the past. Maybe that makes this a "noob" series, which detracts from long-time fans' enjoyment...I can see that happening.

I like Jodie Whittaker as an actress, and I liked the character she played. What it has to do with previous portrayals of The Doctor Who character, I can't say. The supporting cast was fine; nothing really jumped out at me.
The look and design has been fun. There is a somewhat consistent vibrant look to everything that I think fits a light sci-fi/fantasy series. Speaking of which, the episodes in space and on other planets were by far my favorites, compared to the Earth time travel episodes. I read more than one person describe these episodes as "Quantum Dr. Who" or "Dr. Who Leap", which is a fair criticism. They were *mostly* enjoyable enough, but those episodes re-tread some oft-visited stories and plots...it's hard to do something new or interesting that way. Maybe Britons found it fresh; I know Gen-Xers in the U.S. didn't.

I haven't watched the last couple of episodes; maybe those will affect my enjoyment, but I though it was good, fun, light sci-fi. For the most part. And I like Jodie Whittaker. That's about it.

Posted by: Ben at Mon Jan 7 09:44:03 2019 (osxtX)

5 It's interesting to me that you didn't find older episodes as accessible.  I'm curious:  did you mostly previously watch older NuWho episodes, or first-run (the 60s-80s) ones?  I always thought the OG run was pretty easy to pick up on (my first episode was from the middle of Image of the Fendahl when I was a teen).  I suppose if your introduction was the newer show, with its season-long arcs, it could be harder to get into mid-season.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jan 7 10:36:50 2019 (Q/JG2)

6 Peter Davison, of whom I am a fan. I don't remember much from when I tried to watch. Screenshots online don't ring a bell. The "movie", which I liked a lot but I gather isn't regarded highly, and then I tried some Eccleston and Tennant. I liked both *characters*, but found the episodes I tried to watch almost inpenetrable. I caught some clips of the last guy and he seemed very angry and political, so I didn't try again.

Posted by: Ben at Mon Jan 7 11:57:53 2019 (pMvSF)

7 I thought the first episode was flawed but promising, and I liked Whittaker. It went downhill pretty fast for me, though, because of poor writing, dull visuals, and Very Special Episodes.

And, yes, Capaldi's episodes were mostly angry and college-student political.


Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 13:25:51 2019 (tgyIO)

8 I liked the angry, mostly, but not the politics.  I thought, frankly, that Capaldi was much closer to Classic Doctors in outlook/attitude/actions.  But the writing, it so often does, let us down.
Peter Davison was fun, but he had one drawback:  following the immensely popular Tom Baker.  Sometimes when they make major cast changes in a show, they make the remaining/new characters sort of go through hell to indicate to the audience that the show's changing, and I think the BBC did that with him.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jan 7 20:00:31 2019 (Iwkd4)

9 Nothing compares to Colin Baker's Doctor trying to murder his companion. In fairness, though, Peri was pretty awful...

Capaldi also got some really terrible scripts, to the point that his last season consisted mostly of suicide attempts. Maybe someday he can hire Fred Savage and do a "good parts" compilation. :-)


Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 7 20:32:37 2019 (tgyIO)

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