Thursday, April 8th, 2010
This post contains spoilers for Criminal Minds S05E18 “The Fight”.
This post contains spoilers for Criminal Minds S05E18 “The Fight”.
I have just finished watching David Tennant’s very last Doctor Who episode. Spoilers for both parts of End of Time below.
End of Time was clearly the wrong name for this. It should have been called The Long Goodbye for obvious JUST DIE ALREADY reasons. This will likely be a highly unpopular opinion but the drawing out of the death was a little too much for me. Yes it was nice to get a LOOK WHAT THEY’RE DOING NOW sequence with all of Ten’s companions but on the whole I would have preferred the regeneration to take place right away.
BUT OH THE ANGST! I will miss you most of all. And “I don’t want to go”? Completely fitting. Ten seemed to be the one that was too attached to himself, too fond of his own cleverness, and I think that line was great, especially combined with the crazy moment where he had to choose to save Wilf or not and Wilf was all “shrug, okay, it’s fine if I die, I’m an old dog and all that, jolly good ride”. Thematically, it was a lovely bittersweet moment, and character-wise I think it was spot on.
More awesome Wilf-Doctor conversations, and lovely moments with the Master. I loled so hard when Ten was all strapped in and gagged, and then he called the Master beautiful and I was all JUST SNOG ALREADY. Lol.
Wilf, we did not see nearly enough of you, but you did get to be bad ass and shoot missiles with lasers like Chewy from Star Wars, so we’ll always have that. And Donna, you are still un-Donna and were terribly underused and WHY did we get the firey-brain bit if nothing came of it and it wasn’t important to the plot at all? UM WHUT? At least her fiance wasn’t aiding and abetting a space spider this time.
The plot overall was pretty lame, the Master Race and the pointless cactus people and Gallifrey rolling down upon Earth like the boulder in that Indiana Jones movie. And the goodbye was long and really broke the story for me. I would have preferred Ten regenerated in the plastic booth; I’m sure there are many ways These Are The Days of Your Life could have been inserted that didn’t involve all that time between being killed and actually dying. Almost everyone is bound to disagree with me on that, but BRING IT I WILL FIGHT YOU! :D
So begins the Moffat era. *crosses fingers*
I have only fifteen minutes so this is going to probably be a whirlwind of bullet points based on notes I took while watching. I have very little thoughtful commentary at this point because I have to let the whole thing steep a bit.
That was a lot of caps.
In general, I think there was probably too much going on, but I don’t have time to talk more about that because Christmas Continues and I have dinner to eat and family to hang with, so I must leave you with just lots of all caps and leave thoughtfulness for later.
Many major spoilers for the end of Dexter Season 4 (the one with the Trinity Killer) below.
Given this show has a twisty history unlike most others, I’m laying bets there’s a good chance it wasn’t Trinity who killed Rita. If it was, fine, but I’ll probably be a little disappointed, since typically nothing on this show is what it seems. I won’t be surprised if next year sometime we find out it was someone else, and they staged it to look like Trinity.
Rita was definitely stuffed in a fridge, and while I’ve never been really wild about Rita, her being fridged is a pretty good illustration of why I feel "meh" about her: the character has always been about the writers needing to put Dexter somewhere or make Dexter do something or complicate Dexter’s life. Rita’s pretty much always been a backboard to bounce Dexter off of and never a real character in her own right. I was honestly not at all surprised. As much as I like this show and as much as I like some of the female characters — especially Deb — the writing of Rita has always been full of fail.
I do wonder what kind of aftermath we’ll see, because ,while that’s not typically how fridging goes, the aftermath and Dexter dealing with suddenly being a single father of three might be the point in this particular case. And how is Dexter’s going to explain all this at work, because he has to report it and, whether Trinity killed her or not, it looks like he did; everyone’s going to be asking why, especially ’cause she doesn’t fit the pattern. Also, at some point won’t the Miller family talk about that Kyle Butler fellow that kept showing up and seemed to know something was up with Arthur? Talk yourself out of THAT one, Dexter Morgan. I double-dog dare you.
I hope the writers are setting up Deb to figure Dexter out next season, because I think that would be an interesting story to tell, and ’cause Deb is awesomecakes and I want lots more of her. Also it seems like they’re setting up the dominos in just that way, what with Deb figuring out about Dexter’s mom and all that.
Anyway. Good season finale. Looking forward to next year. I am already grumbly about having to wait so long.
First reactions: ZOMG AWESOME.
Coherent reactions: Honestly, I’ve been wondering and hoping we were going to get a crazy Ten arc (even a small one, which it looks like is all we get but I digress) because the build up with Runaway Bride then all of season four and even the little small things over the last two specials what with Ten refusing companionship… it just seemed to be heading in that direction. RTD, I am glad you do not disappoint or fake me out.
Ten has always been a little bit crazy in a way Nine wasn’t, especially since losing Rose the first time but even before that. The only thing that ever kept him sane were his companions, and what with this self-imposed loneliness over the last who knows how long, I’m not at all surprised to see him crack apart. The last ten minutes of this episode, watching him take on the laws of Time and abandon all his principles, was really excellent. And then his calm unrepentant arrogance with Adalaide at the end just before Time comes back and backhands him? Chilly. Oncoming storm indeed.
Adalaide was fantastic, and it was excellent to see him always running to keep up with her. From the time he lands on Mars, for maybe the first time in a long time, the Doctor isn’t in control and RTD played that beautifully. Every step of the way the Doctor is either battling with his own demons and completely unable to beat them down without someone, and even physically he’s constantly behind Adalaide, who has a date with fate and yet still manages to be in better control of the situation than the Doctor is.
His speech about fixed points and destiny? Really lovely. Inspiration and joy painted over sadness. Well delivered and well received. One of the things I love about this series is how most of the time the Doctor can change or meddle or adjust things except sometimes when it matters. Generally universes embrace one thing or the other, but this show manages to say that sometimes both are true and somehow that makes them both mean more. This special was about that, how some moments in time are necessary and important and unbreakable, and yet those are the ones he wants to change the most. You always want the thing you can’t have.
I kind of wish we could have more crazy Ten. I think a three or four episode arc of crazy Ten could be totally and completely awesome. But it doesn’t look like that’s what we’ll get, so I guess I have to be okay with ten minutes of it. Ten, I will miss your angst most of all. Who will lonely-eyes when you’re gone? I think maybe Ten invented angst. It’s probably an adventure we didn’t see. Someone fic it for me, ‘kay? :D
Also: unexpected Ood was unexpected. And weird. I’m assuming that will all make sense at Christmas, otherwise you can expect some sort of WTF OOD post at that point.
But ZOMG DONNA! I adore Donna. I want her back and I want her awesome so badly, and all throughout this episode all I could think of was how much the Doctor needed Donna. Not Rose, Donna. I hope somewhere Donna woke up and had an irrepressible urge to yell at someone.
And WILF! And platinum blond skeletor!Master. *cackles*