Archive for July 24, 2010

With the big dramatic ending and the very heavy situation you might have expected something with high terror, and a tense as a person can get. The Big Bang delivered almost exactly the opposite.

Was there some tension? Sure, where there several live and death moments, yup. But on the whole The Big Bang is a totally uplifting and lighthearted story that is just plain fun.

It’s not what you would expect from a season finale, the tension isn’t from the saving of the universe, it comes afterwords and plays itself very well.

Arthur Darvill’s Rory nearly steals the first third of the episode, his scenes with the Amy and the Doctor are powerful and really make the episode in a lot of way. Most of the “heavy” time comes from it yet even so the writing is so good that it isn’t so heavy that we can’t deal with it.

Alex Kingston has a much smaller part, but that’s ok, she is not the focus of the episode and she does have one very memorable moment.

One attractive piece of the story is the fact that not everything is resolved. That gives us something to look forward to for next season.

One final thing about all of this there is a big discontinuity with the fifth Doctor Episode Mawdryn Undead that longtime fans will spot right off, but we’ll let the BBC handle that.

That last 10 minutes contain not only some of the most pleasant moments of the entire run and something takes place that has never ever happened in the whole 47 years.

I’d have to say The Pandorica Opens is slightly better but the difference is so slight as to be almost meaningless.

One last thought, this episode is 55 minutes long, The Pandorica is 50 minutes long, that leaves only 15 minutes in two hours for commercials so I expect they will do some cutting. Perhaps they will cut the opening credits in the 2nd episode to save a few but I will be very upset if they slice and dice this thing.

Rating *****

Last Episode: The Pandorica Opens

Next Episode: Only 5 months away!

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than what the hell is he good for?

The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed.

Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be “near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35”.

This is job of the president and the federal government. If they can’t figure that out then they have no business in the job, period!

memeorandum thread here.

Now if it is not true, then…nevermind. I’ll post updates when I know more.

Update: Confederate Yankee has done some leg work and it looks like it is not true, or at least not what it sounds like, so for now I will use the strike tag, If I get evidence in the other direction I will un-strike.

Update 2: This is going to the top of Memeorandum, in record time, bad sign as it appears false but on that topic Moonbattery makes a good point:

Is this really happening? Probably not (despite the upsurge in violence just over the border), but what’s even scarier than the heavily armed Los Zetas is that stories like this have become difficult to confirm or refute.

Without confirmation from some authority I’ve gotta assume false unless overwhelming evidence shows otherwise, and a lot of memeorandum hits doesn’t qualify as overwhelming evidence.

Update 3: The confederate yankee gets his own thread on memeorandum

Update 4: Looks Like I’m going to have to unstrike from this report.

Considering how much I liked the Lodger it would take an extraordinary episode to go higher in my ranking. The Pandorica Opens pulls it off. It is the single best episode in the entire 5th series.

The direct tie ins with previous episodes work very well. Alex Kingston not only gets an incredible array of interesting costumes (her final costume is in my mind stunning on her, particularly the hip hugging belt, it is absolutely unrevealing yet incredibly attractive, The perfect uniform for the character.) but show stealing scenes and scene stealing lines: “I hate good wizards in fairy tales, they always turn out to be him.“.

However everybody gets into the act, simply manic moments and lines such as:

The Doctor: “Look at me! I’m a target.”,

The Doctor: No, I’m missing something obvious, Rory! Something big, something right slap in front of me, I can feel it!
Rory Yeah, I think you probably are
The Doctor: I’ll get it in a minute.

The Doctor: Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.

Roman General: “I leave camp for one week and find out we’ve been hosting, Cleopatra who’s in Egypt…and Dead!”

And in case you think this is only comedy, the drama is so thick you can cut it with a knife, A lot of answers are provided in this episode but even more questions. It leaves you emotionally drained yet desperate for more. This episode is a dramatic tear jerker and an emotional roller coaster with sizzling aliens of every type for good measure. The cliff hanger is surpurb

It doesn’t get any better than this, but lucky for you it gets damn close.

Rating *****

Last Episode: The Lodger

Next Episode: The Big Bang

Doctor Who Series 5 Episode 11: The Lodger

Posted: July 24, 2010 by datechguy in doctor who
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After three weeks (of if you are watching today’s marathon 3 hours) of average or worse episodes The Lodger brings an incredible uptick in quality that is glorious.

The Doctor traces a time disturbance that is messing with the TARDIS to a building in Colchester where lives an ordinary bloke named Craig (played magnificently by James Corden) who is looking for a roommate. Craig is hopelessly in love with the fair Sophie (Daisy Haggard) and Daisy seems to fancy him too but neither one seems able to pull the trigger, Craig can’t bring himself to do it and Sophie keeps giving him the chance but neither can make themselves take the jump.

Meanwhile the Doctor is trying to imitate ordinary life and pass as an average single bloke, with incredibly comic results that drive Craig up the wall.

Everything about this episode works, from the bag of money to the football game, to the head butt of knowledge. The resolution is slightly corny but given the lead into it works much better than it really should.

Is it the best episode of the series? Nope, is it the one I enjoy watching the most? Yup.

Rating: *****

Last episode: Vincent and the Doctor

Next Episode: The Pandorica Opens

Update: This has nothing to do with the marathon but I liked it. What if Doctor who was American?

And does anyone else find it Ironic that the “Trust me I’m the Doctor.” scene showed in the BBC America promo was cut from The Eleventh Hour today?