...And does Mr. Goddanm Batman says so much as ''Thanks''? OF COURSE not. That'd hardly be GRIM AND GRITTY, would it?
-DKU's Jim Gordon.
"It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison
Okay, FINALLY got caught up with my watching (I had to become unmoored from technology for a while since I was staying with my luddite mother over the Christmas holiday) and final verdict is......
A little too smaltzy. Yes, I know it's supposed to be a Christmas special but it was laid on a bit thick here to the point where it became sickly sweet.
There were some genuinely funny lines of dialogue and Lady Vastra, Jenny and Strax made great foils for the rest of the cast.
While Richard E. Grant is a good actor the man did FAR too much acting through his teeth here. His teeth were clenched when he delivered at least half his dialogue. Which just looked ridiculous.
There were some clever ideas but the villain was the GREAT INTELLIGENCE. C'mon! The GI was SCARY back in the day. Here it's... nothing. The only good thing here to give a little shiver was the 'ice governess' but when she started just repeating the Doctor's line over and over again she became less scary.
The fangirl in me loved the little touches like the Doctor dressing as Sherlock Holmes ("Talons of Weng Chi'ang"), the tin with the map of the London Underground circa 1967, and even the Doctor's battered stovepipe hat ("Power of the Daleks"... look it up.)
The fangirl in me though also had to niggle that this story actually contradicts elements of the Great Intelligence from both "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear".
And for goodness sake both "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear" exist as quite good audio dramas. Download them, check them out from your local library, buy them, do SOMETHING because even without the visuals the stories are QUITE good.... Well, okay, "The Web of Fear" absolutely DRAGS in the middle because it's padded as crap and it devolves into a lot of tunnel wandering that doesn't actually contribute anything to the story but the beginning and the end are really great stuff. "The Web of Fear" is particularly good because back in those days the GI had a bad habit of possessing people and it quickly becomes apparent that the Doctor and the dwindling army force trapped down in the underground (and yes, it is the ARMY NOT UNIT. UNIT shows up in "The Invasion".) have someone in their midst who is possessed by the GI. And for once the show does a darn good job of dragging red herrings across the path, keeping your guessing, and never revealing who the traitor is.
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"Your Silliness is noted." K-9
The more I learn the more I realize how little I know.
"Heads up-- If Havok's position in UA #5 really upset you, it's time to drown yourself hobo piss. Seriously, do it. It's the only solution." - Rick Remender
Sucks 200 character limit.
Finally saw it yesterday. I liked it. And I was surprised my how much I didn't miss Amy and Rory. While I had no problem with them, it was time to end that particular chapter. But I love how the show built off of said chapter, and the touch with the one word Clara had to say to get the Doctor to investigate.
I also like the idea of the Doctor no only having a companion but a team in Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. And, last but not least, I loved Clara the first time she appeared, love her now. She's just...fun, best way I can put it. Plucky without being annoying. I am looking forward to the mystery surrounding how she can exist, what, three times now?
So is the plan still to make this the last series with Matt Smith, and then the 2013 Christmas special will feature a story where he regenerates?
I have this idea for the next X-teme Games Gold Medal Event--Bear Tickling. Its like Bull riding but more X-treme! You are timed on how long you can tickle a bear before he attacks you.
Last edited by marshal99; 12-31-2012 at 08:08 AM.