Series 1, Episode 1: "Rose"
The Plot, According to Me: Now this is a story all about how Rose Tyler's life got flipped upside down, and I'd like to take a minute so chill your nerves, because she meets the Doctor and helps him save the Earth.
My Opinion: For a first episode of a new series/reboot, it certainly worked for me in terms of being entertaining and introducing some basic concepts. (I did feel like if I didn't really have any background info then I'd be a tad confused about the Sonic Screwdriver, though.) I will fully admit that I didn't really find Christopher Eccleston as engaging as I would've hoped, but I acknowledge that it's a common complaint people have about the first series. Rose seemed fine enough, and the supporting cast was just alright to me, though I do feel like I could've gotten a better sense of everyone. One thing that seemed a bit strange about Rose to me is that it almost seemed like one second she was very confused about her situation, then a second later she would be hyper-competent. In terms of enjoyment, though, this didn't really get in the way. I thought it was fun. And, of course, I can't neglect to mention the glorious special effects. But, then, it's cheesy British sci-fi, so I really can't ask for more
- Trash cans don't burp!
- Chris noted that the man who had been obsessively tracking the Doctor didn't seem to have any pictures of any of his previous incarnations, which one would think he would have, especially considering that he knows him to be a Legacy Character (even if he was mistaken about how it works).
- The skin color of the alien who copied Rose's boyfriend keeps changing from shot to shot. Not even due to the lighting or anything, it just randomly gets lighter and darker on a whim.
Series 1, Episode 2: "The End of the World"
The Plot, According to Me: After busting their asses to save the Earth, Rose and the Doctor go over 5 million years into the future to watch it asplode. I think the moral of the story is plastic surgery makes you evil.
My Opinion: A perfect second episode, I'd say. Not only do we get a bit more backstory on the Doctor and learn a bit more about Rose's personality, but the series' main gimmick is fully taken advantage of, that being the TARDIS, showing exactly what the writers are able to do with the plots. It is a very navel gaze-y episode, and I don't think that it's a coincidence that they decided to dedicate an episode to the Earth's eventual end right after the protagonists prevented it from happening prematurely. I especially love the parts with Rose just contemplating about the situation, looking down at the Earth and realizing how insignificant the entirety of its history seems in the grand scheme of things. The episode's main plot was decent enough, with Cassandra being the perpetrator being a twist I legitimately did not see coming but didn't feel like it was too out of left field. I do feel like Rose's "The Reason You Suck" Speech that she gave her lays it on a bit thick, but it's whatever. Didn't really detract from the episode as a whole for me. I have to admit, though, the jukebox gag was immensely silly.
- Chris and I both had to wonder: Why the hell would you make it so that your only protection from the dangerous exploding star in front of you can be disabled with the click of a single button on a keyboard?!??
- I was a bit perturbed by the Doctor just letting Cassandra wither away like that. Maybe that was intentional? I dunno.
- The Steward reminded me of C3PO.
- Heh, Repeated Meme. That's clever.
Tune in next time for the next two episodes!
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Series 1, Episode 3: 'The Unquiet Dead'
The Plot According to Me: In Cardiff, England in 1869, there's some Scooby-Doo shenanigans going on (except real).
My Opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. The idea of combining ghost folklore and aliens is probably something I should have seen coming here, but it really did catch me off guard and thought it worked well. Wasn't too into the twist that JK WE'RE ACTUALLY EVIL, but I did like the solution that was used to defeat them. I love how Charles Dickens was integrated into the episode especially (I assume other Historical Domain Characters are used in a similar way?), and the way that they used aspects of his life that not many people probably know about just makes it even better. Kind of bittersweet how he becomes reinvigorated right before his death, though, but it works as an ending. It's like 2 in the morning right now and I'm kind of tired, so I'll probably have more insightful stuff to add once I've gotten some sleep and some time to let my thoughts settle.
None from Chris this time, since he fell asleep halfway through (since we started watching at about 12:45 AM).
- The scene with the Doctor and Dickens in the carriage was hilarious, especially, "I thought you were a fan." "Well, if you can't handle criticism..." That should be a meme if it isn't already.
- Before falling asleep, Chris noted that Gwyneth is played by someone from Torchwood whose character there is named Gwen. After looking at the recap page for this episode... "A young psychic maid named Gwyneth (identical relative of one Gwen Cooper)..." Well, how 'bout that.
- @ the scene where Rose and the Doctor are about to heroically sacrifice themselves trying to attack the possessed corpses: D'awww. Even though they've only known each other for like three days, but still d'awww.
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edited 3rd Aug '12 1:27:52 PM by Mort08