Saturday, April 30, 2011


"I also do balloon animals and impressions."
"How long do you think?"
"As long as there's been something in the corner of your eye or creaking in your house or breathing or breathing under your bed or voices through a wall. They've been running your lives for a very long time now so keep this straight in your head--we are not fighting an alien invasion. We're leading a revolution." And today the battle begin."

1) Just as Canton is a mega-cool good guy, he's a mega-cool bad-guy....which makes the switch in the pre-credit sequence work so. Amazingly. Well. It's prolly why we needed an actor like Mark Shepherd to play him.

2) I don't think I've ever seen a bearded Doctor before...and I have to admit, I kinda like it. Sort of emphasizes his man-out-of-timedness and explorer sensibilities.

3) Okay...I'm seriously crushing on Amy getting her Scully on....

4) It wasn't the window dressing of that orphanage that creeped me was the performance of Kerry Shale, who really conveys the sense of lost time...lots of lost time.

5) All these little fiddly bits--the nano-recorders, the marks (which I have to think are a subtle call-back/homage to "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit") all contribute to building the suspense for the sequences involving The Silent.  Hell, every little fiddly bit has a purpose, whether plotwise or, as in the case of Rory's mini-arc in this episode, character-wise.

6) Moffat may very well be the one of only two producers--the other one was Philip Hinchcliffe--who understands that Who works best when it has one foot in the realm of horror and exploits that realization to its fullest. After four years of Davies' goulash of smuttiness, low comedy and Buffy worship, it's a relief.

Rory's gone all Republican...and he ain't taking your shit
7) I will say this again--and I believe it even more after his 'I'm always coming for her' speech...Arthur Darvill is this show's secret weapon.

8) Okay, now I understand why they cast Stuart Milligan as Richard Nixon...he actually managed to capture that weird anti-charisma charisma that president had, and puts it too good use in his scenes.

9) I like how we're seeing The Doctor's romantic feelings for River slowly growing...the actual flirting we're seeing comes off as genuine, and it works to remind us that Moffat has a much, much larger tapestry he's weaving here.

And it's not the only thing that drives home how massive the story is Moffat ultimately wants to tell.

"Wait a minute....Mulder?"
(Shut up....even here, she's cute!)
10) there's something very pulpy in the way The Doctor resolves the Silent mystery....Hell, it's the sort of solution I can easily see Doc Savage pulling off.

In short...this more than makes up for the somewhat shaky start of this story...and the plot threads that are being laid down are very tasty. Granted, not as tasty as prospect of Pirate Amy next week, but....

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