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Hooton sorta gets a Who

I've been pretty firmly in the 'Not Lovin' It' Camp for the current series of Doctor Who, but last night's 'The Hungry Earth' wasn't too bad in the sense that I didn't hurl things at the TV set or yell "WTF!" at any point. This was in large part due to Meera Syal who is awesome in all things (and who I will love forever as Smeeta Smitten, Showbiz Kitten) and Robert Pugh, who is a great character actor and whose appearance made me laugh because he's already died once in Torchwood and I fear that this episode does not bode well for him.

The episode was a bit exposition heavy and I find myself disliking Amy more and more (but conversely liking Rory) so if this two-parter could end with Amy's death and Rory becoming a constant worrying companion then I would be happy.

What? I find Amy to be a substandard mash-up of Rose and Martha and Karen Gillan is not selling her to me. Her delivery of lines that should be lump in the throat moments leaves me meh and I'm finding the constant smugitude to be a big turn off.

However the Silurian make-up was pretty good and I like the fact that for all Eleven's "The monsters are afraid of me" self big-upping, they're not actually that scared of him.

Of course, next week's Cold Blood will probably be a massive disappointment and I will have things ready to throw at the TV screen just in case.

In other news, it's looking like I may have to redraw the winner of my SISTERS RED competition as I haven't heard from the person selected by the Random Generator. I'm giving them until Monday night, but it's all a bit frustrating really.

Have almost finished another chapter of KYBS. Plan is to print it out tonight and take it to Monkeys tomorrow night for a read-through and final pencil mark-up (work permitting).

That will leave me with 3 more left to do (about 10,000 words).

Finally, congratulations to Blackpool Football Club who secured promotion to the Premiership next season and who were last among the top flight in 1971. Sad to say, you'll probably beat my team (Liverpool) at least once because they're playing like tossers, but it's still good to see a historic club come good again.

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momentsmusicaux
May. 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Funny, it's the one I liked the least. There was no feeling of getting into the story.
hooton
May. 25th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Meh. My low-point benchmark is the WWII Daleks and it was better than that for me.
sumitsays
May. 23rd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hm. I thought it was pretty awful - directionless, pointlessly frenetic, technobollocktastic and utterly devoid of sincere character beats. It reminded me of Torchwood, which I suppose is unsurprising given its provenance. (As far as I'm concerned, Chibnall's episodes of TW were poor even by that series' dismal standards. Which is really saying something.)

I sort of agree with you about Amy/Rory, but I blame the writing, not the acting. Neither was written true to what we've seen so far this series; and while Rory's sudden turn to competence could be taken as welcome, I can't say the same of Amy's transmogrification into unfunny scold/helpless damsel. One might almost be tempted to call genderfail...
wingsmith
May. 24th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kinda thought it was toss too. Which means the show, for me, is still pretty much obeying the one-in, one-out rule (if you take the last 2-parter as one ep)

First one great, second one bollocks, third pretty good, fourth shonktastic, fifth *owned* by toby jones, the last one dull, unevenly paced and well... pretty badly written.

Glad to hear KYBS is going well, when's the projected send-off?

hooton
May. 25th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Don't know. Have been stuffed on a few weeks at work owing to the Lib-Con thang. Am still aiming for end of June.
hooton
May. 25th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hm. I thought it was pretty awful - directionless, pointlessly frenetic, technobollocktastic and utterly devoid of sincere character beats.

I didn't think it was as bad as WWII Daleks and that's my absolute low point. It was slow but I liked that - it's allowing me to pretend to myself that there's going to be a pay off.

(As far as I'm concerned, Chibnall's episodes of TW were poor even by that series' dismal standards. Which is really saying something.)

I don't know which ones his episodes were, but then I thought that most of Crotchw00t was piss-poor anyway so expectations were sufficiently low.

I sort of agree with you about Amy/Rory, but I blame the writing, not the acting.

I think a large chunk is down to the writing (because it's pretty obvious what the writers are going for there), but last week Gillen should have sold me on the "do not want" line and it fell dismally flat (for me anyway). I am annoted by the scold/capture target that Amy has become though. She did have promise in the first episode but the Who producers/writers/directors all got caught up in the whole Isn't The Doctor Awesome thing and it makes anyone else seem bland in comparison.
thunderemerald
May. 24th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I like Karen Gillan enough that I really wish they'd written her a better character. She was sort of interesting when she had the weddingy cold-feet issues to deal with, but ever since the Doctor picked up Awesome Rory, she just sort of hangs back and is all "wtf-ever I wanna go to RIO ok bitchesssss."

Ugh. CHIBNALL.
hooton
May. 25th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Actually the short skirts really started to annoy me about Amy in the last episode because every time she steps out of the TARDIS I want to tell her to go and put something warm on before a wandering gynaecologist grabs her for a random pap smear.

I don't know if that's me being anti-Feminist or me rapidly approaching 40. I suspect the latter because they didn't bother me until they became so completely unpractical.

...

Oh God. I'm old.
thunderemerald
May. 26th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think it has little to do with age, and much to do with personality. I am annoyed with the short skirts for much the same reason.
lisagailgreen
May. 26th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
I've never watched Dr. Who which is weird because that seems like just the kind of show I'd probably like. Not sure if I should bother trying though - it sounds like it isn't that great and I only have so much time for TV!
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