Saturday, June 28, 2008

Oh, And...

Here's your Doctor Who discussion post for this week's US episode, "Forest of the Dead."

7 comments:

  1. All hyperbole aside, is Steven Moffat god?

    I loved how he could slip something as simple as "Doctor Moon" past me.

    A really simple story, some incredibly clever ideas, a genuinely scary monster, great guest cast, and tantalizing possibilities for the future.

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  2. Moffat most definitely has a high place in the Genre TV Writers' Pantheon. :)

    I actually think this is my least favorite of the Who stories is done so far, and it's still pretty brilliant.

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  3. "Girl in the Fireplace" is my personal favorite. "Blink" was probably a close second, but it loses a little something on repeat viewings. (Just a little something. The thrill of surprise, maybe.) And yes, ultimately I like "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" better. But really, two slightly less brilliant episodes out of six isn't too bad an average.

    And while the show overall has had some great guest casting, Moffat's stories always seem to particularly shine there.

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  4. This was an episode where you could not *blink* or you would miss something important. I thought it was fascinating. Such twists and turns.

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  5. Fred: Yes, that's about the order I'd put them in, too. And I have to agree about the casting, as well.

    Pop: Moffat really does like to write stories that require you to turn your brain on and pay attention. I thoroughly approve of this. :)

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  6. It was interesting that, once everyone was recovered from memory, they all were (or resembled) humans. In the first part, when we were told that the statues' faces were chosen to what were supposed to be the most pleasing for the viewer, I wondered if they ever would be green and scaly or purple with tentacles, or some such. (Maybe they were so focused on the plot this time that they forgot the costumes.)

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  7. Or they were out of budget...

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