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I say thee verily, *shrug*

That was... ennnnh. I appreciate the loop back to "gee that was some mighty careless glossing over of that SLAVE RACE in 'The Impossible Planet' and 'The Satan Pit,' wasn't it?" And that was resolved well enough, but overall... I dunno.

A few nice bits (Donna gleeeing about new experiences and the Doctor basking in vicarious gleee), a few anvils plummeting from the sky (slavery=sweatshop=eeevil, although I did love Donna's snark about "So is that why you travel with humans? So you can slag off on us?"), and a dash of WTflyingF (hey, presto, human becomes Ood? Seriously?).

Overall, it feels like kind of a wash.

It's probably not a good sign how many times I was mostly thinking "Man, did Catherine Tate ever win the hair lottery."

Next challenge on the agenda: Making the Sontarans interesting. *beat* Um. Good luck with that.

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lyssie
Apr. 20th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
hahahah.

Everyone else on my flist is like "omgbesteveryay" from what I can tell (along with saying Satan Pit etc was complete crap).

Neither of these opinions actually make me want to watch it. ;)
wiliqueen
Apr. 20th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Really? Mine is pretty much wall-to-wall "meh." Mostly of the "Doctor-Donna interaction = yay, plot = wallpaper" variety. Which is pretty much where I'm at. *shrug*
kjaneway
Apr. 20th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
"Doctor-Donna interaction = yay, plot = wallpaper"

Mmm... yes. That's a pretty good description of the episode.
darkmagess
May. 10th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Seen this episode now.

I, umm, hmm.

I liked the part where Donna asked to hear the song and then almost as quickly asked him to take it away.

I don't get wtf turning that guy into a ood was supposed to prove. If what they were going for was "a taste of his own medicine" then that wasn't the way to do it. Nor did it achieve making him hear the song and understand, like Donna did. And somehow the little explanation about how some of them got red eye and some some got anger, but one got patience... I think I missed something in there. I have no idea what they were trying to tell me.

Creatures with brains on the outside = bad evolution. And I'm not sure that Donna's explanation made any sense at all.

They are completely vulnerable. Therefore, they are peaceful. Erk? If you had a very obvious weakness, wouldn't you instead develop a way to overcome that weakness or shield that weakness from a hostile universe?

I mean, humans are pretty damn vulnerable in all ways. We're slow, we have no armor, we're weak, we have no natural weapons, we have no camouflage. So instead, we made cars and planes and bullet-proof vests and tanks, and more weapons than you can shake a stick at. We made fire and built houses and put on clothes.

But the ood... they apparently sit around and hope nothing harmful comes along and then do whatever they're told to if it does. Wha?
wiliqueen
May. 11th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I liked the part where Donna asked to hear the song and then almost as quickly asked him to take it away.

It is just gorgeous, isn't it? I started tearing up. That seems to be the moment a lot of people fell in love with Donna, if they weren't already. That she not only had the courage to try, but to admit that it was too much for her.

And I'm not sure that Donna's explanation made any sense at all.

None of the explanations of pretty much anything made any sense at all. Not that I expect sensible science, or even skience, from Who, but this was just too much to swallow even for me. Even more so than "New Earth," which was pretty chock-full of WTF. I hate having to push through that much WTF to get to the nuggets of wow. :-/
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