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"Aftermath Part 2"

This issue is somewhat misnamed. Aftermath Part 1 focused on the immediate fallout of AoX, but this issue focused my attention more on how these character have matured since they were first introduced.  A more appropriate title would be "Where Bad Seeds Turn Good".

 

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Sorry folks, it's been a busy week and I never found the time to post this first one.

The Doctor's Wife

*big goofy grin*

Called it.  *checks date*  Almost four years ago to the day I posted a fanfic about the TARDIS being a communication-impaired Goddess who stole away with a Time Lord.  Not that I'm saying Neil Gaiman stole the idea from me, or even that no one else had had it beforehand.  Some ideas are simply too beautiful not to be true.  It was wonderful to see what an expert writer could do with the notion.

Lovely story.  Bittersweet, in the way that most NuWho has been.  More sweet that bitter, in the way that most Moffet-Who has been.  One could play a great game of "spot the Classic Who and Big Finish references" with this episode, and I'm sure someone else has already posted that.   I loved the way the Doctor and the TARDIS bickered like an old married couple.

And yes Rory, of course the Doctor has a room.  But it's lonely there, and sometimes fills up with ghosts.  It's much nicer to stay in her room.

The Rebel Flesh

Last night we watched Men in Black, a very clever ripoff of a whole bunch of earlier works.  It's like The Rebel Flesh only not, because while The Rebel Flesh also rips off a whole bunch of earlier works it's not the least bit clever.

For starters there's a helluva lot of Star Trek in this episode.  The structure is the same one used for most of the C-level plots from Star Trek Classic:  there's a threat to the dilithium crystals TARDIS that is coincidentally concurrent with one or more otherwise minor problems that the crew have to attend to nearby blowing the danger level all out of proportion because the writer couldn't be arsed to come up with a decent storyline.  The antagonists look exactly like and have similar abilities to  the sheriff from Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine;  Odo, was that his name?  And then there's the whole, "The monster isn't really a monster; it's just that some stupid humans are where they are not supposed to be, doing something they shouldn't be doing without either finding out what's really going on or obtaining permission" trope that was first done and best done in Star Trek's genuine classic episode The Devil in the Dark.  (Seriously you need to watch that one even if you never watch another episode in your life.  It's one of two Star Trek Classic episodes that out-Doctor Who Doctor Who.)

The WTF-ness of this episode reaches epic proportions.  How come mere solar flares were able to upset the TARDIS?  What was that acid they were mining?  Why didn't the Doctor tell them, "That's a Sontaran clone tank; the creatures that come out of it are sentient, sapient, and intelligent."?  There were some nice character moments and the acting was top-notch, but there's no excuse for doing a plot like this in 2011.  It's understandable to tell a bad story while trying something new, but telling a bad story that follows a  45 year old formula for bad stories is asking to be mocked.
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60s haunted house movies + 90s alien conspiracy paranoia + a TARDIS = made of Win.

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This isn't going to be one of my long essays yet.  I have to wait for until I find all the pieces of my exploded brain for that.

Clearly someone told Moffet he couldn't possibly top what he had already done.

Clearly he took that as a challenge.

THANK YOU!

But for the benefit of those fans worrying over the ending...

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I was having a conversation about the meta in X-Men Legacy on Mike Carey's forum.  Unfortunately that forum seems to be crippleware now,  so I'm posting a synopsis here if anyone's interested.
 

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Hello again, here's the second installment of Shatterstar in X-Factor.  Shatterstar was a gay teenage superhero-entertainer created by Marvel in the 1990s who recently got brought back with a Barrowman/"Captain Jack"-based makeover, that was believable given the character's history and that's proven highly popular with the fans.  I covered his return and reunion with his old boyfriend Julio Richter here.  This is what the guys have been up to since then, including their first argument serious discussion.

WARNINGS FOR MODERATE GORE AND MILD NUDITY.

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(I still lack auto-formatting. Grr.)

Merlin Hunt!Fail: Introduction (Note to Fanon) and Physics 101

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Sorry to be late with this.  Life's been extremely bus lately.  Owl is crawling and standing up for whole seconds at a time and basically getting into everything, and on top of that I have Uther-fic crowding into my brain which must wait until after I've watched the last episode.  On with the meta....

We all realize by now that the Pendragons are a dysfunctional family.  Since Daddy Pendragon is also a Dark Age King a.k.a. absolute military dictator a.k.a. tyrant, that means Camelot is a dysfunctional kingdom.  This episode focuses on the methods used by both his offspring and his subjects to cope.
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I've got a killer headache, so I apologize if this is crabbier than usual, but it seems to me that certain members of fandom are holding Gwen/Rhys to a different standard than Jack/Ianto.

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Sorry about the delay.  It's the Secret Origins of Torchwood episode!

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Now that's the way I like Torchwood -- strong, hot, and dark.

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This week we've got another Classic Plot, albeit one that's not often seen, Monsters Emerging From the Cinema Film. 

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I got tired of arguing these points all over the internet, and I thought I would collect them here.

Part 1:  Review of S2 09

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Now that was a Proper Superhero Wedding. How come Torchwood feels so much more like a well-done superhero comic book than Heroes? 

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That was a lovely meditation on death from a humanist perspective.  Owen's dead.  What happens next? Owen wonders that too.   

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Why do so many wonderful character moments have to be trapped inside such a wretched plot?

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Where we welcome Martha with a pretty good plot.

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This story was lovely but strangely unsatisfying.

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Or Torchwood's Debt to Irving Berlin

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This episode has a very simple, almost minimalist plot, for a 50-minute time travel episode. 

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