24 September 2012 @ 11:50 am
7x04 The Power of Three  
I was at a bridal shower out of town this weekend so I only caught DW last night. I know you've all waited with bated breath for my thoughts.

  • This episode was pretty good? Who knew Chibnall had it in him. Anyway, I think what I liked so much is that it injected a bit of the "domestics" into s7 when Moffat Who is largely lacking in those things. We've only had a few common-day Earth issues: Eleventh Hour, The Lodger, and Closing Time. Like, that's it? That's pretty weird. I know people complained about the RTD years taking place on Earth too often, but I think there's a compromise to be found.
  • It was nice to see Amy and Rory and their real lives. I think it's hilarious that we didn't see Amy's parents or hear any mention of River but lol whatever I guess Amy has to be content with having an in-law. I like Brian, but remain a bit pressed that we have another paternal relationship shown while Amy's family is nowhere to be seen.
  • Eleven's five-year-old antics remain annoying and I was more or less rolling my eyes at the scene where he was fidgeting on the sofa and whatnot.
  • Kate Stewart was a nice nod to the Brig and a little understated/underused, but it was cute.
  • I was really interested in the idea of the Ponds suddenly finding out they enjoy their real lives. I thought it did well at capturing the sense that for years they've used travelling as a reason not to commit to anything, but now they were finally happy enough where they were to commit to a full time job/bridesmaid-ing/etc. Also Amy Pond: travel writer! is so much more palatable to me than Amy Pond: MODEL OR SOMETHING I GUESS.
  • ...but then in the end they decided to go travelling again? I dunno man. I still haven't sorted out how I felt about that but I thought it was very odd. Perhaps it would've fit better in another part of the season, but right before their last episode it felt stupid to me -- dragging them back on the TARDIS just in time for them to be forcibly evicted. Again.
  • Likewise, Brian being worried about their safety but ultimately deciding they ought to go adventure was a nice arc, but stupid for their second-last episode. It's the kind of thing I'd have liked to see Amy and Rory's families deal with back in s5, or at least in s6.
  • In general while I liked a lot of the character stuff in this episode it just seems too little too late. I liked Eleven and Amy's discussion about running and how there's so much to see and I thought the "seared onto my hearts" line was very sweet. But it's also like, I don't know -- the Doctor/Amy relationship is so on and off for me. They have sweet moments like that sometimes and I think "aww" but then I remember that time he couldn't find her baby or yelled about her having an emotion and I'm like "oh right, this dude is a shitty friend". I dunno.
  • It also bothers me that they had the Ponds here choosing to go on more adventures and essentially choosing that life over "real" life just in time for 7x05 to come along, where I'm pretty sure they won't really have a choice. That's a spoilery discussion for another time but w/e.
  • Oh and the plot: I like the idea of the cubes everywhere and it being this weird but inexplicable thing, and how it got integrated into pop culture and how everyone just got used to them and how they then all did weird individual things. But the Shakri stuff and erasing the human plague through the most convoluted means ever was just lolwhat. Even more lolwhat was that, like, 3 hours later the Doctor managed to restart the hearts of millions of people who had suffered cardiac arrest like 3 hours ago. LOL WHAT EVEN???? But it's Doctor Who and this episode was pretty good in other areas so fine.
  • Lastly: actually SAYING "the power of three (hurr get it because there's 3 of us") at the end was like, embarrassingly cheesy. There's the Chis Chibnall I know and "love".
 
 
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sherrilina: Ten (Doctor Who)sherrilina on September 24th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Lol I liked this epp too, especially because it felt so much like an RTD-era epp, particularly reminding me of Army of Ghosts. Agreed about most everything, god Eleven was a jackass during the fidgety part (also hi continuity, remember calmly and joyfully living on Earth in the Craig epps?). And the resolution was weird...

We've only had a few common-day Earth issues: Eleventh Hour, The Lodger, and Closing Time. Like, that's it?

Um don't forget Chibnall's ~masterpiece~ two-parter about the Silurian!
Kali: dw :: ten :: victorious_thirty2flavors on September 24th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah the Ponds had homelives and families (lol or specifically, one single family member) and jobs and friends and stuff and it was nice. And Eleven's fidgetyness was just too childish for me -- I can buy him being fidgety but it was too OTT. I preferred him, like, playing Wii obnoxiously and stuff.

The resolution was super weird and someone on Tumblr just pointed out that they let all those patients from the hospital explode which LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL. But at least there was other stuff going on that I could be distracted by.

Um don't forget Chibnall's ~masterpiece~ two-parter about the Silurian!
LOL NO. NOTHING WILL FORCE ME TO REMEMBER THE/CB EVER.
sherrilina: Ten (Doctor Who)sherrilina on September 24th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Lol I am not even sure how it was resolved, since I had happened to look away from the screen for a second (and apparently that is all it took after a whole episode of buildup? OK)....I didn't even notice the hospital people thing because I was too busy trying to work out what had just happened...how many people had been kidnapped anyway? :s
Opalshinyopals on September 24th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I WAS SUPER SURPRISED BY NOT HAVING EVERY SECOND.

although lol omg the Ponds' storyline. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE WE WERE GOING SOMEWHERE THIS SEASON WITH THEM NOT WANTING TO TRAVEL ANY MORE... BUT I GUESS THAT'S CHANGED NOW. lol show. I give up.

The cubes thing was good - a slow invasion is actually a great idea. But lol forever at the rest of the plot. WHO EVEN KNOWS.
lorelaisquared: DW: Amy/Rory/Elevenlorelaisquared on September 24th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
IT WAS ALMOST LIKE WE WERE GOING SOMEWHERE THIS SEASON WITH THEM NOT WANTING TO TRAVEL ANY MORE... BUT I GUESS THAT'S CHANGED NOW. lol show. I give up.

I know, that makes no sense. In hindsight just now I think it would have made more sense if this episode had ended with Amy and Rory deciding to stay on earth and then the next episode would have the Doctor brining them in (reluctantly) on an emergency or something. That would make way more sense than having them decide they want lives, and then change their minds. WHAT WAS EVEN THE POINT?
Kali: dw :: amy :: delight_thirty2flavors on September 25th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Yeahhhhhhhhhh the Ponds finally loving their real life but leaving it anyway bugged me because
I'm sure their story will end with them having neither the Doctor life OR their "real life" with friends/family etc since they'll be displaced. WHICH IS BS! NO OTHER NEW WHO COMPANION HAS ENDED THE SHOW WORSE OFF THAN SHE WAS BEFORE. AMY POND, SORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE.


Yeah it was a good idea with a terrible resolution. And the Doctor blew up that ship with all Rory's patients on it LOLLLLLLLLLL. So Chibnall was showing his true colours underneath it all.
Opalshinyopals on September 25th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Tbh I think Moffat's desire to top what came before is coming out a bit too strong and the tragedy is he doesn't know how to make something genuinely sad.

LOL ELEVEN IS TOO BUSY BEING CHILDISH TO CARE ABOUT COLLATERAL DAMAGE.
lorelaisquared on September 24th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Your thoughts echo most of what I've read on the rest of my flist and my own feelings on this ep.

I really liked elements of this episode and others felt a bit flat. I liked that we saw character stuff and Amy and Rory's life but like you said, it's a bit too little too late, and having them decide to travel again really makes very little sense.

As for the cube plot line, I loved the idea of them but I think the resolution was rushed/stupid. I've seen other people say it felt like this should have been a two parter and I have to agree. A two parter would have given more depth to the mystery I think and also would have given us more time for what they were trying to do with Amy and Rory I think.

I wish Brian's Log had turned out to be more important. I think that would have been a good touch.

Basically I enjoyed this episode alright but I think maybe it would have been better earlier in the season.

Kali: dw :: martha :: a star_thirty2flavors on September 25th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
If they wanted Amy and Rory to decide to travel again after taking a break, they should've done that in 7x01. Having them decide to travel more in their penultimate episode just seems contrived -- putting them on the TARDIS just to kick them out again. It's silly.

Yeah a two-parter might've been better. We could've easily scrapped one of the other episodes to make room for a two-parter anyway. Probably Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

Yeah I enjoyed this epiosde but it feels orphaned in the mess that has been s7 so far. Like, I don't think thee episodes have tied together well at all. So much so tha people speculate we're seeing them backwards -- but I don't think we are? I think they're just weirdly disjointed.
Katherine: Idris TARDISspicandspan89 on September 24th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I liked it too - kudos to Chibnall. But I read in someone's review that Moffat might be grooming Chibnall to take over as head writer. Like... could any prospect be more horrible?? DNW.

The whole "waking up after 3 hours of cardiac arrest" was pretty dumb lol. Medically speaking, 5 minutes tops before you get permanent brain damage. But w/e, Doctor Who and ~science~ go hand-in-hand.
Kali: dw :: doctors :: someone for everybody_thirty2flavors on September 25th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
UGH DNW. ANYONE ELSE. UGH. DID THE BBC FORGET WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THEY GAVE HIM TORCHWOOD?

lol omg it was so ludicrous. Oh Doctor Who medicine.
morneamornea on September 25th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh no... I'd hate Chibnall as headwriter! I was not impressed with his Torchwood stuff.
morneamornea on September 25th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
good review, and I agree with much. My son commented that the final 'power of three' comment was cheesy-- he wondered why on earth they had to put that in since it was obvious just from what they'd shown.
I agree it's too little, too late with the character stuff. I felt almost like they were trying tor a bit of a re-set or trying to suddenly define these characters before they get the new companion. But we ought to have been seeing the character stuff all along.
Love Brian. Too bad we didn't have him all along. I do wonder about Amy's family- we only saw them in the wedding ep and dad was a bit cartoonish but he could have been developed well. Goodness, Augustus Pond and Brian Williams at a family gathering, just as the something or others invade from space-- that would be worth seeing.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯rosaxx50 on October 4th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
I liked it a lot, too! I liked that so much of the episode played out in an understated way, the character work, etc. Despite the anti-climax at the end, I even liked the plot.
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