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Apr. 10th, 2010

Finished DW S4, and, confession time, I don't particularly like it. The beginning is brilliant, I really love the first three episodes, especially Planet of the Ood. So brilliant. Such a great conclusion for the Ood. But then... The Sontaran two-parter already bored me the first time, The Doctor's Daughter I remember had some emotional resonance back then, but doesn't stand the test of rewatching too well. The Unicorn and the Wasp... I think my reaction mostly boils down to, giant wasp? wtf? really?! Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead is a bit like Blink for me... scary, well done, leaves me completely cold; except for the sappy virtual pseudo happy end that just annoys me. (And is actually a major derivation from how DW usually deals with death, both in the earlier three seasons, as well as in the last three specials.)

Midnight is good, like most of RTD's episodes that focus on human issues instead of aliens and big space drama, and so is (leaving aside the whole iffiness of lazy stereotypes) Turn Left, but the finale in my admittedly personal opinion suffers from that 'too much' factor that overburdened the whole season. Too much building up and introducing of themes (war, killing & the morality thereof, right and wrong, life and death, death and life, choices, disappearing planets, disappearing bees, children literal as well as metaphorical, Rose, Martha, UNIT), too little story-telling that is just story-telling, too many treads tied up too visibly in the end. I don't like the whole idea of bringing Rose back, and actually her ending on some level bothers me more than Donna's, because she's given so little choice. Obviously it's always the writer who chooses, but in this case it's too obvious that the choice has already been made for her, and the whole thing feels forced. I'm not even a big fan of the Doctor/Rose romance, but she should really have been left in S2, when she was special, and not one in a crowd. With Donna at least you can't exactly blame the Doctor for not letting her die, and, well, all those fandomsecrets about people looking for the Tardis and wanting to travel with the Doctor notwithstanding, the vast majority of those (us) in front of the TV won't ever even come close to any kind of Earth equivalent of that, so if I'm really going to believe that being a normal person is the worst fate ever, I might just as well kill myself now. On the one hand, yes, it's awful, because it's not what she wanted, but on the other, like Nine says in Father's Day, 'An ordinary man. That's the most important thing in creation.'

On the whole, it's just too crowded. It's like they were trying to make up for the ego trip and darkness of S3, and went completely overboard in the opposite direction, emphasising the importance of the companions, all the companions, humanity in general. Good idea, but for me the execution just fell kind of flat.

Also, team Torchwood! *sigh* I've rewatched CoE... three times now? I think?, as well as S1 and S2, and I don't know if that makes me a bad fan, or just an evil cold-hearted person, but it didn't particularly bother me. With the first rewatching CoE became fiction, a story; a tragic, depressing story, but without the gut wrenching emotional impact from the first time. I guess all that analysing also helped create a layer of distance. However, seeing Ianto and Jack and Ianto-and-Jack, and the Hub again, not exactly unexpected, but somehow, still, a bit... Ouch. Definitely a melancholy twinge.


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