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27 December 2014 @ 10:53 pm
As I mentioned in a previous post, Megan and I spent all of Christmas day catching up on Peter Capaldi's first season as the Doctor.  I was planning on writing a huge reflection post about it, but I don't think I have as much to say about it just yet as I expected.  I want to do another rewatch before I make too many definitive statements about it, but overall I thought it was pretty decent with a lot of room for improvement.

The 50th anniversary special left me feeling ... kinda less excited about the season.  It was really underwhelming, especially for such a supposedly momentous episode (although it was tons of fun seeing various Doctors flail over each other).

I always thought that Clara had a lot of potential.  I like Jenna Coleman a lot and the mystery surrounding her character was pretty excited and interesting.  Unfortunately, the season didn't really leave me satisfied on that front.  The writing left a lot to be desired and unfortunately Clara's potential is still unfulfilled so far.  I miss the way companions used to be written; I mean, love her or hate her, but even Rose was a fully developed, interesting character with actual consistency.  I can't feel attached to Clara because they keep changing everything we know about her.  It feels tedious, which is how I felt about Amy, too.  I want to like these characters, I like the actors, but the writing doesn't give me enough motivation to actually care about them.

I guess I'll just officially label myself as a Moffatt hater now.  I've always wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, mostly because I don't want to quit watching Doctor Who, but it's pretty undeniable that he can set up really interesting and exciting stories, but he can't finish them.  He doesn't understand character development, continuity, or story arcs.

The Christmas special was especially disappointing.  I thought it was fun on a surface level - the production value was pretty great, the sets and special effects were all really nice.  But the story was....... lacking.  Again, it set up an interesting premise but it didn't answer any questions and left more.  For instance, it seems like the way it ended was setting up a season 9 reveal that[Spoiler (click to open)]everything from season 8 was a dream. The Doctor's insistence that they were out of their weird dream world seemed really misguided and I think the tangerine was a hint to that (plus, the Doctor didn't run any of the "tests" to make sure they were awake and that seems wrong to me; he would definitely check and not just assume, since he is the one that said you can never actually tell without running those tests. That bothered me a lot. He was just like "yay you're young again we must be awake now everything is great also let's not talk about the fact that you live in a different house now all of a sudden?")..

I know I totally just totally shit all over the season after I started off by saying I enjoyed it. I thought it was a lot of fun, but Moffatt's writing style really hurt the plots and the characters. He needs someone to come in with a strong arm and say "no, this does not work" and rewrite parts. I think a good, honest editor or writing partner could totally elevate his stories and make them incredible, because I don't think he even realizes that he's losing continuity, treating his characters (especially female characters) like shit, and forgetting facts and character traits that he's previously established. Like, we know he can be awesome because he's written some amazing episodes (Blink for instance). That actually makes it even more disappointing to me.

Anyway, I'm going to go watch a few eps to celebrate my most favourite companion, the beautiful and lovely and magical princess of the universe, Donna Noble.
16 December 2014 @ 03:39 pm
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21 May 2014 @ 06:02 pm
I registered an account on Day Zero Project, and one of my goals is to get 20 people to suggest a book and read them all. I don't have a full list yet (a lot of people are recommending the same books and/or books I've already read). Feel free to make suggestions! My list is complete! I'm excited!

1. Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson
2. The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
4. Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue
5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
6. Death's Daughter by Amber Benson
7. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki
8. Looking for Alaska by John Green
9. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
10. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
11. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady
12. Longbourn by Jo Baker
13. Cat Person by Seo Kim
14. Agorafabulous! by Sara Benincasa
15. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
16. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
17. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
18. Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane di Prima
19. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
20. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
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19 April 2013 @ 11:27 pm
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