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19 June 2006 @ 12:46 am
I went over to xthread's place tonight, and we watched Harold and Maude, which is amazing; I can't imagine anything like it being made today; if it was, it would be done as total raunch comedy, instead of the lovely crazy mix of black black humor and sweetness that it was.

Then there was Who catching up.

The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit:

Enjoyed this immensely. We once again had the Doctor and Rose being a bit overly gleeful as they tumble out of the TARDIS, but it got knocked out of them pretty quick. It was Rose at her best, in particular; compassionate and ethical (sure, she was wrong that the crew member was no longer possessed, but I still think she made the right choice. Once you start shooting people as possessed it doesn't stop until everyone's dead.) The crew was fabulous writing and acting; they had the weight of real people. Though you'd think they would have been a bit more paranoid about strangers turning up like that. I don't know if this is Great and Bountiful Human Empire 1, 2 or 3, but it must have been a peaceful place for them not to suspect them as spies or saboteurs.

Gorgeously filmed, too. I particularly loved the image of the Doctor floating in darkness, but the space station felt like a real space station, and the civilization at the bottom of the pit was eerie.

I'm not sure what the Pit sequence was trying to say about faith, the Devil, and the Doctor's God complex, but that's what made me like it; this season has has tended towards overtelegraphing its meanings.It did suffer one great big plot issue, however: why the hell didn't the people who dragged the Beast there just dump him down the black hole in the first place?

Love and Monsters:

I might have more to say about this later, but short form: don't try to write a Darin Morgan episode if you don't have Darin Morgan's chops. I *like* the crack (my other sf best beloveds are Farscape and X-Files), and I was by turns bored and annoyed. There were tiny flashes of what might have been; someone with said chops might have made something that was at once comic and about fleeting moments of grace passing through a life; someone with less chops but more wit might have kept the crack and humor flowing steadily enough to at least keep you laughing. But as it was, the humor was weak and far between, and the brief affecting moments were invariably crushed beneath shit. His girlfriend's sacrifice was a trifle touching, but then we got oral-sex innuendo to smash any feeling out of that.
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--contemplative (tersa)tersa on June 19th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Apparently I should go looking for a Ten icon along with a "Rescue Me" icon today.


As it is, I loved the two-parter, and enjoyed Love & Monsters but it wasn't my favorite. The campy 'gross' humor of it that appeals to a nine-year-old doesn't appeal to me, but I really, *really* liked what they did with Jackie. I actually whimpered out loud when she told Elton off.

But the end with Ursula, indeed, was bad.
Laura: Ninth Doctortavella on June 19th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
I definitely need to make some more icons. I have a Nine one, but not Ten yet.

I loved the meditative feel of the end of the Satan Pit. The Doctor talking to Ida as he's slowly being lowered down, and then his quiet soliquy as he's unbucking the straps to drop. And how could you not love their perfect faith in each other? Rose demanding to stay, and then the Doctor going 'If I believe in anything, I believe in her?'