eruthros: Martha Jones smiling! (DW - Martha Jones is awesome)
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Oh look! It's another story about the relationship between fathers and sons! In which the mother is Lady Not Appearing In This Episode! *eyeroll*

Also, the opening scene of this really calls back to Rose, so I can't help noticing that if you're a black woman who stays behind in a clothing store after closing time, you'll be killed by a cyberman in a scene intercut with the white dude who lives. And if you're a white woman, you'll travel through space and time for two seasons plus occasional guest appearances.

And then they do it again later in the episode, with the black security guard. Just. Seriously? Seriously? The only two people who die in the episode are the two named black characters, and both of their deaths are intercut with the white folks who live.

And Amy Pond is now a ... model with a perfume line? For the girl who's tired of waiting? It's just so out of nowhere! She has previously expressed exactly no interest in either modeling or making perfume. And presumably she is involved with the perfume, because it's named Petrichor - the smell of dust after rain. It's not that there's anything wrong with Amy being involved with perfume and/or modeling, it's that there was never any sign that it's what she wanted to do. Which made me realize that there was never any sign of anything she wanted to do.

And ... Cybermen can't convert you if you fight back? If the Doctor ~believes~ in you? So ... all of those people who were converted to Cybermen over the course of the series just gave in too easily? And didn't have a baby - their gene-carrying baby - crying for them?

I would like to like this episode for its random hijinks and cyberrats and a baby named Stormageddon and the Doctor having an app for that and so on, but I just kept being distracted by all of the structural stuff. Geez.

Date: 2011-09-25 03:28 pm (UTC)
watersword: Karen Gillam as Amelia Pond in season 5 of Doctor Who (Doctor Who: Amelia Pond)
From: [personal profile] watersword
I was trying to explain all of this to my friends (the offline ones, who....are not Like Us), and they Did Not Get It. ARGH ARGH THIS EPISODE WAS SO FULL OF ARGH.

Date: 2011-09-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
happydork: A graph-theoretic tree in the shape of a dog, with the caption "Tree (with bark)" (Default)
From: [personal profile] happydork
*sigh* Yes. This. All of this.

Date: 2011-09-25 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yatima
Ayup.

Date: 2011-09-27 04:04 am (UTC)
runpunkrun: spires of atlantis with a christmas tree on the pier, text: it's christmastime in the city (Default)
From: [personal profile] runpunkrun
The perfume thing made me think the same thing -- we don't know WHAT Amy wants to do with her life. Prior to this, she was a kiss-o-gram. I don't know if perfume model is a step up or down from that, but at least she got to talk as a kiss-o-gram.

As far as the Cybermen go, I am not defending the ridiculous idea that you can stop being a Cyberman if you just fight hard enough, because, really, but during the season 2 finale where Cybermen invade Canary Wharf, the woman in charge of that Torchwood exerts enough power over her Cyberself to kill other Cybermen, while reciting "I did my duty for Queen and country." So there is half a precedent and it had nothing to do with babies. For once.

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