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Following “The Girl Who Died,” Ashildr is back in England and in 1651. She can’t age but luckily seems to be pretty good at learning and adapting to new accents and ways of speaking. And she’s also not doing very well coping with her ability not to die. So how is “The Woman Who Lived” as a sort of sequel to “The Girl Who Died?” Let’s find out.

SPOILER WARNING

I’m not sure if this story needed to be told directly after Ashildr found out she can’t die. The only real connection is her and I’m assuming they may do something with her character later in series 9, which is why they wanted to get this one out of the way so early on. But in England, Ashildr, who decides she doesn’t want that name and simply calls herself Me or as

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She’s a thief and he, well, he’s trying to look cool

people know her, The Knightmare, a thief. But no ordinary thief. Instead, she’s a thief looking for an alien artifact, called The Eyes of Hades. More on all this in a moment.

If you’re wondering why Ashildr is going by Me, it’s because she doesn’t see herself as that person anymore, or any of the other people she has been, instead, she’s just her, or rather, Me. The main story basically deals with her dealing with not being able to die, which ends up feeling a little drawn out since we’ve had the Doctor go on about it a lot during the David Tennant era, so hearing it again isn’t as interesting. However, Maisie Williams is still solid in her role, so at the very least, when these specific scenes come up, they’re still well done.

It is fun to realize she became rich somewhere along the way, perhaps through thievery, but probably just had the time to get to that point. She has also become cold to the world. By not being able to die she has stopped getting close to people (she previously had children, but they all died during the Black Death, so, understandably, she’s not in the best of places right now).

Back to the alien artifact. Both Ashildr and the Doctor are looking for the same artifact, but for different reasons, and here comes the antagonist of the story: Leandro, a lion guy, like literally, it’s a lion that’s a person (Doctor Who does enjoy a future universe full of cat people).

We learn the artifact is Leandro’s way of creating a portal between his world and Earth and for his people to come and attack Earth. It’s not very exciting. However, the artifact requires a sacrifice, and Ashildr decided to sacrifice Sam Swift, a rival, or rather just another notorious thief in the area. And then after she realizes what’s going on she knows Leandro never intended to help her explore the galaxy like he promised/tricked her

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See, more cat people

into thinking, and as such she turns against him. Through a series of events he is defeated and everyone is happy. Except Swift, who was sacrificed, but if you recall, another one of those devices that brought Ashildr back is still around.

So what happens? Well, AShildr decides to stop being quite so cold to the world and she saves Swift and now he too can live forever, which really isn’t so exciting, but hey, it works to get her back on track emotionally.

Noteworthy, Clara is absent from this episode. It’s actually a bit of a relief to do without Clara for a little bit. For some reason her writing has made her somewhat overbearing. I still like her, but a break was nice.

Overall, I’m not completely into this episode. The problem is the interesting parts (relationship with the Doctor and Ashildr) end up being pushed aside some for the less than exciting story with Leandro. I do enjoy that Ashildr is set up to come back for future episodes, and I suppose this story was needed to show what she’s been up to since being a viking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still entertaining to watch and you will want to know what happens, but looking back on series 9 so far, it does not hold up to the previous two two-part stories (possibly due to this being a setup episode for Ashildr for a future story, in which case, I do want to know what has become of her).

However, I am interested to see what happens in the upcoming two-part Zygon story, which I will be reviewing as a whole, so below are both trailers:

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Well here we are, the first single from Nightwish’s upcoming album, “Imaginaerum.”  I feel like I’m about to relive my reactions of their last album, “Dark Passion Play.”  Honestly, the new single, “Storytime” sounds like it could have easily been from that album.  I’m still standing by my opinion that Anette is not right for the band.  This seems to be even more apparent now that their single is quite a bit heavier than the majority of their prior work.  No matter, I’ll probably get used to her as I did when she first joined.

Now, the song itself really isn’t anything special.  They’ve pretty much fallen into their new sound after “Dark Passion Play” and don’t seem to want to leave it.  This is kind of odd since all their albums up to then had a unique sound.  But this is still just one song, and I’m still looking forward to hearing the album as a whole, as this song may end up fitting perfectly where it’s placed on the full length album.  Even as it is now, it’s not bad but it’s not anything to write home about.  (Note, on my fourth listen now and Anette seems to be fitting better with each listen).

I do like the fairytaleesque lyrics, especially in the chorus.  Granted, it’s to be expected from Tuomas, who has a nice record of using various fairytales and Disney movies in his songwriting.

I just can’t help but think more could have been done with the single, especially since they have such a dedicated fan base that welcomes musical exploration.

My fear with the album is that it will end up in Hot Topic.  This is a legitimate fear since I’ve seen some of their merchandise there before.  It’s basically an unwritten fact that once a once underground band ends up in Hot Topic their fan base will probably drastically change (leading to fake fans, which are never a good thing).  Still, I continue to hold out hope.  Why?  Well, they’re my third favorite symphonic metal band (Epica and Leaves’ Eyes being 1st and 2nd) and are the second symphonic metal band I ever listened to (Leaves’ Eyes being the 1st).

Oh, I forgot to mention the music itself.  Well, the guitars are rather uninspired, as they’re pretty much just power chords.  I don’t really get this since he can do quite a bit more than this.  As a whole the music feels really simple.  Granted, it’s very solid, but nothing in it has a wow factor.  Even the few little riffs seem like they were taken from past Nightwish songs. (Note, on my 6th listen and this song is very catchy)

Ah, the video itself.  Nothing special, and I feel like the song could have led to some sort of crazy video, but oh well it gets the job done and allows the listener to focus on the music.

Ultimately, it’s a catchy song.  Nothing special, which is regrettable for a band with some pretty big talent across the board.  As a single it gets the job done, as it’s simple, catchy, good radio tune, and will most likely get stuck in your head.

If I had to rate it I’d give it a solid 7/10, as it’s not bad, not great, it’s just sort of there.

Here’s the song, and it would be cool to hear some feedback on what you think of it and/or what you think of my thoughts on it:

OK, today has been a pretty neat day.  First I have to say the GTA V trailer actually has me interested in the game.  I couldn’t stand GTA IV.   They took away a lot of features, tried to force a serious story/tone, offered little variety in terms of environments, and overall was just a boring game (especially coming after San Andreas).  I actually traded it in to put towards my Skyrim pre-order.  However, bringing the game back to San Andreas has raised some hopes.  San Andreas is my favorite GTA and I still play it.  All the new one needs to do is stop putting such an overemphasis on trying to make a serious story and bring back all the features from the original SA while adding new ones.  The environment diversity isn’t going to be an issue as SA had distinct locations and there’s no reason for Rockstar to get rid of them.  I’m really looking forward to an awesome game considering the higher level of technology then can work with compared to that of the original SA (which is still impressive considering when it came out).

Now to Crysis.  I just beat this on the PS3 today (1 of my 20 game backlog that I want to put a dent in before Skyrim), and it may be the best fps I’ve played this gen.  I started with Crysis 2 earlier this year and wondered why there was a ton of hate towards it.  Well, now I know why (though Crysis 2 is still a very good game, just not up to par with the 1st).  I was reminded of when I played Far Cry on the original Xbox with open maps, a variety of ways to go through situations, a large sense of scale, having neat powers, and a steady progression throughout.  However, the ending was a bit of a letdown.  There’s really no bridge between the 1st and 2nd game, and I know the PC had an expansion pack so that may hold the bridge between the games.    I don’t want to harp on it (especially since I’ll probably end up writing spoilers), but I can say if anyone wants to play a solid, single player fps then the only real competition this gen (IMO) is Bioshock 1 and 2 (not getting into it now, but I prefer 2).

Aliens!  Yes, they are in Crysis 1 and 2.  I missed Ancient Aliens tonight, though it’s been rather horrible this season so I probably didn’t miss much.  Oh well, it’ll probably come on again around midnight.

When I say awesome stuff I really mean it.  I turned on my PS3 today to find I got a free $10 from Sony for the PSN store.  I then found out that they had some type of promotional thing going on in October if you spent X amount of money and to my surprise I did.  So, I picked up Gravity Crash and it is pretty great (if you don’t know what it is, it’s like a modern day version of Gravitar, which automatically makes it awesome).

This picture is just too epic not to want to play

I’m also debating whether or not to pick up Lord of the Rings: War in the North and putting it aside from Christmas.  The reviews keep putting it down but the things they put it down for seem to be rather inconsistent.  I’ll probably give it a go since it’s been a while since a good LOTR game and it has all types of co-op options (split screen being the most notable).

Speaking of co-op, I may also get Dead Island to team up with some friends over the winter/Christmas break.  IDK about it still, anyone have any thoughts on the game after playing it?  Hmm, I’ll most likely give it a go.

Also speaking of co-op/multiplayer, Battlefield 3 will definitely be taking care of those needs for quite some time once Christmas hits (luckily, I have the limited edition waiting to be opened [how limited can it be when there are tons of copies of it all over the place?]).

Needless to say, good times await in the world of video games, starting 11/11/11 with the midnight release of Skyrim!

Come on Now

Come on now Matt Smith.  I know you’re getting a ton of good reception as the Doctor and rightfully so.  After all, you and the Moffat era have brought the show back to its classic who roots.  But one year left of Doctor Who?  At least make it two more.  Finish the never-ending, now three season story arc and have a final, stand-alone season.

Granted, coming to America may be a good thing, but it really doesn’t seem to work well for British actors.  Just look at Christopher Eccleston, he hasn’t been in anything notable in American media.  The same goes for David Tennant.  Sure, he was in Harry Potter and Fright Night, but he really hasn’t been able to break into American cinema.  Even Torchwood hasn’t been overly popular here (despite going to Starz, which was a bad move since a lot of people weren’t going to pay for Starz just for Torchwood).

I’m not putting any of these actors down, it’s just that America doesn’t seem to be overly fond of British actors unless they instantly break on to the scene.  At least that’s what I’ve noticed.

If he only has one season left then hopefully the focus will be on the Doctor rather than too much attention on Amy, Rory, and River (granted, River is the most interesting of the three).

Once we get the 12th Doctor the question becomes how will they give the Doctor a new set of regenerations.  Well, they could easily say when River brought the Doctor back to life she also gave him a new set of regenerations.  Though, the Master was always cheating death so it’s not unheard of.

What do you all think of Smith having only a season left?  Could Moffat possibly be leaving as well if he runs out of ideas after his three season story arc? 

Ah, here we are, two years after Demon’s Souls we’re treated with Dark Souls.  How does one describe Dark Souls?  Well, in a word, brilliant.  Even though I’m only three and a half hours in (well, more like 7.5 hours, but I’ll get to that soon enough) this game has a ton of promise.  For starters, the environments are great to look at, and offer more diversity than Demon’s Souls (which often focused too heavily on a dark and dreary color palate).  Really, I’ve only seen castles and the beginnings of a forest, but it’s still somewhat more engaging visually than it’s predecessor.  The graphics also look rather stunning at times, but this is to be expected since they weren’t too shabby last time around.  Now to the game itself, the part that truly matters.

The controls are tight, which is a necessity for a game that can lead you to death in just a few hits (if that many).  I still don’t like how you can’t manually aim a crossbow, but that’s just one small gripe.  Well, OK, make it two things, as the locking mechanic isn’t as good as last time.  It’s often difficult to switch between enemies, but this can probably be fixed easily enough with a patch if enough people are vocal about it.  Even if it isn’t fixed it won’t be huge deal since the rest of the game is pretty slick.  Though, the open world can be a bit overwhelming at times.

If you find yourself in a serene situation such as this, chances are your game has broken or you're about to die an untimely death

There are parts in which you don’t want to go one way because you’re not leveled up enough, but at the same time don’t want to risk skipping it and forgetting to go back.  It’s not a problem with the game, as it makes every decision feel that much more important.  The bonfire checkpoint system does a rather nice job of keeping a steady flow after you die, and trust me, this happens quite a bit (shudders at the thought of a certain mage and his minions in a church).  Luckily, bonfires aren’t your only source of help, as there are also shortcuts!  Who doesn’t love a good shortcut?  After bosses or mini-bosses (which there are already plenty of) there is often a door or ladder that connects to an earlier part of the game, making transportation infinitely easier and victory over these foes more rewarding than ever.

As of right now I’m really liking the game, but there’s one problem that halted my progress, for about three hours.  I was playing the game and I died.  So I go into the loading screen and the game decides to freeze.  Well, not much I can do about that other than turn off the system.  I turn it back on, click on the game icon, and find out my save data has been corrupted.  You may be thinking that’s something that can happen to any game during a load screen.  Yes, it probably can occur for many games, but I found out something.  Apparently Dark Souls has a turning off process, or so I’ve read.  Here’s my advice, go into the main menu, click on the quit game option, then exit out of the game to the XMB (or Xbox 360 equivalent), and finally turn off the console.  There seems to be an autosave system in the game that is almost constantly at work, and this is the safest way to go about protecting your hard earned gaming hours.

That aside, this game is really hard but really addictive.  They really don’t lie when they say it’s a learning process each time.  Finding out how to conserve your health potions can be tricky, and it requires mastering the game mechanics. It’s a test of your patience, and it will frustrate you.  Just stick with it, take some breaks in between then go back, or pop in something like GTA: San Andreas to eliminate the stress.

Now please excuse me, I have to go get slain by a dragon, impaled by a sword, and shot by a magic arrow.

OK, I was pretty brutal in my review of this episode.  So I decided to watch it again, and I’m glad I did.  Sure, I still have the same complaints about the lack of clarity in terms of story arcs, but I’ll ignore that in favor of looking at the positives.  Let’s start with River Song.

She really has turned into a great character.  Sure, she’s been a favorite of mine before this, but it’s nice to see her develop into a multidimensional character.  It’ll be interesting to see what her, Amy, and Rory do at the beginning of next season without the Doctor.  Speaking of, what about the Doctor?

He’s flying solo now.  I hope it stays that way for a few episodes since Matt Smith is amongst the greats – I put him in at third, with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker being ahead of him – and deserves as much screen time as possible.  Now that everyone thinks he’s dead I wonder what he’ll be doing to stay hidden.  It’s just for a finale it seemed to lack any finale substance, and instead acted as a setup for next season’s opener.

The story itself was actually pretty good for the episode, and would’ve been great if the only arc to resolve was who killed the Doctor and how he escaped.  I hope Moffat will solve the rest of the arcs (refer to my previous post) in the first half of next season, or at least dedicate the season to solving them rather than adding more.  This seems to be a trend of his, like adding yet another one at the end of this season with the Doctor having to go somewhere (sorry, I forget the name of the place) where he’ll ask the oldest question that he apparently cannot ask because the answer is so horrible.

Overall, my main problems have already been stated in the last post, but the main one still remains; why is Moffat refusing to resolve his arcs and instead keeps adding to them?

Here’s to hoping next season will bring full clarity to it all.  I’d still like to know how River’s and the Doctor’s timelines get reversed, why there are two makeshift TARDIS control rooms, what the Silence is all about, and a few more that have already been posted.  Ending on a positive, it the tribute to the Brigadier was done rather well, especially since he was such an iconic character in the show.

Spoilers, oh yes!

Well here we are again, another season and another finale.  Only this time it was the complete opposite of good.  Seriously, we’ve been waiting 2 seasons now and nothing has really been solved.  Sure, the Doctor isn’t dead, River is good, they get married, it’s all stuff we’ve pretty much expected to happen.  I’m assuming Madame Kovarian is just one of those characters Moffat wrote with the intention of never finishing her back story.  We still have no proper idea of who the Silence are, but now we don’t know much about the species or the religious following.  Really, making the question be “Doctor Who?” how unoriginal.  It doesn’t mean anything, especially to the Doctor who knows who he is and hides it from everyone else, so why would he have to ask?

Sadly, this picture is about as exciting as the episode gets

Yet again, Moffat thought it would be a cool idea to cram the interesting part of the episode into the last 3 minutes.  Come on, did they really have to spend so much time with Dorium’s head, which wasn’t even funny.  Somewhere along the line someone on the production team should have realized the episode clearly should have been two parts and they should have cut an episode such as the boring, drawn out “God Complex.”  The worst part is, Matt Smith continues to be great as the Doctor, it’s just the writing is really taking a turn for the worse.  I guess Moffat has written himself into a hole and has no way to climb back out.

These are harsh words, I know but coming from a lifelong Doctor Who fan I have never watched an episode in recent memory (classic and new who) that has literally gone nowhere.  I just can’t believe Moffat refuses to actually put an arc to rest, or at this point why not just admit he doesn’t know how to finish it and accept defeat?  Move on, start fresh with some new ideas.  It’s OK, I’d rather have that over yet another season of nothingness.  To think, series 5 had so much promise for the future of the show, and now we’re left with this.  I’m not going to go into the acting, as it’s already been established the cast has each role down pretty great.

I know there are a lot of people who left the show this year due to a lack of resolution, and I can honestly see even more people leaving after this.  Heck, I’m a diehard fan and I’m tempted to leave until Moffat is fired (mark my words, he’ll get fired before he can resign as head writer).  It’s a shame really, I quite liked the darker tone and the arcs, but seeing as none of them will be resolved I really couldn’t care less about them.  I will leave you now with a list of arcs that I believe we still have left unsolved:

  • Why do the Silence want the Doctor dead?
  • Will we ever see the “religious order” that is the Silence?
  • Who is Madame Kovarian, surely she has to be more important than getting what couldn’t be more than a total of 20 minutes of screen time, right?
  • What is the question the Doctor will ask (I refuse to think it’s as lame as “Doctor Who?”)
  • How did the Doctor originally get out of the Pandorica?
  • Not exactly an arc, but where in the ‘verse (look at that, Firefly reference) was the Doctor when he came upon the Dalek that was so conveniently placed under some rubble?
  • Why did they blow up the TARDIS, whoever they are, and why then?
  • How do the timelines of River and the Doctor get screwed up (again, something that’s been an ongoing theme but never explained)?
  • If I recall correctly, the Doctor whispered something to River in “Let’s Kill Hiter,” and he had a tuxedo, so what was going on there?
  • Also, what about the TARDIS control rooms from “The Lodger” and “Day of the Moon,” where will they come into play?

You know what, there are probably more, but at this point I’m just ready to give up (though, as a plus we won’t start the season with Rory and Amy).  Here is one final question:

How long until the BBC fires Moffat?

I give the episode somewhere between a 6.5 -7 out of 10.

Please, leave comments and/or your opinions.

Spoiler Alert!

So, last week I tried a spoiler free review, and that didn’t work out to well.  So here we are, let the spoilers run free (sorry River).  Honestly, I thought the episode was a bit of a letdown.  Not to say it was bad, but coming off of three good episodes and two really great ones it was nothing special.  It started off rather well, but the actual plot was weak.  Some ideas weren’t that bad, what with the hotel really being a prison (which still was kind of odd), the prison being in space and looking like Tron (well that was kind of neat being in space), a minotaur faith eater (really, did they have to make it a minotaur, it really would have been cooler if it were a person, like the antagonist at the end of Torchwood season 1), however, the characters were mainly well done.  Except the alien from a planet of people born to surrender, he was rather useless and actually rather annoying.  There seemed to be a forced attempt of making the episode tense, but it really fell short.

Even the Doctor was bored through this prison romp

Even the Doctor was bored through this prison romp

Showing the Doctor look into his room didn’t really do anything other than tell the audience to sit there and say “oh, I wonder what’s behind that door.”  Really, I couldn’t care less what’s in his room.  Though, Amy’s room yet again showcased Matt Smith’s acting, which just further goes to show how he truly is the best of the new Doctors.  I really can’t even remember the other character’s names, as they weren’t overly memorable.  There were some good moments here and there, but overall they did not do overly much.  I’m hoping a second watch will bring some light on these characters, but as of right now they were relatively flat, especially with Craig coming back next week.

The ending was a nice saving grace.  Rory has really become  a more likable character, especially since he’s become more realistic (even making fun of Amy at times, as real people do to each other).  Though, seeing the Doctor know the gravity of the situation and leaving Amy and Rory behind really set up for a dramatic ending to the season.  This also does some good in terms of story pacing.  After all, “The Doctor’s Wife” suffered from having too much Amy and Rory doing nothing and not enough Doctor and TARDIS interaction.  Surprisingly, this was solved in “The Girl Who Waited,” which clearly had a focus on the companions and the Doctor took a back seat.  I’m hoping we can get similar results next week.  Though, I’m rather tired of Cybermen, so I’m hoping they can make them more interesting than our multicolor Daleks.  Judging from the trailer, it seems like the Cybermere being given a darker approach, and if there’s one thing Moffat has proven on DW it’s that he can do the darker side rather well.  Here’s to hoping next week’s Closing Time will bring the show back on its excellent series 6 run.

As for this episode, I give it a 7 out of 10 (which may not seem that bad due to my score for “Night Terrors,” but after rewatching it I found the episode should be rated a bit higher than 7.5).

Well, here we are again.  Another stand-alone episode in the midst of a gigantic story arc and now only three episodes left.  Oh the insanity of it all.  Truth be told, this was an excellent episode and well worth the departure from the many arcs.  I want to keep this as spoiler free as possible since it should not be ruined for anyone.  So here we are, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory are out and about the universe, except this time with not as much Doctor.  We’ve seen in the past that the Doctor lite episode can either be really great (Turn Left and Blink) while others are just horrible (Love and Monsters).  As noted before, this one falls into the category of really great.

Honestly, the episode did what “The Doctor’s Wife” failed to do (oh yes, I went there).  Whereas that episode was meant to be between the Doctor and the TARDIS, it ended up having too much Amy and Rory doing nothing more than taking time away from the main focus.  Now, this weeks episode had the Doctor there only when it mattered, and it didn’t feel tacked on.  I was truly amazed at the way the writer was able to blend some pure sci-fi with emotional scenes.  As a piece of writing it did what I always like, that is having more character interaction than action sequences to move along the story.  Naturally, this wouldn’t matter if the acting was bad, but it just keeps getting better and better every week.

Amy vs Apple and Rory vs Hipster Glasses, what is going on here?

At this point we pretty much expect Matt Smith to be nothing but excellent.  He really has come a far way, and has proven that he can handle the serious moments with ease, making it easy to picture him as a 900+ year old Timelord.  The surprise act of the episode was Karen Gillan.  Maybe it’s because we’ve seen her play the same role pretty much each episode, but given the chance to play Amy differently but the same (hey, that wording may be odd but to avoid spoilers that’s what you get) really shows how well she can act.  I’d have to say she is the best companion of the new series (well it’s between her and Donna since they ruined Rose’s character when they brought her back in series 4).  Arthur Darvill finally is able to play Rory as a strong character, and I really don’t know why he mainly plays him as a wimp.  Regardless, it was nice to see him take control and really show how much he cares for Amy.  Basically, the cast was nothing short of brilliant this time around and Smith better stay on for at least two more seasons.

 

Warning, possible SPOILER ALERT

Surprisingly, the odd timeline problems in the episode didn’t make it too confusing as the explanation for it wasn’t at all rushed.  If nothing else, it showed how the Doctor doesn’t just pick random people to travel with him as Amy shows some clever survival skills.  Back to the timeline part, which I think may come back to play a part in the story arc.  After all, the Doctor’s and River’s time stream gets reversed, and has yet to be really explained since at the end of episode 8 all she would have to do is find the point after they first met and go there, but something is stopping her from doing that.  Come on, we have three episodes left and about five or more story arcs, where are the answers?  Well, I trust Moffat, but the only worry I have is that too much will be crammed into the final two episodes, making it a tad bit confusing.  Still, this episode has really proven that stand alone episodes can be very well written and engaging for both sci-fi fans and drama fans.

Overall, I’d give the episode a 9/10, simply for the fact that it’s the best stand alone this season and was really well fleshed out in terms of character interaction.  Here’s to next week’s episode with “The God Complex” (come on, another minotaur, already done in the Time Monster with Jon Pertwee).

Did anyone else get the feeling that they were watching something straight out of a Silent Hill game while watching this weeks episode of Doctor Who?  Well I sure did, and that’s not really a bad thing, as it did it better than the actual Silent Hill movie.  That is, until you realize they’re in a dollhouse.  I was worried that a stand-alone would get annoying at this point in the season, and luckily this one didn’t disappoint as the pirate one did.

Coming off of a rather great episode the pace had to be kept up here, and right off the bat the atmosphere was sure to do this.  Really, it felt like this episode was more suited for part one of series 6, as it really was on the darker side of things.  Oh well, this didn’t come into the picture right away, and we were treated with a nice bit with the Doctor, Amy, and Rory going door to door looking for George, the frightened boy who really isn’t a boy, well OK he is, but he’s not human.  From there on the problem that has been haunting a lot of the season came back again.

The Doctor and the evil dolls

Rory and Amy really don’t do much in episodes that aren’t written by Moffat.  They were rather useless in “The Doctor’s Wife,” which meant taking time away from the Doctor and Idris.  I’m getting incredibly tired of the whole companions dieing thing, especially with Rory always being killed off to come back that episode, and at this point even the jokes about it are getting old.  Hopefully next season we’ll be able to start new without Amy and Rory and without this story arc that needs to end this season.  OK, now with that out of the way let’s go back to the good in this episode.

I was actually really into the story.  Sure, it sort of missed the emotional impact mark it tried to hit for, but that didn’t make it any less good.  Matt Smith put on another stunning performance of how he can seamlessly go from serious to quirky.  The bit with the elevator taking them to a different “world” was very much inspired by Silent Hill as said before, and this translated throughout the entire episode since event the Doctor became completely helpless at the end.   In a way, I was reminded of “The Lodger” since the Doctor knew there was something very powerful right in front of him, there was a focus on the Doctor’s dialogue to get him through most of the story, and a perception filter yet again.  Well OK, it does seem as if I didn’t like the episode but I actually did, it’s just that I don’t want to watch anything not related to the story arc, especially this far in the series.  I’ll be watching the episode again, and hopefully this time I’ll like the ending better, as it was rather rushed to fit into the last 10 minutes at the Doctor instantly knew what to do.  It was rather odd since he spent the whole episode figuring it out, took a little break while in the dollhouse, and instantly knew what to do, making it feel rushed.

Still, I’m going to give it a 7.5/10.  It was really engaging until the last quarter, where it became rather rushed.  The acting was solid, though Rory should take the cue from Amy and actually make a decision rather than always being nervous.  I know next week is mostly an Amy and Rory episode, but it’s back to the main arc and time streams out of sync, so I’m thinking it’ll get me back on track and will be sure to deliver.