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Maybe they dipped into an old classic like “Booty and the Beast” or “Up Against the Wall-E”?
It being so un-Doctorlike was why it was interesting. He was a man of peace forced to make a horrible decision to stop an even worse one from happening. The little minisode with the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) released last week highlighted this perfectly: he wanted to save someone caught in the crossfire and she chose to die instead because she hated the Time Lords as much as the Daleks. After he was revived, the Doctor realized he couldn’t stay neutral any longer.
Moffatt chose to give him a way out – which weakens the choice. He gets to have his cake and eat it too, he just “forgets” about it as the 9th, 10th, and part of 11th Doctors (though if we include The War Doctor we bump the regenerations up).
Rose is awesome. I can’t understand the hatred against her (she’s far better than Martha Jones, that’s for sure).
Boo to all you Rose-haters. She’s always been my favorite rebooted Doctor companion, and I felt like teasing us with a “It’s Rose-but-not-really” way to shoehorn her into the 50th was not cool.
That being said, it was a pretty good episode, but I was not entirely happy with what Moffat has now done to the tone of the series. In typical Moffat fashion, he has ret-conned the entire rebooted Doctor Who because he clearly didn’t like the tone Russell T. Davies had created. The Doctor committed genocide because he had to in order to stop a war between his own people and the Daleks: a man who chose to stay out of a conflict that was destroying whole races ended up being forced to destroy his own and becoming the “last” Time Lord (besides The Master). The Doctor was punctuated by sadness, loss, regret and a desire to not let it happen again. Davies had also conveniently removed the Time Lord problem (a whole planet of Super-people) the way DC did with their “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – instead of a planet of gods we had the last god (The Doctor). The Doctor became an infinitely more complex individual because of this.
Now we find out The Doctor merely disappeared his planet of genocidal Time Lord brothers and sisters while still allowing the Daleks to be destroyed. Sure, it’s trapped in a parallel universe, but this is a big mulligan and means The Doctor is far less ethically ambiguous (and interesting) as a character. Why would he want to find his home planet, locked in the last day of the Time War? To confront Rassilon again, who was willing to sacrifice the universe to save himself? Or the other, still power-hungry and genocidal Time Lords? I’d leave them trapped in that parallel dimension forever if I were The Doctor.
I’m excited about Capaldi taking over but less so for the new direction/tone of the series.
If Sherry Piper were smart she’d option that story immediately. BOOM. Coming Summer 2015: Piper’s Peril: The Untold Story.
I prefer the idea of a sequel, but preferably as far removed from Albuquerque as possible. So Nebraska or wherever Saul ends up sounds fine to me.
But you’re right, though – Rushmore, Bottle Rocket and Royal Tenenbaums are still his best, though Moonrise Kingdom is pretty damn good as well.
Love Wes Anderson, but I almost immediately hated The Life Aquatic. Too quirky for the sake of quirk with a non-compelling story.
Jesse mentioned, the first time they met Saul, he had a friend who had gone to him… so it’s conceivable we could see what that was? I’m assuming Jesse & Walt’s cameos would be quick and minor, given that they both look a lot older than they did in season 1 (especially Jesse).
Ok, sure, but where did he get a fake stevia packet he could fill with ricin as well? This was gnawing at me… dude’s on the run and sure he’s got $10 million but do they just sell empty sweetener packets somewhere? Did he make a small incision in one and put the ricin in there?
Oh, I’m guessing we’ll see him & Huell on the Saul prequel.
Yea, it’s true, I caught up in the last year so I could be ready for this season and persuaded at least a few other people to do so as well.
BB became the show to watch in the last year. Gilligan & co. used the split season to drum up the hype and got people to catch up or watch the show for the first time. It’s always been a critical darling and had a hard-core audience which finally broke out of the niche this last half-season. The demand for BB was so big I did a piece on its relationship to the world of international politics for a big website (I teach political science) and was immediately contacted by a radio station to do a 5 minute interview right before the season started. I can’t imagine that happening even a year ago… I am glad that for once, a show that deserved the hype finally got it before it was off the air (ie The Wire or Arrested Development).
C’mon. Breaking Bad. Badfinger. “Baby Blue.” Seems too perfect, like they’d been waiting to use it for six years, just like “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”
Killing Walt wouldn’t have brought Jane or Andrea back, Jesse realized Walt had a mortal stomach wound, and didn’t want to let Walt use him one last time. So in not killing him, he realized his liberation from Walt’s machinations. I think that was pretty much how it had to end.
Breaking Conaboy: The Kelly & Aaron Paul Story
I’m guessing they destroyed it after laughing at it.
Yea, Todd was one creepy mofo. Like a more believable Dexter.
It has the potential to be a really interesting show, inasmuch as it could show us how normal people deal with the sudden appearance of superheroes. Probably won’t be, since it’s a network show. I was vaguely interested during the program and may give it a few more episodes before passing judgment. The trick will be to see if they can bring in any Marvel heroes or villains from the comics that are known but not so big that they’d require a huge star/budget, I think…
To an extent I agree but he’s also made it clear that the money the Nazis stole is part of his legacy. So he may or may not care about them still selling the blue meth (though he clearly has to know they still have Jesse alive, which may anger him as well), but he wants the money back, and to prove to the world that his legacy is not just one barrel of cash.
Paul. Holy fuck.
I was mentioning yesterday after the show that the only season 1 characters who haven’t made a reappearance are Jesse’s parents. So maybe he moves back in with them and they take him back as a prodigal son?
Somehow I doubt that, and we sort of had a conclusion to their subplot when they told him they wanted nothing further to do with him, and he bought the house out from under them.
He could show up on Kelly’s doorstep, and she could nurse him back to health. That’s the “Kelly-wins” scenario curveball Vince Gilligan is throwing next week and which Kelly has been hinting at all season in her recaps.
Ben & Jerry’s is HQed in Vermont, Walt’s hiding in New Hampshire. Very sly New England theme this week, Breaking Bad.
Mr. Heisenberg-orium’s Meth Cabin Emporium
Could be the real end is “Nazis win.” I think more likely “nobody wins” but I can see “Todd wins” as more probable than “Jesse wins” at this point.