July 3rd, 2007
|10:33 pm - Rusty needs to work a little harder if he wants to pass this grade.|
In my previous Doctor Who post, nathanw just commented:
We're 3 for 3 of season finales with nigh-infinite armies of hostile robots. Keep your eyes open for next year's robots of choice.Yes! How astute! Rusty has demonstrated that he can indeed write cliffhangers that involve a nigh-infinite army of hostile robots.
What else can Rusty write?
All right, but what can't Rusty write?
- Humongous crowds looking up at things in awe and surprise
- Slightly less-humongous crowds running and screaming in terror as shit blows up around them (slightly less because we're on a budget, don't you know)
- Campy villians who love to prance about and cackle maniacally
- Touching montages of small clusters of people, friends or families, all huddled around their individual television sets or monitors, watching and waiting
- Touching montages of the same clusters of people happily embracing or otherwise celebrating survival of some sort
Though we will concede Rusty a small creative victory for writing one scene in which those small clusters of people get zotted out of existence instead. But that's a rare occurrence.
This concludes the lesson for today. This may be on the test.
Sorry man, but this time you just suck. The last three episodes were awesome!
I will agree with you on 1/3 of the first and 2/3 of the second!
Do keep in mind that these observations are based on three series' worth of Who, not just three episodes. Our Rusty's a very consistent boy.
don't forget, the nigh-infinite armies are PART HUMAN robots. it really can't possibly break the doctor's heart the third time around.
Oh, yes! We can't have fully robot robots, or else the Doctor would just crush them all with MIND BULLETS!
(That's telekinesis, Kyle!)
Well, they're all crunchy on the outside with a chewy center, but the Daleks aren't part-human. 2 out of 3, though.
The Daleks had some human bits. Their whole evil conspiracy was to harvest humans and use them to make more Daleks. (And then they did it again in an even more obvious way in the New York two-parter we don't talk about).
Aw, I was banking on the return of Sally Sparrow as the series 4 companion.
Sally Sparrow sounds like a better idea than Screechy Bride again, even if she was better in the Christmas special than I'd feared during her teaser at the end of Doomsday.
I think he's done some good work, on episodes that were not supposed to be plot-heavy: the series pilot "Rose", "Tooth and Claw" and this season's "Gridlock" were all solid popcorn entertainment, and even "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday" and the ever-reviled "Love and Monsters" had their moments. He's got a good ear for dialogue. He still does not entirely understand how good science fiction works, but lots of people in TV don't.
I hear rumors that he's looking for a replacement post-S4 please let it be Steven Moffat.
He's great with dialogue.
Story and science-fiction know-how, not so much.
Which is a shame, since this is a show which requires not only dialogue but decent stories and good science-fiction.
As far as this season finale goes, I'm afraid the total awesomeness of "Blink" left our expectations up way too high.
Is that just me?
nope. even utopia gave me some hope. but then it went to shit.
I agree with y'all. Blink was amazing and the first two parts of the finale 3-parter were just great. The only real letdown I had was The Last of the Time Lords and, unfortunately, it was the worst possible episode to feel let down by since we won't get any new Who until Christmas.