27 October, 2011

More Waterloo Road

So this week's episode had some GAPING FLAWS. I actually enjoyed the episode as a whole - despite half of the characters being dull but there was some intrigue as to who the assistant teacher was and THAT was quite interesting.

1. Matt Wilding (drama-cum-music teacher). There is still no clarification as to his situation. You could watch the episode and assume it's a straight, non-conventional couple bearing child. Or, you could think he's homosexual. The kids made jokes about 'I thought he was gay' BUT this could have been students joking about, so still noone knows what's going on.

2. The affair issue is BORING and REPETITIVE but at least it's quite interesting that Sarah Hadland is about to go batshit crazy.

3. The storyline 'school taken down from within by rogue determined to bring down head' was the focus of THE ENTIRE LAST SERIES and so if that's where they are going with the journalists this year, the BBC might aswell save their millions and re-broadcast series six.


12 October, 2011

I Can't Watch Anymore - Waterloo Road

So I sit down to watch this week's Waterloo Road - some nice light-hearted fare.  HOWEVER I had a few MAJOR issues with the episode.

1. We have already had the Vicki-cannot-cope-with-her-work issue. The plot has ALREADY BEEN DONE. 

2. None of these writers seem to understand how a school works. This is tantamount to basing a programme ANYWHERE and not understanding GRAVITY. You cannot 'fail' a pupil based on coursework - neither can you just 're-submit' coursework you have already submitted, because there is likely to be a DEADLINE for MODERATION. 

3. Matt Wilding used to be gay. Skip to this series and he's happily settled down with a WOMAN, looking to undergo fertility treatment to have a CHILD. I didn't think it was possible to have such a lack of continuity go through any kind of programme-making process. 

Really don't think I can watch this anymore - however I'm a bit keen to see just how bad the show can get.....

03 October, 2011

A Few Notes From The Wedding (Doctor Who - The Wedding of River Song)

This was a GOOD. EPISODE. I have a few gripes, but the main purpose of the episode - explaining the dying thing eventually and settling the timeline (for now) was achieved. Phew.
This is a chaotic post because this was a chaotic episode/series.

I like that a lot of things from the series - the 'blue head man' and everything from Let's Kill Hitler seemed to actually be for a purpose. An explanation of the 'fixed points in time' issue. Amy finally acting like a parent. The ideas of time etc in this episode are so intrinsic to humanity that Moffat smacks it out of the park as per. 'And what sort of time do you call this?'. The Silence are literally the grossest creatures in New-Who. The parallels between the Doctor and euthanasia. THIS WAS ALL GOOD.

What I didn't like was Amy not remembering Rory. I have seen suggested that the picture is of an action-man sort because Amy remembers Rory as brave and heroic. However, there seems to be something ODD about Rory. He's always dying, and Amy cannot recognise her husband but can recognise the Doctor? In 'The God Complex, Rory speaks in the past tense suddenly and without knowing so. Hmmmm. Also, the world in which they were existing whilst 'time disintegrated' did not seem terrifying enough - there was no evidence of impending doom. If anything it looked quite fun. Also, if the time and the date never change, WHY HAVE CLOCKS AND CALENDARS ANYWAY?

Whilst finally getting some sort of payoff on the series was liberating and satisfying, I don't know if I'm really pleased with the WAY we were satisfied.  The robot being dead didn't satisfy the Silence needing the Doctor dead - surely they cannot be fooled that easily, and will only want to re-kill the Doctor when they find out. On the plus side (as the Doc will never die), I'm assuming we'll get a big story where the Silence are defeated? Everything the blue head man said, and even the 'question' have still yet to be answered. Karen Gillan has said that she has a secret yet to be revealed, and I've still yet to work out if River will still be a feature in the series, as we seem to know everything INTERESTING about her relationship with the Doctor.

In summary, an end to some of the story arc, giving rise to a greater and larger one than before. It seems as if Moffat cannot do self-contained stories or arcs. Whilst this is interesting and tense, and he is a VERY clever man, I am still in the dark about so much that I struggle not to see this episode as a bit of a cop-out - ending the current situation, but leaving the situation wide open to come back again, bigger and badder than ever before.

More random thoughts: The River Song story (RIVER SONG'S TIMELINE at about 11 minutes in) is tragic, now we know it. The death of the Brigadier didn't have an impact on casual fans. What does the Doctor know that can never be known? What is the Doctor's name? SO MUCH WE DON'T KNOW