This season is being far too obvious in its social commentary so far, and this ep is just another instance of it. It's not a bad episode in and of itself, but that's really due to some good character development. This episode owes a great deal to Jenny, who's a great character.
That said, the ending really is somewhat forced. It's clear the writers wanted Jenny to go in a different path from the Doctor, so they contrived a weak ending to make that happen. Shame, really.
Oh, and this marks another episode where the guest-star offers far more to the series than Donna does, and yet is written out in a contrived way. Oh, well... hopefully Jenny will return later in the season, though I suspect she will.
Cute kick-ass blondes being my Kryptonite, I had to check out The Doctor's Daughter. Martha is still cool (I always liked her) and I adore Jenny - such a fantastic character! Donna still irritates, but not as much.
Overall though and despite Jenny being awesome I'd have to say it wasn't actually very good. A shame, as I was prepared to give the series more of a chance. But there were too many vast and gaping plot holes - like why Donna and Martha didn't end up getting immediately cloned the way the Doctor did.
I'd also like to know how the general managed to look so old for a seven day war without being one of the original colonists as the rest are all relatively young.
Too much like that which did not chime.
Still... Jenny DID rule. I'll watch out for her again...
The Unicorn and the Wasp- Another eh. episode. And I think I'm noticing a trend here how many writers that appear on the show become read in the far future and are the best selling of all time? Didn't they say the same about Dickens and Shakespeare? Getting a bit full of ourselves aren't we?
Finally got through "Unicorn & The Wasp"... it's passably decent. More a fun little romp than anything tremendously memorable.
And yeah, there's a definite trend of hyping the authors on the show. Meeting historical figures from time to time is interesting... but I'd like to see more eps like "Girl In The Fireplace" that don't deal with writers as such.
As for the future... well, it is the future, so anything can happen. So I'm okay with giving the show some license on this one.
Good news, though... next ep is Moffat's "Silence In The Library". Looking forward to it.
"Silence In The Library"... thus far, easily the best episode of Season 4.
Granted, this isn't saying much. Nor is it a terrible surprise, with Steven Moffat at the helm of this one. Still, good to know that this season hasn't been complete rubbish.
The shadow monsters are actually pretty darn creepy, must be said. Moffat does quite well with horror and creating alien monsters. And what happened to Donna at the end was cool... though I feel sorry for anyone in the Library to have to have Donna for a computer interface. ;D
And I'm really curious to find out what that space archaeologist's "past" (well, more like "future") with the Doctor really is... a Companion from the Doctor's future, maybe? (Though the Doctor is wrong about not giving sonic screwdrivers away... he did give a sonic device to Sarah Jane Smith... who darn well earned it!) I do rather like the way Moffat plays with the idea of time travel in his episodes, either way.
Great stuff, but then I expect nothing less from Moffat. Looking forward to "Forest of the Dead".
Yeah, I agree. That ruled. Moffat has an absolute genius for this, I think. I LOVE the way the Doctor intimidates the Vashta Nerada - "You're the biggest library in the universe. I'm the Doctor. Look me up." Just great writing.
Complex without being confusing.
The only drawback is we're now back to lesser writers...
i wanna know what his name is lol. the archeologist woman does my nutt in. they seem to be implying they're married or something close... >.< i wont let it happen!!!
the spoilers thing is kinda annoying too. (kinda handily) on one cathrine tate show episode she's asking someone from eastenders "what happens in the end?" and we cant ever know what happens in the end but i dont mind if she spoils it for the doctor... it means then i can go and stop it happening ;D
thanks to LaFille for the banner and Gal for correcting my BB code fail ;D
I don't think the Doctor and the archaeologist were married. It would be interesting if they were because of the fact that he knew her fate. It says alot about the Doctor if he marries somebody who he knows their fate already. But I don't think they were married.