Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5th

Today I have a Doctor Who review for you all. There are no spoilers, so don't worry if you haven't seen the episode!

Thoughts on Asylum of the Daleks (no spoilers)

The biggest problem was that it tried too hard to be interesting.
It was like Moffat (and surely some others) decided that it needed every possible sort of emotion to be present as well as be dangerous, sexy, and new. It just ended up being a bit clumsy, I think.
It’s very hard to tackle so many things in one episode, and with the return of an iconic Doctor Who figure (the Daleks), it seemed like there was an unnecessary amount of stuff. There was too much going on - I’m sure the plan was to make it seem epic because there were plot twists and new characters and old villains and romance and heartbreak and all sorts of other things but it was just too much. 
What I often tend to love about Doctor Who is its subtlety. Clever little lines that make me smile, characters who have genuine, realistic aspects instead of being caricatures of an archetype - but this diverged too far from that. There was no grace or subtlety. It was like someone was trying to convince me that this show was great instead of just showing me through well-done storylines and interesting people.

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