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7x05 The Angels Take Manhattan 
29th-Sep-2012 11:29 pm

Basically... colour me underwhelmed.

So. The Pond's final farewell. I was mostly okay with their exit in TGC, despite the fact that they didn't leave of their own volition.

Things I liked:
- Amy's Harry Potter specs

- Acknowledgement that Bad Things Happen when the Doctor travels alone. (Except during that 200 year period in which he did just that I guess)
- Amy and Rory living out their lives together

Things I didn't like:

- Amy ages, but I guess Rory doesn't?

- I don't really get the whole "time can be rewritten" schtick. Why keep repeating that if it's not actually possible FFS. Is it supposed to be ~poignant when it can't be changed or something?

- Everyone in this ep was so dumb. Like, since when are chapter titles considered spoiler free? Why did Rory's mind not immediately jump to his freaking DAUGHTER when he saw the name "Melody"? Why did everyone need multiple explanations of what the angels do to you?

- River was kind of a bag of crazy too. Remember ladies, self-harm is always okay when it's for the benefit of your man! Just don't let him ~see the damages~! What's with this idea that Eleven's delicate feelings must be protected? NTM the idea that he shouldn't use his regeneration energy to help someone he loves? DNW.

- New York felt really under-used tbh. Dare I say that Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks did it better? (Also, why do all alien races decide to take Manhattan? I guess "The Angels Take the Bronx" doesn't have quite the same ring to it)

All in all...

Once again, Moffat disappoints. News at eleven.
30th-Sep-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
OH GOD the idea that Eleven's delicate sensibilities need to be sheltered and you shouldn't "let him see the damages" or "let him see you age" because it might throw him into a tantrum was WHACK. And what was even more whack for me was that River's freak-out in this episode was not because her parents were dyign or because her husband left her to break her own wrist or anything, but because HE WAS ACTUALLY BEING NICE AND CONCERNED FOR HER WELL-BEING?????????? ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!! River holy fuck this is like the first time I've bought that he's concerned for you and you flip out for no reason! "HOW DARE YOU USE YOUR REGENERATION ENERGY (THAT YOU HAVE I GUESS FOR SOME REASON EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT REGENERATING OR INJURED) TO HEAL MY WRIST EVEN THOUGH I USED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY REGENERATIONS TO SAVE YOU YOU EMBARSS ME, ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL HOW WE EMBARRASS EACH OTHER. IT'S CALLED MARRIAGE."

Could've also done without her "when you're in love with a god" speech (STOP CALLING HIM A GOD, where's the chorus of people who hated RTD for doing just that?) and the weird way that when he was like "are you okay, your parents just died" she was like LET'S FOCUS ON WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT HERE: YOU. And she doesn't want to travel with him because..... ...........?????????????? RIVER WHY

wow I guess I have a lot of feelings on River in this episode lol

The rest of this episode was eh to me. I saw it coming and I don't love it but I don't hate it, in terms of ways fo rAmy to leave. Sucks that Amy is the first companion to actually wind up WORSE OFF post-Doctor but whatever.

30th-Sep-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
IKR?? They embarrass each other so I guess they're even. And Eleven's douche card can be redeemed for a free act of douchiness, since he left his wife to break her own wrist from the grip of a murderous Weeping Angel. God I feel sorry for the Eleven/River shippers. I was legit touched by him using his energy on her, and she slaps him?? And she basically gives no fucks about her parents. River really really needs a Sassy Gay Jack.

I am almost invested enough to look up some fix-it fic for her, or anything retconning her shitty storyline.

For Amy and Rory, it definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been. At least they're mostly past the Depression and can get comfortably rich using the stock market, so I wouldn't say they're worse off. I am sad to think of Brian waiting for them to come home. Fuck Moffat and his unwillingness to include any kind of emotional continuity.
30th-Sep-2012 06:28 am (UTC)
Yeah I thought it was sweet of him to (magically and inexplicably) heal her like that and for the first time from Eleven I got the impression he liked River a lot? AND THEN SHE WAS CRAZY. So like, I don't know when these two find time to just enjoy each other's company because one of them is always busy hating the other person for some slight, be it imagined or real.

Well, I think Amy will be very limited in terms of career opportunities and both of them were finally FINALYL enjoying their real lives in "The Power of Three" and now they're stuck in the 30s without their friends or family or jobs or gorgeous house or fancy car. That sucks. And what was the field like for male nurses in the 30s? Not great, I'm guessing. Also, have fun with WWII y'all. (lol though at least being in NYC for WWII is preferable to being in Europe.)

30th-Sep-2012 06:45 am (UTC)
I know!! I admit I like the Slap-Slap-Kiss trope, but it needs to be balanced with, well, kissing. TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS, MOFFAT. Although at this point...

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Ooh good point. Dammit, just when Amy was starting to get a real career. And Rory will have to masquerade as a doctor or something IDK. And WWII too. Well, shit.
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