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  1. ElleryAnne

    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I would have been happier if Big Boi donated his halftime fur coat to Adam Levine to cover up with.
  2. ElleryAnne

    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    For me, it's in the fact that Chibnall has all season chosen "safe" villains - by which I mean, his villains are generally types that PC culture is happy to see as villains. White men, rich corporate Trump-types, that sort of thing. There were a couple of episodes that strayed from this, but overall as a season it felt like Chibnall played it safe, even to the point of cowardly, in his storytelling. And if he'd done it well, I wouldn't personally care. But they were also bland and one-dimensional, and that's harder to overlook. It's seemed at times that he was more concerned with having appropriate villains than with having original stories. In the long run I feel like it just ended up being unfortunate for JW, who deserved better stories than she got. And I wonder how much of the feeling about the PC-ness (?) of Thirteen's first season has to do with when folks first discovered Doctor Who. I didn't know the show until its reboot, and Nine and Ten remain my favorite Doctors. During the past several years, I've seen numerous episodes with the earlier Doctors, but I wasn't alive during those years to learn to love them first. And the first four seasons of Nu-Who aren't (IMO) terribly preachy - they're more sci-fi drama/adventure/touch of comedy. Are most of the comments about the past season being more PC coming from people who prefer the RTD and/or Moffett eras, or is it more evenly distributed with those who were fans of the show from its inception in '63?
  3. ElleryAnne

    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I absolutely agree with this. One of my issues with much of the past season has been that there's something almost defeatist about many of the episodes, and the Doctor and companions end up walking away looking tired and worn. But Jodie lights up the screen when they give her a chance to be happy and hopeful. I wish her debut season as Thirteen had happened under a better showrunner.
  4. ElleryAnne

    Lost In Space (2018)

    Just watched the first couple of episodes. "Drift Away" is a little too on the nose for the opening of the first episode. Will has strong lungs, what with managing a trek up a snowy mountain and time in a forest fire with barely a gasp. That's not even counting the rest of the kid's day. I like Penny and Judy. From some angles, the actress playing Penny reminds me of a young Karen Gillan. Judy thanking the robot was a nice moment. After the overwrought danger of the first episode, I was glad the second episode had a couple of quiet moments that let the characters just... be. I can usually suspend disbelief with the best of 'em, but I don't understand why a couple (whether or not on the verge of divorce) would take minor children away to colonize other planets. It seems to me that if we ever really colonize other worlds (hopefully not), it should be left to couples with no kids to tackle that zany project, and have the babies after you've landed safely and set up a stable base. Or of course, you could just hope that your bad choices are all serendipitously wiped away by a benevolent and forgiving robot. Here's hoping. Otherwise, she gets irritating real soon.
  5. ElleryAnne

    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    Oh, I don't mind that Thirteen has a lighter soul than some of the previous Doctor incarnations. I just think it's that difference, rather than difference in the actor's age or gender, that creates the "optics" mentioned upthread.
  6. ElleryAnne

    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    I wouldn't have thought age or gender in particular, but more about something in the way they carry themselves. For instance, Matt Smith was young and played Eleven as rather frenetic on the surface, but with an old soul. When I watch him, I feel that he's carrying a lot of sorrow in there somewhere. JW plays Thirteen with a joyful, youthful excitement. I like her as The Doctor, but I don't often see the weight of a thousand years of pain and wisdom in her eyes.
  7. ElleryAnne

    S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    First time this season I can say this, and I'm happy to do so - I loved this episode. It wasn't perfect, but it had the elements I look forward to in this show, and managed to be emotional, thoughtful, suspenseful, hopeful and fun by turns.
  8. ElleryAnne

    S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    It's been five days since I saw the episode, and I still don't know whether I liked or disliked it overall. It was basically Through The Looking Glass, and What The Doctor Found There. I do know that I rolled my eyes at the frog, but I liked the Doctor's conversation with it. I think it may be one of those episodes where I'll have to watch it a couple more times, many months apart, and see how it grabs me. I thought the episode was pretty good on some of the character beats for the companions (I'm loving Graham and Ryan's relationship (even if it's presented with occasional flashing arrows from the writers saying "Watch how cleverly we're building this relationship")), and I liked Hanne. Erik should be boiled in oil.
  9. ElleryAnne

    S11.E08: The Witchfinders

    Pretty good episode. One of the few this season that I enjoyed enough to watch again. I found it visually appealing - the setting, the mud aliens (their make-up as well as the physical staging of them in the woods), the costumes (particularly James')... it was engaging to watch. The plot wasn't bad, and it had elements of creepiness that weren't just depressingly due to the flaws of mankind. And there were some good lines throughout. In general, it felt like an episode of Doctor Who. I'm one of those who is annoyed by the inattention to period clothing, but I've just decided to accept that the bar isn't set very high this season on things like that. It takes me out of the story sometimes (it did in Demons of the Punjab, as well), but if the story overall is good enough, I get drawn back into it quickly enough. AC was great as King James. The role suited his style well. (Or vice versa.) JW, as usual, was excellent.
  10. ElleryAnne

    S11.E07: Kerblam!

    An ok episode, but Kerblamazon's robots seemed like cheap knockoffs of the angel robots in Voyage of the Damned.
  11. ElleryAnne

    S11.06: Demons Of The Punjab

    I liked this episode. Probably my second favorite of the season, behind The Ghost Monument. Loved the characters, the visuals (including that beautiful wedding outfit) and the relationships. I thought it was historical without being overly political (also true of most of the DW eps that travel to past events), but I respect that not everyone is going to agree with that. To each his own, and I don't get the need for snotty intolerance in response. Treading into real-world events can sometimes take a viewer out of the story aspect, if it's not done right. It's okay to want DW to be an escape from real-world issues, not a reminder of them. I thought this episode was done pretty well in that regard, but I still found myself wondering if anyone in 1947 was going to comment on what the time-travelers were wearing, so maybe not. IDK. Maybe it was even addressed, and I didn't catch it because the music drowned out the voices. (I'm really hating the music this season in general, other than the opening theme.) And the math on Nani's age... so, okay, I guess a couple of different things took me out of the story-telling in the ep. I have to agree that there's something about this season that's just lacking in the fun department. It's more than halfway through the season, and it seems that, while Thirteen is great (I love her and I like all three companions), the episodes have been missing something. Again this week, there's death and sadness and trouble and the Doctor can't do much about it for reasons. I knew Prem was doomed from the start, so I couldn't even root for the Doctor to do much more than maintain a status quo. So, three cheers for... not messing up the timeline?
  12. ElleryAnne

    S11.E05: The Tsuranga Conundrum

    The Pting looked like the unholy offspring of a Slitheen and the baby from Dinosaurs.
  13. ElleryAnne

    S11.E03: Rosa

    I liked the episode. But reading through this thread depressed the hell out of me.
  14. ElleryAnne

    S37.E03 I Am Goliath Strong

    I haven't been a fan of Natalie's, but that TC was uncomfortable like watching an intervention. Also no fan of Jeremy's, so glad he's gone. In fact, there are about six other members of Goliath that can go next and I'll be happy. Christian and Gabby are kind of adorable together right now. Or maybe Gabby's adorable about Christian, and Christian's just adorkable.