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Jul. 16th, 2017 02:58 pm
katikat: (S_NCISLA)
These last few weeks, I watched some TV shows, too, not just movies. Like NCIS:LA S2 (for Densi) and Covert Affairs S1 (for Auggie Anderson) on DVD, and then Stitchers S1 downloaded (for Camsten). I also started watching Elementary S1 on Netflix, just to have something where I don't care about the fandom or shipping or anything like that at all and that I can fall back on when my current fandom - Shadowhunters - pisses me off, which it's been doing more and more lately.

And now I'm watching Doctor Who S10. Apparently, the new Doctor should be announced today. I'm already dreading it because whoever it'll be, I bet a shit storm of hate will follow because that's how the net's rolling these days. Me? Cynical? Why do you think?
katikat: (S_DW)
Steven Moffat quit Doctor Who, season 10 will be his last. I mean, it's great that it was his choice and the he even found himself a successor and talked him into doing it, he wasn't fired or pushed out or anything, he will be leaving on his own terms... But... I love Moffat's writing. And I love that he doesn't give a shit about fandom's complaints, he has his own story to tell and he's sticking with it. His writing is amazing, like the episode Blink, the creation of Captain Jack Harkness, 11 and the Ponds... Incredible. So yeah, the end of an era...
katikat: (S_DW)

Looks interesting. I still haven't seen anything beyond S5, so...
katikat: (S_DW)
Well, that was pretty shitty. Pardon my French. But it dragged on and on and on! There were MINUTES of nothing but the Master laughing and laughing and laughing. They could've cut a good half of it and it would've gone much smoother and livelier. The last 30 minutes were awesome. The previous 90+? Good grief! I think it was high time that RTD left the franchise because that was painful to watch.

The Doctor's regeneration was really sad. All the people he visited, all the friends he helped before it was time to leave. That was really heartbreaking. In the end, I fell in love with 10 and David Tennant's portrayal of the character. Luckily, there are many DW tie-in novels so I can spend time with him to my heart's content WITHOUT needing to suffer RTD's writing.

Now, I'm all done with 9 and 10. And I can finally go over to 11. My precious, precious 11. And the Ponds :)
katikat: (S_DW)
Donna's fate... I think that was the most cruel thing that could have happened to her. Out of all the companions so far, I think her fate was the saddest. I mean, I understand why the doctor did it, I get that, I really do, still... 10 basically "reset her", all her character development was gone, and yeah, thanks to her, many races were saved, including the Ood, but she lost all that. All she has learned, all she has seen...

And, you know, Rose Tyler is actually likable when she kicks ass and doesn't bawl and whine, "Doctor, oh, Doctor!" all the time. Martha was as kick-ass as ever, of course. Jack, Ianto and Gwen, too. Mickey... poor Mickey, once AGAIN he was the unwanted third wheel; but I was glad that he basically finally said "eff you all!" and went to live his own life with people who actually SAW and appreciated him. Sarah Jane... I have no strong feelings about her; yeah, she's sweet but since I've never seen her DW eps nor her show...

Though when the culprits were revealed, all I could think was, "Daleks? AGAIN?!" The writers have a universe full of creatures and races, why do they insist on bring the Daleks and the Cybermen back again and again and again? It's rehashing the same old story every time. But then, my favorite DW creatures are the Weeping Angels and the Silence. Now THOSE are cool!

I think now I have only 10's regeneration left and then I can hop onto 11!
katikat: (S_DW)
I got a hankering to watch DW all of a sudden and thus I marathoned 10 episodes today O.o I realized I have never finished the Donna Period so that's what I chose. David Tennant as the Doctor grew on me. I think I didn't like him as much during S2-3 because a) in S2, there was Rose Tyler and I really don't like her and I also didn't like the Doctor's attitude towards Mickey and b) I didn't like how the Doctor treated Martha in S3.

As far as companions go, of those that I've seen so far (S1-4), I would say Donna >> Martha >> Rose. Martha is amazing but I find Donna funnier which is always a plus for me. I loved the interaction between Donna and Martha, that was really nice.

The best episodes were, hands down the Steven Moffat ones, Silence in the Library & Forest of the Dead. Not only did they introduce River Song, but they were really, really creepy. Nobody writes creepy as well as Moffat, just remember Blink! And I love stories that are set in abandoned places and the Library was so cool! Another interesting one was Midnight, creepy in a different way, it was the reaction of the people that scared me, not the creature. Also, it had Colin Morgan!

3 more to go and I think I'm done with 10, right? Looking forward to 11.

Lotsa TV!

Aug. 4th, 2014 12:22 am
katikat: (S_Elementary)
Diagnosis: Murder 301-308: The best ep yet was 307, the one where Steve's girlfriend turned out to be a mass murderer and she blinded Steve temporarily. I loved Steve's scenes with his dad in the hospital, when Mark admitted he didn't know what he would do if something ever happened to Steve. Aww... Dick and Barry Van Dyke are great in these scenes!

Doctor Who 401: OMG, the scene where the Doctor and Donna met again was HILARIOUS! I LOL'd so hard! Also, I really adore Donna's grandfather. But yet again, Donna's mother is a bitch. What is it with RTD and harpies for mothers?

Elementary 101-105: I started watching it from the beginning again. And once I dropped any illusions of this being an actual Sherlock Holmes series - all the characters share with their book counterparts are their names - I started to really enjoying it. The cases are quite interesting, more interesting than the actual arc, to be honest, and I love the friendship between Sherlock and Joan.

Person of Interest 111: This was such a domestic episode. And the cushion! The cushion was hilarious. Loved the very first scene in this episode. Finch knew something like that could happen and he had a back-up plan.

Warehouse 13 401-402: The warehouse and Jinksy are saved! And Claudie rocks like a rocking thing. I loved her scenes with Steve, when she brought him back, when she refused to apologize for bringing him back, that was beautiful. But one thing I don't get: why didn't HG use her shield thing to trap the bomb inside? It withstood the blast from without, so why not from within?
katikat: (S_DW)
Blink. The BEST EPISODE so far. It was simply amazing. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Just... wow. If anyone ever - EVER - tells me again that Steven Moffat is not a good writer, I will call them on their bullshit and laugh in their biased face. Not for nothing is this episode rated 9.8/10 with thousands of voters on IMDB.

Other than that? Eh. Unlike with Christopher Eccleston whom I intensely dislike because he rubs me wrong in so many ways, I actually like David Tennant, he's a sweet guy and it's just sad that he wasn't given a better material to work with. Because the way 10 treated Mickey, Martha and even Jack... all that totally undermined my opinion of the character of 10.

Speaking of Jack. So, both 9 and 10 knew. They knew that Jack was alive and they left him there, on the derelict station, dealing with his immortality - that he didn't choose, he was ready to die - and the consequences of it - of, I might point out, Rose's fumble. Both 9 and 10 put Rose on a pedestal, made her the icon of perfection, but Jack was suddenly an abomination. Not Rose because of she did to him. No, she made a human mistake. Jack, who frickin' did not choose any of that, was the bad one, the one not worth visiting, the one not even worthy of an explanation. Ugh... The Face of Boe twist was funny, though.

And Martha. The 1914 double episode where the Doctor turned human - so, so cringe-worthy as far as Martha's character was concerned. Always second best. ALWAYS, in a reality where the Doctor did not know Rose. I was so glad that she finally found her backbone and called him on his BS and left. Good for her! The pediatrist was cute!

And Martha's mother... Let's just not.

The Master... Interesting prospect. I can understand why people think their relationship was slashy. Because it was. This might be interesting if they ever come back to it.

So, my opinion at the end of S3? 10 > 9. Definitely. But only because of David Tennant. If someone less likable played the part, I don't think I would be this forgiving of the writing.
katikat: (S_DW)

Looks really good. I'm curious to see what Peter Capaldi's Doctor will be like. So far, I've seen Capaldi only in Fortysomething with Hugh Laurie and Benedict Cumberbatch...
katikat: (S_DW)
So, I'm halfway through S3, 10 and Martha Jones. And so far, I feel really sorry for Martha. The Doctor is treating her like a poor replacement of the perfect model, if you know what I mean. She has to continually remind him that she's her own person and that she is good enough to travel with him. It kinda sucked all the pleasure out of their adventures.

So far, my favorite episode was Gridlock, them visiting New Earth. I actually cried when the Face of Boa died :(

And, of course, Martha has an irritating, I-know-better mother. What is it with RTD and harpies for mums? Does he have issues with his own mother or what? I mean she believes a stranger, a complete stranger rather than her own daughter when it comes to the Doctor? SERIOUSLY?! When she claimed that Martha "abandoned" them when she ran off to help the Doctor, I really wanted to punch her right in her wrinkled old face, selfish hag!

Oh, look Andrew Garfield! And Gugu Mbatha-Raw! And Mark Gatiss! Ha!
katikat: (S_DW)
... The one where 10 was still regenerating:

I don't know how I missed this one the first time around, oh well. Rose and her mother = me skipping parts. I really, really, really can't stand Mrs. Tyler. Nails on a black board are more pleasant than her! But I loved how ruthless the Doctor was with the Prime Minister. He was so, so angry. And ha! That's where Jack got his "hand in a jar"!

... The one where 10 met Donna:

After the whiny, clingy Rose, Donna was a breath of fresh air. I loved how unimpressed she was with the Doctor. And yes, she was no genius herself, pretty much Rose's level of intelligence and overall shallowness, but Donna knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it. And I loved that she was used to solving problems on her own, she didn't simply wait for the Doctor to find a solution. She went, borrowed money, got a cab... Fantastic!

... The one where 10 met David Morrissey:

Eh, this was a bit boring. Daleks and cybermen are really not my thing. I very much prefer the Weeping Angels as creatures goes. But I loved the Lady in Red. I wish they hadn't killed her off, I would've loved seeing her rule the cybermen as the Borg queen did with the Borgs in Star Trek. That would've finally made them interesting, I think.
katikat: (S_DW)
Well. David Tennant is definitely a better Doctor than Christopher Eccleston, at least IMHO. Still, David Tennant is not as good as Matt Smith, so there's that. But overall, I like 10. 9 rubbed me the wrong way but that must've been my strong antipathy towards Eccleston at work.

One thing I'm grateful for: we've finally, FINALLY gotten rid of Rose Tyler! She annoyed the heck outta me. The way she clung to the Doctor all the time. She literally had no life outside the Doctor. Like Mickey, she completely dismissed him, her boyfriend of how many years? I've seen people bash Amy but at least Amy had a husband and a job outside her travels with the Doctor. But Rose did not. And the way she was jealous of every other person in the Doctor's life! Of Mary Jane and Madam Pompadour, even of Mickey when the Doctor allowed him to travel with them! I'm so happy that Rose is gone now. I can't wait to see more of Donna!

Hm, there was one thing that annoyed me terribly about the 10th Doctor: the way he behaved towards Mickey. Yes, he reluctantly allowed him to travel with them but he completely dismissed him, Mickey was literally air to him. He did not care one iota about what happened to Mickey. That was incredibly irritating and I guess one of the reasons why 10 sometimes rubs me wrong, too, though not nearly as much as 9 did.

My favorite episodes where The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. I prefer it when the Doctor explores unknown planets and space stations. Not London. London - even in various time periods - gets boring after a while. But those two eps? That was real space based sci-fi, a real space adventure! And the special effects were amazing, especially the huge Satan!

And I'm done with S2!


Nov. 28th, 2013 10:50 pm
katikat: (W_PiperWindow)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 110. Best episode yet! )

Haven 411. I love the Nate & Duke friendship this season! )

The Mentalist 608. So, Red John is... )

Lewis Collins, Bodie from the UK TV show The Professionals, died :( That's so sad. I loved the guy and I loved him as Bodie. I think I shall re-watch the show in his honor. Bodie and Doyle were one of my first OTPs!

I watched episodes 301-302 of The Listener. So far, I like S3 more than the previous seasons, now that Toby has an official status with the special unit and every one of his colleagues knows about his gift. I loved the captain's reaction. And I'm glad that Oz keeps being awesome!

I also watched episode 201 of Doctor Who. My first episode with David Tennant. 10 is so much better than 9, I'm already liking the show much more. Loved his scenes with the Face of Boe - Cpt. Jack was called "The Face of Boe" once, wasn't he?

Oh, and BBC's Atlantis was renewed for S2, just FYI. Congrats to its fans.
katikat: (S_DW)
I have now arrived at David Tennant's Doctor, #10. Well, I will arrive at it once I buy it on DVD, which won't happen any time soon because a) I need to take a short break from anything DW related and b) I just ordered S1 of Star Trek: Voyager on DVD, so...

The last 3 episodes... Even the pig-like aliens were bearable with Jack. But then, Cpt. Jack Harkness makes everything better. One thing I noticed was how... different DW's Jack was from TW's Jack. DW's Jack was funny and sweet and flirty and careless and... light. TW's Jack was... sadder, darker, it feels like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. But it made me want to re-watch TW! I'll have to buy the Complete Series Box Set from Amazon UK, they have it for approximately Ł30!

The ending... so, Bad Wolf was kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, wasn't it? And 9's best scenes? Those with Jack, when they flirted together, that was incredibly sweet - and hot. The scene where Jack said good-bye to Rose and the Doctor and kissed them both the same way... lovely! And then Rose brought Jack back to life and they left him there, not knowing he survived. Well OUCH! I'm actually curious about their next meeting!

To sum it up. I didn't like Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. I'm not too fond of Rose. But I ADORE Jack! Jack makes everything better. So, the second part of S1 was great. The first part though... Eh.
katikat: (S_DW)
These two episodes were AWESOME! The introduction of Cpt. Jack Harkness. So, I was curious who wrote them. STEVEN MOFFAT! Of course it was him! I liked The Unquiet Dead (written by Mark Gatiss!) and Dalek before. But The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances? I LOVED THOSE TWO! I want to see them more than once! The scary parts were really, really scary. And the banter between Jack and the Doctor was hilarious - when they argued about their sonic weapons! LOL. That was so, so cool. And I just loved that Jack flirted with everything in sight, much to the Doctor's amusement!

And now I want to see Torchwood again. I've seen only the first 2 seasons so far. I know that S3 and S4 really divided the fandom but... I think I might get the complete series box set from Amazon UK. They offer it for Ł30 or so...
katikat: (S_DW)
The Doctor: I did it again, I picked another stupid ape. I should have known. It's not about showing you the universe. It never is. It's about the universe doing something for you.

Yeah, this pretty much sums up my opinion of these two episodes. Rose Tyler, the definition of a stupid ape.

Ef. This. I need to go and listen to a pretty podfic of some kind because these two episodes made me see red.
katikat: (S_DW)
Okay, I'm now almost halfway through the first season and I still don't get it. I don't get why Moffat haters praise Russell T. Davis like he was the Second Coming or something. Moffat bashers hate on him for everything, from being a misogynist to being homophobic, and RTD? Did these people somehow forget that his DW was riddled with things like Rose telling the Doctor, "You're so GAY!" when he complained etc. and so on? If Moffat wrote that, he would be burned on the stake!

So, six eps in, I can honestly say there have been only two good episodes so far: The Unquiet Dead (103) and Dalek (106). Everything else was rubbish. Like episodes 104 & 105: the farting aliens who hid in fat people. Such a terrible slapstick comedy. And Rose's mum and her boyfriend - so, so annoying!

I'm starting to understand why I didn't get into this show back then, with 9. But I'm determined to pull through. Only 7 episodes left. We should meet Jack soon, IIRC.
katikat: (S_DW)
Oh. God. The pilot was AWFUL! Seriously, if I had been watching it on TV, I wouldn't have gone back for more. Terrible writing, terrible CGI, terrible music. Sheesh on a pogo stick. How did Russell T. Davis get this show off the ground after such a terrible beginning is beyond me.

I mean, Rose was a loser with no prospects, a dead-end job, no education and a dumb, cowardly boyfriend. And the Doctor! Since when does the Doctor not care about individual people, even when he's saving the planet? He felt more like a watered down version of Sherlock. Gosh :(

Episode 2 was so much better! It's really weird to think that both eps were written by RTD! I loved the Doctor's reaction to Tree's death. That was awesome.

And episode 3, written by Mark Gatiss. Gosh, the guy is a busy little bee, isn't he? Loved Gwyneth, she was the best character in the ep: strong, beautiful and courageous. And so kind.


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