Monday, September 15, 2014

Listen ~ a Doctor Who episode review

Last week's episode was a continuation on the good-episode streak - actually, it was pretty amazing and bittersweet at certain parts. Unfortunately, Moffat did make some of his usual blunders; namely, that of forgetting plots from previous episodes. For example...

- Orson Pink is proclaimed to be the "first" time traveller. But what about the "first" time traveller in Moffat's own episode "Hide"?

- "The last planet in existence," the Doctor says. But what about the time he, Martha, and Captain Jack travelled to the last place left in the universe in "Utopia"?

These are just some examples of Moffat conveniently (or actually) forgetting previous plots. It doesn't matter which one it is, it just looks sloppy and causes me some fist-shaking "Moffat!" moments.

Another thing I had a problem with is that "Listen" felt like two episodes squished into one without covering them properly. Couldn't Moffat have just stopped after Clara came back to Danny in the restaurant and fleshed out the episode properly - and then do the rest of the episode in another and fleshed out that one properly?

However, besides these common Moffat mistakes, "Listen" was quite a good episode. I believe it is that questioning part of the Doctor that's making me start to really like him... as well as his kind moments, which are made all the more special because he's usually so rude. :) The first fifteen minutes were good and the last fifteen minutes almost blew my mind away. I might not have liked the episode as much as I did with all the annoying blunders, but that ending saved Moffat... this time.

Alyianna's rating: 8 out of 10

Question – Why do we talk out loud when we know we’re alone? Conjecture – Because we know we’re not.

This is just a dream, but very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is alright. Because didn’t anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day you’re gonna come back to this barn and on that day you’re going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay, because if you’re very wise and very strong fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to anything else, listen to this. You’re always gonna be afraid even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But that’s okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I’m gonna leave you something just so you’ll always remember. Fear makes companions of us all.

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