Sunday, May 1, 2011

Doctor Who: Day of the Moon

Gut reaction to the second part of the Doctor Who season 6 premiere: I felt just a little bit let down.

The letdown started with the opening sequence. Taken on its own, it was clever and exciting, but it picked up three months after the big cliffhanger of "The Impossible Astronaut." If you blinked, you missed how the Doctor and his crew got out of that jam, and Amy shooting at a little girl is resolved with a throw-away line of dialogue halfway into the episode. I felt like I was cheated out of a bigger payoff there.

My biggest issue, though, was that these two episodes were not a story in themselves so much as they were a prologue to the season. I've enjoyed my share of serialized shows (Lost, Alias, 24), but I've never thought of Doctor Who as one of them. Yet we were left with quite a few questions when the end credits rolled:

From the long-term: Who is River Song and who did she kill? We did get a tidbit of information on this when she says she has to say in jail to fulfill a promise. (By the way, River really grew on me as a character these two episodes. She takes out a whole room of Silents with kick-ass precision, and her heartbreak is palatable when she realizes that was her last kiss with the Doctor.)

From the short-term: Who killed the Doctor and why? Who is that little girl? (Amy's daughter messed with in the womb by the Silents? The Doctor's daughter Jenny?) How can she regenerate? And why is there a photo of Amy in her bedroom? And speaking of Amy, who was the woman with the eye patch she saw in the window? What did the Silents do with her over several days of captivity? Is she impregnated with Schrodinger's baby?

We won't get any answers next week as the Doctor and Co. will be going on a pirate adventure. Arg! Unfortunately, what should be a fun adventure standalone episode will only make me impatient for Steven Moffat and his writers to get back to what they set in motion in the premiere. I probably won't be the only one thinking that way, but that's what serializing your series does to your audience.

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