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It’s a Doctor Who Christmas Special!

Possible spoilers! You’ve been warned.

The Doctor and Clara. (image source: BBC)

The Doctor and Clara. (image source: BBC)

Whovians rejoiced on the night (and afternoon, in some parts of the world) of Christmas Day when the BBC debuted the newest Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen.

Since the mid-season finale aired months ago and we were left with the saddening (yet welcome) departure of the Ponds, we have eagerly awaited The Doctor’s triumphant return and the conclusion of the seventh season. Personally, I’ve been waiting for Matt Smith to wow me like he did in his first Christmas special, The Christmas Carol, because I’ve become rather bored with him. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m ready for his regeneration to happen. Sadly, I don’t think that’ll come about until after the 50th Anniversary.

Until then, I’ll just have to hope that he continues giving performances like he did in The Snowmen.  I was entertained, much more than I was during last year’s special. Actually, the entire episode was very entertaining. It was full of thrills, chills, mystery, laughs, and a not-so-well-executed Sherlock Holmes impersonation. It did have its hokey moments but not enough to ruin it.

Set in Victorian England, viewers are introduced to a young, friendless boy who begins a sinister relationship with a snowman, brilliantly voiced by Sir Ian McKellen. The snowman turns out to be a parasitic entity seeking to take over the human race and turn them into ice people. Flash forward to 1892, and the friendless boy has become an evil older man; Doctor Simeon (played by Hudson Hawk baddie, Richard E. Grant), is preparing his army of snowmen for the takeover of mankind on Christmas Day.

The Doctor looking spiffy in Victorian threads. (image source: BBC)

The Doctor looking spiffy in Victorian threads. (image source: BBC)

But where is the Doctor while all of this is going on? Sulking in the TARDIS, sitting high up in the clouds, not to be bothered by anything going on down below. He’s become a broken, melancholy shell of a Time Lord since losing the Ponds, and he doesn’t want anything to do with the world. No more saving people or worlds, no more investigating, no more adventures, just sulking and reading.

Enter Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the soon-to-be new companion, who stumbles upon the snowmen and reinvigorates the Doctor’s sense of adventure. She’s sassy, spunky, clever, witty, and keeps the Doctor on his toes, just what he needs in a companion. She resembles Souffle Girl from Asylum of the Daleks and at the end of the episode, you’ll find out why.

When she discovers the snowmen, as well as a menacing old woman in a frozen pond, are linked to thoughts, including those of the children she governs for, she seeks out the Doctor’s help in stopping them. With the assistance of Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart), and Strax (Dan Starkey), she brings the Doctor out of his slump and gets him back in the game. Of course he manages to save the day, he is the Doctor after all, but he loses Clara in the process. Well technically, she defeats the snowmen by crying, which is the hokey part, but whatever. She dies in the end…again. But the Doctor figures out she’s actually Souffle Girl (sorta), and he’s off again to find her in another time period. And that’s the lead-in to the second half of season seven.

The best parts of this episode:

  1. The schtick between Strax and The Doctor is priceless. Strax is pretty damn funny.
  2. The chemistry between Clara and The Doctor is ten times better than it ever was with the Ponds.
  3. The Doctor should wear Victorian clothes more often. He looks much better in them than he does in his regular attire.
  4. The Doctor pretended to be Sherlock Holmes and failing miserably.
  5. The “bow ties are cool” reference was especially hilarious.
  6. Spiral staircase into the clouds, leading to the TARDIS.
  7. The new look of the TARDIS interior is stellar!
  8. Ian McKellen’s voice. Wicked.

The worst parts of this episode.

  1. Old ice woman in the pond was lame.
  2. Expecting more action from the snowmen, didn’t get much.
  3. Clara/Oswin died, again. At least they didn’t say she was a clone or something stupid like that.
  4. The Doctor Simeon ice zombie puppet routine was laughable.
  5.  It ended.

 

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Recaps & Ramblings

I wasn’t really sure what to write about this week; I didn’t have a super-stellar idea for an article, so I thought I might just talk a bit about what’s going on in some of my favorite, and possibly NEW favorite shows, and offer my thoughts and musings.  Potential spoilers lie within.

Arrow

Arrow [source: megavideozer.com]

Honestly, I’ve only seen the first episode of this (the lack of cable television make it difficult to watch things on a regular basis), but it seems like it has potential. I know TJ has talked about it, but I thought I might offer some additional words. I was skeptical about the show at first because Justin Hartley wasn’t playing Green Arrow, but the new guy, Stephen Amell, seems like he might be okay. His acting comes across as a tad stiff sometimes, but hopefully he’ll grow out of that. Actually, I’m still warming up to most of the cast. It may take a few more episodes.

The stunts and fights have been pretty on-key, and his archery skills aren’t too shabby either, making for the potential of a great Green Arrow. There’s hints towards key characters, mainly Deathstroke, and they’re done very subtly, hinting that the writing might be pretty decent. And I’m stoked to see how John Barrowman’s character is going to fit into the mix. This show may end up being a new regular of mine.

Dexter

Dexter [source: wikia.nocookie.net]

I knew after last season’s ending that this season was just going to be amazing right from the beginning– it’s delivered. I mean, Deb figures out pretty much everything before the first episode ends. Well, the basics anyway. Sure, she took 6 seasons, but whatever, she knows–and there’s no going back now. This means Dexter has to be more restrained and a lot more careful with his kills because she is watching him like a hawk. It’s going to be incredibly tough for him, but I think he can pull it off. Just thinking about the tricks he might pull to get a kill gives me goosebumps. Also a plus, Ray Stevenson, aka “the good Punisher,” is on the show this season as the potential main bad guy, which means he has work. And that always makes me happy. I still have yet to see the latest two episodes, but I’m sure that they are incredible.

 

Supernatural

Supernatural [source: wikipedia.com]

This show just gets stranger and stranger, which I guess works for a show of its nature. The first five seasons had this huge story arc involving their dad, the yellow-eyed demon, and the Devil, all of which lead up to the apocalypse. After that, it’s pretty much gone on a season-by-season basis with tie-ins here and there, possibly leading up to something big. Not quite sure.

Series creator, Eric Kripke, only planned for fives seasons, so after the fifth ended and CW wanted more he handed over story control to someone else and became an executive producer. That might have something to do with the new weirdness. Season six was about Castiel‘s search for Purgatory, then finding and absorbing it to become “God,” then things got out of control so he tried to put it back but the Leviathan got out, and that’s where season seven took off. Seven was all about Leviathan and the brothers stopping them from using humans as a continual food source. Well they stopped Leviathan, but Dean and Castiel ended up in Purgatory and that brings us to the current season. Dean gets out (because it seems that neither Hell or Purgatory can hold Dean) by making buddies with a vampire and hitches a ride though some portal, but Castiel doesn’t escape. Apparently he’s dead, but probably not. It’s possible Dean may have left him there.

Sam tried to live a normal life and Dean got pissed because he didn’t try to find him, but they got over it. There was also an auction where some creepy old guy bought Mjolnir with five-eighths of a virgin, which I just shook my head at. (I thought you had to be worthy of it to possess it, but apparently you can buy it at auction. I’m gonna check eBay.) I hope this season doesn’t turn into a confusing ball of “When is this getting cancelled?”

Finally, my favorite:

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy [source: Collider.com]

By far, the best show on television. Hands down. And I know that I’ve already talked once about the show this season, but I have to speak again. I just finished the past week’s episode (“Small World”), and eagerly await my chance to watch this week’s episode (“Toad’s Wild Ride”), and let me just say that my mind has been blown once again by this show’s awesomeness. First off, the title “Small World” makes me happy. If it had not been titled as such, then it should have been titled “Opie’s Redemption.” Because that was the best thing about this episode, payback for Opie’s murder. I breathed a sigh of relief when it all went down and smiled devilishly when it was over. Does make me slightly sadistic? Some more stuff happened that was also pretty damn good, including a total WTF ending, but the redemption part was the best. I can’t wait to see where this season is going.

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