TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

I guess we’d better talk about the Doctor Who Christmas special. Major spoilers. There’s a lot to like here. We’ve had some stinkers of Christmas specials, and frankly I get sick of Christmas if I’m rewatching the new series because it’s Christmas every eight episodes or so. I liked this one, though, because it felt very much…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

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Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”

After an extremely shaky last-half-of-season-eight, Doctor Who has pulled off an extremely good finale with “Death in Heaven.” Not much “stuff” happened in “Dark Water,” the first half of the two-parter, but they totally make up for that in the first ten minutes of this episode. Major spoilers. Danny’s a Cyberman. Clara lies about being the…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”

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Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

I have three things to say about “Dark Water” related to Doctor Who season 8 in general, and then a few thoughts more specific to the episode. Heavy spoilers. 1) I love the Doctor, and I love Peter Capaldi. I haven’t said that enough in this season. I love him. I love that he’s in control of…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

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Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

I didn’t dislike this episode as much as the ones I hated… But I didn’t like it as much as even “Mummy on the Orient Express,” a good episode just brought down by Clara Oswald’s existence. It was basically on par with last week’s “Flatline” for me — just meh. It didn’t hang together. It…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

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Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

“Flatline” was a pretty normal “freaky idea of the week” type of Doctor Who episode, but channeling Flatland. The monsters are two-dimensional. It’s a creative idea, but… meh. Maybe my undying love of Flatland is to blame, but it was kind of disappointing. Episodes (and horror-ish sci-fi movies) like this are always a let-down for me,…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

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Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Well, that was disappointing. No, not the episode… the fact that Clara was in it. I never really thought she was GONE, but I was hoping we’d get a week off. Nope. That said, “Mummy on the Orient Express” was still leagues ahead of “Kill the Moon,” and I actually did enjoy it. A pretty…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

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Doctor Who Review: “Kill the Moon”

Remember how I was increasingly disappointed in “Time Heist”? Remember how I didn’t really like “The Caretaker”? Remember how I don’t trust Steven Moffat to do anything right ever again, ESPECIALLY on Doctor Who? Yeah… I hated “Kill the Moon” with a fiery passion. All my positive opinions are contingent on a good finale, and…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Kill the Moon”

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Where to Find Strong Female Characters on TV

This week, I’m posting lists of my favorite stories that have female protagonists or POVs. Today I’m featuring TV shows. Leave your recommendations in the comments, especially if they’re nothing like these, and check back Friday for open discussion on strong female characters! Alice (the miniseries) – It does take kind of a turn and…… Continue reading Where to Find Strong Female Characters on TV

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Doctor Who Review: “The Caretaker”

I enjoyed “Time Heist,” but as the week wore on, I was less and less satisfied with it. “The Caretaker” just left me unimpressed from the start. (I did have extremely vivid dreams about being Twelve’s companion after watching it last night, though, for whatever that’s worth!) For starters, why did the Doctor appear just to tell Clara “no…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “The Caretaker”

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Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”

No-spoiler review this time! After the intensity (and divisiveness) of “Listen,” Doctor Who presents us with a solidly average, not-too-heavy adventure episode. I just have a few quick responses: The plotting was good. There’s a basic use of questions to get the viewer involved — Why is the Doctor robbing this bank? Who are these other characters? Who…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”