The Potential of Jane Foster

I recently watched Thor: The Dark World, which I’ll be getting to in a later post (I felt that this deserved its own, because it’s more encompassing than Jane’s character as seen in Thor: The Dark World).
Jane Foster, reincarnated anew for the Marvel films, could have been the greatest woman to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. She truly could.
In various of the Marvel comics universes, Jane is usually depicted as a nurse who works for, and who quickly becomes romantically entangled with Thor’s human alter-ego, Dr. Don Blake. In some more recent cases, she has been a doctor who works alongside Dr. Blake, as Marvel has begun to give more women positions of authority, but one thing remains true: she is always the supporting character, the love interest who is usually seen in conflict with Sif from Asgard, and who enjoys the excitement of the forbidden love trope due to Odin’s disapproval.
For what I believe could have been a multitude of reasons, Marvel decided not to use the concept of a hidden identity with Thor at all, and the character of Dr. Don Blake, the form into which Odin forced Thor into when he was sent to Midgard (Earth) when exiled, has yet to be mentioned at all. It is my belief that he may be referred to as the persona Thor takes on Midgard in the announced Thor 3, but it seems that Marvel has scrapped the entire storyline thus far. This renders Jane Foster, as she appears in comic-verse, completely obsolete. Hence, when Marvel started its new film franchise, it had to re-create her character – find her a new job in this new world that would mean she could easily get into contact with Thor upon his arrival on Midgard, and thus retain her role as a main supporting character.
This, in my opinion, could have been Marvel’s biggest chance to create a modern, truly identifiable woman and push the depiction of women on screen to a higher level of realism. And, to be quite frank, in my (biased, subjective) opinion, Marvel did not do this completely. Maybe mostly. But definitely not in the elegant way that I had hoped for.

Right now, in films, the only strong women are those who are seen picking up a weapon and fighting – becoming ‘one of the guys’. This seems to be following Germaine Greer’s interpretation of women as effectively having to become transvestites and lose their status as a woman in order to succeed in a man’s world. For example, to take the character of Pepper Potts; many people commented that in Iron Man 3 she becomes a strong woman and gets to “do more”. Well. Yes, she gets more action, but does that make her a stronger woman? Why does she have to pick up the suit and kill Killian to be justified as a strong independent woman who saves Tony, when she’s done so hundreds of times in her role as PA, friend and CEO? Why can people not see Pepper as she is; a powerful, articulate woman in her own right, who steps up and helps Tony in any way she can because she is a loyal friend and lover?

Marvel does have a spectrum when it comes to level of physicality shown by its female characters, ranging from Jane on one end of the extreme, to the likes of her intern Darcy Lewis and Dr Simmons, who are occasionally handy with a tazer, to Pepper Potts, who engages in violence in Iron Man 3 and displays the capability of violence way back in Iron Man 1 (she kills Obadiah Stane, remember?) to women who have made fighting their career, and are the epitome of the ‘attractive woman warrior’ – Natasha Romanov (the Black Widow), Agent May and Sif. However, the majority of the women do use weapons, and are inviting the view that the only women who deserve to be on screen are those who can be labelled as ‘bad-ass’, or who have successfully negotiated their sexuality in order to integrate themselves into a patriarchal society. The problem with so many ‘strong warrior women’ is that they set unbelievable expectations for women. So girls end up thinking that they aren’t good enough, that they can’t succeed as women, because they don’t have the ability to fall down four stories and shoot out all the guards in the process. It also means they now don’t identify with any of the characters, since the male characters are also depicted as very physically capable and strong (not to mention the under-representation of racial and sexual diversity).
This is where Jane comes in. Jane is given a position of relative authority: she is an astrophysicist, which suggests her high intellect, capacity to imagine and innovate, and determination in a hard science field that is male-dominated. She has an intern. What’s more, Marvel spends quite a bit of screen time on Jane in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World. I believe that in Jane’s character, Marvel has begun to show one of the newer strands of feminist movement, wherein a woman does not have to adopt a man’s role in order to succeed, but should be accepted as herself, as a real, happy, successful woman, not because she “can do anything a man can do” but by accepting everything that she is, whether she’s a warrior or an accountant or a stay at home mum. Because compared to the other women in the MCU at the moment, Jane is the only woman who does not fight physically. Yes, there are other characters who are similar to her, such as Dr. Jemma Simmons in the Marvel T.V. spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but even she renders a man unconscious in Episode 7.
I think it’s great that we have Jane’s intelligence and physical normality (also why I think a lot of people picked up on Darcy – she’s just a normal early 20s student concerned with her iPod and matchmaking her friend with this hot dude that she likes), rather than another super-capable spy/assassin/fighter like Natasha Romanov. Natasha is amazing, but not all women are like her. Jane isn’t that tough. She can’t kill a man with her hands and she doesn’t have a ninja move like the thigh strangle-hold. The point is, neither can I. Neither can any of the women I know.
Jane Foster enters the MCU and shows girls that their brains can be just as heroic as their bodies. That intelligence is strong as well. She’s (mostly) realistic. Being a strong woman doesn’t mean giving up sexuality and not being attracted to men at all. In order to appreciate ourselves, we don’t have to be blind to the other sex. One can point out aesthetically pleasing men, can date men, can interact intimately with men and marry men, and still be an independent woman. It is possible, and many women do it. Jane does this, to some extent. Yes, she giggles when she sees Thor. Yes, she’s attracted to him. But what often gets overlooked is that Thor is also her science project. She has spent her entire life studying space, and then suddenly, she literally bumps into an alien from another realm. Thor becomes the biggest bit of proof she’s ever gotten – of course she’s going to try to stay close to him. He IS science. In Thor: The Dark World, this is expanded upon, as Jane is now placed in an unfamiliar environment and has the opportunity to explore Asgard and experience the ‘magic’ of the Aesir.
Now, where Marvel stumbled, in my opinion: firstly, in pushing the agenda of the Hollywood romance, and secondly, succumbing to the bad-ass trope.

In a way, I believe that Jane Foster is the truest depiction of a scientist that is given in the MCU. Bruce Banner, Tony Stark; while being scientists, they have motivations other than the desire to learn; to gather more knowledge, and they are both, at the end of the day, very self-serving. Meanwhile, Jane has studied astrophysics all of her life, without being able to verify if she was getting anywhere, if her assumptions were right, for the sake of the science itself. She is characterised by her determination and perseverance in the face of obstacles such as S.H.I.E.L.D. and a broken Bifrost. She doesn’t give up after Thor goes back to Asgard, she continues her research.
In Thor, we don’t get this impression strongly enough. In Thor, most of what I saw was Jane apparently falling deeply in love with someone whom she’d known for, what, 2 days? I felt that was unrealistic. I felt that Marvel, instead of focussing on Jane as a character, stretched the romantic love story aspect of the plot to such an extent as to render it unbelievable. In trying to provide for a Hollywood romance, Marvel flattened what could have been a magnificent three-dimensional depiction of a woman, of a person. They do rectify this somewhat in Thor: The Dark World, but the result is a character without a strong foundation to build on.

 

Secondly, in Thor: The Dark World, I thought that Marvel fell into the trap of trying to force Jane to be a bad-ass. The slaps, an overused trope of female indignation, didn’t quite fit into the film, in my opinion, and seemed to be an attempt to satisfy the demographic that thinks strength can only displayed in physical shows of violence.So by the end of Thor: The Dark World, we are left with all of this potential, all the beauty and strength and awesomeness of what Jane Foster could be, and it is overlooked by the romantic aspect of Thor and her relationship (as well as the frankly uninspiring plot). Which, to me, was extremely disappointing.

The Sign of Three in Review

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This episode was a collaboration between all three writers, who each contributed a sequence to create the whole extravaganza that was John Watson’s Wedding (and stag party, plus some crimes).

That sentence was ambiguous, as I am attempting to find a coherent way to review this episode. It is hard. Let’s start with…(someone else’s words!!)

The best man’s speech was masterful. As a reviewer said:

Sherlock’s speech itself was equal parts awkward, embarrassing, funny, heartwarming, and sincere, which means it was pretty damn great. And even though there were several moments where I clutched at my face and willed Sherlock to stop talking out of sheer embarrassment for his character, the sentiment was there.

– Kaitlin Thomas

His speech also serves as the thrust of the plot, as scenes that he described melded into intriguing, sometimes hilarious flashbacks, all the while serving to display Sherlock’s admiration and respect and love for John to the audience; of both the episode and the wedding reception. While it did get slightly confusing for me (during the mind palace part, but we’ll get to that in a moment), I really liked the plot device used, as it is new to the series and created a more nostalgic, reminiscing tone which was perfect for a sentimental (oh, and it WAS, Sherlock was really revealing his hand here!) best man’s speech which dwelt on the core of Sherlock and John’s partnership – “I can solve your case, but John Watson will save your life”.

I’m still trying to decide whether to do this in chronological order, or filming order…oh, what the heck, I’ll just label everything! Who says a review has to have a middle or an end, anyway 🙂

Sherlock at wedding

I loved this gorgeous still with the flower petals – as always, the cinematography was sublime.

The Stag Party

Was just a hilarious affair overall. Really, I think that this episode was quite heart-wrenching, as the writers made us laugh and laugh…right until the end, at which point Sherlock (nope, hang on, that comes under a different heading!). I’m not sure whether drunk Sherlock was my fidgeting favourite part about that, what with his amazingly accurate deductions of “??death ?skull?deaded??” and his “clueing for looks”– fidgeting because I get embarrassed for actors/characters, even though I know the actor’s are only acting – or whether it was his utter determination to get it just the right amount of drunk using scientific methods, or whether it was the fact that they ended their stag party at 9 pm, the lightweights! Or it may have been John’s outsmarting Sherlock for once and fooling him into getting drunk. Actually, let’s go neutral: my favourite part about the stag party was the techno-version theme tune that played during this scene.

The Wedding Preparations

The SMILE. Let us first of all consider that smile. That very, very psychopathic smile

The SMILE. Let us first of all consider that smile. That very, very psychopathic smile

As expected, Sherlock goes a bit overboard with the wedding planning, interrogating boyfriends, learning how to fold napkins from youtube, and ensuring a boy’s good behaviour by bribing him with gruesome pictures of beheadings and murders. Cumberbatch shows  talent (as always) in portraying Sherlock’s vulnerability at being left behind in this episode, especially as characters all stress that John is going to change his ways irrevocably and abandon Sherlock now that he is marrying Mary. The elaborate planning that he is involved in, to me, displayed his wish to not only make sure that the wedding was perfect to please John, but also a way of keeping himself involved in John’s life.

Additionally, I continued to like Mary; her little manipulation of both John and Sherlock was amusing, and also intriguing, especially when compared to the canon version of Mary Morstan. In this episode I expected some more background about Mary, but had to be satisfied by a sentence. I’m looking forward to see how dramatically Moffat and Gatiss will alter her character further…

The Best Man Request

This rather poignant sequence continued to build upon the theme of Sherlock’s character development, as he admits to treasuring John Watson’s company (his labelled best friend in Series 2) and the honour he felt at being chosen to give the best man’s speech. Juxtaposing this was again the humour which pervaded the episode, as we are treated to snippets of Molly realising that John will ask Sherlock to be his best man, and what that means to an audience who will be completely unprepared for his tactlessness and disregard for social awareness. She then warns Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson of what she feels is a legitamate threat to the wedding, and throughout the episode we see quick cuts of their table, as they react to his sometimes questionable statements cringingly (along with me).

The Crimes

I was a bit dubious of the whole ‘belt so tight that I couldn’t feel myself being stabbed’ bit, but I have been reassured that it is credible. In which case – ouch?? Why do these royal guards abuse themselves that way – it seems illogical, especially since they won’t be able to concentrate as well if they’re in constant pain! And what a step, for Sherlock to admit he hadn’t solved a case; that was a piece of character development as well.

Apart from that, though, I felt it was a very impressive tie-in, especially as John Watson’s official blog then featured the new cases mentioned…except for the most intriguing, The Elephant in the Room. The individual cases themselves served a purpose in highlighting parts of Sherlock’s speech, and thus certain admirable characteristics of John. But then, taking them all together (after a bit of a wait) and using the Best Man’s speech as a ruse – brilliant, just brilliant!  That very intense part with Sholto, showing the motivation that blame could be to commit suicide (kind of) and how the responsibility to other’s welfare and happiness could change someone’s decision…I thought they did this aspect really well.

Except for one thing, which I didn’t like: the mind palace. First of all, at the start I couldn’t figure out what was going on at all – a friend had to explain it. Even then, the 5 way conversation befuddled me, especially after it turned out that some of the time Sherlock was only predicting the women’s responses (I think?). I propose that they should have visualised in in a different way – maybe more ethereal, like a kind of shadow world, or that they shouldn’t have done it at all and kept the mystery of Sherlock’s mind palace forever.

The Wedding

Oh, wow, I’ve covered a bit of it already, haven’t I? whoops. Carry on!!

Mrs. Hudson has had quite the life,I’m beginning to think, eh? What with that husband of hers and his drug cartel and everything. And, when Sherlock says to take the glass away from her 🙂 It’s a bit like she’s his slightly embarrassing, loving aunt/other maternal figure.

Sherlock using his deductions to help the maid of honour, Janine, played by Yasmine Akram, find the best one night stand was amusing, and did anyone catch something odd going on between those two? There’s certainly a dynamic I’d love to see explored! (Plus, another female character, yay!)

The episode begins with Mrs Hudson catching Sherlock ‘dancing’, as he composes a waltz for the Watson couple. Well, at the end you see him perform it for them as they dance… while he, heartbreakingly, finds out that there is no one for him to dance with at all – that was a very sad ending all of a sudden! Because you kind of realise that the whole episode has been leading to the moment that Sherlock truly acknowledges (as he does with his inscription for the waltz, which addresses them both) that he is giving John away (as cliched as that sounds, sorry.) Which is a bit sad for him, and us.

Also: Mary’s pregnant! WOW! Did not see that coming! At all! Nowhere in canon does it mention children…and I was expecting Mary to die soon anyway, so, double wow! Pregnant Mary, this will be interesting.

Also: Where has Magnusen disappeared to? A bit odd, he seemed very menacing right there at the end of the first episode.

So (cough, cough), this is my very informal review-thingy for The Sign of Three (it doesn’t deserve a real term). I realise it’s a dramatic change of tone from The Empty Hearse review I did, and I apologise if it’s not what you were expecting. To appease you, here are some other reviews 🙂 Enjoy!

The Empty Hearse in Review

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First of all, as a season opener, I have to say the plot was rather shabby. Although Sherlock is a character-driven series (as were the books, though to a lesser extent), I did expect something more than a very V for Vendetta reminiscent Guy Fawkes Day terrorist attack. However, in saying that, the reunion scenes, especially that between Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) and Sherlock, really capture how much the detective has been missed, and the first snippet of the The Sign of Three really highlights the almost paternal relationship between the two men, as Lestrade shows exactly how much he is willing to give up for Sherlock (even though Lestrade’s first name is not a detail to remember, Sherlock’s opinion, which is another reference to Conan Doyle’s lack of continuity, as various police constables trot through the canon with remarkable alacrity).

The more comedic elements, such as the night-long battle of Sherlock’s lack of tact and John’s temper, craftily edited to suggest the expulsion from each establishment, free the episode from becoming too angsty. I think we have to recognise the hilarious Sherlock-ness of fixating  on John’s Moustache, even while knowing it will result in more violence. (It was an awful Moustache, it deserved to die at the blade of a vengeful John Watson.) In much the same way, Sherlock himself manipulates John into a position where talking about his feelings to Sherlock, acknowledging his grief over Sherlock’s ‘death’ and forgiving him, does not impinge on his pride. This is a rather clever move from Gatiss as well, I have decided after some consideration, as at first I thought the scenario was a bit unlikely. However, I reconsidered, and now think that it was ingenious, allowing the friends to keep their relationship intact even while appreciating the not inconsiderable puerility of Sherlock, as well as being an action that I can see Sherlock doing (not to mention, this reconciliation allowed the characters to stay true to the foundations laid by canon and previous series).

Another enterprising aspect of this episode was the titular group; ‘The Empty Hearse’. While many fans saw the 3 alternative scenes of Sherlock’s survival as a breaking of the fourth wall and a nod to the fandom, I see it as something serving multiple purposes, the primary one being been mentioned by Moffat in an interview. As a Conan Doyle canon fan, I can see how clever this is. On the one hand, Gatiss is paying tribute to the original stories, which created the illusion that Sherlock Holmes was amongst the 1982 London population, and a real personage. When Conan-Doyle ‘killed off’ Holmes, to the horror of the fans, groups emerged, explanations of Sherlock’s survival were submitted, and fanfiction was written. Fanfiction was also published – for the duration of the Great Hiatus, the Strand Magazine had 20,000 less subscribers, as readers were forced to use their own imaginations to supplement the lack of forthcoming Holmes stories.

Thus, the scenes that Gatiss has included in ‘The Empty Hearse’ are genuine re-interpretations of what was happening with the canon, simply modernising the context as always. That fans can see themselves in the episode just shows how masterful Gatiss was in depicting events to overlap into modern fandom. I also enjoyed the nod to Conan Doyle’s somewhat sloppy re-animation of Holmes in the canon, as the simplest of theories presented in the episode was declared the true one (yes, now we know for sure!), and Sherlock, when confronted with Anderson’s disappointment, responded with “everyone’s a critic!“; a collective nod.

So I can certainly say that after a bit of rumination, I really liked this episode. Not to mention that I feel that Mary Morstan-Watson (played by Amanda Abbington) is a brilliant addition to the cast.

For a bit more reading, you can look down here:

I’d be really interested what all of you felt about the way the plot/character divide was in this episode, and whether you approved of it or not!

– Let’s call me Lily

The Time of the Doctor

First of all, I forgot to post about this:

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

I think this is MORE awesome than the special itself….I loved it.
It is AMAZING. And funny. And has Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Peter Jackson in it. Watch it.

Secondly, The Dr. Who Christmas Special. In which nobody dies, again (except for Handles, but, you know, who is he even? He’s just an odd cyberman head). There is a photograph on Facebook, in which Steven Moffat is seen rubbing his eyes, and below is written: “Doesn’t he look tired?” This is a reference that comes from the David Tennant (10th Doctor) run, wherein the Doctor overthrows Harriet Jones’ government with 6 little words: “don’t you think she looks tired?” . It kind of sums up this episode, maybe the last few episodes of Doctor Who, for me.

The thing is, the 11th Doctor (I am going to use the less complicated naming of Doctors: Eccleston=9, Tennant=10, etc) run was quite long. And personally, I didn’t connect to this incarnation of the Doctor, to his companions, to the main arc of the  story line, as much. There a few episodes that I really loved; for example, the dinosaurs in space episode, and I believe that Matt Smith is an incredible actor, but overall I can’t really claim to be an 11th Doctor run lover. I recognise that Moffatt doesn’t write all the episodes, I recognise that he is trying his best and I definitely acknowledge that what he is doing is beyond anything I could ever produce.

However, he is currently directing and writing for two prestigious and popular shows which are running almost concurrently, and thus has the weight of two well-established fandoms on his shoulders, as well as pressure from past and contemporary adaptations such as Elementary, and that is a lot to bear. He must be incredibly busy. It’s admirable, in some ways. But, in other ways, I find it a bit…self-indulgent? Because I feel as if the Christmas Special, while knotting some threads, left others open, and that the episode in itself was a bit jolty. Matt Smith’s speech, his proclamation “Never tell me the rules!” seemed to be an echo of Moffatt’s frustrations at both fan criticism and, perhaps, the restraints in which he must operate. Meanwhile, his work in Sherlock is, in my opinion, much more fun, ‘lighthearted’, in tone as a necessity of the more comedic elements, but also just the feel of it. Sherlock feels ‘fun’. Doctor Who feels a bit tired. So why not step down from the helm as director of Dr Who and concentrate on Sherlock? It has been confirmed that the Conan Doyle adaptation is continuing, and Moffat could still write Doctor Who episodes, as he did when Russell T. Davies was directing. It would gift fans with a new, potentially exciting take for the 12th Doctor.

Anway, back to The Time of the Doctor. I’m still rather muddled about the setting of this in the timeline, as it’s a continuation of The Day of the Doctor, definitely, but seems to have also forgotten the ending of The Name of the Doctor…and as it is now Peter Capaldi’s turn to act as the Doctor, I’m unsure of how that conundrum is going to be solved. Somehow the Doctor and Clara survived being inside the Doctor’s DNA, or whatever it was, to come back in the Day and the Time of the Doctor, but as far as I know it hasn’t been explained yet? So that still confuses me, if you could shed some light on that I would be eternally grateful 🙂

The episode felt a bit bumpy, as I said, as we move very rapidly through Clara and the Oswalds, which was an amusing if short sequence, back to Christmas. And vice-versa. While I am glad that Moffatt didn’t decide to demonise any other Christmas ornaments (the trees, the snowmen, the baubles…), it didn’t feel extremely festive. While the score and set design is quite spectacular, as always, and the acting is good, arguably the best part of the episode was the ending. I have to say that I preferred the 11th Doctor’s farewell to the 1oth, as I felt that Russell T. Davies was milking it rather a lot, and I am still upset that Martha ditched her fiancee to somehow end up married to Mickey (as in, I object because of continuity reasons). Also, I didn’t really like the Ten Two ending, so, erm, yeah. Whereas Matt Smith’s farewell seemed a bit more understated, and I know that a lot of people shed tears when Amy Pond re-appeared  – it was a lovely touch. And Peter Capaldi has kidneys, and doesn’t like the colour of them, apparently!

I’m really looking forward to how Capaldi treats the Doctor…are you?

– Let’s call me Lily

Incommunicado, Amigos

Due to family plans which involve four weeks of going to the beach (basically, I don’t think we have anything else planned 😀 ) in various different places in NZ which are not home, I will most likely not be able to get access to the internet for the duration of our holiday.

As I don’t believe in queuing posts, mostly because it takes me an hour to write one so it’s just not feasible (sorry, I am sooo slow), and because I don’t tend to have a lot to say (unless I do), this blog will be a silent, empty ghost of gigabytes riding on the wi-fi of hesitant expectation until I pick it up again. I will not have much time to write next year due to school and life-related things, but I will pick it up again.

For one, I need to see season 3 of Sherlock , and watch The Time of The Doctor, although I’m not sure how with no internet contact or TV (I think we’re in tents for a week, there will likely be no TV), and inform the cyber-world of my obviously extremely important opinion (don’t stop breathing, because four weeks is a long time to hold your breath for my awe-inspiring review 😛 )

Have a gorgeous summer holiday, or an incredible winter holiday, and eat lots of scrummy, chocolaty, bad-for-you-but-oh-so-worth-it things!

Adieu,

Let’s call me Lily

The Day Of The Doctor, From the Morning After

I have seen it now!!!!!!! (I saw it the day after it premiered, as I was working at the time)

More like, from almost a month after the event 😛

My initial reaction seems to have been:

“On the one hand – (imagine enthusiastic hand-waving at the awesomeness of words spoken in unison et al.), but on the other (imagine hand-waving in a manner which indicates freak-outedness) how??? WHY???? I mean, I get how, because it gets explained…but WHY? The entire reboot of The Doctor is kinda based on that…”

I have given this quite a bit of thought since then. I think that it was fairly enjoyable – there were certainly some things that worked, and I am impressed with how Moffat managed to turn the fandom on its head, but overall it wasn’t cataclysmic. It wasn’t incredible. There are episodes that I’ve enjoyed more.

And now, for the actual discussion:

SPOILERS, SWEETIE!

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Erm. So. First of all a disclaimer:

I’ve realised that most of my reviews tend to focus on the negatives, and so I wanted to say something about that, especially since there were really huge debates going on about people’s takes on The Day of the Doctor after it came out, and whether their responses were legitimate or not. A lot of people had this pre-emptive attitude of “don’t go raining on my parade”, and some fans, one of my friends included, took this very personally and were affronted by what they termed “blatant ignorance” of the issues they saw in the episode. Personally, I don’t think that’s what’s happening. I think that some people genuinely don’t notice the faults, while others do, but it’s in the peripheral, if you know what I mean? It doesn’t detract from the entire amazing experience… and then there are some fans who don’t feel justified until we’ve nit-picked it and pointed out ALL the flaws and then gone, “but it was good, anyway“. It’s just the various ways that people view film. This is where I think a lot of people were coming from; I believe you shouldn’t let these types of faults ruin your overall perception of the show.

I mean, yes, certainly comment on them and explain why you disliked certain things and critique the show if you like, that’s definitely fine and totally justified and a way to expose your views to others and have a good old argy-bargy with someone to justify your opinion, but don’t do JUST that. Take the time to enjoy it, and comment positively as well. And remember that if it was you? You probably would’ve done an awful job at writing a script, so give the poor writers some license there.

People aren’t saying that it was flawless. I’m certainly not about to say that it was flawless. They are simply choosing to overlook the line that sucked to underline that they felt that the 50th was better than it was bad, and that the positive is what people should focus on, a legitimate perspective (and one that I happen to agree with, if not find it a bit hard to act upon). That’s my take on the issue. I would be delighted to hear yours, especially in relation to The Day of the Doctor but also in general 🙂

So, without further ado, my nit-picky review.

  • John Hurt was a magnificent Doctor. With a bit more gravitas and exasperation, as well as his commendable eyebrow-range of expressions, he fitted in easily and demonstrated to doubters that the Doctor doesn’t need an actor in their early 30s to do a fantastic job, they just need a fantastic actor. The scene where the three Doctors are ‘locked’ in the tower was a highlight for me – it was really, really, really good. The ending of it was hilarious, too; there were several nifty one-liners in the episode.
  • There were a range if little shout-outs to Classic Who fans, some as easy to recognise as the 4-looking scarf, while others which required a bit more knowledge than I have, and was definitely appreciated by those I know.
  • Truly epic effects. As a friend said, you can see where the budget went. They spent it all on slow-motion exploding Daleks 😛 The 3D picture of Arcadia falling was especially stunning, as was the opening scene, which was filmed on location with Matt Smith really hanging out of the T.A.R.D.I.S.!
  • The conflicting revelation: Gallifrey is saved! On the one hand, I am very excited to see what Moffat does with this; it could be amazing. It was definitely a well-executed manoeuvre, as it opens up all sorts of avenues for the show to explore once again, and to include more Classic Who villains, events and places. On the other hand, it’s kind of strange and hard to grasp. The entire concept of the reboot, the underlying connection of the modern Doctors, is that they have committed genocide and now have to live with their decision and their guilt and their responsibility. It was core to the show. And suddenly it’s been ripped away. So I hope Moffat does this twist justice, I really do.
  • Repetition. Moffat fell into this trap a bit, and whilst I definitely appreciated the talking in unison and the entertaining interplay between the Doctors, it seemed to go too far at times, without adding much to the narrative. What was even worse, though, was the Queen Elizabeth/Zygon gag, which was funny the first time, but overdone the second time and just plain boring by the third time.
  • I have another issue with our dearest monarch. I didn’t like that line. The ” I may have the body of a feeble woman…” line. Really, I don’t care if it’s a direct quote from the actual Queen Elizabeth, she had a sexist outlook on life as well just because she is a woman doesn’t mean she can’t be sexist – women can definitely be and are quite often sexist –  she lived in a society which denigrated women, and just because she said it doesn’t make it okay, doesn’t mean that Moffat can back up his use of it with a “she said it first!“. In saying that. I think it’s taking it too far to say that Moffat is a misogynist. He doesn’t hate women. He just represents them in a way which reflects the sexist undertones of our society, and in a way that I sometimes don’t agree with. That doesn’t mean he hates women.
  • Where did all the Zygons go-o? I didn’t understand that little narrative – yes, they stopped the bomb, and then it kind of jumped and nothing was told about the Treaty that was forged or anything…it seemed a bit like a loose thread to me.
  • Another loose thread was: where on earth is this in the Doctor Who timeline?? Because at the moment Clara is a full-time companion, whereas in the 50th special The Day of the Doctor, she is a teacher! Which means that it is definitely set after where we left off, and after the Christmas special, which doesn’t make sense! Because the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, regenerates in the Christmas special, so therefore it has to be set before his regeneration, but that can’t be because Clara has never been a teacher in series 6 or 7! (any ideas, anyone?) For other timey-wimey related quibbles, I found that this article clarified things IMMENSELY (read it here and bask in other people’s amazing figuring out skills 🙂 )

Those were my responses, both good and bad, to The Day of the Doctor.

What did you think?

Let’s call me Lily

I Solemnly Swear

I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it!!!!

I still haven’t written down what I thought about the Day of the Doctor. Or the Hobbit, which I watched at the Premier on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

I am going to do this. (I discussed it out loud so I still haven’t summoned the motivation to do so in writing, as it feels like I’m repeating myself)

I am going to do this. (before the year is out :))

Seriously, I’ll do this soon. They will be long reviews. It takes me ages to type them. I will do this.

Sorry,

Let’s call me Lily