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24 June 2007 @ 05:23 pm
"the sound of drums"  
I don't know about this one, really.

There were things I liked, yes. All the interaction between the Doctor and Jack and Martha was fun. I especially loved Martha in this episode; some of my favorite episodes have been the ones in which the companion's family and friends, the ones who get left behind, are important, because we get to see the companion thinking about and reacting to the things that matter that don't involve the Doctor, and are often in opposition to the life with the Doctor. And if in "Lazarus" Martha made her choice to side with the Doctor (and reasonably so), here she was fiercely protective of her family. So I liked that, and her anger at the Doctor for being unconcerned about her family (or at least not getting that she would be concerned), and for sending Saxon to Earth in the first place. And the TARDIS being "cannibalized" for evil purposes, turned into a paradox machine (whatever that is), was a nice touch. All the Doctor-Master stuff was also good.

But. What was the point of wasting our time with, basically, the whole plotline of "Utopia"--and especially the Futurekind? Why is Lucy so colorless and uninteresting? Why put the Doctor, Martha, and Jack on the fringes of society and make them terror suspects--which could have been really interesting--and then just drop it? (How did Martha get those chips, anyway? Putting her picture on the news doesn't appear to have been all that effective.) And does RTD really think that all Americans sit around in patriotically colored sports jerseys and letter jackets? Give me a break.

The thing that bothers me the most, I think, is that the whole season seemed to have been building up to some big reveal where Martha finds out that her mother has been in league with Saxon, or at least that Francine's actions should have actually been relevant in some way--but it didn't do anything that simply kidnapping the Joneses wouldn't have done more efficiently. Saxon/the Master knew about Martha because they'd already met in the future. He knew about her *before* "Lazarus," since he says in "The Sound of Drums" that Tish got her PR job as a lure for the Doctor. So Francine's actions ultimately don't mean anything. In the end, the only thing that mattered was that Martha's family was in danger--so why bother with the big setup for no real payoff?
 
 
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Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: oh MY [graham]sadcypress on June 24th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
What was the point of wasting our time with, basically, the whole plotline of "Utopia"--and especially the Futurekind? Why is Lucy so colorless and uninteresting? Why put the Doctor, Martha, and Jack on the fringes of society and make them terror suspects--which could have been really interesting--and then just drop it? (How did Martha get those chips, anyway? Putting her picture on the news doesn't appear to have been all that effective.) And does RTD really think that all Americans sit around in patriotically colored sports jerseys and letter jackets? Give me a break.

All I can say is, RIGHT ON. I mean, it was amusing for a moment that there was the big build up in the final moments of 'Utopia' that OH NO WE ARE TRAPPED AND FACING CERTAIN DOOOOOM!- wait, problem solved, no biggie, back to Earth! But then you realised that you've totally been ripped off and you start to grumble a bit.
tempestsarekind: free radicals and tanninstempestsarekind on June 24th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
I know, right? It was kind of funny at first, but it's rather off-putting when the author's all, "ha ha! that whole thing you watched last week was totally irrelevant! I can dispose of it in a second of flashback!"