Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Week in Entertainment

Film: Frozen, which was quite beautiful to look at, and had some very good songs, but suffered from the Disney trio of dopey comic relief, contrived matchmaking scene, and (to a lesser degree) silly animal sidekick. I did like that the act of true love was not romantic.

DVD: Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol, still very enjoyable. Dark Alibi, a Sidney Toler Charlie Chan film that's a bit embarrassing in places (Warner Oland was the best Chan, partly because of Oland's skill and dedication and partly because Keye Luke's character was more serious than Benson Fong's (speaking of dopey comic relief...)

TV: Several other Christmas Carols, including Patrick Stewart's and Alistair Sim's. The Time of the Doctor, this year's Christmas special, which (like most of the specials) was okay. I'm happy with the explanation of how he's going to go on, love the explanation for the crack in time, almost cried a little at seeing Amy (sort of seeing her), and hope the next season builds well on the premise of finding Gallifrey.

Read: A ton of Christmas mystery short stores from various collections.



At 4:34 AM, December 30, 2013 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

Time of the Doctor wasn't as bad as some, but the resolution was a cheat. So, all Clara has to do is shout a few platitudes through the crack, and the time lords are all "OK, since you asked nicely, we'll stop what we're doing and help instead". Bleh.

I really do feel strongly that having an all-powerful producer in charge of season arcs is bad for the show. I don't think there's been a season arc I liked, and they contaminate individual stories like an infection.

At 8:11 AM, December 31, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I agree more with you than not. I did rather like Bad Wolf, but that was more a theme than an arc. And I think the whole "Impossible Girl" arc ended in a massive letdown.

I like to think the Time Lords said to each other, "Well, there you go, that's the proof it's really him. Who else would cart around someone who talks like that?"


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