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Saturday, 13 September 2014

S8E4 "Listen"

I write under the assumption that you've seen the episode if you go past the page-break, which is only visible if you're on the home-page of the blog. Any other way, you must have clicked directly here, in which case, there is your error. I do not give a synopsis, I give a critical reaction.

In my Intro to Theatre Arts class, we have to critique the performances that our school puts on or hosts.. We  are taught to base our critique on three things: 1) what was the artist trying to communicate?, 2) did the artist communicate it?, and 3) was it worth doing?. So that is where this reflection is coming from--and all the reflections in the past have come from.

The point of this episode was stated so many times: for the Doctor to find out if there is anything there when one is "alone". That is the pointy from the most superficial level, and the one that is easiest to identify and follow throughout the story. On a more psychological level, the story is about primeval fears, like in " Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" (again, it deals with the fear of the dark). "Listen"  tries to explain why we're scared of what is under the bed, and maybe the reason I don't feel like the episode was that great is because until college, my bed never had an under (#RacecarBedUntilIWas16), and now it has a bunch of boxes under it. Or maybe it is because it just wasn't well-written. Or a mix of both.

Last week's episode of "Robot of Sherwood"  was clearly filler, and this one was too, although it was displayed as something that was really crucial. There were crucial moments, like when the boy's parents say that he'll never be a Time Lord, even thought we know it to be false, and more over we know what happened/will happen in that barn about 900 years in his future.

Of course, there is also the subplot of Clara and Orson Pink, and therefore Danny as well. I'm not quite sure how Clara didn't realise sooner that Rupert is Danny and she basically imprinted on him a la Mickey and Rose in "Father's Day". There's just a lot of obvious there, and its either in the writing that Clara is too stupid to realise, or a fault in the acting. 

Looking through proper reviews online, it seems like those critics really enjoyed it. But I can't agree. It has a bunch of spectacle but does not deliver plot-wise. I sincerely hope that "Time Heist" will be better.

Please excuse the lack of images in this post. I have been having computer issues.

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