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When the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser dropped, I watched it three times and then woke Nenya up and made her watch it. Nenya: That... doesn't really show anything new. Me: *wanders around cheerfully humming Binary Sunset theme for next two days.* Apparently I'm easy.

"Carrie Fisher Was a Script Doctor For Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Rey's Theme - Violin vs. Machine cover.

Most of you know now I have a mixed relationship with Moffat's run, which has followed my mixed relationship with RTD's run. I watched the last two Christmas specials, liked the River one, was kinda meh on the super hero one, hadn't watched the last series with Clara because the previous series with Clara pissed me off so badly. I love Capaldi generally, but found that Twelve wasn't really my Doctor (though he was more my Doctor than Matt Smith, admittedly). I liked Clara, but her plots often made me want to set my hair on fire, so I bailed for a bit.

Doctor Who 10x01: "The Pilot." OMG! I LOVED THIS EPISODE! I love Bill. I love her relationship with what seems to be a kinder, lighter Twelve. I like Nardol and how he seems to be the one proping up the Doctor, rather than the companion doing all the emotional h/c stuff. I loved the references to River and Susan (HI! SUSAN! HI!) Bill reminded me so much of Rose, though a more confident version. Like that she got to be so openly queer and it wasn't even commented on, and the story with Heather was wonderful Doctor Who creepy. Does anyone else think that Susan will be in this series? I liked that the arc mystery was What's In the Vault, not What's Up With the Companion. I loved the humour, and the compassion, and the adventure. If the rest of the series is like this, I will be a very happy panda.

Apparently Kris Marshall is the odds on favourite for the new Doctor. Please no.

I watched Cape Fear, or rather I watched the bits of Cape Fear that weren't showing women being terrorised. It was a short movie.

Nenya and I watched The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, which we both really liked. There have been a million movies about white suburban malaise in the 1950s, and I guess this was one of the first. I really did like the focus on mental health, struggling to set boundries, and how much each little individual choice made up your character. It felt like it was about real people, not the pop version of what the '50s were like. I'm surprised they got all the gory and unglamorous depictions of WWII past the censors.

Nenya and I watched The Purple Plain, which was enjoyable on another level. It's a British WWII movie about a Canadian Mosquito pilot in Burma who is Sad Because of His Dead Wife, and Learns To Love Again. The plot was not all that, but it was reasonable in its depiction of the Burmese, and featured perspiration soaked and increasingly grubby Gregory Peck the Canadian, so I was well pleased. I was charmed that they'd obviously decided to hire him, knew he couldn't do a British accent, and therefore literally labeled him "CANADA" and called it done. (I have a weakness for RCAF Mosquito pilots as that's how my maternal grandfather spent the war, though not in Burma.)

Date: 2017-04-19 09:03 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
...oh. Ohhhhh.

That might have been my problem right there. Or a part of it anyway. That I was subconsciously expecting things to be told from companion POV and so it felt weird and not-right in a way I couldn't quite put my finger on when they became the non-POV characters for whatever reason.

I mean, maybe that's not it after all, but right now it explains a few things.

I do think the viewpoint shifts and who's telling the story shifts in a show like this, but you have things like "Blink" that are clearly outsider POV and you have things like "Rose" where the Doctor is the weird mystery (but at least some of the audience already knows and loves at least some version of him, so it's both manic pixie dream boy and outsider POV at once). Then you have stuff where the Doctor is trying to figure out why his companion is such a mystery, oy. This recent ep was more with the "we know the Doctor but Bill doesn't, so as she's figuring out what his weird shit is all about, we get hints on what he's been up to since last time" which is much more like "Rose" and certainly an approach I enjoy.

I feel like with someone so ancient and epic as the Doctor, most of the time it works better to see him secondhand through other people's eyes, with bits and pieces and allusions and hints as to what he's feeling. Because trying to put him onscreen directly all the time is like trying to explain magic through equations or god through teenaged poetry or a tesseract in 2D. It flattens him, and in removing the ambiguity it can make you go "Nooo that's not the Doctor I know" when maybe other approaches allow what I see in the Doctor and what Moff or whoever sees to coexist. And yes sometimes you want those moments where he sits down and looks you earnestly in the eye and tells you how he feels about Gallifrey, but those are more powerful for their rareness. I think.

And of course that's in addition to whether the companion gets to be subject or object--if I come to a show with the expectation that a young female character is going to get to be the viewer, to see her get turned into the ~mystery~ again is just more of the same "well, girls, who can understand *them*, amirite." Not that the Doctor can't be seen to react to humans as strange from his POV! But.

I certainly haven't hated every outing from Moff or anything. But this may well explain some of the disconnects.

More show, less tell, maybe. And more Bill! :D ❤

Date: 2017-04-20 06:24 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Agreed on non-modern girl/boy as a companion--that's always fun. In the Romana episodes I've seen (Romana I & Four), it was kind of like, let's watch these two odd protagionists do shit! and the mysteries were "how are they going to survive this week's monster?"

I love the Doctor, but I like his story from a step back.

Yep.

Though I was just thinking about the Eighth Doctor novels. I think getting inside his head might work a bit better when it's a book rather than a TV show. And maybe when it's Eight rather than Eleven or early Twelve.
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