2015-10-03 23:14:55 UTC
Under the Lake
Damn... It's a two parter.
It was looking like by next week the ratings would have gone though the floor to below 3 million, but England are now out of their own World Cup (who was the imbecile that decided to seed them against both Wales and Australia?) so maybe Doctor Who will get lucky and get back the extra million or two it would have lost to the Rugby and for this being the second two parter in a row.
Does Moffat have a death wish? Are all this season going to be two parters? Is it to make up for all of Series 7 being single episode stories?
So let's have a look at the story itself. Up until just before it ended I was quite happy with it, but the moment I realised what how it was going to end all of that went out of the window since after 45 minutes the viewer is left none the wiser as to what it's all supposed to be about.
What a waste. If instead of all that preposterous prancing around by Capaldi and his attempts to crack jokes in the ridiculous Scottish accent we actually had some genuine characterisation and plot moment this story could have been resolved with just one episode. Instead all there was was padding and I don't think I can endure any more of the bunch of idiots who make up the supporting cast.
As has become the norm for the new series the episode is set on an underwater military base come private enterprise run by and staffed by morons.
Can someone explain why any employer or the military would employ someone who is completely deaf when the ability to hear an emergency announcement blaring from the loud speakers across the whole workplace no matter which direction your are looking at or where you are is vital to their very survival? Not only that but another person has to be employed so as to translate sing language for them. Like this is supposed to be set in the 22nd century and they still haven't cured most forms deafness despite cochlear implants being common today and genetic therapy on its way?
If she had been a top scientist that was essential for the mission (and the plot) then it and her interpretor might have been excused but she was a moron just like the rest of them.
Also if there was a corporal on the base, where are the other soldiers? You don't mean to tell me that apart from upper class accent guy, they're all soldiers? Don't make me laugh.
And what exactly is supposed to be wrong with Peter Andre's, Mysterious Girl? That it's too catchy? And this writing inside the space ship or whatever it turns out to be is meant to be like it too, like you can't get it our of your head, but you can't read it or hear it, it's written in gibberish (which will probably turn out to be a form of sign language), so how does it get into your head in the first place? And then when you die after seeing it you become some kind of transmitter of something you can't even read and don't even understand? This is supposed to be science-fiction not outright fantasy. Obviously the guy who wasn't killed stayed alive because sign language girl stopped him from entering the craft.
Capaldi's acting was terrible. He was in and out of Scot's every other minute. No wonder Tennant advised him against keeping his native accent. He knew this was going to happen and Capladi couldn't handle it.
On top of the idiotic psychic paper which was totally pointless as this was a UNIT operation, the sonic sunglasses have no developed the ability to create holograms in order to service the plot. Ridiculous.
9/10 for entertainment. Let down by the stupid interpretor gimmick, Capaldi going in and out of his stupid Scottish accent willy nilly and the fact that it turns out that it's a two parter. Had it been just a single part story I would have given it 10.
78/100 for writing. I would have given it 86 had it been resolved in just a single episode but the fact that after 45 minutes we've learned absolutely nothing and it's pure fantasy which we have to endure 45 minutes more off has caused me to lower my score. Had the story been more substantial and we'd actually learned something I would have given it higher marks.