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08 June 2008 @ 02:53 am
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Review  
Okay, here are my thoughts, as articulated on Snopes because I couldn't shut up any longer. Do not click behind the cut if you are trying to avoid spoilers, Moffat-bashing (to a degree, and I don't belittle anyone who likes him. I even admit I've liked some of his work and like him to a point), and rage at the last two episodes. Anything you read below the cut and don't like, don't say I didn't warn you...

Okay, I've sat on this for over a week now, waiting to see how it ends, and I can be quiet no more: these were absolutely horrible episodes and I want my two hours back. And this isn't just because I don't like Moffat (my favorite episodes are a pair that he wrote. I can admit he's a good writer, even if I don't like the man himself), although it definitely bears all the signatures of what I dislike about the man himself. These were horrible, terrible, unoriginal, alternately boring and frustrating episodes.

Stephen Moffat has shown he is nothing more than a 12 year old female fanfic writer inside a man who was given the keys to the kingdom: he uses his power to completely belittle every character he didn't create and poses a threat to those that he did, and the characters he did create are the very definition of "Mary Sue". If you look up "Mary Sue" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of River Song next to it. Spend a few years reading fanfiction, and you'll see every annoying trait that makes Mary Sues so reviled show up in her: love connection with a main character, perfectly competant characters suddenly seem imcompetant and useless next to her, that name, her smug superiority...I was hoping she'd die and just stay there.

There is no damn way this had to be two episodes, considering the last episode was largely boring standing around and talking (and the Doctor telling Donna to shut up and her just taking it? What the holy living hell?) and what little action there was was boring, predictable from moment one, lifted from other, better Sci-Fi (and some of it Moffat's own works), and was in no way scary or suspenseful.

If this is what we have to look forward to in series five, then I might as well stop right here.
Current Mood: pissed offfurious
Katie Theta: Owen says :-\rinoachan326 on June 8th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Between River Song and Jenny, I've been a bit displeased with the Mary Suedom that seems to be taking over this season.
Beck: Doc 10 & Rose by quarkz 2beck_liz on June 8th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
But Jenny I actually liked and felt for. River I was just mostly apathetic.
snopes_faith: pic#75629747snopes_faith on June 8th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
I saw and liked your review on snopes and agreed with several aspects of it. I didn't like River Song either. I had hitherto put it down to my irrational dislike of Alex Kingston, a woman who emanates dangerous levels of smugness in everything she apeears in but I think your Mary Sue comments are bang on, now I come to think of it.

I watched both episodes back to back and did say to my flatmate at the conclusion that I was glad I'd done so because there was no way that needed to be in two parts.

On the upside, I do always enjoy Dr who getting back to its roots and scaring the hell out of its smaller viewers.

PS: I thought the Girl In the Fireplace was rubbish. Up to now, I have felt so alone in this view :)
A Guy Named Goo: Doctor Who Ten/Rose 1 by space_grapicsaguynamedgoo on June 8th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, if you check my friends list, there are a lot of people who disliked GitF (which lead to Moffat's unofficial nickname in our circle of "GitFace"), but it tends to get written off as a "Doctor/Rose shipper thing". Really, I just thought the episode was pretty poor. They wasted who could have been a cooler character, the treatment of Rose and Mickey made me angry, and a lot of the good parts (like the Clockwork androids) was just squandered.

In general, dislike of Moffat tends to be pointed to as a Doctor/Rose trait, since it's mostly Doctor/Rose shippers who seem so against him. Like I've said before, though, I've liked some of the things he wrote a lot, I just don't see why people fall over themselves to worship his stuff just because he's him. He can, and has, done poor work.