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So OK, I've never done these before, but I'm pissed off enough to start now.

Gender politics fail. I believe Chris Chinball has done this before. I don't usually look for such patterns because there is danger of finding problems where none exist, or (to put in in words that actually make sense) your interests colour your perception. But really. All the hostile characters in this episode are female. In fact there is only one female character who isn't (I'm not counting Amy). Apparently, being a mother makes you prone to hysteria and starting world wars. It doesn't even make sense. She's been told the hostage is the only bargaining chip they have for the life of her husband and child, and she still attacks her because she taunted her? And after that roaring success she tries to save the situation by threatening to destroy a whole city. Nice. On the reptilian side of things it seems their males are the statesmen and scientists and the females are warrior fanatics.

Rory. Rory is so good in this episode, taking care of people, trying to keep things from falling apart. However, his death had no emotional impact for me. None. This is obviously very very wrong, as the death of even an incidental character should make an impact, let alone a semi-regular. Moreover, I really like Rory, so something has to suck pretty bad to make me not care at all about his death. Perhaps it's the way the scene is just awkwardly stapled on to the ending of the episode for no reason I can divine. Perhaps it's the fact we had a similar scene just two episodes ago (and despite Amy's realization then, she was still pretty dismissive of Rory this episode). Perhaps it's because I don't feel at all sure it is permanent, with timelines being changed left and right (this may be wishful thinking on my part, however). Killing a major character and then having everyone forget about it is problematic. It doesn't have the right emotional impact. I believe it could still work if done well, playing on the discrepancy between what the characters know and what we know. It does not, in my opinion, work here.

You get consumed if the light of the time energy..whatever from the crack merely touches you, but the Doctor can stick his hand in and have a rummage round? Yeah, the Doctor is different but he is not indestructible. Me = not convinced. And the Doctor pulls out a charred piece of the TARDIS' door (supposedly), because, off course, the TARDIS is made out of actual wood.

Other stuff: I liked the councilor and the scientist (can't remember their names). The latter did some dodgy experiments, but I'm willing to forgive him that. It's a shame that once he's killed he apparently vanishes into the crack and is never mentioned again. Liked Amy's pickpocketing skills (she can pick locks too). I liked Nasreen. Perhaps we can go back and see her again (although successful negotiations don't make for exiting adventure, and they damn well better be successful next time).

Could have been better.

Edit: In a thousand years time humans would have advanced into space, presumably making more territories available for colonization. How convenient.
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