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I rather enjoyed that. In fact I really enjoyed that.

The monster was fairly standard Who fair, but it works reasonably well. There is no explanation as to why Vincent can see it (an artist sees things no one else does?), but that's easy enough to hand wave. The Doctor looks super dorky with his mirror detector...thing. This part of the story is mostly an excuse for the TARDIS team to go meet Van Gogh. This might have bothered me, but the Van Gogh plot is wonderful.

Yes, there are obvious set pieces: the cafe, the room, irises ect. I don't care, it works. The colour pallet of the episode is almost entirely made up of blues and vibrant yellows, it's beautiful. The Vincent-Doctor-Amy dynamic is great. I felt the relationships between them really worked (I've often felt a discrepancy between what the script is telling us and what we actually get). There will be shipping, I suppose. The interactions between Amy and Vincent and especially Vincent and the Doctor are very sweet. I loved the scene with the three of them, watching the night sky. I suppose the performances really sell it. Did I mention I loved the performances? There is a melancholy feeling about their interactions, as we know Van Gogh's history will not actually change. I loved the Doctor taking Vincent to the future (it was predictable, but I don't think it was any less effective for that). Totally crazy, definitely not something he should have done, but sometimes he just can't help himself. This seems very much like wish fulfillment on the writer's part, but once again I don't care. *Warning: my crazy imaginings follow* I've imagined doing stuff like that so many times. Too many geniuses died alone and unappreciated. In my fantasies I go around showing them how Awesome they are./imaginings

Ongoing arc stuff:

Once again the Doctor seems to be putting off dealing with the crack. This is problematic in terms of dramatic tension. It seems very stupid on the Doctor's part, but I wouldn't say it's uncharacteristic. Apart from his general tendency to put things off as long as possible, there might be something going on we don't know about. Alternatively, (this is what I'm going with at the moment) he's putting off dealing with the crack because he has no idea what to do about it. I think the emotional aftermath of Rory's death was handled well, considering the limitations. The Doctor felt so old (performance!). I like how the temporary team up with Van Gogh underscores the fact there is a space for a third person there that is...vacant. Amy is unaware of this, but there is a feeling of absence there. Amy was much better used here then in the last two parter and she felt very natural to me. After the mini storm in the fandom around Amy's character this past week, I find I still feel the same about her. I like Amy. I don't think she's the awesomest companion ever, but she's fun and I can identify with her (though I'm very different from her), even when she makes bad choices.

I'll probably notice stuff to pick at when I re-watch (or others will do it for me), but I don't really want to. There are probably historical inaccuracies (although research was clearly done). I'm willing to chuck it up to dramatic license. In short, I loved the episode, but it made quite sad.

Random randomness: the TARDIS translates Scottish accent into Dutch accent? LOL She has such a quirky sense of humor.

Date: 2010-06-05 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pabzi.livejournal.com
I liked the ep. And your review.

This might sound like a stupid question...but the Doctor does remember Rory, right?

It's sort of odd that Amy remembered the clerics but not Rory...but she does remember him in a way...I can't wait to see how that is resolved...but I think that the doctor remembers him somehow...

The Tardis translating was great :P

Date: 2010-06-05 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviltigerlily.livejournal.com
It's not stupid, they haven't made it entirely clear. I believe the Doctor does remember Rory, but you could also make a case for him being only peripherally aware of the memory. He is obviously sad about something and he knows Amy is too (he's been taking her to all those nice places), but perhaps he's not fully aware why and occasionally he manages to touch the memory (like when he said Rory's name). However, like I said before, I think he does remember Rory fully.

Date: 2010-06-05 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pabzi.livejournal.com
That makes sense.

He's been taking her to those nice places and she didn't know why.

I think he remembers him too.

And Amy doesn't, at all, but I sort of suspect that she will in the finale, but I don't know cause I'm (unintentionally) mostly unspoiled (other than what villain there is and what guest actor/actress).

Date: 2010-06-05 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviltigerlily.livejournal.com
I am unspoiled and trying to stay that way. OK, I could have phrased that better, but it's late at night so laden with potential double entendres it will stay.

Date: 2010-06-06 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pabzi.livejournal.com
And you are still unspoiled, since I gave nothing away of the little that I know, other than the vague frame of what it is that I know :P

Date: 2010-06-06 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviltigerlily.livejournal.com
Oh, yes. You didn't give anything away. I was just saying. And now I shall go to sleep.

Date: 2010-06-06 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pabzi.livejournal.com
Have a great sleep!

Date: 2010-06-07 07:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elisi
Here via who_daily. Lovely review, but this especially:

Alternatively, (this is what I'm going with at the moment) he's putting off dealing with the crack because he has no idea what to do about it.
I've been thinking this too. Whenever they *do* see a crack they need to run away or they'll be pulled in. How *do* you deal with that?

Date: 2010-06-07 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
Also here from who_daily.

Plus, being in a time machine, the Doctor does have a certain amount of leeway in putting off dealing with unpleasant things that the rest of us don't, and if he honestly has no idea at this moment how to deal with the cracks, it probably is both safer and smarter to adopt a wait and see approach. He just needs to keep monitoring them to make sure they don't progress to some critical point and tear the universe completely apart or something.

Admittedly, it's hard to reconcile all this with the Doctor's frequent sense of urgency in dealing with less catastrophic things. Like him rushing Amy out of the art gallery to go find van Gogh's monster. You could take a couple hours in the museum and van Gogh will still be waiting for you in 1890. The difference is that the Doctor *wants* to deal with the monster while the cracks are scaring him.

Date: 2010-06-07 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviltigerlily.livejournal.com
Perhaps he thought it was somehow connected to Amy's wedding and it could be stopped at the source, in a way. Now Rory is dead and uncreated, so that's not going to work. And it's apparently connected to something mythical (the Pandorica). The Doctor only said it's a fairytale, who knows how scary a fairytale it is? Running away sounds good to me. But then I'm a terrible procrastinator (trying to break the habit). At least I can console myself the universe doesn't depend on me.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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