vampires of venice

I’d started to worry that the Moffat era wasn’t going to work unless Moffat himself wrote the scripts, but “Vampires of Venice” helped me breathe a little easier. The history’s just for color, of course. There’s no reason this story couldn’t have happened in Victorian…

posts from the future

I’ve been time-delaying my Doctor Who commentary in deference to American fans, many of whom have to wait two weeks to catch up to what’s being aired in Britain, but I think I’m going to go ahead and start dropping them as I write them…

flesh and stone

In the midst of rushing to the scene of the Next Big Moment this season, a lot of people ask Doctor Eleven what his plan is, and he tells them he’ll figure it out when he gets there, or words to that effect. The first…

the time of angels

Time was one of the reasons it took me a while to warm to New Who. Classic Who, as you may know, typically ran stories in four installments of about 25 minutes each, so that a complete story would last 100 minutes. That’s somewhere between…

victory of the daleks

I’d list everything I hated about this episode but I would basically be quoting the script, word for word. The concept we saw in the trailer — Daleks apparently helping the Allies in WWII — felt fresh and interesting, and there were so many ways…

the beast below

What makes Amy Pond’s rich history with the Doctor so interesting is that she has every reason to hate him. Consider: when she first meets him, he eats one bite of probably everything she has in her fridge or cupboards, making her slave over a…

the eleventh hour

This was a LOT of fun. Let’s start with the reasons it shouldn’t have been. First there’s the new title sequence and the slightly different theme tune. They’re both shite. Though it could be worse: look at Caprica. Then there are the overly familiar Moffat…

new who reviews

I’ve seen the first two episodes of season 5 of the new Doctor Who, and I’m so excited about them that I’m actually going to start writing in this blog again. In fact, I’m seriously thinking about cleaning this one out and/or making a separate…

star trek

It’s really good. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s not great. I don’t think any single movie (with the possible and obvious exception of The Wrath of Khan) or episode (with the possible and obvious exception of the Next Generation episode “The Inner Light”) has…

bsg: religion and paying attention

All over discussions of the finale I’m hearing the same parrot squawk: “The show’s ending isn’t deus ex machina because it’s been about God from the BEGINNING! Weren’t you paying ATTENTION?” Yes, I was, frak you very much. We all were. But introducing religion doesn’t…