13 Responses to Starry Night

  1. Roderick June 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    And now I’ve seen it. Wow, that was one packed episode — makes me wonder where they’ll find the ten minutes to cut out of it when they run it on BBC America.

    I liked the nods to an exchange from “Vampires of Venice” and another from “The Lodger.” And the setup for next season was intriguing. My biggest laugh-out-loud moments were a) when someone says something is going to be complicated, and b) when somebody punches somebody. And the coolest moment was when somebody emerges from the shadows.

    I won’t say any more — “spoilers,” as River Song would say if she hadn’t been erased from time and space along with Amy, Rory, the Doctor, and those surprisingly scary ducks.

    • Roderick June 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

      Oh, there was also a nod to the little girl in “Silence in the Library,” I think.

      I have to wonder, though, about why one character waited so long before adopting a less noticeable wardrobe….

      • Roderick June 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

        So … um … trying to ask this question in a non-spoilerish way: why does person X have to wait such a long time if person Y could just come back a moment after leaving and pick up person X then?

  2. dennis June 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    You’re teaching summer school? I figured with a full professorship in hand you’d be lounging around eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery, that’s what I’d do.

  3. Roderick June 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    Another thought: a lot of people have criticised the new season’s title sequence — they didn’t like the lightning flashes. Having now watched the whole season, I suspect that title sequence was telling us more than we realised. Don’t the lightning flashes look a lot like the spacetime cracks we’ve been seeing? And the fiery glow that succeeds them looks a lot like — something in the last episode. So the title sequence is a mini-map of the whole season.

  4. Roderick June 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    A couple of other great scenes:

    a) The fate of some headgear.

    b) Someone’s face when someone else begs for mercy.

  5. MBH June 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    The episode reminds me of this.

    • Roderick June 28, 2010 at 1:01 am #

      One thing Wittgenstein and Rand agree on: imaginary numbers could never have caused philosophical consternation unless philosophers had been confused about the nature of mathematics.

      • MBH June 28, 2010 at 5:53 am #

        I wonder if River is the Doctor’s Anima (in the Jungian sense and partly the Aristotelian sense)…

  6. Roderick July 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Another great line I almost forgot: “I don’t want her joining one of those star cults when she grows up. I don’t like that Richard Dawkins.”

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