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Rate "A Good Man Goes to War"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:55 pm

And so we reach the "Mid-Season Finale". What did you think of it? Thread open after UK transmission 4th June.




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Post by Ginger Ninja on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:33 am

That was fab!. Don't care what anyone else things just fab.
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Post by barnaby morbius on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:34 am

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Post by John the Vic on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:35 am

Fabtastic.. I loved it..
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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:38 am

Brilliant. River turned out to be what I thought she'd be. Moffat still got it. A second 5/5 so far this series. Can't wait for Let's Kill Hitler.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:43 am

I haven't got a clue what to make of that. Will therefore go and have a ponder. Or maybe a songer. Laughing

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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:12 pm

And people used to say that RTD wrote over the top finales. Oh boy! Where to begin. Another episode that was absolutely and totally bat-sh1t crazy from start to finish.

  • I loved the poker playing Cybermen at the start of the episode. Well that was the first impression I got when I saw them operating that round control desk.
  • If The Doctor took River to the 1840's why was she dressed like a woman from the 1880's?
  • So, Eye-patch Woman wasn't one of the Drahvin, but she is a cold hearted bitch.
  • Spoiler:
    As we have seen River Song die in Forrest of the Dead, I can only assume that the River Song we have been watching for the past few years is the thirteenth incarnation of Melody Pond.
  • Spoiler:
    Hands up everybody who thought Amy was going to say The Doctor when Amy was describing her father to baby Melody.
  • I so want Jenny the maid to be the next companion.
  • Is it September yet?
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Post by Exterminieren on Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:35 pm

I loved the hell out of that, batarse insanity and all. 5/5.

And I demand a Victorian Detective Lesbian Silurian spinoff, and I demand it now.
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Post by Dave Webb on Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:21 pm

The crib has a high Gallifreyan collar.

I love the art department.

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Post by Zoltar on Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:45 pm

Well, that was great. Didn't find the surprise at all surprising, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.

I'll score it after a re-watch.

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Post by barnaby morbius on Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:14 am

Zoltar wrote:Well, that was great. Didn't find the surprise at all surprising, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.

I'll score it after a re-watch.

i enjoyed it too but i think there's a danger of these things getting over hyped- the game changing cliffhanger was a) massively obvious and b) not really that game changing
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Post by Nick Barlow on Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:33 am

Entertaining, but like most of the rest of this series, still a mess. 3/5

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:20 am

I'm still *concerned* at what Moffat's doing with the very being of The Doctor. No score as yet. Very Happy

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Post by Rich Flair on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:25 am

What a mess. I love those stories where the protagonist gets together a gang of old friends to sort out a problem, but I prefer it if we'd actually met them before.
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Post by Exterminieren on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:40 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:I'm still *concerned* at what Moffat's doing with the very being of The Doctor. No score as yet. Very Happy

Seems to me he's dialing back the whole Oncoming Storm bit. The Doctor's reputation is the whole reason Amy lost her baby.
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Re: Rate "A Good Man Goes to War"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:21 am

As time goes by I get less keen on this concept of The Doctor. He shouldn't have the whole universe in fear of him.

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Post by Dave Webb on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:21 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:As time goes by I get less keen on this concept of The Doctor. He shouldn't have the whole universe in fear of him.

Which would be the point that Moffat made last night, and the one Exterminieren picked up on a couple of posts above.

The show's mythology has gone into overdrive since it returned. The Doctor has been The Last of the Time Lords, the Lonely God and The Timelord Victorious. He's saved the universe...again...and saved the world at least once a year for the last five years. That's bound to give a man a reputation.

...oh.

oh, I see where this is going.

...I'll just leave my thoughts in the Spoiler and Speculation thread.

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Post by stanmore on Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:10 am

I very much enjoyed it; though I agree it was a bit all-over-the-place. The fact that we'd never met the team put together for the job at demon run was one of my favourite aspects, especially as they were all introduced with sweet little character sketches.

The River Song revelation wasn't the most shocking in the show's history (and about as "game-changing" as the moment we found out that The Portreeve was the Master all along), but as it's the only resolution that I've seen that's genuinely pleasant, I'm glad they went with it...
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Post by Patrick on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:54 am

"This is the battle of Demons Run. He'll rise higher than ever before only to fall so much further..."

I'm coming to believe that the way to approach a Moff-written episode in his era of the show is to expect your brain to put through a washing machine with an intense spin cycle. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it forces you to stay glued to your TV. But it can be exhausting, by the time you're put up to dry.

I enjoyed this on a couple of levels. The plotting and action never gave you a chance to breathe. Even though with the exception of Dorium and the pirate crew, we'd never met any of the others the Doctor brought to the fight, I found them interesting characters. And it certainly worked to keep me hooked to see how the story arcs get resolved.

The "game-changing revelation," as has been noted, was not as big as I was expecting. I don't think that's the point, though. What we were also told is that this revelation would have devastating consequences. That's the part where I think the focus should be: I think we've just been given a big piece of the ouruborus theme for this series.

I'm giving this a 4.

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Re: Rate "A Good Man Goes to War"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:43 am

OK, have rewatched it and my first opnions haven't really changed. Still concerned about what's happening with the Doctor, but the spectacle and some excellent one liners mean I'll give this 4/5.

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Post by Rich Flair on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:53 am

It was a collection of great one-liners with some nice characters and some nice scenes. Pity that there was little in the way of plot to hold it together.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:58 am

Obviously I'm too easily pleased Rich!

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Post by Rich Flair on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:03 am

Well, we all look for different things, I guess.

By the way, I watched Kinda the other day, for the first time since it was broadcast. It was bloody awesome. Probably my favourite Davison story. Snakedance tonight!
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:06 am

You can easily be sectioned nowadays Rich. Wink

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Post by Rich Flair on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:25 am

Very Happy I hated it when I was a child - I think it just went over my head!
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