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Review (of sorts): Doctor Who, Listen [Sep. 14th, 2014|04:09 am]
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Listen (to me!)

Image: Clara ponders date and Doctor in the Tardis. Screenshot from 'Listen'.

I feel unesay.

Not because posting my inchoate, exhausted and half-drunk reactions to my first-watch of "Listen" makes me feel like an obsessive fan desperate to share his thoughts with all and sundry — although, clearly, that's what I am — but because I distrust the first reactions I so desperately want to share.

Yet here I am. Sharing my feelings instead of my thoughts, my knee's jerks rather than my practiced dance steps.

Steven Moffat has written an episode of Doctor Who that, on first viewing, I enjoyed quite a lot. I liked it. But — or should that be and so ...? — I feel uneasy. I am afraid of what judgement sober second thought may call down upon my first reactions.

So for now and for the record, those who care to read can find those first reactions here.

I liked it; what did you think? And do you think you're opinion will change when (if) you watch it again?

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[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2014-09-15 02:17 am (UTC)
I don't think my opinion will change. I rather loved this episode and I am very happy with Clara getting to have her own character with her own story instead of what happened in season 7 when she became the ultimate deus ex machina.

For the most part, this is a very human drama about the reassurances that we need when we are scared, especially at our most vulnerable.

All genre whether it's fantasy, crime or science fiction needs to remember the human element, because it's so easy to forget it when you are playing with time travel, aliens, dragons, etc.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2014-09-17 05:19 am (UTC)

*sigh*

Presumably you know by now that mine changed quite a lot from first to second viewing. You might want to take the advice of someone on one of the communities, who reported that they simply decided not to re-watch the episode, to preserve the happy memory.

All genre whether it's fantasy, crime or science fiction needs to remember the human element, because it's so easy to forget it when you are playing with time travel, aliens, dragons, etc.

Yup. When done well, it's gold.
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