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London? AGAIN? May. 21st, 2005 06:30 pm
Anyone else starting to feel a certain repetition here?

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From: mrph
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 07:00 pm (Link)
I believe we'll be getting Cardiff-as-Cardiff at some point...
From: cookwitch
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 06:23 pm (Link)
I believe my comment, when he said centre of London was "Can't we have another planet please??"


It had potential but squandered it.
From: wechsler
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 06:32 pm (Link)
They seem to have put all their good ideas into one episode, and then remade that episode 12 times.
Admittedly, previous series probably took place in one environment, but that's because they were one story. Pulling the same trick with a whole series of one- and two-parters just gets DULL.
Sure, there are a few traditional scary bits and some interesting story-arc hints, but that's about all the story arc has proven to be - so far, at least.
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From: ravenevermore
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 06:52 pm (Link)
I'd also assume part of it is getting a new audience settled with this concept of a show in 'familiar' locales. Then they can truly cut loose and we can see quarries as the planet flibble, and people might believe it.
From: cookwitch
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 06:56 pm (Link)
Yes, yes but I want quarries dammit!
From: wechsler
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 07:01 pm (Link)
*hands you a shovel*
From: cookwitch
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 07:02 pm (Link)
A shovel! We're saved!

*scrambles up and down the same shingle slope an infinite number of times in an effort to make it look like different ones*
From: duranorak
Date: May 22nd, 2005 - 02:52 pm (Link)
They seem to have put all their good ideas into one episode, and then remade that episode 12 times.

I keep trying to type all the reasons why this is wrong and then getting stuck because it's very difficult to argue with something that's so obviously false. All I want to say is "But...but that's just nonsense." Which doesn't constitute a coherent argument, but then, hey, it's Sunday, so - But...but that's just nonsense.

I'm hooked. It's not just because of Christopher Eccleston. I hated all the old series and thought they were laughable and that nothing in them could possibly have been considered either scary or interesting in any other terms than those of watching actors who'd rather be doing Shakespeare hamming away until they fell over. I'm completely hooked by the new series and was easily scared enough to hide behind the sofa by last night's; I think all the episodes so far have been great, some edging into brilliance, and I'm not in the least bored. What would you rather see from them? Honestly, what would you? What would you change?

(Why do you need a convoluted story arc, anyway? Oh, wait. Babylon 5. Of course.)

From: mrph
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 07:09 pm (Link)
Not really (at least not yet, anyway).

The old series was just as bad on occasion - whenever the Hartnell or Troughton era needed a here/now story, it tended to be London. Less so with Pertwee, but that's just because 'Bessie' and UNIT were better suited to quarries, countryside and sleepy villages in the shires.

This time we've had a first episode in London (to recruit Rose, fair enough), one two parter where the plot centred around Downing Street, one centred around Rose's father (again, fair enough - it's going to be London because we've established that they lived there) and now this (which is a WWII blitz story, primarily - I guess it could be set in any major city that was bombed, but they've gone for the easy/iconic option).

That's about 50% of the series so far, which is more than I'd like, but it's not actually feeling annoying yet. At least not for me - maybe because I really liked the slightly 'Sapphire and Steel' style of this latest one.

And we did get a trip to Utah, even if it didn't involve much daylight. :)
From: wechsler
Date: May 21st, 2005 - 07:11 pm (Link)
Admittedly, I missed the Utah episode(s)
From: kelemvor
Date: May 22nd, 2005 - 10:21 am (Link)
You missed "Dalek"?