Applies to life, too. To everything, really.
Doctor Who S08E01 - “Deep Breath”
You know what? I actually liked the premiere of Doctor Who series 8. Mostly because it was very clear what Moffat was trying to do.
The name of the episode is him asking the fans to take a “Deep Breath,” to calm down before complaining about changes, about a new lead actor, about every speculation and assumption.
Here, Clara is a stand-in for the audience more than ever. She is not sure if she can trust this new Doctor until she realizes it’s the same Doctor as ever, no matter which face he has at any given time. It’s Moffat saying that the character, that the franchise is bigger than the actor, than any actor.
The automatons represent the nostalgic fans: they want something that is impossible to get. The “promised land” is nostalgia, it’s how they felt when they watched Doctor Who for the first time. But they’ll never get that feeling back because they’ll never see the show for the first time again. So the only way for them to be free, the only way for them to not be burdened by this feeling, is to accept that. It might be a harsh interpretation but for me Moffat was saying: “You either accept that change is in the very nature of this show or you can jump off the ship” or TARDIS, in this case.
I don’t always agree with Moffat but, in this instance, I’m of the opinion that he addressed the right issues with the audience by telling this particular story.
It will be interesting to see what he is going to do next, to which direction he will be leading the show towards. The following episode will certainly address that.
P.S.: I probably won’t be reviewing every single episode of this show (or any other one.) Everyone is free to like this episode or not or to disagree with my interpretation, of course. I just wanted to share it since so many people seem to have missed the point.
Digesting Hannibal Episode 20: The X-Files S01E13 - Beyond the Sea
In our 20th episode, we talk about some real paranormal investigators, how terrifying teenage girls are, what Maki used to be obsessed about, why Cassandra didn’t watch The X-Files at the time, the safest place to make out inside a car, how awkward it was to rent adult movies in video stores, and why green is the color of evil. We also explain old media to the youngsters, and Cassandra’s cat tells us who is his favorite character from Moby-Dick.
Digesting Hannibal Episode 19: Prince of Darkness (1987)
On this episode, we talk about the Marvel movies (briefly), the 1980s, video stores, watching movies in VHS, limousines, writers who don’t understand how courtship works (for human beings), men who don’t know how to write female characters (or human beings), why you need writers when making a movie, the perils of academia, which color is evil, taking Theology classes in Catholic schools as kids, and the conversation gets weird many times because this movie is weird. Also, Cassandra reveals her secret past life as a… well, you’ll have to listen to find out.
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Digesting Hannibal Episode 17: Independence Day (1996)
This is our longest episode ever because, surprisingly, we had a lot of things to discuss about this movie. But there’s also sad going-to-the-theater stories, what you must do to really become an American, why Jeff Goldblum is the personification of the 1990s, why you should rewatch (some) movies many times, which American city Roland Emmerich hates, peculiar symbolic interpretations, and as many bleeps as there are explosions in the movie.