873 - A Full Weekend

25th Nov 2013, 1:00 PM in Not So Fresh
A Full Weekend
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Tim 25th Nov 2013, 1:00 PM edit delete
Tim
Ok, let's do this one at a time:

Catching Fire - Alexx was worried that they'd try and turn it into a Twilight and make it about Katniss' struggle to choose between Peeta and Gale, but thankfully it didn't do it any more than the books did, and instead focused on the story surrounding the build up to the 75th Hunger Games. And just like the book, I feel like I need Mockingjay, or Mockingjay Part 1, as they're probably gonna do it, as soon as possible, because the story in Catching Fire really does end on a massive "wait, wtf?" moment, and the film, having stayed true to the book as close as it could is pretty much the same. All in all a great movie, and a faithful adaptation - something which seems to be increasingly rare. I wholeheartedly look forwards to the next film, cos this series is being handled so well that I don't believe it'll be anything less than completely awesome.

MLP - There were some issues with story pacing in the opening two-parter - they crammed a heck of a lot in there; the whole trying to adapt to having wings, the history between Luna, Celestia and Discord, and the Avatar-like moment in the Nightmare Moon fight was pretty cool. And it definitely had it's funny moments, but the whole bit where Twi leaves the forest just to turn around and go back in again felt unnecessary and crammed in at the last second - like one of those ideas that they forgot to filter out for time. Not bad, sets up the over-arcing story for the rest of the season, and all in all, doesn't make me want to stop watching. Would've been nice to have a new villain though. Just saying.

Doctor Who - God, where do I even start? Honestly, I'm not even sure what I can write here, given that there are inevitably people who haven't managed to catch it yet, but damn, that was a really good episode! The way they managed to include Billie Piper was brilliant, John Hurt - while I'm still not going to refer to him as Nine - was a great Doctor and the idea that he would regenerate into Christopher Eccleston makes perfect sense given his personality at the time. Also, thewriting was incredible. Unbelievably for Stephen Moffat, the story wasn't overly convoluted, and nobody died for dramatic effect just to be resurrected again. They've also set up what is sure to be the most interesting Doctor Who story arc since Moffat took office, and left open the possibility of reintroducing Gallifrey and the Timelords! I also feel that the plan that they enact in the episode also explains why the Daleks seemed to keep cropping up, even though they were supposedly all destroyed in the Time War, since there was no way that their plan worked absolutely perfectly. I'm really happy with the way they did manage to include the different incarnations, and the surprise guest appearance at the end was great. Honestly, I feel like, other than Clara - who was just sort've there the whole time - I would have to get really nitpicky to find issues with this episode, and I look forward to seeing how they handle the regeneration from 11 to 12.