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  • Now, how they were able to look at each other and keep moving, that's another issue entirely
  • I think the real standout sequence here was seeing Amy have to walk through a forest full of angels with her eyes closed, as if she did open her eyes, the angel would escape and she would die
  • It also made for an interesting inversion of the Weeping Angels concept


    • by David Finniss

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      We pick up where the last episode left off, with the Doctor and crew trying to venture through a crashed ship that is infested with Weeping Angels. Sadly, this episode isn’t quite as good as its predecessor, but it is a worthy conclusion all the same. Where the last episode laid down some groundwork for the season’s arc, this one ups the ante giving us more information about the bizarre cracks and also ties it all to Amy somehow.

      While the Doctor was always fond of talking as a way to sort out problems, he takes it to a whole new level here. It gets to the point where Smith is sometimes hard to understand because his words are coming at you so fast. It works for the character and it helps add a feeling of rushed intensity, but it can be hard to keep up with the techno-babble at certain parts.

      The nightmare fuel of the angels gets taken to a whole new level as we learn that since an image of an angel registered in Amy’s brain, it is literally in her mind now and making its way out. As if that’s not creepy enough, the angels employ some more psychological


      warfare, making her unknowingly countdown to her own death. The other numbers were a bit odd, but once she said “I’m five” instead of “I’m fine” you knew something was really amiss.

      As good as the episode is, there are some points that a lot of fans didn’t care for. One particular scene that stood out was the one where we actually see the angels move on their own. I somewhat get it, but let’s be honest, they could only be stationary and creepy for so long. Now, how they were able to look at each other and keep moving, that’s another issue entirely.

      Another part that rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way was Amy putting the moves on the Doctor at the end of the episode. I’m rather surprised that he was so dim. I mean, almost every companion he’s had so far has expressed romantic feelings towards him. In any other circumstance, I might buy the idea that the Doctor is too alien to pick up on nuances like that, but based on his memory alone, he should’ve clued into what she was talking about. To his credit, he does insist that it remain platonic, so ...


      • at least that was in character to an extent.

        I think the real standout sequence here was seeing Amy have to walk through a forest full of angels with her eyes closed, as if she did open her eyes, the angel would escape and she would die. That is just a creepy idea for so many reasons and they pulled it off rather well. I’m not sure how Amy tripped over a tree root that she already knew was there (having felt it with her first foot before tripping over it as her second foot was coming forward) but they needed to add tension somehow I guess.

        It also made for an interesting inversion of the Weeping Angels concept. They always put so much emphasis on not blinking, not closing your eyes, but Amy has to keep her eyes shut if she wants to stay alive, fascinating stuff.

        River is a bit more likable here as she shows compassion to several of the characters and seems especially concerned for Amy (intentional foreshadowing maybe, given the nature of their relationship?).

        The ending is a bit of a deus ex machina, but it was a glorious one all the same. I do find it interesting how

        this crack in the universe managed to scare the angels. It managed to both show that there is a bigger threat while still keeping them as the focus of the episode. While it’s only hinted at, I do like the idea that they just bit off more than they could chew here.

        As if all that happened wasn’t enough to show how evil these things are, they have the gall to ask the Doctor to sacrifice himself so that they could escape. Why would he do that? No, really, why? What possible reason does he have to let these things live? They flat out said that they were planning on spreading across the universe, and they’re just as menacing as the Daleks. There’s no way he would’ve ever gone for that.

        Like I said, the episode isn’t quite as good as “Time of Angels’, but there are enough highlights to make it enjoyable. It is a fitting conclusion and it does set the stage for things to come. All in all, this was a very good 2 parter that managed to effectively bring back a very popular villain that many didn’t think was capable of making a return appearance. It’s another 45 minutes well spent.




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