7X05 The Angels Take Manhattan (Grading/Discussion) (SPOILERS!)

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Samurai8472, Sep 29, 2012.

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Grade "The Angels Take Manhattan"

Poll closed Oct 30, 2012.
  1. The girl who waited

    100 vote(s)
    64.5%
  2. Something borrowed

    35 vote(s)
    22.6%
  3. Average

    10 vote(s)
    6.5%
  4. Is it bad that I really miss this?

    3 vote(s)
    1.9%
  5. You're Scottish, fry something

    7 vote(s)
    4.5%
  1. Gep Malakai

    Gep Malakai Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Moffat in a nutshell, really. He tries, but he's far better at the intellectual stuff and never seems able to pull off the emotional side. The show has continued in the style of Davies', but Davies was somehow very good at invoking feelings and Moffat is not.

    Still, I enjoyed it overall, despite it playing a bit like "Moffat's Greatest Hits." The business with novel was a regurgitation of the DVD business from "Blink," River and the Doctor communicating across time via written material was from "Time of Angels" and so forth. But the Angels were interesting again, which was sorely lacking in their prior appearance. So that was a plus. And Rory deciding on suicide as the way to cause a time paradox was very effective. Too, I really liked how the ending tied things all the way back to that unexplained TARDIS sound effect in "The Eleventh Hour."

    So, it was fun, albeit not perfect.
     
  2. Starkers

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    Of all the criticisms of Moffat this is the one I never get. For me RTD's idea of emotion was overly simplistic, and mainly relied on A/ Murray Gold telling us to be sad, and B/Rose/Martha looking like they're going to cry. Personally I find Moffat's notion of emotion deeper and more effective, but horses for courses and all that...
     
  3. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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    I don't think you need to protest too much Starkers. The vote count shows how many people thought the emotion was well done.
     
  4. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

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    for all the nitpicks I still voted it 5/5
     
  5. Haggis and tatties

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    Fantastic episode once again.......i cant believe we have to wait 3 months now for more Who.........talk about leave them wanting more. :)
     
  6. Pindar

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    River said she would give the book to Amy to get her to publish it, so River must have some future contact with them.
     
  7. Saul

    Saul Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    So if he can't go to 1938 can't he go to 1939?

    Hasn't the Doctor watched Bill and Ted. He could have gone back in time and put that gravestone there himself. If Amy can put her name on it, the Doctor could surely make it disappear. Or do a Back to the Future on it and it's erased. What's the point of having a Time Machine if you don't make good use of it. The magic headstone tells me Rory and Amy weren't originally part of that timeline so where's the paradox? It's not like Rose's Dad. It's not a fixed point. Or even consider the Butterfly effect of having two people from 2012 living in 1938 who never should have been there to begin with.

    And we still don't know why the Doctor uses Guns now and kills people.

    Edit. Not a bad episode. Again, not great but Ok.

    I think having an episode with the Angels in it and the fact it was to be the Ponds teary goodbye it's not too much of a surprise ending for them.
     
  8. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

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    My order:

    Amy (going to miss her :( )
    Donna
    Captain Jack
    Rory
    Martha





    Rose
     
  9. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

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    I also think Moffat is good at the emotional stuff, in fact, much more so than RTD was.

    This episode was truly sad, and tear-jerking, at least for me.

    It seems the majority of people here voted it 5/5, though, so most agreed with me
     
  10. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

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    I mean they never explained how it appeared in the Doctor's pocket
     
  11. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

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    I don't think the Doctor is prohibited from visiting them, but he is prohibited from having adventures with them and adventures have a habit of finding the Doctor. So it's more a thing of prudence to avoid them than a hard and fast rule (hence why River was able to visit them).

    BTW, for all those who are complaining about the Statue of Liberty. I was too busy thinking "Oh shit, the Statue of Liberty is trying to get them too" to think of whether it made sense. Seriously, possibly the most iconic structure in America is trying to kill them (with the iconic angry angel face). That's worth including even if the only logic is "they're both statue-like things."
     
  12. Timelord Victorious

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    What I found interesting about it, that the Angels gained a new ability.

    Apparently they can sort of possess existing statues?

    Cause not all statues in this episode had the typical weeping Angel appearance and some statues clearly were man made with a documented history.
     
  13. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

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    Yeah, apparently. I did notice that was a chance. Previously, the Angels appeared to look like statues, but be their own thing.

    It might have to do with the fact that they had such a steady food supply that it allowed them to do this.
     
  14. Kai "the spy"

    Kai "the spy" Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Yeah, that's pretty much the feeling I get from Moffat-Who. Thinking about the episodes under his guard actually makes them worse (with one or two exceptions). Why can't Moffat use on DW the same standard for good writing he uses on 'Sherlock'?
     
  15. The Mirrorball Man

    The Mirrorball Man Vice Admiral Admiral

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    He can, and he does, as far as I'm concerned. That being said, suspension of disbelief has never been a problem for me.
     
  16. StCoop

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    How about not having had the previous series revolve around the idea that you can cheat your way past any sort of paradox or unchangable fixed point in time with the aid of a handy robot?

    Moffat's declared so many things "impossible" only to have them happen anyway to now turn around and go, "I really mean it this time, honest."
     
  17. Mister Fandango

    Mister Fandango Fleet Captain

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    You mean like they did in this very episode where Rory and Amy commited suicide? Only to then have it revealed that breaking that fixed point via paradox damaged the temporal technobabble so badly that even considering trying it again could (and likely would) destroy the entire city if not the planet itself?

    Because that's pretty much exactly what happened. Your inability (or more likely asinine refusal) to acknowledge that notwithstanding.

    Nevermind that any desire to actually try again was whisked away once he realized that they lived a full and happy life, which was something the Doctor was already feeling incredibly guilty about ruining.
     
  18. Kai "the spy"

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    My DW viewing friends and I think otherwise. One particular friend pretty much nailed it when she said that all too often it feels like Moffat only writes one draft with all the usual inconsistencies of a first draft, but never bothers to do a rewrite. So, his episodes all are bursting with potential, but rarely use it to its fullest.

    Say what you want about RTD, but at least he never contradicted himself.
     
  19. Mister Fandango

    Mister Fandango Fleet Captain

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    Personally, from what I've seen on this forum alone, the vast majority of people who piss and moan about the show are the ones who clearly and painfully weren't paying any attention whatsoever to what was actually going on. And even when the actual story of what was going on is pointed out to them, it flies right past their heads just so they can keep ranting and raving like loons.

    And speaking of self-delusion...

    "The Doctor really is the last of the Timelords!" <The Master shows up> "Well, okay, maybe not the last, but it's just those two!" <Gallifrey shows up in orbit> "Well, my fanboys will continue to say I never contradict myself!" <The Daleks wave from the sidelines> "Fuck."
     
  20. Allyn Gibson

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    That's Christopher Bidmead's argument against Moffat's work as well -- it feels like a first draft. To be fair, Moffat's work isn't always a first draft; the next Christmas script went through six drafts and several blown deadlines. But Moffat has said he wants his Doctor Who work to feel like a first draft -- breathless, passionate, running from moment to moment, with no hint as to what's around the next plot twist.

    Despite the logic problem of the ending that you can sail a supercarrier through, "Manhattan" didn't feel like a first draft to me. It wasn't as tight as "The Girl in the Fireplace" or "A Study in Pink," but it also wasn't as dangly as Moffat's sixth season work.