Oct. 25th, 2010

carmen_lj: (sarah; sonic lipstick ahoy)
Merlin decided to have an episode I LOVE UNEQUIVOCABLY, hurrah! Helped in no small part by being a HORRID BROKEN VERSION of my favourite episode, The Moment of Truth, the plot took second place to some immensely satisfying character stuff. I wasn't even judgey at Merlin! For this week his motivation was perfectly sensible The Castle of Fyrion )

Elsewise, I watched a lot of Sarah Jane. First, there was The Eternity Trap which decided plot was for losers and it should rely on Atmosphere and Cheap Scares instead. Happily, having a bunch of characters I love wander around a haunted manor for an hour is the sort of non-story I can totally get behind. The Eternity Trap )

Then there was Mona Lisa's Revenge. I assumed her revenge would be mostly about being bloody annoyed that some eejit had written This Is A Fake on her canvas in felt tip, but noooooo. (There was, however, a Chinese puzzle box, thus yayfulness at City of Death shout-out.) Mona Lisa's Revenge )

On to the finale, The Gift! )

In conclusion, a none-too-shabby season at all, with two stories I loved madly (Wedding of SJ, for sheer fannish glee, and Madwoman in the Attic, for being bloody good), one story I enjoyed immensely (The Eternity Trap, for shiny atmospheres), two stories that entertained pretty well (Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Gift), and one that was pretty rub, but I failed to properly dislike (Prisoner of the Judoon). Also, K-9 was back! Which was awfully nice. To season four!
carmen_lj: (sarah; sarah's brainy specs)
What a difference to last year's season opener! This is a seriously gorgeous children's horror story, tightly written, tense, claustrophic, marvellously directed, wonderful character stuff, and since he's now written three of my favourite SJA stories it's almost, almost enough to make me forgive Joseph Lidster for the fucking travesty of a Big Finish that is Master.

SJA: The Nightmare Man )
carmen_lj: (eleven; sonic in your mouth)
OMG NEW ELEVENTY! AND JO! AND SARAH! INNA STORY! ALL AT ONCE!

Also, watched The Vault of Secrets, which failed to inspire squee but, despite being a sequel to the abysmal Prisoner of the Judoon, turned out to be a decent enough action/adventure. The Vault of Secrets )

NOW I WILL TRY V HARD NOT TO TYPE THIS WHOLE THING IN CAPSLOCK FOR THEN THERE WAS DEATH OF THE DOCTOR, PART ONE. spoilers, obv )

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