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  1. What's weird is that Yaz should be the one of the companions with the most purpose on Earth. Ryan was (IIRC) yet to settle down while Graham was retired and looking for something to push his limits (wasn't it mentioned it was his wife - Grace? - who was the one pushing him to do more?). By contrast, Yaz had a career and was apparently ambitious to get ahead, yet she is the one who wants to stay with the Doctor. (Obviously there are real world considerations of which actors want to stay on that explain it, but in Universe it's a bit odd)
  2. Me too. I prefer it when Companions decide that, while it's been fun, they just don't want to travel with the Doctor any more. I don't need it to involve a Universal rift tearing them away. And Graham was great, only Bradley Walsh probably found the schedule punishing (what with recording The Chase as well).
  3. Also, I like the thematic idea of "Family" for the Doctor and the Daleks: Team Doctor can disagree and feel hurt but will come together, while Team Dalek see any "family" conflict can only be resolved with Extermination. Thanks! That makes much more sense.
  4. Resolution showed a dalek "piloting" a human, but Old Who had the squishy innards of the daleks occasionally doing things (Remembrance of the Daleks had a claw grabbing either the Doctor or Ace, IIRC). It is, however, like most of Who, entirely inconsistent, as Dalek shells are sometimes co-opted by Team Doctor to roam around in apparently without difficulty! Good to see (even if I dislike the concept) that the revelation of the Doctor's true origins has had an effect on her. It seemed somewhat believable that absent of any globe shattering crisis that she might use the time in prison to reflect on exactly who she is. Of course, that went out the window when she heard about the Daleks turning up again, when it was full steam ahead on thwarting them. Beyond He was now a She, not that we saw. But Jack had (at least) months to plan his prison break, i assume he got the details of the Doctor's new appearance in that period. If you had accurate enough details of the prison to plot a break out, getting hold of the inmates details is presumably trivial. They were no worse than "The Greatest Ever Britain", Winston Churchill was in Victory of the Daleks. If you assume (as the episode seems to) that nobody remembers the Daleks, then it was just a novel design of chassis for their new security robots Was that the (I guess) 0th Incarnation of the Doctor that Graham saw at the end as they left?
  5. I was watching 11001001 and there's a scene where Riker is dancing with Minuet that is just hilarious, because Jonathan Frakes is 6'2" and has to lean really awkwardly in to whisper sweet nothings into her ear. Which makes no sense because Minuet is holographically generated and so should be the perfect height for him*. IRL, obviously that's because they didn't cast Carolyn McCormick (who's now in her 60s - boy does that make me feel old) for her height but there's no reason why the computer (or the Bynars) wouldn't. * OK, if you have a dirty mind, you might imagine there's a reason Riker might want a short woman, but she's not half his height!
  6. That bothered Phil Farrand, Nitpicker No. 1 of the ST-TNG Nitpickers Guild too! Essentially, he came to the same conclusion: had it gone off smoothly, Not!Tom Parris expected he'd be let off with a slapped wrist.
  7. I couldn't work out what was wrong with Nana's face - before realising that she's actually human and isn't meant to have a crinkly nose!
  8. I've always felt that the Pagh Wraith/Prophet confrontation feels like they forgot to write a resolution until the day before filming when somebody finally remembered it hadn't been resolved (a bit like Voyager's writers forgetting that Naomi Wildman's mother wasn't actually dead)! It seems incredibly anticlimactic for what should have been an epic showdown, resolving a conflict that was set up in the Pilot (or possibly the beginning of time, given the Prophets non linear nature). And I thought it would have been more fitting if Sisko had won because his friends came with him ("Stronger together!") while Dukat was alone, having betrayed everyone who might have supported him (the Dominion, Cardassia, Winn, etc). It wouldn't need to be an effects-fest (I picture it more like the conflict in The Reckoning, only when Sisko looks like faltering, another of the gang lends him their support) but it would seem to me a more fitting resolution.
  9. Fans of the Durrells might like to check out All Creatures Great and Small, set in the same time period and featuring Callum Woodhouse (Lesley Durrell) as Tristran Farnon. It's a similarly bucolic look at the inter war years and featuring lots of nature (the main characters are vets) - though if they follow the books, just like the Durrells, the war will intrude as the James Herriot does go off to fight in the RAF when war breaks out (Spoiler, I guess - war breaks out in 1939!). It also features the last onscreen appearance of Dame Diana Rigg before she died. It's just finished broadcasting in the UK and it's a co-production with PBS, so it should be available in the US. ETA: D'Oh! Yes, Leslie not Larry Durrell. What parent gives their children two such similar names?
  10. If you needed a Watsonian explanation, you could have swathed her in enough equipment/electrodes/restraints so only her face was visible (and obviously the Doylist explanation is they just swapped out the actress!).
  11. Was very unimpressed with Luke's initial failure to destroy the Kryptonite - he'd only tried chemical attack (three acids, IIRC). Come back when it's survived a pile driver and being dropped into molten tungsten, then you can start complaining about it being hard to destroy! Mary is absolutely right that somebody who thinks they know what they're doing is worse than knowing nothing. She really is the hero Gotham needs and deserves right now. Amazing how sad Alice murdering Mouse was. Gee, if only the Crows had UV goggles (and weren't obsessed with taking down Batwoman), there might be a whole lot more of them alive. I would love it if he admitted that the existence of a vigilante operating to protect citizens for free risked undermining his livelihood. It wouldn't be as justifiable, but it would be a hell of a lot more understandable. Especially as they seem to be diverting resources to kill Batwoman instead of actually protecting people. My guess? It was in the candle, releasing poisonous fumes (which would be why the first sign was a nosebleed). That would need Alice to have taken an antidote first that left her completely immune, but that's plausible in comic book science. 1 Yes! I'm as bleeding heart a liberal as you're likely to find, but shooting a machete wielding maniac who just decapitated somebody in a train full of people is about as justifiable a kill as you're likely to get. 12 Maybe Kate deputises somebody to don the cape while her ribs mend? It would be an unusual admission that broken bones don't instantly fix themselves, but it would be somewhat realistic.
  12. Nice to see Hush respected the rules enough to keep his voice down in the library. He even used silenced pistols! It's probably an oversight in Gotham that they don't have a "no homicides" rule as well. Love Mouse really getting into his "Doc" role! If I was capable of swapping faces, I would have posed as Julia when "persuading" Luke to translate that diary (and faked the shocking, obviously). Beyond the fact that Arkham is really badly designed, why would the ECT (presumably some sort of general treatment) room have a panel that unlocks all the cells? Maybe the Governor (or the Security Office) would have such a button, but the Doctor's office? Could have done without the relationship angst (though loved Parker lapping it up!). That was funny (though Kate could have mentioned it was to save her life). I'm still betting it'll turn out to be a Bat cover identity (or possibly Catwoman, working for the Bat) trying to get dangerous info off the streets.
  13. I thought I'd seen every episode of Forever and didn't remember her, but you clearly meant Forever and not Forever!
  14. I'm glad the demons from The Bad Place do things "just for fun". But Trevor is truly diabolical (appropriately enough). Though I was a little surprised Eleanor didn't comment, "my, you are pleased to see me!" after that hug. Jason - what a gent, sleeping in a dumpster after making sure Tahani got safely to her room. Love that "8 minute sleep" Chidi misspelt Plato! And does he not care about his co-conspirator Janet? Maybe he just plays one on TV?
  15. I'm surprised Eleanor would feel motivated to travel halfway round the world to see some "Do Gooder from Down Under". It didn't seem that her Near Death experience had reformed her enough to decide to fly to Australia. A few great lines: "Pretty enough to be on The Bachelor. And smart enough never to go on The Bachelor!" "Claustrophobic? Why would anyone be afraid of Santa Claus?" "My year started about a year ago..." The more we see of Tahani, the more awful her sister seems. But it was very true to Tahani's nature to monetise living without possessions. Dance Dance Resolution were robbed! Before they went out robbing, at least. Me too! Maybe he slipped by while the Doorman was distracted by the frog on his smoking hot (or was it ice cold?) cup of antimatter? Or the old name for a cleaning product (until they decided to rename it to sound like an STD...)! But I pronounce GIF like, well, "gift" (or graphic, since that's what it stands for). Maybe we'll both end up in the Bad Place where demons mispronounce all sorts of words (like "niche") around us!
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