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I posted my reviews and summary of the 2005 season of Doctor Who on my other blog.  Here are the links.

Rose

The End of the World

The Unquiet Dead  

Aliens of London & World War 3 

Dalek

The Long Game

Father's Day

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances 

Boom Town 

Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways 

2005 Dr. Who Summary: Heroes

ETA;  Teaspoon is deleting thier essay section in 20 minutes.  Boo!  I'm moving my reviews here:

DameRuth2007.04.23 - 06:00PM1: 2005 Dr. Who Summary: HeroesSigned
Nice summary -- totally agree with you about them needing a scientific advisor (and I know a lot of scientists who'd be willing to volunteer for that post for free, including self!). I'd point out that RE: aliens and redemption, the Doc's character arc fits that theme, and so he does qualify as a non-human carrying the theme through the series, FWIW.

One technical aspect -- you hit a couple of my "I do not think that word means what you think it means" buttons; I believe, under the discussion of redemption, you meant "pursue," rather than "peruse", and under the discussion of Achillies you meant "vicious" rather than "viscous" -- though this being DW, the possibility of a viscous gunman isn't immediately discountable . . . LOL! :D

I'd be interested to see your analysis of the 2nd season -- I've had arguments with folks about the theme(s) of *that* one!

Author's Response: Thank you. That came at the end of reviewing the 2005 series. My reviews are here: http://crabby-lioness.livejournal.com/14401.html Unfortunately I don't have time to review the 2006 series right now. I hope to later, though.

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haunter_uk
Apr. 24th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
"Anytime you hear a variation of the line, "His tactics are completely out of line, but we keep him because he gets results", beware. You're approaching Achilles' territory."

Unless you aren't - Depends on the organisation stating it. For example, VR.5 had that sort of concept, the organisation only keeping the protagonist around because no-one else could do what she did, despite disapproving of her - but disapproving of her because she was undisputedly 'nice', 'good', whatever. (Well. Mostly. She mistreated her landlord because she could and because he was an asshole. But she wasn't what I'd describe as dark, had human failings, but was generally a 'nice girl')

Which is to simplify VR.5's plot somewhat, but ah well.
crabby_lioness
Apr. 24th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know enough about VR.5 to say, but it sounds like they were deliberately playing with a stereotype. Nothing wrong with that. :)
haunter_uk
Apr. 24th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Not sure they were. They seemed to be instead going for the stereotype of corrupt organisation coopts innocent girl who can do something no-one else can. Keep her on file despite her having major disagreement with organisation because she can do something no-one else can, despite it being a pain in the ass getting her to do what you want her to do (The episode where she stops an assassin for hire from committing suicide being the perfect example), while simultainiously stopping her leaving.

But there was a definite indication that they'd have killed her if she wasn't capable of doing things for the organisation that no-one else could (Which puts her into the achilies position as you phrased it, but kinda in reverse due to working for the badguys rather than the good guys despite being a goodguy herself). Very good show, actually, nice and surreal (Lots of areas created from the fusion of two people's subconscious sees to that). See about checking it out if you can.

Watch the exported version rather than the American, though, since the exported version has... I think it's 3... extra episodes to make it up to the 13 which is easier to sell outside of America (Or somesuch) - I believe that's the only difference. Just, beware, the series ends on a "But you left loads of loose ends for next season, clearly with the intention of developing them further!", and they didn't get the ratings (or overseas sales) to continue it.
otoselkie
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hi! I was just commenting to say that I've seen you around Torchwood fandom a great deal (I'm a lurker), but hadn't realized you were a homeschool mum. Right on! *is a homeschooled teenager*

I found your thing about heroes and the Iliad very interesting – I loved the Iliad as a child, but had never thought of seeing the characters as archetypes before. I'm probably going to notice this from now on, so thanks :).
crabby_lioness
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

DT doesn't like Odysseus, so S2 had a different theme than usual. I'll talk about that later when I have the time.
otoselkie
Apr. 25th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would be interested in your thoughts on S2. I personally thought it was subpar, but S3 is shaping up to be quite good – partly because it's back to the Odysseus theme, I think.
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