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TV episodes - John C. Kirk

May. 28th, 2005

09:37 pm - TV episodes

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Well, I've watched a few more "Enterprise" episodes. And I have to say, I was impressed by Twilight, although the new theme tune seemed even more inappropriate than usual ... "Earth's been destroyed: time to boogie!" Chosen Realm, on the other hand, was another annoying episode where the characters did stupid things and blatantly failed to heed my advice, however loudly I shouted it at the TV. The way I see it, when the head honcho popped up on the bridge and said "I have human bombs walking around, who will blow themselves up if I send the signal", Archer should have taken him down immediately - hard and fast. If he doesn't send the signal, problem solved, and there were various ways to achieve this, e.g. knock the communicator out of his hand, grab him round the neck so that he can't speak, knock him unconscious, shoot him. And I'm sure that if Archer had made a move, his command crew would have backed him up (especially Malcolm), and the odds were massively in their favour (far more so than when the crew were confined to quarters and the intruders had raided the armoury). It's possible that the intruders had a backup plan of "blow yourselves up if you don't hear from me", but even then I'd expect them to wait a reasonable amount of time first, since they needed to give their leader time to make his speech on the bridge. Once the leader's out of the way, the Enterprise crew knew where to find at least two others (outside Engineering), and would have the element of surprise on their side - again, the key point is to move fast, and seize the initiative. Bah.

On a more positive note, the new series of "Dr Who" continues to be good. Mind you, I am curious about why some fans seem so opposed to the idea of the Doctor having a love-life. Is it just that it seems inappropriate for him to get involved with his assistants? He seems to use the term "companion" more nowadays, which implies a more equal relationship, rather than student->teacher. Or is it just because it's never happened before? I'd be a bit concerned if people started applying that logic in real-life! ("X has never had a girlfriend, so clearly it would be Sick and Wrong (TM) for that to change now.") Besides which, we haven't seen everything that's happened in the Doctor's (long) life. Looking at Gallifreyans in general, presumably little time lords/ladies have to come from somewhere, so it seems unlikely that the entire species is sexless. Actually, that ties into a related thought. Putting a face onto the planetary extinction, I guess that means that Romana is now dead? I haven't actually seen any episodes with her in, so I only know of her by reputation, but it may mean more to other people. Anyway, I can understand why the Doctor might start to consider other options, if he can't go home to get married. Not that I'm pushing for him to get involved with anyone (I try to avoid scary "shipper" territory), just that it doesn't bother me if he does.

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From:bazzalisk
Date:May 28th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
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presumably little time lords/ladies have to come from somewhere

From labs. New gallifreyans are grown in labs, all produced artificialy and intentionaly (this has been sugested in the series, though never stated explicitly, it's however extremely consistant in all the spin-offs).

As far as the rest goes - the doctor is nine-hundred years old, humans are little more than children to him, he looks after them and cares about them, but the idea of him becoming involved with one is unspeakably perverse. Remember also that the doctor has already had children - long ago - he's been there, he's done that, and he's put that stage of his life behind him long ago.

Romana (who as you say, is dead now) is the only companion who's relationship with the dcotor was remotely adult, and she was still less than half his age. I know I'm more sensitive on age differences than most people - but the shear difference in maturity and character between the doctor and any human is absolutely insurmountable (and you can tell that Rose agrees).
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 28th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I did wonder about the lab aspect, as the most logical alternative. Actually, regarding his children, are you just inferring their existence (since he had a granddaughter), or has he mentioned them explicitly? Doing a web search for info about Susan hasn't turned up anything useful, and I've never been quite clear on whether she was adopted or similar.

The age-gap issue is interesting. Speaking for myself, I work on the basis of a maximum age gap which increases over time, e.g. 2 years when I was at school (3 in an extreme case), and about 5 years now. But it never bothers me when I see huge age gaps in TV programs, e.g. in Highlander/Buffy when you have someone who's hundreds of years old. (Although there is the other problem where one person ages and the other person doesn't.) I don't know whether that's just because the actors are about the same age, or because it's hard to imagine someone that old. As I recall, you're not a Buffy fan, but have you seen any similar programs (that you liked)?
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From:bazzalisk
Date:May 29th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
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Actualy I am a Buffy fan (a bit).

The main reason I'd find it less of an issue in Buffy or Highlander is because the immortal characters in those programmes bahave as if they were mid-twenties to early-thirties, they don't bahave noticeably more maturely than the younger characters.

The Doctor acts entirely differently than a human does, and it's clear from his attitude at every moment he's dealing with them that humans are pretty close to children in his eyes:

"Human brains, how do you manage with something so small?"

"I love you humans, always finding patterns in things which aren't there."
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