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Average User Score: 3.6Oct 22, 2018It commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable inIt commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable in basically every way.
Only positive I saw was some of the visuals in the first 10 minutes, but it seems highly apparent that they blew a lot of the budget out the gate.
What is worse is that this doctor is just a knock off of the Tenant/Smith doctor which is the absolute last thing Doctor who needed.
The visuals of the intro sequence were phenomenal. However the music is off a literal beat. It is nice however to be done with Capaldi's Christmas intro with its jingle bells.
Episode 2 shows where the show is going. Completely illogical setups and predictable outcomes. For example you can see and connect the episodes "solution" a full 25 minuets before it happens showing how predictable this incarnation is.
Whitakers depiction is increasingly becoming more ridiculous and scatterbrained. She is practically a companion herself leaving this to be Doctorless Who.
In the end like most of the visuals, the new Tardis is outstanding, if an odd, eclectic feel. The shame is that long term this doctor is not up to all these slick visuals with the character being written so poorly as an imitation of far better doctors.
And with that this incarnation of the doctor and almost certainly Chibnalls tenure becomes unwatchable. Much as many people predicted it becomes a breeding ground for racism, sexism and otherwise normal SJW bigotry. Bending over backwards to show the audience just how "woke" it is with its civil rights narrative. Furthermore it tries to force white guilt upon the one white companion who was already made out to be a doddering old white fool for everyone to scapegoat. It is an absolute shame that a show as venerated as Doctor Who can be dragged through the SJW muck and mire.
I have no problem with the doctor being made a woman. It could have been done so well. Had they simply had the doctor simply be a woman it might have been alright, but with this episode it removes the last shadow of doubt that this is not merely a case where actual equality is at play, but an agenda is at work that seeks to social engineer a world of equality built through inequity, and bigotry. If it cant be contained within 3 episodes, It tells you that it will undoubtedly influence and taint all the episodes of at the very least the remainder of this season.…
Average User Score: 2.5Oct 16, 2018Completely offensive to the senses for its blatant racism, sexism and cultural appropriation.
The original show was alright but this copyCompletely offensive to the senses for its blatant racism, sexism and cultural appropriation.
The original show was alright but this copy cat seems powerless to avoid being a perfect example of everything it is trying way too hard to fight against with its propagandized message.…
Average User Score: 8.0Feb 4, 2018While somewhat derivative of an amalgam of other works, It produces a show that is engaging enough to keep your attention with the sum of itsWhile somewhat derivative of an amalgam of other works, It produces a show that is engaging enough to keep your attention with the sum of its parts working together. For all of its comparisons to Blade Runner, that is a feat Blade Runner is not really capable of.…
Average User Score: 7.0Jan 1, 2018Season 4 is an absolute departure from what made the series great.
The biggest problem is that with such a small episode count is a doubleSeason 4 is an absolute departure from what made the series great.
The biggest problem is that with such a small episode count is a double edged sword. A single episode can make an entire season. However, having only 6 episodes it puts more stress on each episode to be up to a certain caliber.
Callister is barely up to mediocre and is so only based on the connection to the recent Discovery Vs Orville discussion about the future of Star Trek. Its only real notable point of existence is that it shines a light on just how groan worthy the real thing(and in t really is. Outside of that the episode is really disappointing especially being it is the first episode which really set the tone for the following episodes.
Arkangel has no place in the series as its just a rehash of a plot that has been in tv and film since the 50s with only a minor technological deviation that literally can never happen. ( even the episode acknowledges that fact) From its trailer It had all the makings of something that could have been truly remarkable. It instead fits as a nod to this years cultural zietgiest with its ever so tired plot, likely driven by its equally tired director.
Crocodile however is a completely unwatchable mess. Centered around an illogical technological premise, it keeps plodding on and on waiting for a merciful ending that the absolute mess of an episode cant even come up with.
The pointlessly titled Hang the DJ was another uninspired tale. While the narrative was not up to par, it redeems itself on the strength of the performances from the cast.
Thankfully they saved the best for last and the season started to turn around with Metalhead. While not all that original it was very well acted by its lead and its tone evokes the true heart of what the IP is all about, The fear of what our technology can lead us to.
The finale, The Black Museum is by far the best. As an anthology within an anthology, it cobbles together three main acts to display the normal swerve job the series is known for. The ONLY real failing is that they chose Douglas Hodge to play Rolo. He did a great job without question. However in an episode based on a story drafted by Penn Jillet, He would have made a better choice in the episodes lead role.
Overall the problem with Season 4 as stated was that just like one stellar episode can make an entire season, A bad one can just as easily sink it when there are only 6. Arkangel and Crocodile are terrible for their own respective reasons and they serve as the albatross around the neck of the entire season weighing it down leaving the rest of the season struggling to tread water.
Honestly the back and forth with its development is likely the problem. First it was not due out until 2018 and then at the last moment it was going to be released just before the end of 2017. They really should have dumped crocodile and probably arkangel all together and took their time to make something better. Even episodes on par with Hang the DJ and Callister would have resulted in a season that would have been arguably the best season to date. What we got however is an incontrovertible reality making season 4 by far the worst. Hopefully we get a season 5 so the franchise has a chance to redeem this season.
In the end the score is a 3 as it is firmly in bad territory compared to the good the franchise is known for. Not the least of which is that this season while still passable otherwise was completely overshadowed with how good Phillip K. Dick's Electric Dreams turned out to be. With all that considered it makes what would have otherwise been a 4 or 5 season slide all the way down to a 3.…