Begone, Steven Moffat, before someone (possibly me) drops a house on you.
So much nerd rage. Well, maybe not rage. Nerd annoyance edging toward indifference.
Peter Capaldi is a phenomenal Doctor. So was Matt Smith. Why then, were so many episodes of the later’s run throwaways and why, in this new season, have we already had one episode that, worse than view and discard, was actively pointless (and I hear through the vast Whovian network this week’s, which I have not yet watched, is much the same)? So many possibilities, so much talent, all of it being wasted in episodes not only run, but written by guess who.
Raise your hand if you thought Robot of Sherwood was going to fall neatly into the, “that was fun but I need never do it again” category. Are you losing circulation in the tips of your fingers? I am. And yet, I’ve already watched ep 3 twice and I see myself watching it several more times. I may even keep it on the DVR as I have Vincent and the Doctor. It was witty, it was smart, and it gave us more character insight than any thus far. It allowed Capaldi to shine (or glower — clearly it’s the eyebrows) in his own right, versus the villain, versus a competing hero, and, most importantly, with Clara. I’m not sure if you noticed the writing credit but if you go back and watch the title sequence: Mark Gatiss. AKA: Mycroft Holmes. AKA: Co-Sherlock Dude.
Sucked in by 1-4, I now find myself drifting between episodes the way I did Matt Smith’s last season, watching more out of obligation than desire. Seriously, I fell asleep during ep 5 and didn’t bother to sit in front of it again until yesterday morning and that was only because I was certain that if I started writing or opened a book, the boy would make his appearance. I’m sort of dreading ep 6 as the halfway point: what if the downward trend continues? I don’t watch all that much TV these days (though I was pleasantly surprised by Gotham‘s pilot, so there’s a new one on the list for the first time in a while, soon to be joined by Flash and, hopefully, Constantine). If I’m going to keep up my current writing pace, something may have to vanish from the DVR and at the mo, Who is the most likely candidate. Which bums me out. Because that blue box has been my escape from reality for years now and I’d like to continue to climb aboard on a regular basis. Because Capaldi has the eyebrows and the attitude and the chops and he is, at the moment, at risk of becoming another Paul McGann.
Don’t think we’re going to let you Moffsplain your way out of this one, Steven. Perhaps it’s time to make the exit while it can be kept graceful.