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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 08:44pm on 22/04/2017
I liked this week's episode. Again! Am now cautiously hopeful that this might be a pattern...

Am especially in love with Bill.

How about you lot?

Poll #18251 What did you think of Smile?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 48

What did you think of Smile?

YAY!
39 (86.7%)

nay :(
4 (8.9%)

Other; please specify
2 (4.4%)

What do you think of Bill so far?

YAY!
47 (97.9%)

nay :(
1 (2.1%)

Other, please specify
0 (0.0%)

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posted by [personal profile] cedara at 08:19pm on 22/04/2017
That "Wicked!" reminded me of Ace!
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 08:23pm on 22/04/2017
I've seen a few people talk about Happiness Patrol parallels; maybe it was character as well as storyline?
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posted by [personal profile] cedara at 08:32am on 23/04/2017
Could be, especially as Bill dropped a "Professor" towards the Doctor in the previous ep.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 08:42am on 23/04/2017
Ooooo yes, she did, didn't she?
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posted by [personal profile] cedara at 08:46am on 23/04/2017
Yep! And remember the badges on her jacket!
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 09:06am on 23/04/2017
Sorry to go all Henry Higgins here, but: By George, I think you've GOT it!
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posted by [personal profile] cedara at 10:23am on 23/04/2017
Shall I sing of "The Rain in Spain" now? *g*
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 10:33am on 23/04/2017
*segue to Flanders and Swann*

Contrary to what you may have heard, the rain in Spain falls almost exclusively in the hills and mountains...
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posted by [personal profile] nonelvis at 09:08pm on 22/04/2017
I really, really liked this, which was especially nice given how meh I was about Cottrell-Boyce's previous episode. Sure, the ending literally just pressed a reset button, but I was enjoying it too much to care. Bill remains an utter delight, and she had better not leave, dammit. (Even though I think she will.)
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 09:38pm on 22/04/2017
i cant remember which was the writers previous?

bill should stay years
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 09:41pm on 22/04/2017
In the Forest Of The Night

(I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep…)
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posted by [personal profile] promethia_tenk at 02:04pm on 23/04/2017
which was especially nice given how meh I was about Cottrell-Boyce's previous episode
When I first heard the guy who wrote the opening ceremony of the London Olympics was writing a Doctor Who episode and, moreover, writing a Doctor Who episode under Steven Moffat since their thematic concerns seem to be so well aligned (storytelling, etc.), I was over the mood with glee.

Sadly, the episode was only kinda pretty good : ( I think this one was better.

Sure, the ending literally just pressed a reset button, but I was enjoying it too much to care.
It earned it for me because Bill immediately took the piss out of him for saving the day by literally unplugging and replugging the misbehaving technology.
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 09:39pm on 22/04/2017
i liked it even if it did fall apart slightly once it had to actually deal with the killer emojibots instead of finding out what the plot was.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 09:42pm on 22/04/2017
Hypothesis: it would have been better had it remained a two-hander throughout, with no colonists?
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 09:47pm on 22/04/2017
Dunno, could have worked. But then would everyone be dead and so it's depressing?
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 10:06pm on 22/04/2017
I think I mean they solve it and go away, and THEN the colonists wake up
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 10:15pm on 22/04/2017
Ooh could work
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 10:39pm on 22/04/2017
Also I just rewatched The Happiness Patrol, and you are Right
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 11:21pm on 22/04/2017
:D
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posted by [personal profile] promethia_tenk at 10:52pm on 22/04/2017
i liked it even if it did fall apart slightly once it had to actually deal with the killer emojibots instead of finding out what the plot was.
I am generally against plot for this very reason. It only gets in the way of important faffing about and character stuff and jokes.

And then people get angry because plot holes or ethics or something. No, best just to leave the plot alone.
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posted by [personal profile] nostalgia at 11:21pm on 22/04/2017
true. i always assume that any story has a plot hole and i just haven't noticed yet.
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posted by [personal profile] promethia_tenk at 10:54pm on 22/04/2017
Bill continues to be made of win and Bill and Twelve together made of even greater win.

Doubt it will be anyone's favorite of the season, but a solid episode two. Did what it needed to do while being delightful.
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posted by [personal profile] momentsmusicaux at 01:42pm on 23/04/2017
I wonder whether second episodes typically a bit of a lull after the big opener.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 01:49pm on 23/04/2017
There certainly seems to be an Ep1: Look, here's a new companion Ep2: new companion gets first taste of SPACE pattern.
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posted by [personal profile] momentsmusicaux at 01:54pm on 23/04/2017
Smile was definitely not as good as The Beast Below. But far better than The Rings of Akhaten (which is Clara's 2nd ep from the PoV of her character if not the audience's). But then the Doctor reading the phone book would be better than that.
Edited Date: 2017-04-23 01:55 pm (UTC)
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posted by [personal profile] promethia_tenk at 02:00pm on 23/04/2017
I wonder whether second episodes typically a bit of a lull after the big opener.
I think that's practically their job. After I'd watched I was like 'that was almost a perfect second episode.' Which sounds like it's damning with faint praise, though I'm not convinced writing a great second episode is an easy task. The plot has to be interesting enough and still has to include a lot of important introducing the companion to how this all works stuff, but you can't detract from the larger job which is establishing a Doctor/companion dynamic that can carry you through the season.

It's not as glamorous as the flashy season opener or the mind-bending finale or the ambitious/arty/dark/genre-breaking one that happens 2/3 of the way through the season, but somebody's gotta write it *g*
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posted by [personal profile] momentsmusicaux at 01:25pm on 23/04/2017
I felt a bit meh about it. Bill was great, and the Doctor was ok, but overall it seemed a bit dull.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 01:35pm on 23/04/2017
Fairy nuff! I'm glad that most of us seem to like Bill :)
 
posted by [personal profile] mengu at 03:22am on 24/04/2017
I was expecting it to be cute and nice and character-y and it was but then there were also many think-y things.
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C+

posted by [personal profile] ed_rex at 03:35pm on 24/04/2017
I enjoyed it, but without a whole lot of enthusiasm, as I did the opener - but I realized, as I typed the previous clause that the opener has already faded almost completely away in my memory.

I like Bill, but the episode felt rushed, and so went down like a thin broth instead of a hearty stew. The story felt like the outline of a story, not a story itself. We didn't meet a single character outside of our twosome to care about.

But despite all that, Capaldi is charming and Pearl Mackie's Bill has a charming enthusiasm that - now that others have pointed it out - does echo that of Ace, just a little.
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posted by [personal profile] momentsmusicaux at 02:46pm on 08/05/2017
My 7-year-old is working her way through this season on iPlayer. Verdict on this one: 'the robots are really creepy!'

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