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December 4th, 2012


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09:46 pm - Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan
Okay, wow, it took me this long to find enough spare time to sit down and watch this episode.


3 Things I Was Indifferent To:

--First off, I adored all the noir lighting and costuming and so on, but I was hoping the P.I. at the beginning would have a larger role. The structure of this episode was not as tight as I know Moffat can do.

--The Statue of Liberty. I think that was supposed to be awesome or funny, but I was just annoyed.

--I think there's a giant plothole with the angel's "farm," but... I'm open to being convinced otherwise.

5 Things I Loved:

--RIVER IS A CROSS BETWEEN FEMME FATALE AND PRIVATE EYE. I badly want to read the Molly Malone stories now. <3 noir. <3 River. <3 that amazing outfit she was wearing, especially with the hat!

--That adorable scene in the park at the beginning, with Amy's glasses and Rory wanting to escape to get coffee, and the Doctor reading aloud accidentally, and Rory and Amy kissing and embarrassing him...

--All the marriage stuff with both couples. I feel like this is a weird reaction to have, but... watching River and the Doctor bicker and lie to each other, and watching Rory and Amy cling together, and tell truth to each other, and find solutions together was both strange and beautiful to me. Perhaps it's because I'm a newlywed myself, and still trying to parse all these possibilities. "Changing the future. It's called marriage."

--I wasn't sure how they could write Rory and Amy out without making me angry at the wrongness of it... but this was perfect. The fakeout sacrifice, and then the real farewell. I am not ashamed to admit I cried as I have not cried since the Doctor's speech in "The Big Bang." (ETA: Well, naturally, huh? "Live well. Love Rory. Bye-bye, Pond.")

--River called Amy "Mother." I think one of my favorite shots is when she reaches out to hold Amy's hand there at the end.

--Amy: "You think you'll just come back to life." Rory: "When don't I?" I will miss you, Ponds!

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From:ladymercury_10
Date:December 5th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
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I feel like, plotwise, this was a pretty shoddy episode, but in terms of the character arcs and a way to write out Amy and Rory, they did a really good job. And I cried way more about the Ponds leaving than I should be at all willing to admit. :P

I feel like this is a weird reaction to have

I don't think that's a weird reaction to have, judging by all the "It's called marriage" gifsets on Tumblr. :P Also, elisi has some tATM meta that centers pretty heavily on marriage, IIRC.

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From:izhilzha
Date:December 5th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the meta link! I've been going through people's LJs for their reviews, but I hadn't gotten around to elisi's yet. Naturally she would have marriage meta. :)
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From:sarcasticval
Date:December 5th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
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Fare the well, Amy Pond. You were my companion style icon.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 5th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. :)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 5th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
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Now that you have seen The Angels Take Manhattan, you MUST read this fic: Detectives, Adventurers and Girls Who Don't Wait Around: The Paradox of Amelia J. Williams.

It is the perfect coda to the episode.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 5th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I was hoping to find some recs, because this begs for some follow-up.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 6th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
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Okay, that was really awesome. \o/
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 6th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
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\o/

(oh I do love that icon)
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From:aurora_novarum
Date:December 5th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I...agree with everything you said there. I was a bit annoyed with how Amy and Rory were written out actually, but I think you put the nail on the head of it. It was because of the odd plot structure that just generally annoyed me. It didn't tie together as well (I'm still not sure why the Doctor can't ever see them, but...eh. River can. And yay Ponds! Hee!)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 7th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I think the reason the Doctor can't see them is because of the buildup of paradox in the particular time--perhaps it affects their entire timestream afterwards? I don't know, I'm just fanwanking now. :)
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From:dqbunny
Date:December 6th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
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If you do want to read a Melody Malone book, there is an e-book: "The Angel's Kiss," that was released the week after the episode aired. It's essentially River narrating what happened in the week or so leading up to "The Angels Take Manhattan." The final scenes of the book pretty much end not long before River meets Rory on the streets of New York.

If you don't use Amazon or Kindle products, it's also available on the nook and iTunes bookstore.

And, if you want to listen to it, the BBC just released an audiobook of the story narrated by Alex Kingston yesterday. You can find it here, and there's a £5 voucher (code is DNL8D1211) you can use if you order from the site for the first time (and US residents can use it!), so the book can be free. I actually used the voucher to get the book and a couple other dramas.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 7th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh, sweet! Thank you very much--I may have to grab the audiobook, because Alex Kingston is awesome.

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