Doctor Who S08E04 - “Listen”
What is that in the mirror,
or the corner of your eye?
What is that footstep following,
but never passing by?
Perhaps they are all just waiting.
Perhaps when we are all dead,
out they will come a-slithering,
from underneath the bed.
Spoilers past this point!
I spent a lot of time thinking about “Listen” last night after watching it. Hours later, I was still thinking about it and sending kidmanproject messages in the middle of the night at 4:00 am his time (thank goodness his phone was off!), rambling with theories and conspiracies and other crazy talk. But now it’s morning. Things look different in the light of day than they do in the shadows of night, don’t they? And the truth is that I am now certain I was just really, really over-thinking it.
Brilliant at writing contained stories
Whether you feel like Moffat’s days as show-runner should be numbered or you feel like he is the best thing to happen to Who ever, you have to admit that he’s really great at writing single, stand-alone stores that explore the psyche of our deepest, unexplainable fears. He’s done this before, many times: the weeping angels, the vashta nerada, Prisoner Zero and the “thing in the corner of your eye.” So, it’s surprising, then, that Moffat can take the same idea and turn it into something so completely original.
Moffat excels at writing in this episode; there are plenty of funny moments, great character interaction (some almost forget that Moffat got his start writing for the show Coupling), the sweeping monologues, and the big reveals that are mind-blowing yet somehow so perfect.
So much of Doctor Who is about how the monsters we aren’t afraid of — because we don’t think they’re real — actually exist and will destroy us. Instead, in this episode, we see that creeping, crawling thing that makes us scared of putting our feet on the floor in the middle of the night isn’t real. We forget sometimes that this is actually a show that began as geared towards children; so it’s brilliant that Moffat can take a moment to show kids watching — and yes, even adults — that it’s okay to be afraid.
Even in the light of day, when things are different than the shadows of the night, I love this episode. It was so complex, yet brilliantly simple.
I’m quite pleased that Clara has come into her own. She’s gone from being a bland cardboard character as the “Impossible Girl” to really grow into her own. I’m not sure why Moffat is so fixated on making her such an intricate part of the Doctor’s past, but he seems to be weaving different parts of the Whovian canon — whether his own or bits from the show’s 50 year history — together quite nicely.
Despite the fact that I really did enjoy this episode, I do have a few minor quibbles. One of them is the aforementioned use of Clara to shape the Doctor’s life and destiny. It seems much more excessive than anything we’ve seen before with any other companion, and the introduction of a romance with Danny Pink — not to mention Orson Pink, possibly Clara’s great-grandson — it feels like Clara is about to make an exit from the show sooner rather than later. Why build her up only to let her go?
The other minor quibble is the thing under the blanket on the bed. It couldn’t have been a child. If a child Rupert’s age and size sat on the bed, it wouldn’t put as much weight on the bed as it did to make it dip down so low. Not to mention that if the Doctor was in the room, wouldn’t he have seen a child crawl under the sheets? Wouldn’t there have been footsteps of the child running away as it left? I don’t buy that it was a child playing a prank on Rupert, and if I know Moffat, we may find out that what Clara calls nothing but fear of the dark actually was something. But then again, none of us really know Moffat — every time we think we’ve figured him out, he takes us on a wild ride in a way we least expected it.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. It was an excellent stand-alone story with a closed-loop time travel story that wraps things up quite nicely despite not quite answering all of our questions. I think that the characters are really growing much more than they did last season, and I am completely and utterly in love with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. He has so many shades of Tom Baker without being a caricature of past Doctors.
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The Last of Us Remastered
I never played the original The Last Of Us when it came out last year, mostly because I didn’t own a PS3. However, I do own a PS4 now, and so picking up The Last of Us Remastered was a must-do after all of the praise from people like my friend kidmanproject. I don’t usually really get into survival/zombie apocalypse games like this, so I decided to rent it via GameFly.
First of all, I have to say how blown away I was by the graphics. The game was just beautiful. Also, I may have spent way too much time in camera mode.
The story was excellent, and this was largely due to the fact that both Joel and Ellie were such complex and well-rounded characters. They were forced together due to circumstances that were beyond their control, but over the course of the game, they came to care for each other — so much so that Joel possibly dooms mankind to save Ellie. The story was wrapped up very well, but not in a “they lived happily ever after” kind of way. For two characters so imperfect, the ending fit so well.
I sucked at actually playing the game, but that has more to do with my lack of being good at playing survival type games. Despite my many deaths and do-overs, I did highly enjoy the game, and I’m definitely going to add this one to my collection.
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Now offering #LOTR wedding invitations at my Etsy shop. Now my #DoctorWho invites won’t feel so lonely.
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Fem!Ori - Katsucon 2014
Made and modeled by me
Photography by Yenra
I just wanted to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for the overwhelming positive reaction I’ve gotten for this cosplay.
When I was twelve I first saw Fellowship after having read the Hobbit. I was a deeply introverted kid who regularly picked books over people, and middle school wasn’t always the best of times. Tolkien is so much more to me than my just first fandom. It was the first time I found a community of friends (like me!) who all loved the same thing and who had the imagination to make up stories and characters of their own. Adults who didn’t think being obsessed with dwarven culture was all that weird, who I could talk to about lore and self-identity and how those come together in fandom. As a very awkward pre-teen girl, this kind of support and encouragement was completely life-changing.
Ten years later, I knew as soon as I saw Unexpected Journey that Ori was the dwarf I would cosplay. My craftsmanship and sewing skills were finally at a point that I knew I could make a Tolkien cosplay and be happy with how it turned out. I don’t look like a dwarf in any way (I’m like 5’8), but I just knew I had to go for it.
I was making this costume for my twelve year old self. I was not in any way expecting for it to be popular or well received in any way. I honestly can’t believe how wrong I was.
And you know, that’s what this whole fandom thing is all about. Loving something SO much that at first you can’t even begin to imagine there are other people out there who love it as much as you do. But then there are! So, basically, I love all of you who ever added a nice comment or sent me a message or anything at all. Because ten years later it still means the freaking world to me that I’m not the only one out there who’s into this dumb stuff. (｡♥‿♥｡)
I love this!!Source: frauleinninja
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