Friday, April 29, 2011

REVIEW: Day of the Moon [SPOILER~FREE]

PLEASE NOTE: This is a SPOILER~FREE review. No plot~points or revelations are given away. Feel free to read on in safety....


Doing a spoiler~free review of The Impossible Astronaut was tough enough due to the spoiler~ish nature of the story but Day of the Moon is even more of a job. It's not so much a story as a series of twists and surprises - some of which pose more questions than answer.


In fact, answers are most definitely not on Moffo's agenda here. He seems more intent on creating intrigue and mystery at every turn - a facet that some viewers may find infuriating whilst others will drink it in. So you'll forgive me for not delving into any of the plot points, as they are the main source of joy in the episode; each a wonderful treat for the viewer.


Although the second of a two~parter, Day of the Moon feels like a completely different story as it features so many new locations (though not many new characters) and the notion of darkness is further enhanced - particularly during the orphanage scenes where Amy and Canton are on the trail of a little girl (I think you can guess which one). It's a absolute, 100% creep~fest. *shivers*

It's also during these moments that some crucial future issues are first presented (one imagines).


Again, like The Impossible Astronaut, the production values are incredibly high, with a return to the beautiful Utah landscape and fantastic location work (Cardiff doubling for New York, for example). The set pieces are also a treat on the eye (and excitement receptors), with the aforementioned orphanage scenes and a showdown with The Silence being most notable.


But the characters are at the forefront of the tale and we witness Rory's seemingly constant struggle with his relationship with Amy. Mr Pond spends a lot of time looking mournful, skulking around in the TARDIS. Frankly, for me, it happens a little too often and tonally jars with the threat and general feeling of malevolence. There's also another heart~breaking moment for River Song as she fully comprehends her dwindling time with The Doctor.


Strangely, there are a fair amount of jokes crammed in; and sometimes at the expense of the drama (which is probably just why they are there). Some gags will rile and annoy, especially due to their lightweight nature. There's also the familiarity of Moffo's trademarks - warnings written on walls, paradoxical time~travel, the use of televisions, children, The Doctor in an inescapable "prison" and yet more instances of ********** ***** (Spoiler~related issue). One hopes the rest of the series is a bit more fresher in the ideas department.


Day of the Moon has an odd feel about it; there are some resolutions, some action, a lot of character development and a trouser~full of mystery. It's not so much a story as a canvas where the rest of the series has begun. The excitement, for the most part, overcomes the negatives and leaves you with an adrenalin~rushed aftertaste.

Oh, and THAT ending.

Didn't see that coming...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

In regards to the asterisks - what is it called when the plot is solved really easily - usually by using some gadget that has only just shown up?

eve11 said...

I agree with your assessment. I saw it at the Brooklyn premiere and my immediate reaction was like River when she gets rescued from the exploding TARDIS in The Big Bang: "Right then. I have questions." It was great fun to watch but I have the feeling that I will get very cross with it the more I try to pick it apart. Still, am looking forward to the re-watch. And to being able to talk about my theories with all my friends who have yet to see it!

Anonymous said...

It's a deus ex machina anonymous.

Anonymous said...

How is Blogtor Who able to get ahold of these episodes before they air? I'm still trying to wrap my head around that.

Anonymous said...

Looks like another confusing mixed up mash of ideas. Can't Moffat write anything that's just an exciting story without all the twists and unanswered questions.

Anonymous said...

It's not confusing if you're paying attention. And what's wrong with twists? Twists are good if done well! And unanswered questions? He's only just into his second series, are people really that impatiant, or have that short an attention span, that they are unable to cope with ideas, threads and stories that aren't wrapped up after 45 minutes?

It just baffles me this sort of standpoint. As long as everything is handled well, and built well, and comes at some point to a satisfying conclusion, what's the problem?

Cameron McEwan said...

At no point did I say I was confused.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I was replying in response to the person above my post, which states it's another 'confusing mix'. I've heard this from a few people and don't really get it. The only confusing things seem to be, to me, the bits that purposefully have yet to be explained.

Cameron McEwan said...

Ah, my apologies!

Anonymous said...

Any idea what the asterisks stood for?

Anonymous said...

That wasn't just a good episode IMOm, rather it was the BEST. EPISODE. EVER. Mark it down in your calendars-- April 30th was the day the single greatest episode of Doctor Who (until the next one anyway) aired on our primitive terrestrial TV sets. So so so very very good indeed.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but I have to disagree completely. That was probably the worst episode since the series returned. At times it was only the Tardis which reminded me that I was watching Doctor Who. Hope the next episode is better. From the trailer I think it might be.