Because I reviewed the first three, I decided to review the next two episodes of Doctor Who, “The Power of Three” and “The Angels Take Manhattan.” “The Power of Three” has no spoilers in the Synopsis or My Thoughts, however, “The Angels Take Manhattan” does. You have been warned. And because this is NOT a spoiler free review, feel free to post and talk spoilers in the comments section. Again, you have been warned. And if I couldn’t be any more clear.
Synopsis: One day millions of black cubes arrive on Earth from nowhere. They do nothing, are nothing, acting as personal paper weights for the most part. The Doctor shows up all excited about the cubes, but as the hours pass and nothing happens he grows bored. He spends his time painting Amy and Rory’s fence, playing soccer, and sitting restless on the couch, the Doctor isn’t very good at waiting. Brian, Rory’s father, makes an appearance, he sits all day watching the cube and then records it at night and rewatches the video, because the Doctor told him to watch it, and so he does. And then one day the cubes all awaken, each one functioning slightly different, and with horrible consequences. Part of the episode focuses on Amy and Rory’s inability to continue to travel with the Doctor much longer, they come back from trips to expired milk, Rory wants to take on a full time position at the hospital, and Amy is worried every trip is just running away from life. At one point Rory yells at the Doctor, “What you do isn’t all there is!”
My Thoughts: There was such a lack of subtlety in this episode from the name, to Amy’s opening monologue, to Brian’s intervention at the end. It wasn’t bad, but the hints were a little heavy handed. I thought there were some good moments, when Amy and the Doctor talked for example. They have such a wonderful relationship, and Amy has always been able to draw from the Doctor some of his more intimate understandings of the galaxies in a way that is powerful but a quiet powerful. Which is perhaps why I love the 11th Doctor the most, now that I think on it. I fell 9 and 10 did a lot of yelling about their emotions and beliefs and 11 just has a quiet chat with Amy about it. Drama doesn’t have to come at a high volume. I enjoyed the mystery part of the episode and the Doctor was in fine form solving the Earth’s problem, even if he can’t quite seem to solve his relationship problems as easily. Amy and Rory have been traveling with the Doctor for ten years (their time, not Earth’s time), and it remains to be seen how much longer they can continue to go on adventures with him.
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Synopsis: The Doctor is reading a 1930’s noir book about Manhattan as He, Rory, and Amy are sitting in the same city years later. The Doctor picked it up because he liked the cover. He’s been reading it out loud, which has annoyed Amy up until the moment he stops reading and then she wants him to continue. Rory gets up to go and get coffee and suddenly he’s in the book and River is picking him up in a car. So begins a great story of friendship, time traveling consequences, those moments that are set in stone verses the ones that can change, and River Song at her best. The book is written by Melody Melone who isn’t particularly fond of the cover since it’s basically just her bosom. (This is the subtlety I missed in the previous episode). Moffat sets a specific universe world building rule in place, if you see or hear something from the future it MUST happen, hence all of River’s, Spoilers! But this new rule is a little more harsh than River’s jaunty bit as we soon see as the story progresses.
My thoughts: This episode is hard to talk abut without some spoilers. But if you are reading about this episode before you have seen it, you deserve reading a few spoilers. Seriously. The mid-season finale of Doctor Who actually made me shed tears, and I do not cry for television or movies, like ever. So, that is saying something. This episode brings back the Weeping Angels in fine form, the cherubs are frightening and Lady Liberty as an Angel was an excellent idea. Rory’s death scene at the hospital, dying in a place the Angels put him to bleed off energy from him was so sad. But it showed, that just as Rory wanted to be with Older Amy, so Amy recognized and loved Older Rory. I thought that was a nice turn about for the couple. But of course that is not how Rory’s life really ends because he decides to create a paradox, dying twice on the same night by jumping off of a building. Surprisingly, or really not by this point in the season, Amy goes with him. It may have taken some time for Amy to understand that Rory wasn’t gay and liked her, it may have taken time for her to understand the Rory wasn’t ever going to leave her, not even for two thousand years, but in the end she went with him for always.
When they ended back up in the graveyard I was like, huh? I thought the Ponds were leaving for good. Because honestly, I’ve said for over a year now, that Amy’s only redemption as the Girl Who Waited and the Girl who was turned into a Pillsbury Dough Boy that popped, and the girl who lost her baby to time traveling paradoxes, was a grand and final ending on the show. And she got it, because she blinked, because she saw the ending before it happened, because she chose Rory. While I know that the Doctor will always love Amy, because she was the first face this face ever saw, he will find a new companion, he will perhaps have some more romantic encounters with the lovely River Song, he will continue to be the Doctor who shouted Geronimo, who had always wanted to say Allons-y, Alonso, and who explained to Rose that traveling with him would be the trip of a lifetime.
My favorite episode this season even though Amy and Rory have been my top favorite companions since Donna. I loved it, and was waiting for this episode all season long.