Breaking Bad Is Over

Breaking Bad is over now. One of the best shows of all time ended after five years. And I think it was time.

Breaking Bad is over now. One of the best shows of all time ended after five years. And I think it was time. It’s extremely rare to see a really good show stay good after five seasons. After that, you just play along because you have fond memories of the first few years, on the off chance that a good episode comes along and brings back the magic. Honestly, most shows peak in two or three years.

Let’s review all of the great television shows which have lasted five seasons (not counting sitcoms): The X-Files went downhill after three seasons. Before that, almost every episode was great. After that, great episodes were rare. Battlestar Galactica went downhill after the first or second season, if you ask me. Fringe, which is the only long-lasting science fiction show in recent primetime network television history, dropped off after the second season. (Revolution, currently airing, might have only had one decent season–I wasn’t enthralled by the first episode of the second season.) Lost arguably went downhill after the first season. NCIS has so many seasons I can’t even remember when it dropped off, but it had to have gotten super formulaic at or before the fifth. ST:TNG is one of the few shows that got better after the first season, but then I think it dropped off after four or five. I think DS9 and Voyager were on for more than five years, but I was bored with them even before the first season was done. 24 peaked around season three or four, possibly including five, but after that it ran out of steam. I am sure there are quite a few more 5+ season shows out there that I’ve watched, but I can’t think of any more. All of the lists I can find don’t start counting until ten seasons.

My point is that Breaking Bad had run its course. I don’t think the final season was as good as any of the previous ones, so it could only have gone down from there. It didn’t end with the bang that ended season four. There were no surprises (to me, at least); it just sort of ended. You could almost look at the final season as a very long epilogue.

Thinking about it now, I think the main thing that attracted me to the show (besides the fact that it was freakin’ hilarious) was how Walt usually solved problems with clever, intellectual solutions, often involving science and, of course, chemistry. I’m glad that style of problem-solving came through in the final episode. Walter White was really, really smart. Too smart for the mundane life of a chemistry teacher, I guess.

Science Problems with Revolution

Don’t get me wrong, I like the show. But sometimes television writers are just really lazy about basic science.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the show. I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction I guess. And it has a lot of “heart.” But sometimes television writers are just really lazy about basic science. It’s why this country is like last place in math and science, I guess.

1. Pilot

  • When electricity goes off, screens don’t blink and distort. They instantly go black. I’ve been through power outages. I know these things.
  • Cars wouldn’t stop dead if the electrical system died … at worst I think they’d drift to a stop. But I feel like the engines wouldn’t just shut off, right? I mean they would keep running until they ran out of gas, then you wouldn’t be able to start them again. Anyway they certainly wouldn’t stop in perfect columns on a highway.
  • Planes definitely wouldn’t fall from the sky. They can glide. You know, aerodynamics? Come on. It’s not Y2K for God’s sake.
  • So all of civilization collapsed and rebuilt itself in the 15 years since The Blackout. Seems like a short time.
  • The voiceover said, “Not even car engines or jet turbines. Hell even batteries.” Okay that kind of implies that internal combustion doesn’t work any more? Is that what they’re trying to say? Does that mean all chemical reactions don’t work? Would a match not strike? Lighters not light? How are they building fires? Or are they saying the current just doesn’t flow out of the battery any more?
  • “Physics went insane.” This is the exact moment when the show jumped the shark. I thought to myself, “This show totally sucks and should not be watched.” But I was way too tired to stop it.
  • While the kid eats the last melting ice cream: “I want you to really remember what it tastes like.” People made ice cream before electricity, ya know.
  • Gus, from Breaking Bad! The show started looking up.
  • What is up with these crazy-looking swords/machettes with hilts that look like brass knuckles? They look terribly uncomfortable and impractical.
  • Ugh, crossbow bolts don’t throw people backwards like that. I’ve never seen anyone shot by a crossbow bolt, but I’m very sure of that. Even if physics did go insane.
  • Here’s the inciting incident of the Hero’s Journey, where our hero is thrown from her normal world and forced to go on a quest.
  • Gus has amazing facial expressions. He has another name in this show but I can’t remember it at the moment.
  • Ow, getting hit in the face with a pipe probably hurts.
  • What the hell kind of poison makes people spit up blood within seconds? Shards of glass? You’d think they would notice that.
  • I can’t help wondering how people survived asthma attacks before there was medicine for it.
  • Uncle Miles reminds me of a badass version of MacGyver.
  • This woman with the shotgun looks like Diana Ross to me.
  • Muskets?? Well at least some kind of chemical reactions still work. It sort of implies that they can still make musket balls easily but manufacturing jacketed bullets is beyond them. I assumed that car engines didn’t work because spark plugs didn’t work. (But then, spark plugs are only used to start an engine.)
  • Oh my. A shocking revalation. Very unusual for a J.J. Abrams production.
  • Oh my. Another shocking revalation!

2. Chained Heat

  • “Oh there’s a sale on heroin.” Ha.
  • Why does everyone have freshly-washed hair except the ex-Google millionaire?? And why is he wearing those gigantic black-rimmed glasses?? Total geek discrimination!!
  • I thought that accent was Australian. It never occurred to me that it was supposed to be British.
  • Why would they sleep next to a swamp? They probably would have gotten malaria. And why did they wake up at what looked like noon?
  • Why would they use human prisoners to pull a helicopter when they could use horses or mules or a hundred other draft animals which would be far more effective?
  • I think this exact same sniper guy with dark aviator shades has manned every prison tower in every movie ever.
  • When she typed “Randall is here” I immediately thought of Stephen King’s The Stand.
  • Another shocking revelation!

3. No Quarter

  • The opening sequence of this show is pretty lame. “We’re hoping someone will come and light the way.” Really?
  • Stu Redman! Frannie! Another reference to Stephen King’s The Stand.
  • It’s easier to “scavenge antiques” (muskets) than to find “smokeless powder, copper jacket” bullets. We have more muskets than moden firearms laying around? Sniper rifles are more rare than muskets? Okay, sure. That makes perfect sense.
  • Okay. Let’s talk. Nobody working for Google is going to know what an 8-bit register looks like. An 8-bit register would be a total antique to anyone working at Google today. Only somebody that’s like 50 years old or more (today, not counting the 15 years after the blackout) would have even a chance to be able to pick up an 8-bit register chip and recognize it. And we all know that Google doesn’t hire people more than like 22 years old. And also, an 8-bit register is going to look like a huge microchip, not a little circuit board. AND! Why build a whole cabinet-sized computer from spare 8-bit registers when you could just pick up a freakin’ Rasberry Pi which is a whole freakin’ computer in a package the size of a pack of gum?
  • I am not a trained sniper, but I have a feeling that shooting people in the sternum is not the best way to kill someone in a single shot.
  • Danny’s disgruntled guard is the best actor in this episode.
  • Why don’t people in television know how to tie people up? I mean, loose-hanging rope around the chest and upper arms is probably not going to work very well.

4. The Plague Dogs

  • These people seem to be able to walk a long way in a short time.
  • So these dogs are running away from fresh food to chase after people?
  • If electricity doesn’t work, why is there still lightning??
  • This kid is apparently the only tornado-sniffing expert in the post-apocalptic world.
  • These people sure do recover from injuries fast.
  • The sailor with the big funny ears said: There are “no more steam boats.” But wait … in the very next episode we’re going to see a steam train. He also said all the ships were “destroyed in the wars.” What wars??
  • What a minute. These two groups are only a day apart on foot. But one of them is in the middle of a tornado, and the other one is in bright sunshine?
  • Come on Danny. Did you even watch Breaking Bad? Gus cannot be trusted!
  • Couldn’t she have just, like, tilted her head to the side? Instead of trying to rock the chair back and forth? I’m not a contortionist, but I can move my head at least a foot sideways.
  • Aw dammit. Stupid emotional scenes. I’m trying to make fun of this show! There can’t be touching moments in it.

5. Soul Train

  • Gus holds his fists funny when he fights.
  • Awwww, sad puppy dog eyes.
  • Okay, so apparently steam engines still work. Because there’s a steam engine train. So why haven’t we seen a lot of steam engine technology before now? Why didn’t the major governments immediately revert to steam engine technology?
  • What the hell kind of name is “Bass”? Not like the guitar, but like the fish?
  • Where did Monroe get that “M” pin that he wears on his collar? So they can make “M” pins but not bullets?
  • “Fuses are unreliable.” Again, implying that chemical reactions are messed up? And yet, somehow throwing logs into a fire is a sure-fire way to set off a bomb. Not even a fifth-grade science teacher for a consultant on this show, is there?
  • And how/why did they put “M” signs all over the buildings?
  • Finally, sad puppy dog eyes girl grows a spine.
  • Oh snap! Another shocking revelation!
  • Ah ha! Twelve of them! Just like the Apostles. And the lost colonies of Battlestar Galactica.

6. Sex and Drugs

  • Horse and carriage with rubber tires! Not a flaw in the show, I just thought it was funny-looking. Actually one of the first things that actually makes logical sense. Of course they’d put rubber tires on a carriage. What, are they going to build wooden wheels?
  • Oh, I see they are doing the Lost strategy of giving each character a backstory in each successive episode.
  • Okay, I see, so only regular cars stopped dead at the time of the blackout. But giant tractor trailers that need to serve a plot purpose keep rolling along like a ton of bricks.
  • Oh, he pulled a Lando!
  • “Is she Latin?” Um, shouldn’t that have been “Latina?”
  • Hrm, well, sad puppy dog eyes girl is going a little too far into sociopathic territory.
  • I think I can see where this is going…
  • Come on dude. Someone smart enough to work at Google can learn to hunt.
  • Aw dude. You’re better than this!
  • Nooooooo!
  • Not sure what to make of that. Was it a brilliant plan or just dumb luck? I’m thinking the latter, which is unfortunate.

7. The Children’s Crusade

  • The Lord of the Flies episode, apparently.
  • They’re like the A-Team.
  • I think that’s the kid from Under The Dome.
  • Well, at least The Militia supports gender equality!
  • I’m not sure why they went to the trouble to make themselves uniforms. They must have a pretty good tailoring industry going on at least.
  • I know this is totally stupid but I really wish it was fashionable to wear a sword. 🙂 I guess it would be impractical to get into a car, though.
  • Oh wow that’s inconvenient. But it’s a very convenient distraction.
  • Wow, go Google dude! See, I told you smart people can become violent sociopathic killers!
  • A weapon that inhibits electricity would be more dangerous than any kind of bomb. Just sayin’.
  • That’s Randall! And he was in Stephen King’s Storm of the Century! It all comes back to Stephen King with this show.

8. Ties That Bind

  • Hey wait, a few episodes ago they said fuses were unreliable…
  • Ohhhh, she’s coming back. Don’t be so sad.
  • Oh snap! A shocking revelation!
  • Damn people walk fast in this show.
  • Ugh dude take that rifle with you!
  • On second thought, probably a good idea to leave the rifle if you’re going to jump into a raging river.
  • I swear I’ve seen Charlie in another show but according to IMDB I haven’t.
  • Aw man. Uber bad guys!

9. Kashmir

  • The one with that cool Led Zepplin song, right?
  • Hrm, they’re playing the wrong Led Zepplin song.
  • “This pendant powers up anything within its range.” “It’s like a wireless battery.” No, it’s nothing like a wireless battery! It’s like a wireless MAGICAL AMULET THAT DEFIES THE LAWS OF NATURE AND COMMON SENSE. “It has very limited range; only 9 or 10 feet.” Okay so she moves away from the CD player and it stops. Then she moves it back in range, and the CD player starts again … at the same place in the song. I realize CD players are rare now and maybe kids aren’t as familiar with them, but surely everyone knows that when you cut the power to a CD player, it doesn’t just resume where you left off! Even if it had been an iPhone playing an MP3, it wouldn’t have resumed at the same place. If it had been a record player it might have worked, with the appropriate spin-up warbling. Or a cassette tape player. Or an 8-track tape player.
  • I’m not even going to comment on the whole “pendant” concept. I mean. It’s just. I can’t even. Her explanation of the pendant “powering up anything within its range” is obviously wrong anyway. Obviously, something is actively inhibiting electricity over the whole world, because electricity is a natural phenomenon. I can only assume that the uber bad guys from the previous episode are inhibiting the world’s electricity with orbiting satellites of some kind. So these little pendants must be inhibiting the inhibitors somehow. Which means … oh man, I don’t even want to go down that rabbit hole of what that means. Okay I will. I guess they’re trying to say that radio waves or microwaves or something is inhibiting electricity, and the pendants put out waves which cancel the other waves. That makes perfect sense, right? TO A SCIENTIFICLY ILLITERATE PERSON. And/or the average American school graduate. Oh snap, I just burned the American school system.
  • Not enough oxygen in the tunnels. Um. I’m not sure about that. I am not very well-versed on oxygen depravation, but I feel like if they were so low on oxygen that the torches weren’t burning and they were hallucinating, that they would not be physically able to walk around. Also, I mean, they might want to consider putting out some of the torches if they’re burning up the oxygen. Also, the tunnel like just collapsed, and it’s a pretty big space, so I feel like the oxygen wouldn’t run out that fast.
  • Explosions in that enclosed space would probably make them all deaf. 🙂
  • Oh wow, they finally played the cool Led Zepplin song!

10. Nobody’s Fault But Mine

  • Another Led Zepplin reference in the episode title. I just realized that Episode 3 “No Quarter” was also a Led Zepplin song.
  • Again using the fuses that are supposed to be unreliable…
  • So the Google guy can’t get matches to work, but somehow flint works? That seems pretty random.
  • Dual-wielding swords looks badass and all, but it’s not very practical. Also, everyone knows that real sword fights only last like 2 seconds, right? Erol Flynn-like duels never actually happened. Even fencing duels are rather fast. Have you seen the pros?

11. The Stand

  • Stephen King reference in the episode title.
  • I can’t help but wonder why everyone’s pendant works all the time except the one that Aaron carried around which only turned itself on sporadically at the most inopportune times.
  • “Audio cannon.” I’ve heard of audio weapons before but I seriously doubt you could put one in a handheld weapon the size of a pistol that would do anything more than annoy people.
  • Aw dammit. Another touching moment.
  • Feels like this episode is the end of a story arc. Like they only expected to make 11 episodes.
  • Randall Flynn … obviously meant to be a variation of Randall Flagg! (A Stephen King reference.)
  • Dubya tee eff is that?!?

Revolution

I started to think that maybe, possibly, this show might not actually suck.

Being super drained after moving, I wanted something that I could sit and stare at for hours on end without thinking, so I started binge-watching this TV show that Netflix put into their Top 10 Shows We Know You Will Like. It’s called Revolution. After five minutes, I thought, “Oh God, seriously? Another post-apocalyptic, civilization-has-collapsed show? Like Jericho? Falling Skies? Under the Dome (kind of)? Um… all those other shows I can’t think of at this moment? And J.J. Abrams is involved? Hasn’t he done enough damage with Lost and Fringe?” I was thoroughly prepared to turn it off after five minutes and move on to something else, because I knew without a doubt it was going to suck, and it would be filled with stupid science and clichĂ©s put in by clueless TV executives.

But a funny thing happened. I was too tired to think, because of the aforementioned moving tiredness. So I kept staring at the screen. Ten minutes went by, then fifteen, then thirty. And, you know, I started to think that maybe, possibly, this show might not actually suck. Despite the fact that my brain is clearly addled from the moving tiredness. Still, there might be a possibility that I could enjoy this show even without moving-induced brain tiredness. After all, it’s got that super awesome bad guy from Breaking Bad in it. And that guy that I’ve seen before but I don’t know his name because he’s one of those actors that’s in a lot of sort of B-movie things but isn’t really a “star” or maybe some television doctor drama things on other channels that I never watch. Actually there’s two of them. And there’s that blonde-haired woman that I think was in Lost and some other stuff before that.

(It does have stupid science though. Electricity just stopped working? Really? Because physics changed? And somehow a flash drive makes it work again? Come on, people. Take a science class some time. I swear if they end up saying it’s because of quantum physics I’m going to throw the Kindle across the room.)

(But I know they will, because television writers always say that quantum physics explains everything, just like Gandalf’s magic.)

Game of Thrones Season 3

Okay I’m going to say it. Game of Thrones is getting a bit dull.

Game-Of-Thrones-Season-3-Episode-3-Poster-JamieOkay I’m going to say it. Or write it. Whatever. Game of Thrones is getting a bit dull. In the books, it’s fine to have twenty different storylines, because it’s an epic fantasy after all and you get to stay with the characters for at least a chapter before moving on, and they are usually long chapters.

In the television series, you get to spend roughly thirty seconds on each story in each episode, so it’s nearly impossible to form any kind of attachment with what’s going on. We see so little of Daenerys that I really don’t care what she’s doing over there in the desert anymore. Every time we see her, all she’s doing is whining about slaves. I almost wish they would devote each episode to one specific character’s story instead of trying to weave them all together.

Anyway, it just seems like the show has turned into a series of barely-connected vignettes between characters. Some of them are awesome, like the ones between Varys and Littlefinger. Some of them are tiresome, like any of the scenes with Sansa (I don’t feel nearly as sorry for her in the show as I did in the books).

The Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 4

A while back I was making fun of the first episode of Walking Dead, Season 2. I still think that episode kind of sucked. But I diligently carried on and the show got much better. I thought the pacing was really slow, though, and then everything happened all at once in the season finale.

So of course I had to watch Season 3. But that’s the current season, so it isn’t on Netflix. And I don’t have cable or even a television (I’m watching on an iPad), so I did something I’ve never done before: I bought Season 3 on Amazon Prime.

So far, Season 3 is ten times better than the first two put together. Just finished Episode 4, “Killer Within.” Wow. Just wow.

Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 1

Okay so I’m a little bit ahead in writing today, so I thought I would finally sit down and watch the first episode of Walking Dead Season 2 on Netflix. I thought the first season was “okay” but I didn’t see where it deserved all the nerd praise it got. I guess it’s a generational thing. Zombies are “cool” with the kids and whatnot. But since Walking Dead is now in it’s third season and everyone is still raving about it, I thought I should give it another chance.

So I’ve watched twenty minutes now and these people have committed roughly 50,000 moronic mistakes. No wonder I’ve had a hard time sitting through this episode in the past. Drive into the middle of a traffic jam full of dead people in stalled cars? Check. In an RV with a bad engine, so it dies right in the middle of it? Check. Walk around in the car graveyard without paying any attention to what their doing? Check. Consider shooting a zombie even though we all know that will bring a million zombies down on them? Check. Not run away when the zombies show up, even though they saw them coming a mile away? Check. Be surprised and caught off guard and barely manage to hide when the zombies show up? Check. Black guy accidentally slices half his arm off on some metal thingy and probably is going to die? Check. White blonde chick hides in a closet from a zombie, but accidentally makes noise, and screams her head off when the zombie scratches the door instead of keeping her mouth shut? Check.

Some other stuff happened but I didn’t pay attention because I was writing all that above. There was a bunch of stabbing zombies with screwdrivers, that’s all I know.

Now a kid is opening a truck door. WTF. I don’t remember the first season being a constant series of telegraphing what was going to happen five minutes ahead of time. Even if what you think is going to happen doesn’t happen, it’s still pretty annoying. So this kid found a bunch of machetes in this truck, so I assume we’re going to see them again later.

Hrm, maybe I shouldn’t have stopped paying attention to the show to type this. I have no idea why these two dudes are wandering around in the forest. I thought they were following the blonde chick, but now I see she’s still with the others. So these two dudes apparently just went out there to cut open a zombie stomach for no apparent reason.

Oh, now I see. There’s another kid lost in the woods somewhere. So they cut open the zombie stomach to make sure he hadn’t eaten the kid. Ewwww.

Uh oh. It’s getting dark. And they’re still in the car graveyard.

Ah! Here’s the machetes again. I knew it! Oh, it’s light out now. No need to be scared of the dark, I guess.

Oh, the black guy is still alive. Looks pretty good considering he lost about ten gallons of blood from slicing his arm open earlier.

Now why are they sprinting toward this church when they’ve been tip-toeing everywhere else. Oh crap, zombies praying in the church. Okay, we won’t run away, we’ll use the machetes on them. That makes sense I guess. I notice they didn’t cut open all those zombies’ stomachs though.

Okay the kid is staying with the two main dudes. So I assume this kid is going to have to use those machetes at some point, since he found them. That would be suitably shocking. Except they’ve set the shock value pretty high on this show already.

Well I was wrong about the machetes, but obviously something shocking is going to happen here with this kid and this buck.

Spoiler alert: Nailed it. Roll credits.

Well that was kind of snarky. Now back to writing!

Doctor Who Redux

Back on the subject of Doctor Who for a moment. Tor.com posts “reviews” of each episode, which I find interesting to compare to my own reactions. In their review of The Angels Take Manhattan, the author had a lot to say about the “inaccuracies” in the episode regarding the Angels and how they affected their immersion.

Sure, it makes no sense if you think about it. But I didn’t really notice. This is Doctor Who. Inconsistencies are not unusual. If you haven’t figured out that you have to suspend your disbelief by the seventh series, something is seriously wrong with you. Still, the author ultimately praised the episode.

Then I read the first comment, which was some guy pointing out how awful the episode was because we know the Doctor can do this and that and the other from previous episodes so by the logical rules already established, he should be able to do this, that, and the other, to get Amy and Rory back. Awful! His very word!

My only reaction to this is … it’s frickin’ Doctor Who! There are no rules, and there never have been any rules. The show is practically defined by its lack of rules. I can’t speak for the pre-2000s incarnations of the Doctor, but incarnations Nine, Ten, and Eleven have routinely been filled with random acts of magical fantasy, and I have never once thought I was watching hard science fiction where everything adheres to firm, fixed rules of time travel. I mean, one need look no further than the very idea that “some points in time are fixed, and some aren’t.” That just screams out “the writers will do whatever they need to tell a story.”

Rant over. Series 7 has been an odd duck. For example, I’m not sure if Episode 5 was the end of the Series or not. It sure seems like it should have been, what with the exit of the companions and all. There wasn’t any kind of story arc over the series, unless you count the general “life after the Doctor” theme. It was almost like an after-thought to Series 6.

(Wikipedia says there are more episodes in Series 7, we just have to wait until after Christmas.)

Dr. Who Season 7, Episode 5

Getting spaghetti made and getting setup to watch Episode 5, “The Angels Take Manhattan.” I’m not sure I really want to watch this one. It’s the “half-season finale” (whoever came up with such a ridiculous concept?) and … it’s the last episode with Amy and Rory. It says, “The Doctor’s heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory” on the site. This does not bode well.

Okay, food ready, now playing!

2:25 – Neat imagery…

3:00 – I didn’t cook the spaghetti long enough…

5:00 – Creepy.

8:50 – Ugh, Rory should never go anywhere alone.

11:55 – New music, I think. Which makes sense.

13:08 – Ack.

14:25 – I know from experience that throwing down a box of matches makes them explode. 🙂

23:15 – I need to pay closer attention…

25:45 – There is so much foreshadowing here that there are only two possibilities: They are going to trick us with a surprise ending or they are going to trick us with an ending exactly like we expect.

WOW. Now THAT was a Doctor Who episode.

I won’t tell you which of the above endings it was, but I was right on the money. There is a concept in storytelling that endings should be “surprising, but inevitable.” This was that.

Next up, Christmas episode.

Dr. Who Season 7, Episode 4

Starting Episode 4 stream as soon as I find a working proxy…

Ah, it’s working now. Starting the stream in a second… wait, maybe it’s not working after all…

Ah, I see. Had to add bbci.co.uk to the auto-proxy-switch list.

And here we go.

For the record, I am eating heated up leftover vegetables from a can while I watch.

1:09 – “The year of the slow invasion.” Woo, cool concept.

1:50 – Wait, the tunnel was *purple* this week.

3:45 – Hrm, it’s been a while since a modern-day earth invasion. I don’t even remember one under the current Doctor.

5:25 – Unit!

5:45 – Have we seen this Doctor dealing with Unit?

10:10 – Brian’s Log. Heh.

10:45 – I kind of like the concept of dealing with “life after the Doctor.” Did I mention that before? Maybe. It’s not very exciting television, but it’s pretty dramatic.

11:30 – Those dudes look like the gas mask people.

12:35 – Why do they look like they live in the 1960s? (By their dress, I mean.)

15:20 – “I am cream-crackered.” Oh, British.

21:10 – What da hell kind of glasses were *they?*

27:30 – Holy crap.

Not bad. I think I liked that one more than the previous three, but I didn’t care for the ending much. It went from “this is new and interesting dramatic material” to “recycling old themes again for the hundredth time” in the blink of an eye. Maybe it’s a setup for something big later on. I haven’t really noticed what the season arc is supposed to be yet. (Well, I thought I had, but they just abandoned it at the end of this episode.)

Dr. Who Season 7, Episode 3

00:00 – Took forever to get the stream running tonight.

01:48 – Dr. Who in the Old West is just weird.

04:45 – His face still looks weird.

08:13 – I guess this is a nod to steampunk. Well, more like a jumping up and down pointing frantically to steampunk.

09:38 – I wonder if this actor is American or if he’s a British dude with a great accent.

10:33 – So far Rory and Amy are props in this episode.

14:00 – That’s a long extension cord.

16:21 – “Incinerating intruders for three centuries…”

17:00 – Personally incriminating evidence should be behind an extra layer of security.

20:20 – Ah, the Atom Bomb argument.

22:30 – The Doctor’s awfully vengeful this season … is he taking his meds?

26:00 – New music!

28:30 – We keep getting reminders about the electricity…

30:55 – Ha! Good one.

33:50 – I think that was a clue.

37:00 – The cyborg looks a bit like Rutger Hauer. “Tears … in the rain …”

Another “okay” episode. This season seems pretty flat so far.

I think we need a new Doctor. Or a new companion. That is all.