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Really enjoying the new Doctor Who episodes, which is surprising. Although I may have to start recording "Class" that airs after it, because BBC America keeps cutting off the last two minutes of every episode. In "Smile" they get back to Earth, exit the Tardis, wondering if anything happened when they left. Exit it - in shock. Or a "WHOOPS WTF???" expression. Then the recording stops. Dang it.

So, I'm going to have to start recording "CLASS" just so I can catch the last two minutes of "Doctor Who".

The episode that I just watched was SMILE -- it was very apropos, since I've been feeling down and out of late. And I liked the metaphor -- of how people expect you to be happy all the time. In the episode, if you aren't "happy" and "smiling" all the time, the helpful robots kill you.
Sort of extreme, but there it is.

What I like about this version of "Doctor Who" or what is different from the previous versions or stands out, is a sense of fun, also it's witty, in that way that only the Brits can truly be "witty".
I like the witty. Bill is a breath of fresh air, she makes fun of things, including the Doctor, and his by-play with her is rather fun.

Only problem I had with the episode, was the sense that I'd seen it before -- I had a weird sense of Deja Vue. It just seemed really familiar. And I couldn't place where I'd seen it. It was a little reminiscent of "Silence in the Library" and "Forests of the Dead" but not quite. No I think it was something else..Probably doesn't matter. There really aren't any new stories, just new ways of telling them. OR so I'm told.



The episode was about a city that a bunch of Earth colonists create after an apocalypse with the aid of robotic helpers, who are a subservient race. These helpers are microbe robots, small tiny particles, that make up the walls of the city, farm it, maintain it, while most of the humans remain encased in a frozen sleep. A few shephards have woken to work with the robots. But somewhere along the line there was a mis-connect. The robots goal was to keep the Earthlings happy and satisfied. Except when they stopped being happy, the robots killed them and used them as fertilizer for the plants. It wasn't out of evil intent. Just a misunderstanding -- they took an idea to the extreme. Because they weren't human and don't think like we do.

Sort of similar to the story of three wishes. You wish on a Genie in a Bottle or a Haddock or a leprechaun, but it doesn't think like you do. So when you say, I want my son to come home and I want money -- it sends your son home in a coffin and money to compensate you for his loss. It's similar in a way to the law of attraction or communicating with the universe...if you are too specific in your wishing and lay negative thoughts along the way...you'll get the negative result. If you are more general and positive, you may get a positive result. You are communicating with something that doesn't think like you do.

Or in our communication with each other -- we don't think a like, so often misunderstand each other.
98% of our difficulties arise from failures to communicate, to understand another's perspective.

I love the fact that in each and every episode the Doctor makes the point that the entity they are dealing with is not good or evil, just different. It thinks differently. There's no value judgement you can place on it.

I wonder if there's a larger political message that can be taken from that? I've been struggling with it lately. That sometimes it's not a matter of good or evil, but just differing perspectives or which end of the periscope you happen to be on?


Anyhow...I really enjoying this iteration of Doctor Who. Shame it's Capadali's last season. Someone online, I think it was maia, might have been elsi, stated that the lovely thing here...was there was no more lonely god or most important girl in all the world. Just a guy exploring the universe with a traveling partner, who are from two different generations and two different species. In other words, the series got rid of it's own self-importance and that of it's characters. Doctor Who in previous seasons almost took itself too seriously, and it's characters at times came across as a bit egotistical and arrogant. I found it hard to relate to them or like at various points. I think that's why I liked Doctor Song and prior to her, Donna, they brought a bit of levity to the enterprise.

Now, neither is needed.

2. Hmmm, I had more to say, but I've forgotten what it was. Couldn't have been terribly important.

Oh, Witches of Karres is reminding me of Farscape for some reason. I think it's the fact that everyone wants the hyper drive or Sheevas Drive, reminds me of everyone wanting John Cricton's knowledge of wormholes (which like the lead character in Witches doesn't really know anything about.)

And I'm trying to figure out where a song lyric came from..."we are living in difficult times" -- I think Jesus Christ Superstar, but no clue. Could have been Chess. Or one of the 74 new songs I downloaded over the weekend. I downloaded the S5 album of Nashville (because the best thing about Nashville is the music), Freddy Mercury's singles (rather adore that man's voice and Queen), George Michael's "Faith Remastered", and Leonard Cohen's last album. Shows you how weirdly diverse my music taste is, doesn't it?

Wasn't a great day today. But on the plus side, I didn't lose my driver's license (like I thought) just misplaced it, got various things done, and snoozed on the train. Life could be better, but it could also be worse.

Oh and Lucifer appears to be back. Yay. Haven't seen it yet. Have a Doctor Who and Lucifer episode saved. No time to see tonight. Have to get up bright and early.

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