The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary:  River Song is back but so are the weeping Angels

Plot: River Song leave a clue for the Doctor in his past to get help to solve a mystery concerning a Weeping Angel.  What is it doing on the planet of the Alfalfa Metraxis?  And what is the secret that the good Doctor Song and their heavily armed clerics keeping from the Time Lord?

Writing:  Steven Moffat combines two of his greatest creations the weeping angels and River Song and the result is simply wonderful, not only is it the best story to this point, excluding the 11th hour, but you can actually sense his pleasure in writing the story as the lines are delivered as if he’s had it in his head for years.

Acting: This is Alex Kingston’s first pairing with Matt Smith as the Doctor ad they simply ooze chemistry, it’s a situation that will continue during her returns.  Kingston Song make you regret that Russell P Davies didn’t choose to have at least one more adventure with her after the silence in the library.

Memorable moments:  the dive into space,   the cliffhanger as the episode ends.

Oddities: There is absolutely no reason the angel needs voice to accomplish its mission it’s the one weak plot device

Pet Peeves:  I’m sorry but while the “you leave the brakes line” is clever, it doesn’t wash.  Did the Master leave his breaks on too?  Did Romana not know the breaks were on?  Or K-9?  Finally Do we really need the gratuitous “law against marrying themselves” bit?

Great Quote(s):  River Song:  He thinks he’s so hot when he does that.

However that quote pales next to this one that simply demands video

The Doctor: Oh, big mistake. Huge. Didn’t anyone every tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap? If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there is one thing you never, ever put in a trap.
Angel Bob: And what would that be, sir?
The Doctor: Me!

Final Verdict. Only the Eleventh Hour surpasses it and not by much it’s an episode that keeps you wanting more and as it’s part one of a two-part story your wish will be granted

Five Stars

Ranking in Series 5 to date 2nd out of 4

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Victory of the Daleks
4. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (out of 4)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. Victory of the Daleks
4. The Beast Below

Olimometer 2.52

Home stretch can you bring me over the line.

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Cause:

MY ADVICE TO CHRISTIANS, JEWS, HINDUS, ETC: Start blowing things up and beheading people. This will gain you enormous solicitude from the powers-that-be:

A West Yorkshire head teacher has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children. The literature has been removed from classes for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.

British banks are also abandoning piggy banks for the same reason. And though it’s characterized as toleration, I think it’s really out of fear of violence.

No, I’m not serious about the advice. But they need to think about the incentive that’s being created here, or I fear that others will take the lesson. When you reward behavior, you tend to get more of it.

Instapundit Oct 25th 2005

Effect:

“… the global popularity of Buddhist-inspired meditation and postcard-perfect scenes from Southeast Asia and beyond of crimson-robed, barefoot monks receiving alms from villagers at dawn.”

But over the past year, images of rampaging Burmese Buddhists carrying swords and the vituperative sermons of monks like Ashin Wirathu have underlined the rise of extreme Buddhism in Myanmar — and revealed a darker side of the country’s greater freedoms after decades of military rule. Buddhist lynch mobs have killed more than 200 Muslims and forced more than 150,000 people, mostly Muslims, from their homes.Why was “the world” such a nitwit?

Ann Althouse June 21 2013

I submit and suggest the world is not a nitwit, I suggest that Buddhists have recognized the reward structure that the word has created and  are responding accordingly.  I’m just surprised it took so long.

Perhaps if such behavior was not rewarded by fear and respect in the first place it would not be emulated, but that’s just me.

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Olimometer 2.52

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