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What’s the Story?

The Doctor is going to die. Must die. It is a Fixed Point in time. It must happen. And if it doesn’t, the universe will collapse/implode/destroy itself.

At the moment when he should have been shot, however, the person who must kill him doesn’t. This… sort of… breaks existence. From that moment on, time doesn’t exist. All times exist together. And the universe is ending.

Yes, that's the Doctor in a toga speaking to the British Emperor Winston Churchill. What of it?

For once, the Doctor knows the cause of the problem and knows what must happen. He isn’t working it out or improvising or awaiting plot developments. From the first moment, he knows that his entire mission is to find his murderer and convince them to save the universe by killing him.

 

What’s the Problem?

Another Steven Moffatt extravaganza

In the season 5 finale, the universe had just exploded and the episode took place in the “time” as the universe wound down; the last part of the universe to collapse. Because time and space and regular reality had been destroyed, Moffatt could do whatever he wanted in the episode. Characters blinked out of existence. Paradoxes were no longer a problem, because time no longer existed.

This still happened, however, unfortunately...

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What’s the Story?

It’s the wild west. Specifically, a town that’s just cropped up on what is supposed to be Indian land. Thus, no laws, no government. The whole place is run by Al Swearengen from his saloon.

 

What’s the Problem?

Deadwood is good. Very good. If you like series’ with diverse and conflicting characters, where no one is the Good Guy and no issue is black and white. The shades of grey are where this series exists and thrives.

Overarching Plot

There is none. Unlike pretty much every other TV series (specifically shorter-season or plot-driven ones like True Blood, Burn Notice, Dollhouse), Deadwood isn’t going anywhere in particular. Since there’s no big baddie, there’s nothing for the season to build toward at the end.

Partway through, you think perhaps the rival saloon that just opened up will be the highpoint of tension, but it isn’t. Soon Swearengen learns to get along with them for the most part. Then you think it might be the brewing war with the Chinese in the camp, but this, again, simmers down to nothing. Perhaps it will be the romance between Bullock and Garret? Maybe something to do with her father and her gold claim? Or…

Well, you get the point. There are a lot of stories here that could have been fashioned into a strong, dramatic season-ender. Instead they’re all dealt with individually. Even the challenge to the camp’s very existence is dealt with and left behind quickly.

Seriously? None of you guys has a story that takes more than 50 minutes to resolve?

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What’s the Story?

Centres on the Sim family. Gran Sim works at a boy’s juvenile detention facility; Dan and Nathan are identical twins. Nathan lost most of his hearing in an accident. Dan is a tool.

As for the “story”, there isn’t a whole lot of plot in the first episode (no, I’m not watching more than that). It’s mockumentary style, so there’s a lot of talking to the camera but not a lot of plot development.

 

What’s the Problem?

They’re Everywhere

My biggest gripe with Angry Boys is that Chris Lilleyis everyone. He’s three characters in the pilot, but will be six by the end. That’s a lot, and no matter how diverse an actor is, that’s a whole lot of one face that you’re seeing. Yes, there’s different make-up and costume and mannerisms, but there’s the same face beneath it. The same basic mannerisms and tone of voice and… face!

Don't want to look? Chris Lilley will force you to the ground and make you stare at his face.


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