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By Grabthar’s Hat!

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 Ah, all good things (?) must come to an end, and so it is with Tom and Lalla’s visit to the “Leisure Hive.”   Here is part 4’s commentary.  Part 3 is skulking here.
 

When we last visited the Leisure Hive, the Earth businessman had just been unmasked as a reptile to gasps of horror!  (Stella Luna says, “Let me at him!  Migaow!”)

Drats! Foiled again! And I would have gotten away with it, too...

1. Interesting use of pyramid as viewscreen.

2.  I like the march theme playing behind Son-of-Mine’s rant here.

3. Why is he so terrified of the reptile?  I mean, I share the fear, but dude, get some dignity.

4. Ohh– an imposter!  I see.  Where’s Doctor McCoy when you need him? “Jim, this man is a Klingon!”

5. Ah- a nice twist on the enemy/ non-enemy.

6. You tell him, Chief Inspector!

7. And there goes your plot, regenerator boy!

8. “You don’t cross your bridges until they’re hatched.” 🙂

By Grabthar's Hammer, you will be avenged!

By Grabthar's Hammer, the Ambassador shall be avenged!

 

9. Way to threaten an ambassador of peace there, boyo.

10. Tom is looking mischeivious here.  What is he up to?

11.  By Grabthar’s Hammar, he will be avenged!

12. “We are the army.”  Oh dear.

13. Why is the dawn so crucial to the plan?

14. OK- when your self-appointed leader demands unquestioning obedience AND starts referring to himself in the plural, it’s a bad sign.

15. Reports of her death have been greatly exaggerated.

16. How can she so quickly find the Doctor on her scanner?

17.  Oh just reverse the polarity of the neutron flow and get on with it already!

18. Oh!  Poor Formazi!

19. Does he realize that the mask looks like the “Pyramids of Mars” guy?  Do they have the same hatter?

Pyramids of Mars snazzy hat

20.  Oh dear– their marching looks too much like the Rimmer puppets dancing to the Rimmer song to be taken seriously.

21.  Army of clones is a good idea, though.  Has he met the Sontarians?

22. We do have tons of dramatic eye acting in this episode.

23. Oh, cute little trick!  Lucky Son-of-Mine wore that helmet into the machine, wasn’t it.  Isn’t Tom much taller, though?

24. Useful plot device.  It’s what happens when a non-scientist tries to make clones.  They are always unstable.

25. Where did Romana find his clothes?  umm… never mind.

26. Finnegan, begin again.

27.  Now Son-of-Mine is just a hystrical child throwing a temper tantrum.

28.  Is the poor woman going to have a mustache?  I think they did a Star Trek episode like this.

29. Yes, bring him up properly this time!

30.  Ah– I’m glad to know the Ambassador/ Chief Inspector didn’t get blown up. 

31. Black Guardian: “a galactic hobo with ideas above his station”  Ha!  And no more randomizer.  A nice ending.

 

So, the destruction of the randomizer also brings us to the end of this series of random comments.

Did you enjoy them?  Would you like to see more?  Are they all rubbish?  Drop me a comment.

in which we finally meet the aliens.

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 We’re back with episode 3 of “Leisure Hive”– a classic Tom Baker Doctor Who story.  If you missed episode 2, find it here.

As we rejoin Tom & crew, he had just been turned ancient by the video-effects box.

 

This gives a new meaning to "Old Who."

This gives a new meaning to "Old Who."

 

Away we go, then…

1. A  nice review of previous episode, though repetitive music make it hard to build suspense.

2. Hey– he can’t complain.  He could be Gollum-Doctor.

3. No, duh.  He just came out of the box– of course he hasn’t seen himself!

4. Where does Harden get off giving orders?

5. Son-of-Mine seems inordinately please with himself.  Why?  What devious thing is he planning?

6. Yes, yes, yes.  Sand.  We know!  Being spied on.  We get it.

7. How would he know?  Romana’s the brains.

8. How does Son-Of-Mine intend on wearing that helmet?  It looks solid.

9.  Is Pangorn conspiring with the reptiles?

10. “Dignity.  Always Dignity.”  [See “Singing in the Rain”]

11. Um, as Harden has already proven himself useless, and this is your last hope– that’s a dumb decision, La Presidente.

12. No, No… we’re not part of a conspiricy.  Not at all.  Nothing to see here.  Move along

Move it along.  No alien conspiricies here. 

"Move it along. No alien conspiricies here."

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13.  With the old make-up, Tom’s eyes are even more powerful.

14.  Cool-looking contract plastic/ paper.

15.  Ah, political plot thickens.

16. OOOh– so this is “The Doctor’s Daughter” all over again but done properly! 

17.  Where did the other “disfigured” mutants go?  They sound interesting.

18.  The Formaci sound like R2D2.  Why isn’t the Tardis translation circuit working?

And so another episode ends with the reveal of the alien– I’m glad that they saved it for so late in the game.

Hi,  here we are.  How are we for time?

Hi, here we are. How are we for time?

Next up, the final episode.  Huzzah!

Video effects of Doom!

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Right, well—to begin, I must say that I’m glad that I’ve already taken the notes on this episode because I just spent the better portion of the afternoon reading “Julie & Julia” by Julie Powell (review in a few days), and going back to snarky Doctor Who comments is quite the rugged transition for my brain.

 

So, here we go back to “Leisure Hive” episode two.   For episode one, click here.

 

I dub him Son-of-Mine.

I dub him "Son-of-Mine."

As we view the reprise, ol’ (oh, he really is here, poor fellow) Tom is once again torn asunder by video effects of DOOM.

  1. Wait—reprise made it look like Romana was dragging the scarf!  I thought it was the Doc.
  2. Why does Reptile try to kill Doctor?  What’s his motivation?
  3. Such a cheat—that resolution!
  4. Oh look, ANOTHER Earth shuttle.  This is beginning to feel like Star Cops.
  5. Umm, a strangely directed capture scene.
  6. Just a note—his sonic screwdriver looks almost exactly like the doohickey I used for melting wax when learning pysanka.
  7. Ah, well… yes… have dabbled just a bit in time travel.
  8. Romana is just showing off.
  9. I don’t like Tom’s red coat at all at all.
  10. La Presidente doesn’t seem to mourn her husband all that much.
  11. These reptiles do have a penchant for turning knobs and screwing with machinery.
  12. Ah, now we see how war + hive + death + children all tie together.
  13. Why does anyone trust this scientist?
  14. Also, why does beard-boy (who should be easily identifiable as evil b/c he is wearing a beard in Doctor Who) look so familiar to me?
  15. Oh yeah—of course they ‘ll want to just watch on the viewer.  The Doc will be fine with that.
  16. Aging make-up & acting nicely-done.
  17. WAIT—why did plans for not revealing the deception suddenly change?  Did I miss something?
  18. Claw/ doorway look strangely out of proportion to one another.
  19. Dude!  Green = Death!  Run Away!
  20. Good job showing only bits of the monster.
  21. Poor blind beggar!  Is his prescription really so strong that he can’t even see giant green lizard monsters without his glasses on?
  22. It would be awfully hard to strangle someone with that scarf.
  23. “Arrest the scarf, then.”  Ha!
  24. I like how Romana is a competent teacher here, instead of the silly school-girl she is often dressed as.  Bring back Mary Tamm, I say.
  25. Experiments are boring to watch, especially when done with colored plastic and kool-aid.
  26. Is Son-of-Mine only allowed to speak while standing?  Why does he keep bouncing up and down in his seat?
  27. He is also a bit too gleeful to have found “a test.”  I’m worried.
  28. Oh dear, are we going to melt the Doctor?
  29. Another nice job on the aging make-up; though he does look like a cross between Santa Claus and Rasputin.  An unnerving idea, that.

 

Rasputin + Santa Claus = ol Tom 

Rasputin + Santa Claus = ol' Tom

 

Well, that was a good one.  Lots of plot.  Sufficient corridor running.  Nice aging effects.

Coming soon… part 3… of DOOM!

Leisure Hive pt 1 commentary

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Hi, folks– I’m back with a new commentary for a classic Tom Baker episode.  Tony and Jo! over at the Flashing Blade podcast inspired me to watching it for the first time in order to give them some feedback for their 8th episode.  For the podcast, I condensed my thoughts considerably, but here I offer you my comments unadulterated.  Lucky you. 🙂

So… here we go!

  1. I don’t like Tom’s face in the opening credits.  He looks old, bloated, and bored.
  2. Good grief!  I get it already.  We are on a long, deserted patch of beach.  For goodness sake!
  3. Earphones make snores clearer.
  4. Now that’s just mean!  What’s she done to poor K-9?!
  5. Oh dear– telescope view does not bode well.
  6. Interesting transitions– not sure I like them.
  7. These are very interesting costumes and hair styles.
  8. The meeting does sound like ones that probably happened in BBC boardrooms around this time.
  9. Music does reinforce strange nature of planet.
  10. Interesting how in this season, no one hears the Tardis materialize.
  11. Um.. can one guy sell a whole planet?
  12. There’s an awful lot of exposition happening here along with extraordinarily long landscape pans.
  13. Cool video effects, if quite psychedelic.
  14. Heavy breathing- must be the bad guys.
  15. Interesting idea to cover how another culture dies.
  16. WE GET IT!!! Another ship is landing.  Is this a vital plot point??
  17. Nice to see that the Doctor has forgotten science and is interested in relearning it.
  18. A particularly vicious way to die.
  19. I thought the Doctor said that he doesn’t  do “meeting mothers.”
  20. Doctor does seem delighted to be a “mistake.”
  21. Now is where the psychic paper would have come in handy.
  22. Cute trick with the guard– reminiscent of Sun Maker’s trick.
  23. Very colorful control board– looks like the counter of a candy store.
  24. Red plastic guy = creepy
  25. Nice scarf/ mannequin distraction
  26. Oh no!  Not death by video effects!

 

And that’s that.  Until part two, everyone!

robots gone wild!

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V5, that is not the Doctor

"V4, that is not the Doctor"

We have finally reached the fourth and final part of the classic Tom Baker story Robots of DeathCheers and hurrahs resound.  For those of you lovely readers who have some catching up to do, click here for part 3 of these commentaries.

 

When we left our heroes, the ever-witty Doctor was being strangled by a homicidal robot, as a horrified Commander (sans extravagant hat)  stood by, being as useless as we have come to expect from him.

 

  1. Finally!  The Commander has made a command decision.
  2. I’d be a bit cranky if someone had just stuck a giant syringe in my skull, too.
  3. Good grief!  Toose is just useless.  And Mr. Boucher—rubbish dialogue.
  4. Is the Doc carrying ol’ Commander over the threshold?
  5. Ok, silly way to dispose of two murderous robots, but cute.
  6. I love SV7’s straight tone when he says, “Do not, V4, that is not the Doctor.”
  7. Um.. is she dead?  Because she is breathing quite visibly.
  8. Right, so the Commander could barely walk before, but now he can scuttle?  And way to reduce him to just a hanger-on peppering the Doctor (who is clearly now completely in command) with stupid questions.
  9. Ah—my favorite line from the entire story (which I used as the title of my episode 3 post b/c I couldn’t resist): “Please do not throw hands at me.”—I sooo want to use this in my classroom when everyone’s hands go up at once.
  10. Oh, good, useless girl will recover.  Oh joy.  Oh rapture.
  11. Yes, thank you Captain of Obvious Exposition.
  12. Her pj’s are still pretty snazzy.
  13. The image of the robot with the giant needle in his head is pretty disturbing, particularly given his body language.
  14. Oh—the two of these ladies crouching in corners together is some slash fiction writer’s dream come true.
  15. I notice and appreciate the continuity here—the robot who lost his hand in the door is still missing it.
  16. Clever, clever Leela—having intuition and all.  Good point that SV7 should have recognized her voice.
  17. Must have sucked to be one of the actors who had to play these *frozen* bots.
  18. Now that he’s out of immediate danger and back on his command deck, the Commander has reverted to his vacation home in Denial.  I’m enjoying that the Doc compares him to Marie Antoinette.
  19. Awfully convenient that they had a medical bed set up in the middle of the command deck.
  20. “I don’t understand!” whines Commander—let’s add that to your lengthy list, shall we.
  21. Ah—it was Pool who was controlling D84—clever.
  22. Another point in continuity’s favor are the makeup jobs on the Commander and Toose’s wounds—her neck is still red from being strangled.
  23. Now we get to the bottom of the not-cared about sub-plot.
  24. “And if we do come out, we will be destroyed anyway”—now that’s the first intelligent sentence you’ve uttered all day!
  25. Ummm… is anyone else creeped out by SV7’s resemblance to computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
  26. Ah—another bit of dramatic eye acting on Tom’s part
  27. Are they Zed Zed 9 Plural Zed Alpha bombs?
  28. Ha!  “Well, that’s your problem.  I can’t be every where at once.”
  29. Again with the door sound.
  30. Ah—something at which the Commander and Toose can be competent—what a nice change.
  31. Cue hordes of silly tinfoil robot boots.
  32. Once again, this episode’s heroes must have engaged their Somebody Else’s Problem Field as they hide in plain sight.  (yes, I know that was 2 Hitchhiker’s references in the space of 2 scenes, but they were just waiting to be made!)
  33. Commander—must you fall into EVERY sci-fi cliché?  When the Doctor says not to open the door—then don’t open the door.
  34. Ah, while other people were carrying the story, Dask has popped off and had a make-over.  I do think Trinny and Susanna have gotten this one a bit wrong, though.  I think he’s wearing the costume equivalent of a foil-wrap that we used at scout camp to bake chicken and rice over a campfire.
  35. I like the nice long draw back to wide-shot to reveal what we already suspected.
  36. Ummm… Dask, just a point here, but if they could hear you begging for entrance, can’t they also here you giving commands to your robot horde? 
  37. Aww, poor busted robot.
  38. Look, even in whatever century this is, they still use duct tape!
  39. Thanks for the needless definition of “robo-phobia.”  It’s moments like these that remind me that the BBC is under the mistaken impression (though, God only knows why) that Doctor Who is a kid’s show.
  40. “Right now he must be a happy little maniac.”  Ha!
  41. Once again, I am reminded that D84 is an early version of a K-9 character.
  42. Tom just said the key theme of Doctor Who: “I think you’re very important.”
  43. Robot against screen quite creepy.
  44. Every time he says, “My brothers,” I get a flashback to Mr. Mash from “Are You Being Served.”  I want to say, “Mr. Dask, get off the floor!  You know that you and the robots can’t be on the floor after 8 o’clock.”
  45. Meanwhile, back on the uselessly chaotic command deck.
  46. “We may not be so lucky a second time.”—it was awfully considerate of V5 to stand compressed against the door and blow up so nicely.
  47. Dude, you do realize that sooner or later they will realize that you’re human, too.
  48. Ah… a clever, clever trick, using a child’s party game against a maniac.
  49. How awful!  Poor D87!  He is a hero until the end!
  50. Um, when that robot sucker punches the Doctor and then shoves him against a wall, is he going to kill him or kiss him?  I think it could go either way from his body language.
  51. Ah, Dask, as with all meglo-maniacs, your need to torture your enemy will be your undoing.  Have you never watched this show?
  52. Even the music can’t take these two robot-hunting clowns seriously.  They’ve suddenly become Litefoot and Jago, minus the clever dialogue.
  53. Hello, Dask.  Just to let you know, I’ve been tortured by much crazier men than you, and Eddie Izzard wanted me to tell you that silver eye shadow is a death color.
  54. How does no one hear the incredibly loud helium canister?
  55. “Ah, I see.  You’re one of those boring maniacs who’s going to gloat.  Are you going to tell me your plan for running the universe?”  HA!  He is, too.
  56. Well, that at least makes a change.
  57. Finally, the Doctor has told him that he looks ridiculous in that outfit.
  58. I like how the voice change comes upon him so gradually that he doesn’t notice it—though in point of fact, that must be some mightily concentrated helium in order to displace an entire roomful of air.
  59. Ouch—poor Tom does look like his brain is being burned out.
  60. No, not losing his nerve, just overcome with the need to gloat.
  61. Oh—Go D84!!!!!  One final act of bravery!
  62. Those pyrotechnics are quite impressive and a bit gruesome, as we have come to recognize these robots as humanoid creatures.
  63. Ah—nick of time programming still apparently working quite well in this robot.
  64. Dude—there can be only one Master—and you don’t even make the short list.
  65. Gosh, Toose!  You’re racking up a strangle-count to rival young Kirk in the recent movie.  Just be grateful that you haven’t had to hang off any ledges lately.
  66. a useful tool- that giant needle.  I still feel sorry for it’s victims, though.
  67. “What squeak mouse?” 
  68. That control room looks like the throne room at the end of Hamlet.  Where’s Fortinbras when you need him?
  69. Oh—apparently he’s on the rescue ship.  Isn’t it a bit callous to leave the last two crew members trapped on a ship stuffed to the gills with dead people and robots? 
  70. Listen, just because Leela asked the question we were all wondering is no reason to get snippy there, Tom-boy.
  71. Oh, dear—I have discovered that I’ve been spelling Toos’s name wrong this whole time… well, I maintain that my spelling is better.  Otherwise, she’s “twos,” right?
  72. For that matter, they claim that my Pool is actually Poul.  Huh.  Well, this just goes to prove that I’m doing these as I’m watching.  We’ll claim spontaneity and move on, shall we.
  73. Speaking of random credits—they have periods in the names of the robots (I can see some copy-editor now: “Well, since they are, in fact, abbreviations, they should contain periods.”  “But there weren’t any on the costumes.”  “Not my fault.  I’m right, and I’m putting them in the credits properly.  So there.” Yes, indeed, methinks I smell a fellow English Major at work.)

 

And we are done!  Whoo—that was a long one. 

 

What did you think, folks?  Shall we have more of these?

“please do not throw hands at me”

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Where were we? Oh yes, Robots of Death, episode 3.

Just a note—have just seen a season 18 Baker episode. I must say that I like his image here much better than the bloated head shot in that title sequence.

Cue reprise…

1. Ah, they have disabled Strychnine just in time!

2. Dask is rather calm under the circumstances.

3. Did the Doctor just imply that Dask sabotaged the systems?

4. A rather wise saying that, “If you are bleeding, look for a man with scars.” However, I wouldn’t bandage a wound with a itchy silver scarves.

5. Ah, now we get to the middle of the subplot that I don’t care about.

6. “Did you do that?” Leela is quite a useful companion.

7. Oh, hooray! I’m growing quite fond of Strychnine after all.

8. I like that the Doctor trusts Leela enough to have her guard Pool while he goes off to chat with the dumb robot.

9. The visual contrasts between Pool and Leela is quite striking and interesting.

10. Once again, all of the keypads make exactly the same sound.

11. Um… what part of “Don’t let him out of your sight” did you not understand, Leela?

12. Poor ravaged robot!

13. Oh… cue creepy robots… blood on the hand reminiscent of Wang Chiang.

14. Now we can tell who the human is behind this thing.

15. I find it intriguing how they portray the reprogramming of the robot and how he really wants to reject these orders that are countermanding his core laws. Well done and chilling—especially when his eyes return to black, and you can’t tell that anything is wrong.

16. Oh dear—the curtain reveal of the Doctor in the background, along with the chimes, and his grinning like the Cheshire Cat. Disturbing. It quite gives you the feeling that if he wasn’t on the side of right, he could do considerable wrong with glee.

17. I like how the Doctor treats D84 as an equal, unlike everyone else in the story.

18. The side-view close up on D84 does rather spoil the mask’s still effect because you can see the actor’s chin moving up and down.

19. “Priority Red”—poor guy. Having his hands move in a desperate fashion reinforces his helplessness. His other muscle circuits must be disabled, as those straps don’t look adequate to holding him down.

20. What’s up with the KKK cloak there, Dask-boy? We already know it’s you from your video message earlier.

21. Umm… having a close up on those hands was a bad idea—it makes it obvious that they are simply yellow kitchen gloves sprayed silver (palm bumps and all).

22. Poor robot—although they made an oops with the red overlay (look carefully, and you’ll see that some of it shows on the detached mask.)

23. “Typical robot, no imagination.”

24. “Correct”—what a strange cadence on that word.

25. “I have failed.”—now, if he were a Dalek, he would have to repeat that about 500 times with increasing hysteria, then blow himself to smithereens.

26. Poor dejected D84. He wants to help. He’s really just an early version of K-9.

27. Me thinks that robot takes a suspiciously masculine stance in her doorway.

28. She sleeps in a seashell? What is she, a Disney princess?

29. I think it would be annoying to have to look at the world through robot vision and echoy robot hearing.

30. Does SV7 have orders to only kill her if she is sleeping?

31. Whiny girl… and did anyone else catch that subtext about bringing Leela to her bedroom? [are we entering Radio Free Skaro territory here?]

32. Meanwhile, back where Leela is stuck…

33. Oh dear… I didn’t realize how loud I had the volume on the TV until Leela screamed “Help! Can Anyone Hear Me?!” It’s after 1 am here. I do hope none of my neighbors heard it and thought I really needed help. Oops.

34. For all that D84 is used to staying quiet, he won’t shut up about “I heard a cry.”

35. Very creepy—the robot giving orders to kill everyone.

36. Way to get the door opened just to be threatened with death by robot.

37. Oh dear, the red-eye is a bit wonky as the robot walks through light and shadow.

38. For all of the robot’s “You cannot escape,” Leela could have run right out the door just then.

39. I like that Leela’s not afraid to defend herself with her knife (even though it proves useless). “Oh, that’s just showing off.”

40. Um.. robot-dude, who are you trying to convince by repeating “You cannot escape”? ‘Cuz she just did.

41. Again—all door pads make same noise no matter how you press them.

42. “Because modifying brains is not something you do standing around in corridors, you know.”

43. A useful gadget, indeed.

44. Oh, gold-girl’s pajamas look very comfortable and cute. I want a pair.

45. Why is she taking her hat with her?

46. Arm caught in door is creepy. Toose is useless—a solid contrast to what we just saw with Leela.

47. Well, ask a stupid question, get the obvious answer.

48. It is frightening to be told “The door is not a barrier,” though.

49. Oh—well played, Leela!

50. Poor broken Pool. He’s all the more pathetic for how sarcastic and competent he was before.

51. Are these robots programmed by the Stone Angels from “Blink”? They can’t seem to attack when someone is watching them.

52. I like the Doctor’s black humor here.

53. Finally, a cliff-hanger I can get behind!

54. Did you see how many robot actors were in the credits? Beats the hell out of the 3 Daleks they can usually manage.

And so ends another episode… next time, the final part of Robots of Death. Join me, won’t you?  For Part Four, click Here.

Robots of Death pt 2 commentary

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At last, the long-awaited commentary for Robots of Death part 2, the classic Tom Baker story.   (If you want to read my comments on the first part, click here.)  Just a note here—I generally cannot be bothered to remember the character’s names, so mostly they will be identified by their distinctive hats

No, Curious George, this is not the Man in the Yellow Hat.

No, Curious George, this is not the Man in the Yellow Hat.

We will pick up with the Doctor trapped in the collector and being buried in sand…

  1. Reprise—where did the Doc get his little Boy Scout flashlight from?
  2. This sand must be coming in at a spectacular rate, in that the Doc doesn’t try to escape, just stands there staring at it.
  3. Ah, back to the BBC storeroom, in which Leela is hiding unconvincingly behind open shelving.
  4. Um, what is the Doc breathing through?  Where did he get his bit of pipe?  We never see it again.
  5. Commander really is useless at commanding.  Is he an example of the Peter principle?
  6. Is anyone going to bother to tell gold-dressed woman that [how to be delicate here…] that her shirt’s fabric is clinging embarrassingly.  Do they not wear bras in this culture?  I wonder if the poor actress noticed only after the show was on tv? 
  7. Tom does look very happy to be out from under what look like coffee beans.
  8. Do all of the machines and buttons on this spaceship make exactly the same noise, ‘cuz that could really be a nuisance.
  9. “What were you doing in the hopper?”  “Oh, don’t ask me such silly questions!”  ha!
  10. Wait, wait, wait—Doc got rescued when continuing flow of ore was turned off, but was chamber completely drained?  Otherwise, how could robot, with only one quick glance, see & id body (especially when Doc himself had to enter the chamber & get up close to see that it wasn’t Leela?)
  11. The vibrant greens and silvers of the masks are inspired.
  12. Classic horror film bit here w/ body behind curtain—bringing up point that murderer is increasingly trying to hid bodies, whereas killed the first one in plain sight & left him in the storeroom.
  13. Oh, D84, your dark silver face is so meanacing.
  14. “If I had killed him, would I not have killed you, too.”  Well, who can argue with that logic?
  15. Go Strycnine, with your same exact model shot as before, only in close-up.  Way to be boring!
  16. This conversation between Leela and the robot is a bit odd—she seems oddly relaxed for someone who thought she was going to die just 30 seconds ago.  D84 is being all Sherlock Holmes, too.
  17. “Is there anyone alive to tell?”  Ah, so you’ve seen the end of Hamlet too, huh.
  18. Ha!  Serves him right for slapping a girl! Take that, Commander!  He does look mighty shocked, but maybe it’s just the eyebrows.
  19. “You try that again and I’ll cripple you!”  I believe her and serves him right.  This here is why I like Leela so much.
  20. Leaf-hat boy seems to take particular pleasure in labeling the robot “D for Dumb.”
  21. Did you notice the little squeeze that the robot gives Leela as she asks if anyone has told him that he can’t speak?  Nice touch (literally).
  22. Wow!  Leela really has a ton of strong, insult/ one-liners in this scene.  She’s quite the spunky one, and pulls no punches when she recognizes stupidity.
  23. Um… Commander, are you aware that your argument makes no logical sense? Ok, just checking.
  24. Pool, there’s no point talking sense to a man wearing a leaf-hat.
  25. “Bring THAT.”  Dude, are you trying to earn yourself another knee to the groin?
  26. Methinks Pool has an idea about who did.
  27. I think that the Doctor uses the jelly babies as a system to distinguish good guys from bad guys—have you noticed that bad guys always overreact to them, whereas good guys eat them, usually cautiously…
  28. Poor Tom’s feelings are hurt b/c they refused his jelly babies.
  29. Tom assumes he is in charge because he has the tallest hat.
  30. I like the lilting, danger-under-the-surface tones of voice between the Doctor and the Commander here.
  31. Ah, boys and girls, a little lesson on the differences between facts and inferences.
  32. I like how they all turn on each other (rather like Midnight, that).  It’s quite realistic for the circumstances.
  33. Ah, Tom’s little mischievous grin as he suggests an alternative murderer.
  34. Dark-haired boy doesn’t even deign to turn around to snipe at the Doctor.
  35. Oh Oh!  I want to use that one: “You know, you are a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.”
  36. Ok, so everyone is upset as the two stow-aways are being hauled off, and fish-girl has chosen this moment to begin a chess game with herself???
  37. Oh, good.  You can use all of that extra money to buy some mouthwash because, dude, really!
  38. What was that last look on the Commander’s face all about? 
  39. Um, the rest of the design is fab, but those boots—is that really the best you could do?
  40. Shhhhhh!  Don’t be exclaiming your murderous mission to all and sundry!
  41. Clearly they ran out of money making all of the cool sets and costumes, leaving zero cash left for the metallic restraints (though the script does have a go at explaining away their cheap looks).
  42. “I have an uncomfortable feeling…” could be that bubble wrap around your neck.
  43. Leela looks suitably skeptical about the Doc’s ability to save them.
  44. Yet another close-up of Strychnine with unwarranted dramatic sting and dodgy CSO.
  45. It is nice to see people actually working on this ship for a change.
  46. Commander is terribly whiny—maybe his hat is heavy.
  47. Excessively long shot of Strychnine’s wheels?  Why ?
  48. Poor Leela just looks miserable and bored.
  49. I like that Leela is perceptive and can judge people by their body movements, then warn the Doctor.
  50. Pool has two things going for him here: 1—he has no hat; 2—he reminds me of one of those sarcastic and smartly-sardonic Shakespearean characters.
  51. And now, for those of you who were not paying attention in episode one, we will review Asimov’s robot laws.
  52. It always comes back to the bees, doesn’t it.
  53. You have befuddled Pool, Doctor.
  54. Are we going to leave poor Leela locked up?  “Thank you.”
  55. And where are we sneaking off to in such a hurry, fish-girl.
  56. Meanwhile, in the BBC closet… was the guy’s name really Chav?
  57. Another point to the strange scream.
  58. Tom’s Doctor does make a good investigator.
  59. I’d call for a robot—with goofy shoes, apparently.
  60. Methinks that the robots would be sneakier murderers if they had pockets in which to keep their corpse markers hidden.
  61. Cue sub-plot point and very fake crying from Zilda.
  62. Yes, thank you Captain Obvious.
  63. Oh, gold-girl, you really do need a bra.  Why did no one tell the poor woman?
  64. Perhaps the humans turn to this robots after the Ood freed themselves.
  65. I like the little bit of jargon that she slips into her radio message to Pool.
  66. “Oh, I should think it’s the end of this civilization”—rather casual there, eh Tom.  It’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end.
  67. That’s quite the snazzy watch the Commander has there.
  68. Ahh, he had a crush on fish-girl the whole time.  He apparently never grew out of the stage where pulling on a girl’s pigtails (fish tails?) and teasing her showed his lurve.
  69. Go, Pool!  You tell that Commander what’s what.
  70. I like the contrasts between Pool’s light and the Commander’s dark.
  71. He goes down rather easily—has Pool been practicing his Venusian jujitsu?
  72. “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”  Such a creepy bit of poetry—and used by the great Agatha as well.
  73. Oh dear, a greenly lit Strychnine fell off of a cliff—good Star Trek acting, all.
  74. Leela has to be very careful about how she stands up in that dress.
  75. “Oh thanks, I’d never have thought of that.”  Everyone gets good sarcastic lines.
  76. Oh dear, have they broken poor Strychnine?
  77. “It’s a gift!”  and a curse.
  78. Well, that settles that, then.
  79. Apparently Strychnine is a girl ship?  “She’s going!”

 

And… we’re out!

Well, that was quite a long one, especially as I began it last Thursday and finished it a midnight on Tuesday night, with a long weekend of family time in between.

Hopefully, part 3 tomorrow evening. 

Until then… [doo doo doo da dooo…]

For Part 3, click here.