Doctor Who: The Brink of Disaster

Spoilers for the episode

Story:

Everyone does what they did last episode which is wander around confused and nothing makes any sense.

Thoughts:

It turns out it’s Ian strangling the Doctor and it doesn’t last long because he makes a strange noise and faints. Barbara comes in and the Doctor accuses them of trying to take over the ship and he thinks Ian’s play acting and he hasn’t really fainted. I know the acting is bad but he shouldn’t point it out.

Susan sides with the Doctor but that doesn’t last long because Barbara points why it can’t be them and she’s not so sure anymore. This feels like a repeat of the last episode.

Ian wakes up enough to shout ‘don’t touch it’ before fainting again. He’s referring to the console.

The Doctor decides he’s had enough and he’s putting them off the ship. But Barbara points out he can’t open the doors which is quite important when your plan is to throw them out.

The doctor’s not letting this stop him though. He tells them to get out even though Ian can’t get up let alone walk.

The fault locater goes off and apparently everything is faulty which the doctor says is impossible.

Then Ian tries to strangle Barbara and the Doctor just stands there and watches. Ian stops for some reason and the Doctor announces the ship is on the point of disintegration. A strong force is at work so it can’t be them and now he trusts them again.

Then Barbara says they’ve had time taken from them but now it’s been given back because time is running out. I don’t even know how that’s relevant to anything and when did they have time taken away. When has anyone mentioned time?

Then there’s a lot more talk about the power source of the TARDIS and I’m sure at this point none of it means anything. They say the power wants to escape.

The doctor gets a bit melodramatic ‘can it be possible this is the end’ and they only have 10 minutes left. At least someone knows what’s going on. I feel like I’ve missed a scene.

They realise you can touch the console as long as you touch the side where the scanner switch is.

Barbara thinks every thing’s a clue but the doctor says his machine can’t think. But it does have a defense mechanism so maybe it can think as a machine. He says there are lots of computers that make up the TARDIS.

He wants to know what would make the power want to escape. Maybe a very strong magnetic force. Up until this point they’ve been trying to keep the science on track but this is getting the basics really wrong. Magnets work on metal not insubstantial power. Unless they are using the word magnetic to mean attraction. Which is unnecessarily confusing things.

The doctor tells Barbara and Susan to stand by the doors and tell them what they see when the doors open. He then confides in Ian there’s no hope and they’ve only got five minutes left.

Outside there’s nothing but space.

They then deduce that the scanner shows a good picture when it’s safe to go out and a bad picture when it’s not safe.

The doctor makes a massive leap (I would say of logic but I don’t think logic has come anywhere near this episode) and decides that it would take the force of an entire solar system to attract the power of the TARDIS so they’re at the beginning of a new solar system. He then stands in front of the camera and monologues about energy and atoms and what happens at the beginning.

Ian wants to know where the Doctor asked the TARDIS to take them after Skaro. He used the fast return switch. They find it on the console and discover it’s been stuck this whole time. They take off the cover and find the spring is stuck. The doctor then gives an unneeded explanation of how it’s bad but doesn’t explain any of the other events.

Susan points out how awful he’s been to Ian and Barbara. He tells Barbara she was right and they owe her their lives but she walks off.

He tells Ian he underestimated her and thinks they should all start over again.

The doctor finds Barbara and tells her they’ve landed somewhere very cold. She points out he said some awful things. Why didn’t they have this conversation in the previous scene?

The Doctor doesn’t apologise just acknowledges what he did must have affected her very much but she wanted to prove him wrong and that’s what saved them. I think he’s trying to say what he did turned out for the best.

They get to the control room and Susan’s outside playing in the snow. They go outside and find a footprint that Susan thinks must belong to a giant.

This was a terrible episode. Nothing was explained. They say the fainting was about electric shocks but what caused Susan to stab the furniture or people to try and strangle each other.

A lot of what happened last episode got repeated and everything else felt like it was being stretched for time. Maybe they should have let it be one episode. Especially if the problem is stuck button. That was very anti climatic and if anything else had made sense and it didn’t feel like they were wasting my time I might have found it funny. As it is I don’t know what they were trying to do with this episode. I have a feeling the entire thing was a set up for the Doctor to talk to the camera about solar systems.

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Daredevil: Cut Man

Spoilers for the episode

Story:

Matt fails what he set out to do at the end of the last episode while Foggy and Karen get really drunk.

Thoughts:

Matt’s in a dumpster all cut up and probably dying. A guy finds him and goes to get help. He comes back with a woman and they get him inside. She checks him over and picks up the phone to call an ambulance but Matt stops her saying they’ll kill everyone in the building if she does.

He falls off the sofa and hitting the floor causes flashback again like last episode when he fell out the window.

Matt’s a kid and watching his Dad fight on TV but he’s been paid money to loose. So when he comes home Matt’s got to stitch him up.

At the office and Foggy doesn’t realise Karen’s still there so starts singing terribly. Karen asks if he knows she’s still there. It makes me laugh every time. Karen doesn’t want to go home so they decide to go to a bar.

Matt wakes up on the sofa realising his mask is gone and she can see his face. She tells him he needs x-rays to make sure there’s no internal bleeding.

She realises he’s blind and wants to know what happened but he says the less you know about me the better. It’s a bit late for that. And I love her reaction when she gives her name, she’s called Claire, but he won’t give his. She decides to call him Mike.

Another flashback to just after the accident and he’s panicking because he can’t see and every thing’s really loud. His Dad tries to calm him down.

Back to the present and Matt’s got air in his chest that’s collapsing his lung so he can’t breathe. She saves him but then wants an explanation. He walked into a trap trying to save a kidnapped boy.

He can smell someone in the building going from door to door. Claire thinks he’s crazy and he tells her he hasn’t told her everything about himself and she points out he hasn’t told her anything. The only thing she knows is that he’s good at taking a beating which prompts another flashback.

Jack’s in the ring sparring while Matt’s learning braille. Two guys come in and and tell Jack to throw a fight they’ve just set up for him. That way he’ll have lots of money for his kid.

Back to the present and Matt wants to fight the guy searching the building with a kitchen knife but Claire covers for him. The cop leaves but doesn’t believe her so Matt drops a fire extinguisher on him from a few floors up. That should have killed him.

Karen and Foggy are at a bar. Karen doesn’t want to go back to her apartment because of the blood she can’t get out of the carpet and being attacked there. She can only see the bad everywhere now. So Foggy points out all the scary people in the bar and makes them less scary by telling her their stories. Then suggests they stay out all night.

Matt ties the guy that should be dead up on the roof and Claire is only now having doubts about attacking a police officer and trusting the man she found in the dumpster.

So now we get some reasons for why she’s trusting him and it only makes it a little better. She’s a nurse at the ER and apparently all of Daredevil’s victims and people he’s saved are coming through the emergency room. That doesn’t mean this is the same guy.

Flashback to Matt’s dad getting his uniform for the big fight. It’s red so no one can tell that you’re bleeding. Matt says Murdocks always get back up. Jack decides to not throw the fight.

Foggy and Karen turn up at Matt’s apartment and try to wake him up but only succeed in annoying the neighbors because they are drunk and really loud.

Back on the roof and the man wakes up. Claire’s now in a mask as well while Matt interrogates him. Then they start torturing him (Claire gives some helpful hints) and then threatens to throw him off the building.

He tells them what they want to know but Matt throws him off the roof anyway. I don’t think he understands how this works. He’s still alive though because if dropping a fire extinguisher on him didn’t kill him nothing will and he landed in the dumpster so it’s a bit of a soft landing. Matt tells Claire she’s got to leave because the bad guys are going to be looking for her.

Flash back to Jack winning the fight and getting murdered after wards then the police let Matt past to touch the body. That’s bad policing. Jack must really feel worthless if he thinks it’s better for his son to have some money rather than his dad.

Matt gets to where they’re holding the boy. He beats everyone up in a really good sequence. The camera stays on the hallway as the fight enters and exits rooms. A lot of the guys keep getting up and by the end Matt’s knackered.

My favourite moment is when Matt launches a microwave out of the room taking out a guy.

He finds the kid and takes him home.

Does Daredevil have healing powers? Because he was dying in a dumpster at the beginning and by the end he’s beating up a whole load of guys. I thought the radioactive waste only gave him super senses.

I’m not usually big on flashbacks but they didn’t drag the episode down as much as I thought they would. Although maybe it was one too many, especially when Matt says there’s a guy searching the building and we cut to the past. I’d rather know what’s going on in the present. That one harmed the forward momentum a bit.

They do serve a purpose though not just in revealing back story but by having Matt and Jack parallel each other. Throughout the episode Jack looses fights by taking dives but at the end he wins then gets killed because of that win. Matt starts off the episode nearly dead from underestimating his opponents. The last flashback we get is Jack winning and child Matt finding the body which leads us into Matt redeeming himself and winning his fight and taking the little boy home to his Dad.

I don’t know what to think of Claire yet. She’s got bad judgment and is probably going to be Matt’s love interest but as long as she has an actual role and reasons for being there other than love interest I’m fine with that. She’s also a bit funny. Mostly her reactions to Matt dying on her couch.

This was another great episode. The best part being that fight at the end. I could watch it all day. It feels real while still flowing in a choreographed way. I think it might be that he’s tired and has to lean against walls in between punches and the way he moves it feels like he’s really hitting them. If nothing else Daredevil probably has the best fight scenes of any TV show I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how they’re going to top this fight.

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