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Night Terrors

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The latest episode of Doctor Who aired two days ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, there will be spoilers in this post. I’m also not going to rehash the plot so if you haven’t seen it yet this review may not make much sense. I’m just giving my impressions and thoughts here.

My first impression…ooo, creepy. Almost scary. Now, mind you, I grew up on horror films. It takes a lot to scare me. Like Asian horror, or the del Torro remake of Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. Now that was scary! Sorry, that’s for another post. Anyway, what I was saying is that I watch 99% of things that are supposed to be scary with interest and fascination, but not with hide behind the sofa fear. I’m qualifying my remarks, here. So for me to say that this ep was almost scary means that it must have scared the bujeezus out of most watchers.

I loved that it was finally, again, the Doctor in charge. Not an Amy and Co. episode. Getting REAL tired of her and her arc. This even felt somewhat like an old episode. I could see the 4th or 5th, or even the 7th Doctor doing this story. To me that’s the mark of great writing for Doctor Who, could one of the earlier incarnations be saying these lines? In this one, yes.

Night Terrors had great classic horror elements to it. Stereotypical characters – the old lady and the landlord. Parents who regard the child as a problem to be solved and thus cause the child to feel unloved or unwanted. A scary place behind a closed door. An elevator. All these things have been used in the genre to extract the most terror, because these thing are what scare us in real life. Ask any horror aficionado and they will tell you the same. Good horror is predictable with a twist. I could see where this was leading me. I knew as soon as Amy and Rory started walking around after the lift fell that they were in the cupboard, and as soon as we were given a glimpse of the dollhouse I knew that’s where they were. As soon as the dolls grabbed hold of the landlord, I knew he would be turned into one. The twist, and thus the scare, came when Amy was turned into a doll. Not necessarily that a companion was put in peril, but that it wasn’t Rory. And the father getting sucked in to the cupboard, too, was also a bit of a surprise.

Now to the creepy. Those dolls. Even if they just fit in my hand I’d consider them creepy. Never mind them as big as me and walking around. A dark house is always creepy. Those sorts of low income, huge apartment buildings are creepy. Actually, any huge apartment building complex like that is creepy just by the fact that everything looks alike and anonymous. Having a kid put the stuff that scares him in a cupboard in his bedroom is creepy, but not in a scary way. In a “what a creepy thing to do to the kid” way.

At the end, while I’m getting tired of the love conquers all themes, I did like that the dad accepted that his boy was an alien and loves him anyway. That is rare. At least in film.

All in all a great episode. I can only hope for more like this in the future. Tho, not all like this. I would like to get back to just pure adventuring. But that us a rant for another post.

Burn’em, Danno!

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So, Torchwood. I haven’t seen episode 6, “The Middle Men” yet, so this comment is regarding ep. 5 “The Categories of Life”. And yep, we guessed it. Actually my bf suggested that the best way to get rid of people who should be dead is cremation. Of course he was talking about those who’s bodies should no longer be capable of supporting life. Like that burned guy they examined and snipped the head off of in the first episode. Not people who just have terminal illnesses or heart attacks.

Now, the question is…if your body and, more importantly, your brain are completely eradicated can you still be alive according to this miracle? I mean, if there is no physical place for your conciseness to reside are you still alive? Or does is this incineration creating lots of “ghosts” wandering the planet since the conciseness’s of all these people have no home?

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Rex at the Module

I’ll be watching ep. 6 tonight. I don’t know if there are any of these answers, but I doubt it. This is really too much of a…not psychological…maybe metaphysical…problem then this show really deals with. I mean, we’re talking about mass haunting here. Would these people that are now pure conciseness, pure energy, be trying to contact their respective loved ones? Could this miracle be creating a whole new form of human? A being of pure thought. Isn’t that several steps up the evolutionary ladder from where we are now? What a leap! Or am I going WAY beyond where the writers of Torchwood have even dreamed of going. And if so…typical. However, if this is the case, wouldn’t there arise a whole class of people who would want to be incinerated in order to jump those evolutionary rungs? People willing to be burned alive to achieve a true transcendental state. I can see underground places cropping up where they would give you a drug to either knock you out or kill all nerve endings or some other way of removing the sensation of pain and then feeding these people into the crematorium flames. Perhaps this would be a new business for funeral homes.

Speaking of which. There’s a business that would hurt during this miracle. They would only be there to maintain the already buried if they also owned the cemetery. Burning people either for evolutionary growth or to help families of Cat. 1 people avoid turning their loved ones over to the government (in essence: funeral for the still living) would rake in the bucks for these businesses. They could, would, charge more for cremation services then they did before the miracle due to the controversial and probably illegal nature of the act.

Ooo…this show is better than it knows.