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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Z Nation, Season One, Episode Two: White Light
Citizen Z is making his way through the base. He walks with his gun in front, on high alert for zombies. Citizen Z is attacked by several zombies and has to take off running.
Murphy and Cassandra are running through the streets and he is being chased by the crew and Vasquez. Murphy is forced to come to stop when a van comes screaming by. Vasquez shoots the passengers of the truck. A jeep drives by and all of the passengers point their weapons at Warren and crew. It's not long before bullets fly and Warren and the crew are forced to hide. A man wearing a suit holding a bazooka steps out of a 4x4. He shoots the bazooka at Warren and crew and just barely misses them. He calmly walks down the street. How can you miss with a weapon that big?
Everyone in town is armed looking for Murphy. A group of Murphy bounty hunters huddle and talk about how they are going to hunt down Murphy and take out anyone who gets in their way. Murphy continues to run and in the background, guns can be heard going off. Murphy runs into Vasquez and has to take off in the other direction. Vazquez continues his pursuit and from his movements, he's obviously had some kind of training. Murphy uses his whispering power to sic some zombies on Vasquez. Murphy hails down a woman asking for a ride and gets shot in the stomach. The woman moves forward to tie up Murphy but Cassandra attacks her.
In the meantime, bazooka man is still moving methodically through the town. Bazooka man takes a shot at 10K, so 10K dives to avoid it and ends up unconscious. 10K opens his eyes long enough to see Murphy run away and Cassandra followinh him. When 10K opens his eyes again, he finds himself in a huge gun battle but luckily for 10K, Mack drags him safely to cover. The crew is now boxed in and so Warren comes up with a plan to split up and chase after Murphy, instructing the crew to kill zombie hunters as well as zombies. Warren provides cover fire for everyone before making her own escape. I love how they listen to Warren without question.
Murphy runs and is followed by Cassandra and yet another zombie entourage he managed to pick up. \Murphy runs into the building telling the zombies that them following him is annoying and that he wants some, "me time." Mack and Addy enter the same building Murphy is hiding in and begin looking for him. Mack and Addy are forced to hide from bounty hunters. Addy is attacked by a zombie and she gets a vision of her happy place and she calls out for Mack. Fortunately for Addy, before she can get bitten, Mack shoots the zombie in the head.
Outside, Vasquez stops for a water break and doesn't know that Warren is behind him. When Vasquez looks away, Warren takes aim but before she can fire, Vazquez turns back. Warren continues to track Vasquez as he enters a building. Vazquez sees a zombie dressed in Murphy's clothing and attacks it with an asp. When the zombie turns, Vasquez realises what Murphy did but before he can react, he is attacked by Cassandra. Cassandra holds her own, even when she is tased by Vasquez. In desperation, Vasquez shoots Cassandra.
Still outside, Warren watches as Cassandra runs by. Inside a building, a bounty hunter catches up with Murphy, forcing Murphy to take off running. The bounty hunter calls out to Murphy that he will not be hurt, as he walks through the building calmly. When Murphy doesn't answer, the bounty hunter calls out to his friends that he has located Murphy before walking into a room. Murphy is hiding in the closet.
Outside, 10k and Doc are pinned down by bounty hunters. It's 10K who realises that they are dealing with a sniper. Doc is forced to run when the zombie in the car they were hiding behind grabs at him, leaving 10K still pinned down. After locating the window from witch the sniper is shooting, 10K takes his shot. Now in the building, Doc makes his way up a staircase to the same floor as the sniper while 10K covers him from the outside. Doc sneaks back into the building and then kicks down the door of the sniper. Unfortunately for Doc, his gun does not fire, so he is forced to throw his gun at the sniper. A fight breaks out between Doc and the sniper and I gotta say that Doc is pretty tough for an old guy. The sniper gets the upper hand and starts to strangle Doc. Doc struggles to breathe and his soul leaves his body and starts floating upwards. Doc's soul recognizes that this is the end but notices something on top of the shelf. Doc's soul calls out to Doc's body about a weapon. Doc reaches for the weapon and stabs the bounty hunter in the neck. Doc is just catching his breathe when Murphy bursts in but keeps on running.
Citizen Z is still on the run from the zombies and pauses long enough to grab two bags of weapons. I guess being on a military base has its bonuses. Citizen Z is forced to drop the weapons when he is attacked by a zombie. He goes to his happy place which is a child's playground, before shooting the zombie in the head and retrieving his weapons.
Posted by Renee at 4:30 PM
Dominion, Season 2, Episode 12: Day of Wrath
Michael puts on his best sad face while looking over the ruin of Vega after the amphora – when Gabriel tackles him. Michael is surprised his evil brother did something evil – but then sees the darkness in Gabriel’s eyes after Julian dropped amphora-ness inside them (see, decent health and safety laws would have mandated an “avoid contact with eyes” label on those amphora).
Alex tries to assure Gabriel that it’s black magic affecting him and they’re totally best buddies honest (except the war and abandoning him in New Delphi etc etc). Reason vs dark magic never goes well so the two archangels fight while yelling their family issues at each other.
This calls for a flashback to 2016 in Texas with Michael and Gabriel in a bar discussing their then newly disappeared daddy with Noma watching. Gabriel is especially bitter since Michael got his markings, Uriel got something… and he got the 7th seal. The seal of the apocalypse – which he wants to use to destroy humanity. He assumes, not entirely unreasonably, that god must want humanity to be wiped out, despite Michael clinging to Raphael’s prophecy of a chosen one – though Gabriel thinks Raphael has a poor record with prophecies. He breaks the seal – and the apocalypse invasion of 8 Balls begins, causing mass death and destruction.
Gabriel appeals to Michael to help him, but Michael angrily rejects him (leaving Gabriel looking lost) and goes looking for the Chosen One. Noma, surprisingly, follows Gabriel and his plan to kill Alex to bring Michael back to Gabriel’s side.
Back in the present, Michael and Gabriel continue to fight and debate – Michael deciding giving Gabriel the 7th seal was actually a test (I don’t buy it, nor does Gabriel). Gabriel wins the fight and keeps beating Michael to whine about his brother abandoning him and leaving him to run the apocalypse on his own (his need to rant stops him killing Michael quickly). But Michael blames someone else for breaking their father – Lucifer (who chose humanity long before Michael did). He tells Gabriel that Lucifer is still alive – which is apparently news, since the other 4 Archangels supposedly killed him.
Since Lucifer is more powerful than either of them, Michael appeals to Gabriel that he needs him. Gabriel agrees – but he doesn’t believe Michael, so he’s going to drag him to Mallory to confirm it for himself.
Noma and Alex are looking or Claire in the devastated Vega, though Noma is still reeling from the renewed loss of her wings.
Claire’s arm is injured but she isn’t dead, she wakes up surrounded by corpses and a very broken Arika. Arika tells Claire what happened to her in her vision – everything they did to Rose being done to her. Claire tells Arika about her own broken dream. Arika begs Claire to trust her and together they go looking for Alex.
Posted by Sparky at 3:00 PM
Z Nation Season Two, Episode One: The Murphy
Alarms are going off up north and Citizen Z, is actually away from his monitors, having gone outside to meet the incoming bomb. Warren and Murphy are driving separately away from the lab. Murphy's skin has gone the oddest shade of blue/purple. In the rear view mirror, Murphy watches the explosion. Similarly, Doc and 10K see the explosion out the back of Warren's vehicle. At the lab, Dr. Kurian, having climbed into a fridge has survived the explosion. In the Arctic, fortunately for Citizen Z, a plane got into the path of the oncoming bomb, thus allowing him to survive. Warren manages to drive her truck into an underpass and though the vehicle tips on it's side, she and Doc and 10K survive the explosion. Cassandra climbs out of the wreckage of the lab.
Warren regains consciousness first and climbs out of the over turned car. 10K follows, helping Doc out of the truck. The first thing they see is radioactive fall out from the explosion.
In the arctic, zombies start to walk out of the plane that intercepted the bomb. Citizen Z is ready for them because he has a rifle and begins shooting. Unfortunately for Citizen Z, he is a terrible shot. Citizen Z makes his way back into the compound and almost immediately a zombie attacks. It actually takes the man three shots to bring the zombie down. Another zombie comes running and Citizen Z barely manages to blow its head off. Anyone else notice how fast the zombies are suddenly moving? They need to explain why the change. Citizen Z then heads to the broadcast room, seals the entrance and sends out an all call bulletin for Murphy to be transported to the CDC. Upon reflection, Citizen Z adds that the CDC is offering a reward for Murphy, as well as the opportunity to be first in line for any cure which is developed. Citizen Z implores his listeners to save humanity by saving Murphy.
A naked Mruphy hops out of his van and enters a store of some sort.
Mack is driving along on a four wheeler and he makes his way to the compound where Addy decided to stay last season. Addu tells Mack that the women are all dead. She explains that they were on the hill watching the nukes explode and the boy who was banished returned and set the whole place on fire. The boy capped it off by releasing the zombie men. Mack snarks about men being all bad and then they share a moment of awkwardness before Mac walks back to his four wheeler. In the distance, the bear can be heard. Somehow I don't think we've seen the last of that bear. Mac simply asks Addy if she is coming or not, then starts his four wheeler. Addy hops on back and Mac drives away. The woman who is pregnant with Murphy's baby walks out of the woods.
Murphy is wearing a ridiculous satin robe and is being followed by a group of zombies. When Murphy finds an item he likes, he simply tosses it at the zombies. Finally, having chosen a suit and a hat, Murphy swaggers along until he gets intercepted by someone who heard Citizen Z's broadcast. The stranger shoots Murphy's entourage and then plays Citizen Z's broadcast which includes a description of Murphy and a warning that Murphy can control zombies. The stranger then asks to see Murphy's bites at gunpoint. Murphy complies and opens his shirt, asking what is going to happen now. The stranger informs Murphy that everyone is looking for him, so Murphy tries to buy his way out by offering the stranger some Oxycotin. The stranger decides to take the drugs and Murphy to California. Murphy starts to laugh at this and gets tased for his trouble. The stranger starts to threaten Murphy but is stabbed in the back by none other than Cassandra. Cassandra is clearly changed. She can barely communicate and looks wild. The stranger who attacked Murphy comes back as a zombie and becomes the newest member of Murphy's zombie entourage. Murphy and Cassandra pause long enough for Cassandra to put on the clothing Murphy picked out for her.
10K struggles to support Doc, as they try to walk. Doc is ready to give up and asks for a weapon and some ammunition but Warren isn't ready to give up. Warren decides to take off on her own to look for food and water since Doc is no position to keep walking. Warren warns them that if she is not back in 48 hours that they are on their own. 10K and Doc wish her good luck.
Citizen Z is hiding with his dog from the zombies who have invaded the compound, as in the background, the emergence broadcast repeats.
Addy and MacK are next to a radio tower but all they can here is a repeating broadcast which says a list of numbers. Addy is sure that it is some kind of code. Addy picks up a part of a message about Murphy. Mack questions if they still care if Murphy is still alive and Addy asks why he is still trying to contact Warren and the others.
Warren stumbles through a wooded area and falls. Clearly, the time without food or water has gotten to her. In resignation, Warren lies on her back and says, "don't die until you can kill yourself." Warren then sits up and pulls out gun to check on her bullets. Warren notes that she has two more bullets than she needs and says, "sorry Doc and 10K I tried." Warren puts the gun in her mouth but before she can shoot, she hears a little girl crying for help. The girl is trying to hold of a group of zombies with a long stick. The zombies have managed to encircle the girl. Fortunately for the girl, Warren arrives and takes out all of the zombies before collapsing on the ground.
Murphy is now inside a bar which is pretty much intact. Cassandra is now looking at herself in the mirror admiring the outfit Murphy chose for her. Yep, she is wearing gold hot pants, a gold crop top; it could be a strippers out fit. When a zombie gets too close Cassandra attacks it, throwing the zombie across the room. Cassandra is adamant that she is not a zombie and Murphy assures her that she is better. I don't like this new Cassandra one little bit. What the ever loving hell is this? Murphy decides that now is the time to show off his zombie whispering. This results in two female zombies making out while Cassandra and Murphy watch. It goes okay for a while but one zombie decides to rip the lip of another zombie.
Posted by Renee at 2:00 PM
Dominion, Season 2, Episode 11: Bewilderment of the Heart
Gabriel just unleashed the Amphora of darkness against Vega. This is a bad thing, going by the inky clouds and ominously dying flowers.
In Claire’s command room everything goes berserk, people fight, people shoot each other – and repeatedly themselves and there are explosions everywhere. Only major characters are immune due to powerful amounts of plot armour. Claire, Alex, Noma and Michael
Though Claire does hear a baby cry and goes to find her hallucination kid because while menfolk go berserk, women see babies. Of course they do. She has an idyllic hallucination of her, her baby, Alex (hah, bye Gates, you’re forgotten).
Michael helpfully expositions what the cloud does – it makes you hallucinate (brings out the darkness inside you) so you will harm yourself or others. It also kills flowers. I rather think it could just kill people like it does plants and be a lot neater, this whole hallucination thing is just a nasty little extra sadism. Angels are resistant and Alex is just special. Actually Michael thinks he’s so pure he just has no darkness inside him. He’s the last pure heart
The whole of Vega is in chaos while they look for the amphora to shut it up again – something only an angel can do. Except unlike the super special one they’re only resistant, not immune and Nora is already starting to see dark hallucination-ness. Because even though she has shown epic self-sacrifice, she is still not the purest of them all. She doesn’t tell Alex she’s hallucinating but does convince him they need to split up – or say she does but Alex follows her anyway.
And Michael starts his own hallucinations (Nora killing Alex) because even an archangel succumbs before pure Alex.
Meanwhile David is being led to his execution, begging all the way to the noose. Only for a stay of execution to be granted at the last minute. Baaaaad idea. There’s only one person who can match David and that’s Arika. But he’s been rescued by… an angel possessed version of himself? Ok more black cloud hallucinations I assume. Anyway, Most-evil-David wants to make Evil-David admit he’s a monster (he has a very convincing argument).
Posted by Sparky at 1:00 PM
The Strain, Season 2, Episode 11: Dead End
Dutch has been imprisoned by Eichorst in a slightly creepy SAW set up. Eichorst continues to be creepy and evil. He continues to be creepy and Dutch just isn’t having it with this evil nazi vampire. Just to make it even worse, it seems Eichorst is becoming fascinated by Dutch
This also leads to this week’s flashbacks – now Eichorst’s life before the war when he was a door-to-door salesman. Which he wasn’t that good at (not helped by Germany’s economic woes). This is, of course, all about a woman, Helga, who he was all dorkily crushing over back then. She was kind to him when he was being mocked for being a terrible salesman. They have a little romance where he tells her to pursue her dreams while he has no ambition at all. Which is when, all vulnerable, he hears a Nazi speech which he thinks is the bestest thing ever. Helga disagrees because she is vehemently against anti-Semitism but Eichorst is all for blaming the Jews for everything. She is thoroughly disgusted, especially since she is Jewish. He tries to walk back his bigotry and say only foreign Jews are bad
Unsurprisingly this doesn’t comfort Helga.
Later, as a Nazi and member of the SS, Helga appeals to Eichorst to help her not be deported to a concentration camp – which he refused to do. She is later hanged and he pretends to be unaffected
We now return to present after this completely unnecessary flashback where Eichorst force-feeds Dutch pineapple. To further this storyline we really do not need and do not want, he forces her to take off her trousers and then puts lipstick on her. She manages to use pepper spray on him before he rapes her with his vampire tongue-thing.
She runs through the boarded up section of the hotel (in lipstick and without trousers because the writers need a good slap upside the head).
Vasiliy, Nora and Ephraim head to the hotel where they were told Dutch was being held – and it is crawling with National Guard. Vasiliy has a lot of knowledge of the city and knows a back way in to the boarded up section of the building.
Posted by Sparky at 11:00 AM
Doctor Who Season Nine, Episode One:The Magician's Apprentice
On a desolate planet, soldiers run in as planes fly overhead. A plane flies overhead and a soldier notches his bow and arrow but does not let it fly. It's interesting that there are clearly two levels of technology at work in this scene. In the distance, a young boy runs. The soldier chases after the child and yells at him to stop running, promising not to hurt him. The soldier asks if the child is lost and the ground beneath them bubbles. The soldier warns the child not to move as he scans the ground. The soldier believes that they are dealing with hand mines and warns that child that he is not to move. What the soldier does not realise is that a hand has burst through the ground and wrapped itself around his ankle. When the child glances down, the soldier notices his leg for the first time. The soldier barely manages to promise the child that everything will be alright before he is sucked into the ground. As the child watches, hands pop out of the ground as far as the eye can see. On the palm of each hand is an eye. The child starts to scream for help and a sonic screwdriver lands at his feet. Okay that was freaky but I loved it.
Naturally, the Doctor has arrived and he tells the child to pick up the screwdriver, warning that his chances are 1 in a thousand. The Doctor is crouched down fifty feet away in front of his TARDIS. The Doctor asks what war is going on and what planet this is but the boy doesn't understand the question. The Doctor then advises the child to decide to live. The Doctor asks the child's name and actually has to coax him before the boy reveals that his name is DAVROS. Holy freaking shit!!!!! Yes, I just totally geeked out because Davros is the archenemy of the Doctor and the creator of the Daleks. The Doctor pauses as the boy calls out for help.
Colony Sarff floats ( okay ,floats isn't the right word because the actor is clearly wearing roller skates.) into a bar and announces that he brings harm, before asking for the location of the Doctor. When he gets no answer, Colony Sarff repeats his question. In the background, bar patrons back away slowly so Colony Sarff asks his question a third time, this time causing everyone in the bar to feel pain.
At the Shadow Proclamation, Ohila is giving orders to a Judoon, when Colony Sarff makes his appearance. Ohila is not at all pleased to see him, or to hear Colony Sarff's demand that the Doctor is required. Ohila makes it clear that The Doctor is not the concern of the Shadow Proclamation, or of Davros. Ohila then demands to know what Davros wants with The Doctor but rather than answering Ohila, Colony Sarff simply glides (read: rolls away on is roller blades that is) away.
Colony Sarff's next stop is Kariff, to demand the Doctor's location from the Sisterhood of Karn. The Sisterhood is quick to warn Colony Sarff that if he doesn't leave immediately, they will take his skin. Colony Sarff pays no attention to the warning and instead asks where the Doctor is. He is told that The Doctor is right behind him and one step ahead. Colony Sarff is also warned to tread lightly, or the Doctor will be the last thing he finds. It's then that Colony Sarff drops the bomb that Davros is dying and that he has a message for the Doctor. The Sisterhood of Karn demand to know what the message is. Colony Sarff tries to cause the Sisterhood pain but is unsuccessful and so simply says, "tell the Doctor, Davros knows, Davros remembers." Colony Sarff leaves, adding that the Doctor must face Davros one last time. The a member of the Sisterhood turns and asks The Doctor, who is hiding behind a rock ,what he has done.
A weakened Davros is hooked up to machines when Colony Sarff arrives. Davros says that he is anticipating the arrival of the Doctor and so Colony Sarff admits that he cannot find the Doctor. Davros then reveals that The Doctor has a weakness - his friends.
Clara is teaching a class about Jane Austin, when she looks out a window and notices that a plane has stopped dead in the sky. Clara instructs everyone to turn on their phones and look up news websites and twitter #planeshavestopped.
We then see various news reports on the stopped planes. Principal Dunlop bursts into the room informing Clara that she has a call. Mr. Dunlop is in shock because they were going to put him through to the prime minister. Clara announces that the call is from UNIT and then adds that she is taking the rest of the day off for personal reasons. Clara runs out of the school and hops on her bike.
When Clara arrives at UNIT she finds Kate on the phone with the President. When Kate sees Clara, Kate gets off the phone and asks if Clara has heard from The Doctor yet. Clara makes it clear that they don't have enough information yet and therefore the Doctor would consider the call gossip. Clara realises that the planes represent a lot of fuel and questions what could be done with over 4,000 bombs. Kate brings up the nuclear power stations which are active globally and Clara brings up fault lines and tsunamis. Clara wonders how this constitutes an attack because nothing has actually happened yet and therefore surmises that someone clearly wants their attention. On the Doctor channel a message appears. Once the message is decrypted it reads, "Hey Missy you so fine, you so fine you blow my mind."
Missy's head pops out of the screen and she announces that she is not dead and is at one of earth's lovely little countries. Missy then demands eight snipers: Three for each heart and two for her brain stem. Missy warns that the shooters will have to act quickly so that she cannot regenerate. Missy makes an appointment to meet with Clara at 4pm.
Snipers appear on a rooftop and aim at Missy, who is seated in an empty open air cafe. Clara arrives and walks determinedly towards Missy. Missy snarks about Danny's death and Clara questions why Missy is still alive. Missy snarks about the sun and then using her compact mirror, directs a plane overhead to provide shade. Missy then reveals that not only can she not find the Doctor, no one can. Missy then places a confession dial on the table - something that humans would understand as a will. Apparently, the confession dial is to be delivered to the Doctor's closest friend on the eve of the Doctor's final day. Clara immediately reaches for the dial assuming of course that she is the closet friend in question, only to learn that the Doctor sent it to Missy. Missy explains that she is the Doctor's friend and Clara is about as relevant as a dog, adding that she has been a friend of the Doctor's since he was a little girl. Clara is not convinced that Missy and The Doctor are actually friends because they keep trying to kill each other. Missy however makes it clear that her friendship with the Doctor is older than human civilization and far more complicated. When Clara questions if Missy has gone good, Missy responds by blowing up two of the men there to guard Clara. Clara begs Missy to stop and Missy threatens to kill everyone in the square. Clara reminds Missy that The Doctor is in danger and adds that Missy needs to prove that she cares. Missy responds by allowing the planes to move again, calling what she did a parlor trick. Clara asks about The Doctor's confession and learns that it will only open when the Doctor is dead. Missy questions where The Doctor would go if he knew that he had one day left to live. Clara says the Doctor would come to earth but Missy points out that this is an obvious answer but does not reveal where and when.
Back at UNIT, the search begins for The Doctor. Clara asks how a timelord is supposed to die and Missy says with meditation and contemplation. Clara tells UNIT to change their search and look for a location where the Doctor is making the most noise and where there isn't a crises, adding that they are looking for a party. UNIT narrows things down and Missy transports Clara.
Bors calls out for the magician to face him while in a balcony area, Clara and Missy talk about how to find the Doctor. Suddenly, we hear the sound of an electric guitar and cue the Doctor. The Doctor makes his arrival wearing dark sun glasses, riding a tank and playing the guitar. The crowd cheers as the Doctor plays what sounds like a version of the Doctor Who theme. The Doctor takes a bow and Bors, calls the Doctor, "dude", asking what the guitar is. The Doctor declares himself the winner of their battle and makes 21st century references which the crowd cannot hope to understand. Clara and Missy talk about the state of the Doctor, with Clara wondering if the Doctor can hear them talking. The Doctor responds by playing Pretty Woman on the guitar. Clara and Missy make there way down to floor level, as the Doctor addresses the crowd saying that he has introduced the word dude several centuries early. The Doctor announces that he has to leave but adds that he would like to introduce a couple of friends of his. Clara and the Doctor make some small talk and Clara finishes by asking which one of them is dying. The Doctor responds by hugging Clara close, saying that hugging is a great way to hide your face. Clara then asks The Doctor what is going on, adding that he is not behaving like himself
Missy makes her way to the floor and demands to know what the Doctor is up to and in response, the Doctor tells the crowd to hiss. Bors starts to choke and the Doctor rushes over, thinking that Bors has swallowed a marble. Bors coughs up a snake and who should appear but Colony Sarff. Just as Davros suggested, Colony Sarff followed Missy and Clara. Colony Sarff demands that the Doctor come with him When the Doctor fails to comply, Colony Sarff turns into a giant snake. The Doctor steps forward and announces that no one here is going to die. Colony Sariff tells the Doctor, that Davros, the creator of the Daleks, is dying and wants to speak with the Doctor on the last night of his life. The Doctor demands that Colony Sarff agree that no one will be hurt and so Colony Sarff reverts to his normal body. Colony Sarff is not at all impressed with the Doctor, calling him little man and snarking about how dangerous the Doctor is. The Doctor simply informs Colony Sarff that he was a fool for coming to find him. The Doctor then declares Davros his arch enemy and asks why he would want to speak with him. Missy is not impressed by this comment having always taken the role of the Doctor's adversary. Colony Sarff tells the Doctor that Davros knows and remembers, before tossing a sonic screwdriver at him. Clara is surprised to see the screwdriver and the Doctor says that he doesn't have a screwdriver anymore. Missy snarks and asks the Doctor if the look on his face is shame, causing Clara to ask what the Doctor has done.
Back on the war planet, Davros the child pleads for help and the Doctor takes off in his Tardis.
The Doctor asks Colony Sarff if his ship is in orbit and Missy intervenes to tell the Doctor that he is stepping into a trap. The Doctor admits that he knows that this is goodbye, as a stunned Clara looks on. The Doctor puts his hands behind his back and Colony Sarff uses a snake to bind them. Clara announces that she and Missy are going with the Doctor, so Colony Sariff wraps their hands in snakes as well. The Doctor calls out that he forbids the women to come with him but everyone is transported away.
Bors makes his way through a tunnel and unveils the Tardis. A Dalek scope appears out of Bors's forhead and he uses a communication device to report that the Tardis has been located. We hear Dalek voices saying, "the Tardis will be secured."
On the ship, The Doctor tells Missy and Clara that Davros is a child a war - a war that went on for a thousand years; long after people remembered why they were fighting. Davros created a mutant that would always attack and never stop. The Doctor questions how scared one must be to seal everyone of your own kind inside a tank. The Doctor says that while they know that Davros made the Daleks, they don't know who made Davros. The ship approaches what The Doctor believes to be a hospital.
The Doctor, Clara and Missy are in a locked room together, when Colony Sarff makes an appearance to request the Doctor's presence. Before the Doctor leaves, Clara asks about the confession dial and the Doctor explains that he has known Missy for a long time and that she is a Time Lord. Clara however wants to talk about the fact that Missy is still alive and says that the Doctor knew all along, which means he has been lying. The Doctor is quick to apologise but Clara doesn't want an apology and instead wants him to promise to come back. The Doctor does not answer Clara but looks at Missy and says the word, "gravity".
Missy starts jumping up and down and says that the gravity in the room they are locked in is perfect which should not be happening on a space station. Clara asks how Missy and the Doctor can be friends since they spend all of their time fighting, to which Missy responds, "naturally." Missy opens the air lock and an alarm goes off.
The Doctor follows Colony Sarff into a room where Davros is waiting. The Doctor is shocked to see the shape that Davros is in. Davros tells the Doctor that he approves of his new face because it is so much like his. Davros wonders what the Doctor is doing here considering that the Doctor suspected this to be a trap. In the background, Davros plays the voices of the Doctor's previous incarnations. The one that stands out the most is the the fourth Doctor, who wonders what one would do if one discovered a child which would go on to be a ruthless dictator and destroy millions of lives. Davros asks the Doctor if he knew why he came and wonders if the Doctor has a sense of duty and shame. Davros still believes he was right to create the Daleks and adds that his disagreement with the Doctor will end tonight. The Doctor and Davros hear the alarm go off.
Missy puts her hand outside and notes that the air is warm and so she steps outside. Both Clara and Missy realise that what appeared to be stars is actually a floor. Missy declares that they are on an invisible planet. Clara wonders why anyone would hide an entire planet. The planet suddenly becomes visible and Missy and the Doctor realise that they are on the Dalek's home planet. A Dalek approaches Missy and Clara, as the Doctor bangs on the wall, desperate to get to the two women.
Clara and Missy are escorted to a room where the Tardis sits. Clara warns the Daleks that nothing can get inside the Tardis. The Daleks announces the Tardis will be destroyed but this doesn't phase Clara because she responds that the Tardis is indestructible. Missy snarks that all men lie about their vehicles. The Doctor watches on the screen, as Missy calls the Daleks attention to her. Missy lays out the benefits of keeping the Tardis, adding that all they need is her - a time lady to show them how the Tardis works. When the Daleks don't answer, Missy asks them if they would rather kill her. The Daleks respond by saying "maximum extermination" before killing Missy. The Doctor runs over to Davros and gets on his knees and begs Davros to save Clara. Davros admits that he doesn't control the Daleks and that the Daleks are only toying with Clara. Davros adds that the Daleks blood is screaming, "kill kill kill" and that they want Clara to run. The tension builds, as Davros talks and the Doctor watches. Finally, a terrified Clara decides to rum. A Dalek screams, "exterminate" and shoots at Clara. Unfortunately, Clara didn't get very far. The Doctor asks Davros why he let him live. Davros explains that compassion has always been the Doctor's greatest indulgence. For a final victory, Davros asks the Doctor to say that, "compassion is wrong."
The Daleks then turn their attention to the Tardis. They fire at the Tardis and it explodes as they chant, "destroy, destroy" repeatedly.
Back on the planet, Davros as a child calls out for help. The Doctor appears in front of Davros and explains that he is from the future. Davros asks the Doctor if he is going to save him and the Doctor explains that he is there to save his friend. The Doctor points a weapon at Davros that looks similar to the laser weapon on a Dalek and yells exterminate.
As the first episode of Season Nine, The Magicians Apprentice was a doozy. Yes, I know that there wasn't a lot of action but it presented so much promise I'm excited. I loved that Missy said she knew that Doctor when he was a little girl. Though Missy admitted that she could be lying, I like to think that this is a nod to the fans who have been clamoring for a female Doctor. Yes, I'm casting my vote for Jamie Murray right now. I loved that we saw the Ood and the Judoon. I loved that we got to revisit Maldovarium, the Shadow Proclamation and Karn. Ohila was absolutely awesome in the brief screen time she got.
Like many of the companions before her, Clara is now working at UNIT. Travelling with the Doctor gives his companions qualifications that simply cannot be matched. I loved how in control Clara was when the planes stopped. While Kate was anxious to get in contact with The Doctor, Clara wants to figure out as much as she can on her own before bringing the Doctor in. This shows just how independent and self assured she has become.
Also, episode one came with the return of Missy. God I love this character. I love that she is as smart as the Doctor and full of snark and mustache turning evil. Fans of NuWho might not quite get the relationship between Missy and the Doctor. If you think about it really, there isn't much difference between the two of them. Missy is absolutely destructive but then, so is the Doctor in his own way. Missy can be selfish but then, so is the Doctor. Missy is intelligent and never misses a moment to snark. Does that sound like someone you know? I don't believe for one moment Missy is actually dead. Just like the Doctor's,other adversaries, no matter how many times you blow her up, she always re-appears.
This episode dealt with an old issue from the Doctor's past. The moment the child in question said his name was Davros, I knew that this episode would be kick ass. The Magician's Apprentice poses an interesting question: If you knew a child would grow up to be a mass murderer, would you kill them? This is a dilemma that the Doctor faced before in the Genesis of the Daleks.
In season eight, The Doctor asked Clara if he is a good man. He spent the rest of the season trying to figure it out and only at the end of the day did he decided that he's an "idiot with a blue box." In some ways, The Magician's Apprentice goes back to the that question. The Doctor wants to always do what is morally right but in this case ,he has to weigh the value of one life against millions. Is there even a moral answer to this question? I love that the Doctor is once again in an impossible situation where it's impossible to win no matter what he does.
Posted by Renee at 9:00 AM
Labels: 5 Fangs, BBC, Doctor Who, sci-fi
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