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A Good Day. A Very Good Day.

There was sunshine, and a little grocery shopping at our local fruit market, then some very nice peanut-butter marinated chicken (don't gag, it's actually a lovely way to marinate chicken thighs, with soy sauce and garlic and brown sugar, and this time I had some miso ginger broth, so I substituted that for the water I was supposed to use, and it was lovely) to go over rice. And there were brussel sprouts sauteed in too much yummy butter and olive and sesame oil, and balsamic vinegar and green onions. And there were double-fudge brownies with ice cream for dessert.

There was time with my Best Beloved, napping with my head on his chest in the afternoon. And that would have made it better than anything, even if I'd had to eat stale cheese sandwiches instead of everything I talked about, and even if I hadn't watched some Doctor Who, too.

But it was good that I did watch the Doctor as he journeyed Into The Dalek. BB isn't fond of that type of episode (although he did consider it well done of its type), but I am, and I thought it was top-notch. It was unsparing and it made me uncomfortable, and it made me not like the Doctor, and I think that's not only what it set out to do, but what it should have set out to do. And I think it did it very, very well. It strengthened Clara, it introduced Danny Pink, who I think will be a very interesting character, and it solidified some of my own Theories Which Are My Own about who Missy is. For reasons. 

I liked Deep Breath, and didn't see many of the supposed shortcomings others saw in it. It did have its faults, but it was a solid beginning to Capaldi's run, but I think I loved into The Dalek.

I want to explore both the episodes more; I hope I can summon the spoons to do so tomorrow.

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/317190.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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flowsoffire
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like some yummy stuff, and a lovely time! ;)

Great you enjoyed Into the Dalek! Haven't watched it yet, will do soon… :)

kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested in hearing what you thought of it; I'm trying to put my thoughts together now.
flowsoffire
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
Sure—whenever you make a post of them, I'll keep it aside to read and comment on after I've watched ^_^ (I had a lot of problems with Deep Breath… But there was Capaldi greatness and interesting character insight moments, so there's that.)
elisi
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:37 am (UTC)
I want to explore both the episodes more; I hope I can summon the spoons to do so tomorrow.
I would LOVE to read your thoughts. :)
kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
Heh. Scrabbling around the house, searching for the spoons. Need more tea. Possibly more brownies. But definitely more tea.
luckweaver
Sep. 1st, 2014 10:51 am (UTC)
Hooray for sunshine! And nice feelings about Who.
kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
And nice feelings about Who.

Definite feelings about Who; whether or not it made me feel good is another matter, but definitely impressed. It added to my love for who, whilst being pretty darned uncomfortable, if you know what I mean.
lost_spook
Sep. 1st, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm glad you had a nice day. ♥ (I enjoyed the episode a lot, too - but then, I usually do!)
kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
but then, I usually do!)

I know, right? Heh. There are very few episodes that I've disliked on first viewing, thank heavens!
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 1st, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ohh, that sounds delicious!! And a nap was just the ticket!!

I rather loved the eppie myself...and though I was pissed at him, I had to give it to the Doctor: he DID try. He was disappointed after being so hopeful that it was WORKING...but he tried. Rather love those types of eppies myself.

And I swear she is nutty like Iris. Who also had a Mary Poppins streak. But then, so did Beatrice. Only she wasn't absolutely obsessed with the Doctor and his life and how she 'guided it'. I'm looking forward to being proven wrong, lol!!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
And a nap was just the ticket!!

Oh, aye; it was the most relaxed I've been all week, and I needed time with my BB like whoah, so definitely mental and emotional health nap time.

.and though I was pissed at him,

Absolutely! The rest of your sentence is spot on, too, but this part is very important, I think. We fans, especially those who look at the new series, often talk about how the Doctor can be wrong, and do the wrong thing, but all too often, the incident he's done wrong in is written so as to still make you feel sympathy for his decision. I give you "Waters of Mars" in which Ten does the wrong thing, but you understand it, and find yourself ever so slightly cheering him on.

This was more a return to "Don't you think she looks tired." By which I mean, the Doctor did and said things that he didn't need to, out of spite, or fear, or arrogance, and made judgements that were simply incorrect and led to bad things. Augh, I'm not explaining it well, but I hope to do it a little later.

Hugs right back to you, my dear!

Edited at 2014-09-01 04:24 pm (UTC)
elisi
Sep. 1st, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
by which I mean, the Doctor did and said things that he didn't need to, out of spite, or fear, or arrogance, and made judgements that were simply incorrect and led to bad things.
And - almost more importantly - he was called on it! (I really need an icon of angry!Clara.)
kaffyr
Sep. 1st, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. See my latest post for the path that my thoughts appear to be taking. Or at least some of them.
luckweaver
Sep. 1st, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
I just loved that aspect. Trying and failing. He is only a man. We so often forget that, because he's meant to be the hero, but he has his pain, his history with the Daleks, and he tried to push through but it hurt him again. And he accepted his defeat with such grace...
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