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Dept. of Dr. Who, and You, and Me

It's Friday!!!!

So, first off? The Best Friday Song EVARRRR. Which I will probably intermittently re-post because it always makes the end of the work week particularly wonderful.




Second: I hope everyone is doing well, as November gets ready to start its slide toward December. I'd love to hear what folks are doing.

Third: Much to my own surprise, I actually was able to buy two little Christmas gifts for two friends, and that pleases me inordinately. I bought them from a small independent store, and that pleased me even more. Most of my gifts this year will be donations in peoples' names to various charities, but it's always great to find a little something personal.

Fourth: I was, for the firs time this season, truly disappointed with a Doctor Who episode. "Sleep No More" was, for me, boring, despite a lot of sound and fury; both gormless and formless (something that I've found to be the case with most other Mark Gatiss scripts) and a waste of a lot of nice background world-building. To take an intrinsically interesting idea (lack of sleep and what that does for individuals and their society) and squander it so completely ... it would be a shame in any Dr. Who season, but this season has been, for me, so uniformly good that "Sleep No More" is particularly unsatisfying. Mediocrity, thy name appears upon too many occasions to be Gatiss. I still like "The Unquiet Dead" and "Robots of Sherwood" though.

I am fighting a slightly upset stomach, and gearing up to do my exercises; the stomach might not be a good thing for the exercises - we shall see.

Onward, to Big Ass Martini time!


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clocketpatch
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:45 am (UTC)
1. Sadly, I can't listen to this at work so I'm bookmarking it for later.

2. Same hopes to you! I'm doing better with my interview out of the way. I'm hoping for snow though. It's far too green for the time of year and it's making me edgy.

3. That's lovely in so many ways. And also reaffirms that you are one of the nicest people I've the privilege of knowing in any medium.

4.Apparently I was one of th only ones to enjoy this one (but then, I also enjoyed Kill The Moon Egg so... who knows?). It was badly lit, the plot was scattered, the idea was wasted, and half the time I had no idea which character was which, but also it had very interesting background world building, good acting, and the bits that were bad were more dull than they were rage inducing, for me, anyway. Definitely one of the weakest of the series so far, but I'd argue that it only seemed so bad because of the level of good we've been getting. (Mostly, I really enjoyed the scenes of Twelve speechifying without dramatic music in the background and how vulnerable/ridiculous/more brave and powerful than ever that made him)
kaffyr
Nov. 21st, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
I hope you got a chance to listen to the song; it just puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. I first heard it as the intro to one DJ's Friday shift on our local (and only, sadly) jazz station. He plays it to start off his Friday shift each week, and to me, it signals the start of my weekend. I sing along with it, usually in the car, coming back from one of my last assignments of the week, and the day just brightens. Heh.

I'm hoping for snow though. It's far too green for the time of year and it's making me edgy.

I am with you there, much as I'm no fan of slogging through or shoveling snow. We just had our first snow of the season last night, on November 20 - despite what my Best Beloved says, that's too damned late in the season. When I was growing up in N.S., it was almost always real true winter by this time of year. I think about global warming and global climate change a lot these days, and overly mild Novembers don't help.

No, you're definitely not the only one who enjoyed the show (and there are folks who consider Kill the Moon pretty much a classic success. I think elisi does, for instance, and I respect her opinion as I respect yours.) It's just that I was unhappily surprised at how bored this episode made me.)

Edited at 2015-11-21 06:10 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny
Nov. 21st, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how long it'll be until I need a forklift truck to pick up the cat (cancel the turkey!(!) and fed up of cowering from the wind.

I'm glad you found some nice gifts:)

Yeah, 'Sleep no More' was dull. There were some good ideas but they weren't developed into anything more absorbing.
kaffyr
Nov. 21st, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
I need a forklift truck to pick up the cat

Oho! So we're not the only ones to have massive cats of catlike destruction; we've got two massive gingers, both of them over 20 pounds, and one silky black gentleman who's about 18 pounds.

You've gotten a lot of wind? Sounds like you're sitting right at the junction of two weather fronts, both of them battling it out. It, too, shall pass.

Dull - that's the best one-word description of the episode I've heard.
liadtbunny
Nov. 22nd, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
I have a small cat who bulks up every year into an obese beast looking like a giant sausage roll with legs. In summer she's all ribby and in winter I can feel the fat squigging when I pick her up.

It's the most polite description!
lost_spook
Nov. 21st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I hope the stomach upset has passed now? And well done on the Christmas shopping! It always feels good to get some of it done, especially nice things like that.

It's finally decided to be cold over here, after weeks of scarily mild weather - so of course, today has been all hail and snow and sleet and rain and cold winds with freezing temperatures tonight, because why break us in gently?? ;-)

kaffyr
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I have a few more significant purchases to make, and a lot of Christmas and holiday cards that I want to send out. I truly hope that those things won't end up on The List That Never Got Taken Care Of. Heh.

We had snow all night and through a great deal of today. Now it's settled down. I don't expect the snow to stay on the ground, since rain's forecast for later in the week (yay, Thanksgiving Day slush) but after a scarily mild autumn, I'll gladly put up with this. I'm sorry that you've had the hail and the sleet. Argh - stay warm!
a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 21st, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* I'm totally handwaving 'Sleep No More' as a DW eppie. It doesn't exist. Poof! *Grins*

Hope your stomach feels better soon, lovie...
kaffyr
Nov. 22nd, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
Heh ... I'll join you in flapping and waving the story into Who limbo. It'll be allowed out for elisi, promethia_tenk and flowsoffire to meta the shit out of it, which I shall enjoy - and then we shall send it back to limbo, having given it a very stern talking to about quality. It may scuff its feet as it transmogriphies into Vortex potentiality ....
promethia_tenk
Nov. 22nd, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
Sadly I don't think meta is forthcoming on this one. Unless flowsoffire has some real inspiration . . .
kaffyr
Nov. 22nd, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Heh - if anybody could do something with this one, it would have been one of the three of you.

Oh, bother. I'm pretty sure I spelled transmogriphies correctly, but it looks so, so wrong.
flowsoffire
Nov. 22nd, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
…are you sure you meant me? Psychological ramblings are always a possibility from me, actual meta not so much, I tend to admire the Meta-Brainz from afar ;)
I've been in a rather brainless state lately, so I'm not sure how much of my "There are things and symbols about this that are probably pretty interesting but I just feel very confused about it all" stems from that. ;) Kind of felt like I was watching it through a fog, haha.
I could see elisi pulling interesting things out of the way the episode was just played pretty much literally through characters' eyes, a story within a story and all of that… but since she's been pretty busy, idk what she'll have the time and inclination to do.

Edited at 2015-11-22 06:58 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Nov. 24th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
Delayed response is delayed - sorry! No, I always read what you have to say with great interest. I think you and I tend to write things that are on the emotional response end of the meta spectrum: the "it made me feel thus and such, and I wonder how the characters felt, and how they related to each other" type of ponderings.

Being brainless is a universal problem, I think; I've been suffering from it a lot lately, hence not too many posts, for example.

And of course, in the interim, we have Face the Raven, which has far more to chew upon.
flowsoffire
Dec. 13th, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
Quite true :) I had a lot of thoughts about Clara's departure initially, but in the flow of all the things I was trying to do they kind of melted away… Stuff about loss, sacrifice and the parallels with Danny's death… I was like "this stuff is actually possibly interesting, it's a shame you know quite well you'll never take the time to get it all worded and typed up" =P

*hugs*
flowsoffire
Nov. 22nd, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I hope the stomach gets better! *hugs* Lots of love to you.
kaffyr
Nov. 24th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Much love back; I've been reading peoples' journal postings, including yours, and I was happy to see that you've been making progress in real world jobs, etc. I hope the coming holidays are good, and provide a little peace and brotherhood for you, and for your poor country.
flowsoffire
Dec. 13th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear ♥ Lots of love to you.
cynthia2015
Nov. 22nd, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
"Sleep No More", may have been forgettable. But the "jingle" featured in this episode was not.
kaffyr
Nov. 24th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, you mean "Mr. Sandman," right? I've known that song for years, and it is a ready-made earworm, isn't it?
cynthia2015
Nov. 24th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yep. Before it was just a song I heard in Christmas movie's. Now it sound's sinister to me.
kaffyr
Nov. 26th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear; scratch one more cheerful song off the list, eh? Luckily, I've heard it since I was a little girl, and one show won't change its aura for me. Heh.
cynthia2015
Nov. 27th, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
Lucky you. Why did they have to use it as some sort of marketing ploy?.

I usually like listening to other song's from the fifties and sixties, back in the day when lyric's were more wholesome.:)

The word earworm sound's gross.



Edited at 2015-11-27 10:12 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, you'd be surprised at some of the lyrics you can find in any decade (the blues from the 1910s are often so raunchy they'd make a stevedore blush.)

Earworm does sound gross when one stops and thinks about it. Heh.
cynthia2015
Nov. 28th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
I had to look up the word "stevedore".

How could I be so ignorant!. I'm only familiar with the sweet/non-explicit music of that time period. I should have known better after watching the TV show "Outlander".

Earworm is also referred to as "brainworm". Who thinks up of these name's?. Seriously!.

I like your userpic. I don't remember Rose pulling that face.:D


Edited at 2015-11-28 01:58 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
The icon is by blackicons, and you're more than welcome to gank it with credit. And that was Rose's face when she first saw the Emperor Dalek in "Parting of the Ways."
cynthia2015
Nov. 29th, 2015 09:17 am (UTC)
Thank you. If I get the chance to see a re-run of that episode on Foxtel, I will definitely keep a look out just for that bit.:D
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