qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Hello Sweetie

I have the feeling that A Good Man Goes To War was all action, with the viewer left to do the thinking. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, except for the hard-of-thinking. It was fairly straightforward to join the dots once Amy named the baby Melody, though one never really knew whether that would turn out to be too obvious. As Steve Moffat said in Confidential, it answers a lot of questions, but only by replacing them with other questions.

In particular, one train of thought is at once clear and yet also flawed. If the girl in the spacesuit in episode 1 is Melody, then yes, River Song "killed a Good Man" (hmm, a coincidental turn of phrase?). But it wouldn't seem to make sense that that is why she is imprisoned in another place and time; unless River Song is still following the plans of Madame Kovarian (surely, Servalan and Travis rolled into one). But then again, if the second half of the season reveals that the Doctor recovers the infant Melody, then The Impossible Astronaut timeline wouldn't have happened. I guess these are the sort of games Moffat likes to play.

So far, I've enjoyed this season; but apart from The Impossible Astronaut/The Day of the Moon and The Doctor's Wife, I do think episodes have often been riddled with holes (this is especially true of The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People). I wonder whether this is a retrospective attempt to weave a story arc into them, or if it's just uncharacteristic carelessness.
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