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10 May 2013 @ 06:38 pm
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I liked Hide while feeling vaguely embarrassed about the fact.

Moffat's dislike for killing characters is a refreshing change after the 26 years of original Who, but there are times when the desire to give everyone a happy ending feels a bit mawkish and sentimental. Not to mention overly neat and tidy. Obviously Moffat didn't write this, but I suspect his own preferences have considerable influence over the scripts.

I thought Hide was nicely filmed and acted. The characters of Alex Palmer and Emma Grayling both managed to be engaging while not being as bouncy and open as a lot of Who's characters tend to be. I was pleased that their's was not a doomed romance and that Emma didn't end up as a damsel-in-distress or sacrificial victim. But... but... I think I was beginning to get a little over-saccharined when Hila was revealed to be their descendent (because, seriously, pulease) and then when it was revealed that the mysterious lurking monsters were just star-crossed lovers it somehow tipped over into the ridiculous.

It also suspect that much of the previous wierdness probably doesn't make a lot of sense in the light of this revelation. I note that Cross, the writer, has said he wanted to write a good old-fashioned scary Doctor Who episode and I think, in that, he succeeded. He also managed to produce something that didn't feel overly constrained by its length which is beginning to be a bit of a novelty. At the end of the day though, I don't think it had quite the bite that is necessary.


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Gabbygabcd86 on May 10th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah think the last 5-10 minutes killed it quite completely. Up till there, it was properly tense and scary (embarrassed to say I jumped a few times), but then it became what feels like the second or third "resolved by feels" episode this season and *sigh*
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on May 10th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
"resolved by feels" is a good way of putting it. I'm not opposed to resolved by feel per se, but it felt over done here and somewhat at odds with the tone of the first 40 minutes or so of the episode.