Doctor Who: Inversion of the Zygons First Impressions

Talk about your wham episodes!

  • It Was All A Dream, Or Was It?: I have to say, I like that the show seems to be going back to what it always did best, scaring the crap out of the audience.
  • Camoflage: Somehow I don’t think that a Union Jack parachute is particularly subtle Doctor.
  • Taking Control, Piece by Piece: That’s the one thing I will say about Clara, she’s a fighter.
  • Alas, Poor Random Zygon: You know, I have to say that the whole “Make all the Zygons visible” plan seems kind of counterproductive.  It just feels like it would do more harm to her own people than it would help.
  • London…What a Dump: Better than New Jersey, amiright?
  • Personal Interrogation: This is interesting in terms of what it says about Clara, as much of a fighter as she is, she still knows that you can’t win if you’re dead.
  • Alas, Poor Random Zygon Part 2: Ok, so this brings up an interesting point.  It would seem that most of the Zygons on Earth just want to live in peace, it’s just this fringe group that’s causing the trouble, so again the whole plan seems kind of counterproductive if most of the people you’re trying to recruit end up resenting the control that you put them under for your own ends.
  • The Osgood Box: Ah-ha!  I have the feeling that this is all playing right into the Doctor’s hands.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: Kate, you are your father’s daughter.  That’s a good thing by the way.
  • The Doctor’s Big Speech: Ok, so aside from the phenomenal performance that Capaldi turns in here; this makes so much sense character wise.  Think back to when this whole thing started, it was basically the worst day ever for the Doctor and he has to try and broker a peace while he’s busy mulling over killing off his entire race to stop a war, so what’s the one thing he’s going to do to make sure that these two races don’t go down the exact same path that he feels he’s being forced by circumstance to walk?  Well he certainly isn’t going to hand them the tools to ensure their own destruction for one thing, but he makes them think that he has, it’s the same idea that kept the Cold War from getting out of control; mutually assured destruction.  But he knows the truth, there’s nothing in those boxes, so they can’t really hurt each other; but hopefully just the knowledge that the boxes exist will bring them to the table to start talking; and if the Doctor hadn’t been able to persuade first Kate and then Bonnie to not push the buttons, the whole plan might have fallen apart and Bonnie probably would have killed all of them.  And then every other Human and Zygon on the planet.  It was a pretty big gamble, but it did pay off in the end.
  • What Does TARDIS Stand For?: He’s just making that up.  But for those of you who really don’t know, it stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.  And it was thought up by the First Doctor’s granddaughter (who was his first companion), Susan.
  • “Do You Want to Come?”: Dammit, so close to Osgood being a companion.
  • The Other Osgood: Hmm, I was wonder what was going to happen to Bonnie.

I think this might be the first satifying second part I’ve seen all season.  But so far, overall, this has been a very strong season.  And I’m grateful for that.

Next week is more scary stuff, which I approve of, this time with what looks to be a Found Footage twist.  Let’s hope they keep the camera steady for some of it.


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