Specials-Legend of the Sea Devils (17.4.22) discussion (SOR) Apr 19, 2022 0:20:34 GMT Timelord007 and tuigirl like this
Post by agentten on Apr 19, 2022 0:20:34 GMT
An altogether average episode. I did think there were some great moments nestled in there. The TARDIS in the jaws of a giant sea creature was great fun to see and the moment when The Doctor and Yaz stand in the open doors of the TARDIS marveling at the beauty of the sea floor was fantastic, especially Whittaker's sense of wonder and her speech about finding new things to be amazed by even when you think you've seen it all was very Doctory. The episode was hampered by some seriously shoddy, haphazard direction. The director didn't seem to know to film basic things like establishing shots or movement shots to indicate when characters are arriving or departing a scene or moving around in the space of a scene's location, so characters were popping around awkwardly. It was as if no long shots were filmed at all. It was all just medium shots and close ups. I felt bad for the editor, trying to tie scenes together and seemingly having so little to work with because the director didn't get enough coverage. It made for jarring viewing. I'd be happy to see the back of this director. I also don't know if they're going to be able to bring the Doctor/Yaz relationship to any kind of satisfying climax or conclusion. When The Doctor told Yaz that she thought she was amazing it just fell flat to me. Considering the Doctor's previous romantic interests, who were so dynamic and full of life, Yaz just . . . isn't. She comes across really muted to me, always has. I don't dislike her, but I'm a bit baffled why the show has pushed this relationship. With River, it was always undeniable to me why the Doctor would find her captivating, and with Rose the actors had lovely chemistry, likewise with other companions that some theorize there was more to their relationship such as Jo, Sarah Jane, Romana II, and Clara. I just don't get that sense with Yaz. I'm not one who's opposed to the Doctor being in relationships, but this hasn't been built up to a level that it feels earned, in my opinion. The finale could prove me wrong, and I'm open to being proven wrong, but as it stands now I'm feeling it's a bit of a headscratcher.