Allison (frolicndetour) wrote,
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Doctor Who quick reaction post

MY FEELINGS MAY CHANGE AFTER I'VE SLEPT ON IT.




- Oh my god, that was horrible. Not necessarily the episode itself, but the dilemma and the resolution of the paradox and the subtext. :/

- I would have saved old Amy. Saving old Amy won't cause young Amy to die or to never have existed; she'll just live for 36 more years and become old Amy. Whereas intervening in young Amy's time stream literally destroyes her older self. If that was what Amy wanted - to wipe out her own existence in order to spare herself those 36 grueling years - then that would be one thing. But that wasn't what Amy wanted - she wanted to live, for her own sake. For Rory's sake, she was willing to destroy herself - not just die, but wipe herself from existence. And not to save his life; this isn't Roman Rory gaurding a box for 2000 years, but to give him a younger, prettier version of herself, and thus, obviously a more fulfilling life than he could ever have with her.

- The Doctor was utterly creepy in this episode. I suspected he was lying about saving them both, but when he actually locked the door on old Amy... I think it was very clear that the reason rescuing old Amy was never even on the table for him was that she'd lost her faith in him. The way he leered at Rory all "aren't you glad we saved the younger, still naive hotter one" was SO SKEEVY. "You're turning me into you," ACK. Of course, he was sure that Rory would make the same choice he did, and save the younger wife. Old Amy doing a 180 and begging to be sacrificed was probably a narrative cop-out, but one that was necessary for my continued ability to look at Rory and the Doctor's faces, so I won't complain.

- The episode was romantic, but it was almost all on Amy's end. Rory is the most important thing in her life and she would sacrifice her own existence to make him happy. Rory's devotion was mostly proved by allowing his old, ugly wife to kiss him and not vomiting on her shoes. I mean, he wanted to save both Amys and cried when the Doctor left the older one to die? As opposed to being eager to kill off the old ugly one? Rory is awesome, don't get me wrong, but here he was mainly called upon to meet minimum standards of human decency, which he of course did, but: being sad about destroying a version of your wife doesn't really equal up to self-obliteration for the sake of your husband's future happiness.

- All in all, not my favorite episode. The not-really-unspoken subtext that the worst thing that could happen to Amy (from Rory and the Doctor's perspective) is to get old and ugly and cynical(but also smarter and more resourceful) is too depressing, even if that is reality. That Amy's sacrifice for her love is to destroy herself and Rory's is to still have some vestige of feelings for a 60-year-old woman is... special?

IDK, feel free, as always, to disagree. ;P
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