Finished "The Wedding of River Song."
I had a lot of problems with it, mostly what it does to the character of River. I did love the ending, and there were things inbetween that I did really appreciate. Very mixed feelings about this one.
Part of it is that I had hoped River would have made the decision to kill the doctor before the whole Melody Pond mess and I had wanted it to be a crime of hot passion. Then it turned out she was Melody Pond and she was raised to kill the doctor so that choice was taken away from her and I was so disappointed. But I thought to myself, the crime of passion could still happen! Except it turned she was physically forced to kill the doctor. I would have minded the the lost dream of a crime of passion a lot less even if she had at least *choose* to kill the doctor, even in cold blood as a result of her limited brainwashed upbringing. Nope, even that much agency was denied from her. She was shoved into a space suit that would kill him and she couldn't stop it.
When she switched and stopped the death, I cheered, thinking, "oh, here's the River Song I love!" Except it wasn't.
I'm glad she had the pluck to stop herself from "killing" him, and I love that it was actually a decision she made herself, but her reasons rang hallow, ESPECIALLY since she was willing to sacrifice the universe to keep the doctor alive. It made me no sense.
It did not help that we didn't see River fall in love with the doctor in a convincing manner. From her timeline, one quick outing in Berlin and she's so in love with him that she's willing to sacrifice the universe so she doesn't "suffer" having to kill the man she loves? God, that was shallow. I can't find anything admirable about anyone who would that, and it seems a far cry from the lovely, strong River Song at Demons' Run who told the doctor off for his militaristic action. It doesn't even seem like a girl who would turn into that woman. She was infatuated to the point of blocking everything else, and even the doctor was annoyed/disappointed/disgusted with her.
That was not the woman at the end of Demon's Run who chastised the doctor who his militaristic ways. That's not even the shadow of the girl who become that strong woman.
And then he marries her?
I didn't want their relationship to "start" off that way. What I loved about River/11 was that 11 is in awe of River, and I guess you could say 11 knows this shallow girl will turn into the kick-ass River that he knows, but right then, she's not and then he marries her, and that annoys me so much because it makes it seem like River grows during their marriage, and I wanted River to kick ass independent of the doctor. I wanted her to already be magnificent BEFORE he starts a relationship with her, because then she's just going into another life phase of being shaped by someone.
And River Song has been shaped by others enough.
I wanted her to have a time where she shaped herself. (Heh, maybe that's why they "split" up and then went separate time stream? Maybe after a few months of wedded bliss, she felt she wanted to be her own woman for a change and packed her bags and left?)
Anyways! As I said, I did like the ending, and by ending, I mean everything from that conversation with Amy and River. Now *there's* the River Song I love. It was so good to see her cheeky and grown-up, not desperate and willing to destroy the universe because she doesn't want to "suffer."
I also did love Eleven with Dorian the blue head. That was a great moment. Also loved the line about River being in prison, "all her days, yes, and her nights... that's between her and I." That did make me squee <3 (Yeah, I'm an incurable shipper. Even when I'm ranting about how I loathed the way this marriage started, I'm still thrilled they're married.)
The other thing I thought was well-done was Amy's conversation with Madam K. Yeah, she took her baby. I'm glad Amy made it clear how much of a shitty thing that was (because it was.) Not sure how I feel about Amy killing her, but I understood it, and thought it added a lot of moral layers to Amy's character and to the questions of morals for universes that don't theoretically exist.
Doctor Who UNrelated - Daisuke Saiki has brown hair? I always thought he was a blond!