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Old 03-26-2020, 04:53 AM
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My reviews of "Trial of a Time Lord, Parts 3 and 4 (AKA "The Mysterious Planet, Parts 3 and 4").

Trial of a Time Lord, Part 3 ("The Mysterious Planet, Part 3")
One of the things that I have found rather charmingly fun about the "classic Who" stories I've watched has been the repetition of pivotal or critical scenes from the ending of one episode at the beginning of the next episode, even if said scenes resolve a cliffhanger in a way that doesn't quite live up to or justify having said scenes function as a cliffhanger, and while this doesn't always work, I do think it worked fairly well here, especially since it got us back to Katryca's village and provided some fun banter between her and the Doctor, as well as the further intersection of heretofore separated storylines.

I also liked the way that the Doctor being in peril and threatened by Katryca's tribe led to some fun banter between Peri and Sabalom Glitz and a reference to the Third and Fourth Doctors and Sarah Jane, which I got a kick out of because I'm somewhat of a 'continuity fiend' and therefore love it when we get to see or hear references to Doctor Who's broader history.

Merdeen showing back up at the end of the episode and pointing his weapon at the Doctor and Peri didn't quite make sense given that there seemed to be nothing wrong with him the last time we saw him when he was face-to-face with Grell, which kind of deflated the 'oomph' of using said scene as a cliffhanger, but we'll see what happens with the resolution.

Pivoting to the framing device "Trial" scenes, they're kind of becoming less and less interesting and important as we go, although I do continue to like it when the Doctor is able to be snarky and flippant towards the Valeyard, so they've at least got that going for them.

We'll see if their importance level ramps up going forward or if it continues to decline.

All in all, this was yet another fun episode, and I can't wait to see the conclusion of this particular bit of the "Trial" mega-arc and what ends up happening in the next portion.

Trial of a Time Lord, Part 4 (AKA "The Mysterious Planet, Part 4")

And everything I typed about Merdeen in the first review turns out to have been a complete misdirect (but I'm not going to change it because I like the misdirect).

I know that there were a lot of complaints about the Colin Baker Era ushering in an escalation in the violence level of Doctor Who, but, for me, that's honestly part of the charm, and so it was kind of satisfying, in a weird way, to see Katryca and Broken-Tooth die as gruesomely as they did. It also helped turn the Immortal from simply a malfunctioning machine into a more immediate threat, setting things up nicely for the intellectual confrontation between him and the Doctor.

And speaking of the Immortal and the Doctor's intellectual confrontation, the way the scene was shot and the issues being discussed put me very much in mind of the attitudes of the Cybermen while simultaneously making me wonder why the Doctor -in any of his/her incarnations - never tried to have the same kind of intellectual dialogue with them.

I should've expected that going through a vent shaft into a "food production system" would be a bad idea, but I did get a kick out of how cheesily melodramatic the peril caused by the Immortal activating said system turned out to be, as it reminded me of the best bits of movies like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Sabalom Glitz and Dibber became a little less relevant to the overall story in Part 3 and for a good chunk of this episode, but I really enjoyed the way that their scheming and desire to profit off of secret information and knowledge ended up being the thing that allowed the Doctor to, as he put it, "do his best" to save the day. I also thought it was clever that they both ended up walking away with something to serve their own agenda, thus ensuring that their involvement in the story, such as it was, didn't end up being a waste of time.

It kind of got glossed over for being the central mystery that got the Doctor and Peri into this misadventure in the first place, but I did like the confirmation that Ravalox was in fact Earth, although a little bit more info as to how it ended up in its new location would've been nice, if only from a lore standpoint.

And now we get to the stuff that didn't work here.

I didn't buy the "Trial" stuff with the Valeyard having sonically withheld information, and, despite having enjoyed the Doctor's snarky responses and insults towards the Valeyard in the previous episodes, it became a little bit repetitive here, especially since I didn't buy the Doctor not being allowed to respond while the Valeyard was still "presenting his case".

I did like the Doctor's snarky comment about the tediousness of the Valeyard's case, but other than that, the "Trial" stuff kind of failed here.

Hopefully it'll become more relevant and riveting as we go forward.

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When looked at as a complete whole, I really enjoyed the "The Mysterious Planet" portion of the "Trial of a Time Lord" mega-arc, as it introduced some really fascinating and interesting characters in Sabalom Glitz and Dibber and continued to deepen and strengthen the best parts of the Sixth Doctor's characterization across the board and his relationship with Peri, but without losing the things that made said relationship so fun in the first place.

There were definitely some parts of the "Trial" framing device that didn't work and were problematic, particularly in Part 4 of the story, but we'll see what ends up happening next as we move into the second portion of the season and the "Mindwarp" mini-arc.
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Double post (sorry).

My reviews of "Trial of a Time Lord, Parts 5 and 6" (AKA "Mindwarp, Parts 1 and 2)".

Trial of a Time Lord, Part 5 (AKA Mindwarp, Part 1)
I found it interesting that Part 5 of the Trial of a Time Lord mega-arc started, as Part 1 did, with an introductory 'framing story' of the Doctor's trial, but I guess it works if you're looking for these episodes to stand on their own as much as they form part of an ongoing meta-narrative arc, although I could've done without the frivolous objection of starting this part of the story with the Doctor and Peri having a conversation about the sea color on Thoros Beta, as it felt unnecessarily fourth-wall-breaking. I also didn't really buy the Inquisitor's sternness towards the Doctor or the Valeyard's contriteness.

Moving beyond the 'framing device' elements of this episode, I found it interesting how similar the shot of the Doctor and Peri walking alone was to their initial 'conversation stroll' in Revelation of the Daleks, and how both ended up with the Doctor and Peri in similar perilous situations. The one issue I did have was how choppy and fake the Roc attacking them looked and how we didn't actually see it show up, as it kind of detracted from what otherwise should've been a pretty grave and perilous situation.

I got a kick out of the Doctor sticking his foot in his mouth by calling Crozier "old" and then having improvise an escape from the people who'd apprehended him and Peri, and it was interesting to see them run into what was essentially a werewolf, especially because there was little context as to where such a creature came from. I did like Peri trying to take pity on it, as it put me in mind of Rose taking pity on and trying to reach out in compassion to the Dalek that she and Nine run into in the episode Dalek.

I wish we'd had more context for what was going on when we're first introduced to Crozier, although I did like the fact that it didn't take too much longer for us to see that he and his assistant were working for Sil and his race, which I appreciated since that's something that I could easily see them having held off as a reveal until later episodes. I also appreciated that Peri got mad at the Doctor for 'forgetting' to mention that Thoros Beta is Sil's home planet, although I also wish she'd reacted more strongly to his flippant comment about birdseed, since there was a missed opportunity there to put additional emphasis on just how much they do care about each other even as they're arguing and bickering with one another, particularly given what I know about how this story ultimately ends as far as Peri is concerned.

The concluding moments of the episode where the Doctor gets strapped to a gurney and subjected to mind torture were a bit overdone and cheesy, which did detract from what would've otherwise been an interesting and intriguing cliffhanger, but I'm not quite sure who to blame for that and so I'm trying to not let it detract from the episode overall.

This first installment of the Mindwarp mini-arc didn't quite get off to as strong a start as The Mysterious Planet mini-arc did, but things like the initial introductory banter between the Doctor and Peri, the compassion she showed to the wolf-man that she and the Doctor stumbled across, and the return of Sil stand out for me and make the lesser/weaker parts less egregious.

Trial of a Time Lord, Part 6 (AKA Mindwarp, Part 2)
I appreciate that we picked up right where the previous episode left off, but going from the rather cheesy sequence of the Doctor being mind tortured to the equally cheesy sequence of the warrior king that Crozier and his assistant were experimenting on waking up and going on a crazed rampage while spouting nonsense didn't really help get this episode off to a very promising start, although I did get a kick out of Peri identifying herself as "Perpegillium of the Browns". Yrcanos trying to hit on Peri is something I could have definitely done without, but knowing how her story ultimately ends beyond what we're led to believe at the conclusion of this particular mini-arc probably helped mitigate the foulness of that ever so slightly.

The framing device sequences in Part 1 pretty clearly established that the Doctor did in fact have some amnesia, so the sequence in the trail where both the Inquisitor and the Valeyard act shocked by this and the Valeyard tries to pass it off as the Doctor lying made very little sense.

The scene where Kiv, Crozier, and Sil were talking about Kiv's objectives and what Crozier was doing reminded me very much of what Dastari wanted to do to the Second Doctor in The Two Doctors, which I appreciated because of my aforementioned love for continuity. I also got a kick out of Kiv yelling at Sil for talking too much, especially since it seemed pretty clear that pretty much everything Sil was saying was a complete falsehood, even if that wasn't expressly communicated by the scene itself.

And while we're on the subject of The Two Doctors, the Sixth Doctor seemingly going totally loopy after being mind-tortured reminded me very much of what happened to the Second Doctor after he was infused with Androgum DNA.

Yrcanos and Peri arguing about Yrcanos wanting to obtain weapons made me smile and him counting her in the plan to do so made me smile, since her snarkiness is one of the things that I love about her character, even if said plan didn't amount to much due to the Doctor's aforementioned supposed loopiness. I also got a kick out of his callous dismissal of both Yrcanos and Peri because it gave Colin a chance to play an even more amped-up version of his very earliest outing as the Sixth Doctor.

I didn't really understand the point of a lot of Peri's scenes after she ran away from Sil, Crozier, and the Doctor, as it seemed unnecessary for Peri to encounter a matron servant and end up disguised as a lesser servant just to get close to the Doctor and have him seemingly betray her yet again.

I probably should've seen through the Doctor's seemingly callous and devious behavior, especially after he himself defended it as being a ploy during one of the trial framing sequences, but pretty much all of his behavior up to the point where he got Peri alone and revealed the truth to her still caught me completely off-guard, which is a testament to Colin's skills as an actor, although the scene could've done with a better transition between him telling her what was really going on and continuing to behave like his post-regeneration self, especially since that particular story thread continued throughout the remainder of the episode.

Returning to the trial framing device, it's kind of hard to buy into all of this "the Matrix cannot lie" stuff when one is watching this particular season with knowledge of how the mega-arc ultimately resolves itself and what the point of the whole trial exercise actually is.

The episode cliffhanger with Yrcanos trying to kill the Doctor wasn't nearly as good as some of the cliffhangers from previous stories, but was at least effective for what it needed to do in the moment.

***

The first two parts of the Mindwarp mini-arc for the Trial season weren't quite as good as the first two parts of The Mysterious Planet portion of the story and it is here that a lot more problems with the overall trial framing device have started to make themselves manifest, but I still enjoyed the two episodes quite a bit, and am looking forward to seeing the resolution of the Mindwarp part of the story and what it apparently shows us of Peri's fate even though I'm anticipating that I'll have some problems with the way said resolution impacts the broader Trial mega-arc based on what I already know.
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My next review post is only going to contain one review since the Mindwarp part of Season 23 is only 3 parts long, but after that we're into Six getting to mount a defense that includes the introduction of a brand-new Companion - which should be interesting - with Terror of the Vervoids.
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My next review post is only going to contain one review since the Mindwarp part of Season 23 is only 3 parts long, but after that we're into Six getting to mount a defense that includes the introduction of a brand-new Companion - which should be interesting - with Terror of the Vervoids.
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And now I've once again lost my ability to watch Season 23.

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And now I've once again lost my ability to watch Season 23.

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