Monday, January 9, 2017

Doctor Who: The Web Planet Part 6

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Today we are wrapping up our look at the six part Doctor Who Story The Web Planet with 'The Centre', and I'll be going all the paths that lead to the conclusion of perhaps the most underrated Doctor Who story of all time!.


Doctor Who
The Web Planet Part 6 "The Centre"
Original Airdate: March 20, 1965, 11.5 Million Viewers (down .5 Million from previous week)

For the life of me, I don’t understand how viewership could’ve went down over the last two episodes, and it’s a trend that sadly will continue for several of the next episodes of Doctor Who

The sixth and final chapter of The Web Planet obviously bringseverything to a close, but the road to get there isn’t as ‘easy’ as one would assume knowing the cliff hanger was The Doctor and Vickie being sprayed with some web-fluid at the end of part 5, and then the Animus declares its intent to kill The Doctor and Vickie, ordering them to be brought to the center… which would seem like it would be part of the plan, however when they were captured, Vicki managed to hide the isotope in the Doctor’s Astral Map device, so things are not good. When they reach the Animus’s center, it it’s basically like Mother-Brain from Metroid as shown in Captain N
The Game Master, with a huge brain and lot of tendrils and tencticles… if this was set in Japan, I’d be worried about Vickie’s purity in such a situation… it declares it’s going to smother them to death and absorb their The Doctor’s knowledge of Space Travel, these abilities as well as that to project a blinding light and with powerful hypnotic talents means that a direct assault on the Animus may not have been totally successful.

With Barbara, she and her group of Menoptera used the captured Zarbi to confuse other Zarbi to create distraction and to enter the Animus’s compound, they end up losing one member of their party along the way, but Barbara finds the isotope Vickie hid, and uses the astral map to help the warn the Menoptera attack force to back off cause they are flying into a bad situation. Then it’s off to rescue the Doctor and Vickie and deal with the Anumus, who’s defense are too much for them to overcome, it even prevents Barbara from using the Isotope.

Down with Ian Vrestin and Optera, they are making their way up to the surface and discover water, that the Animus has been diverting underground, revealing that once it’s destroyed, the water would return to its natural flow patterns, meaning the future of Vortis in more ways than one depends on them being successful, giving Vrestin and the Optera something even more to fight for. They have to climb up and hack their way through the actual surface of the planet to reach their goal, but when they do, they come up right where the Animus is, causing a timely distraction which allows Barbara to kill the Animus and the day is saved! And make note that Barbara, who started off the series as a history teacher is the
one that gets the kill and for all intents and purposes its her plan that makes it all possible.

We get a nice wrap up to the episode, the Zarbi have return to being the basic cows of the planet, water is returning to the pools and rivers, the Optera get to be on the surface after generations of being underground and there could be a possibility future generations could evolve into full Menoptera. Good-byes are said, though Ian is a bit upset about his Coal Hill Tie being a casulity in this story for a
light moment. As the TARDIS leaves, it’s declared that the natives are Vortis will always remember the day the Doctor and his friend came to save their world… and it’s yet another reason why I believe the Nu-Who era needs to revisit Vortiss, cause I want to see how the planet looks ‘now’ following The Doctor’s visit to the world, to see if the Optera learned to fly, if the Zarbi still are cows… even if it’s for 5 minutes for a freaking cold-opening!

Next Time On Tales From The TARDIS: We begin our look at Four Part Story The Crusade on Friday thanks to the Loose Cannon

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

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We're going over the latest episode of Sherlock with 'The Lying Detective' (Season 4, Episode 2)... and there will be spoilers... heavy spoilers... spoilers so heavy that if I were to pick them up I'd break my back! 


Just how do you follow up on the death a fan favorite character like Mary with a teaser ending with a prerecorded message for Sherlock to save John? By having Sherlock nearly dying to allow John to save him! This episode was very keen on stating a clear obvious direction but at the same time planting seeds for next weeks finale. Overall this was a fantastic episode! 

First and foremost, from this point own there will be spoilers, you have been warned…

Because the big thing about this episode is its ending of the revelation of Sherlock and Mycroft’s ‘brother / sister’ is playing games and is totally nuts, setting up an elaborate scheme apparently to sick Sherlock on the heels of a major public figure who indeed was a serial killer, which in its way allowed for Mary’s request for Sherlock to allow John to save him to take place. It’s amazing how well the pieces fit together… it may seem too perfect, but that is the case of Sherlock, all the pieces of an episode fit together. Now this new ‘Holmes’, playing up the ‘Miss Me’ bit is quite clever indeed, as it seems like Mycroft was under the impression she was locked away somewhere.. but it’s clear she’s been out and about for some time, to get John to stray from Mary, to pretend to be a therapist, and to pretend to be Faith, the get Sherlock on his case, this takes some incredible planning and foresight. Was she counting on perhaps Sherlock to be killed? Who knows, but we do know she reveals herself to John at the end and aims a gun at his face for the big cliffhanger.

Of course she was not the villain in this episode, no, it was the obvious creep Culverton Smith, who used his fame and fortune to have a murder castle built within a hospital so he can ‘unleash’ his urges at will… he did play a perfect counter for Sherlock who was a bit… well way off center, and he nearly got away with everything, but a little too cocky and arrogant, but still he seemed pleased that he got caught, cause now that he’s confessing to everything, he can break into America… which probably says a lot about my home nation.

But lets get right too it, a huge part of this episode was John dealing with his grief with the loss of Mary, and Sherlock realizing he’s all too human since Mary sacrificing herself put a value on his life… and even though he’s looking to save John, in the end they end up saving each other. They are best friends, too damaged souls who have found each other and who lift each other up from their respective depths. When John beats the holy hell out of Sherlock to stop him from apparently attacking smith, and Sherlock saying he’s entitled to do so speaks volumes… and of course John confessing he cheated on Mary by speaking to an illusion of her in front of Sherlock adds another dimension to friendship.

Other things of interest include that Lady Smallwood and Mycroft Holmes are apparently an item… and Mrs. “freakin” Hudson, who steals the show by not only tearing around town in an Aston Martin, by tearing the piss out of Mycroft for not knowing his brother as well as he thinks he does. As a quiet pillar of the show, its so great to see Mrs. Hudson get a huge spotlight put on her.

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