Monday, September 8, 2014

#041 Spoonman

… in which our fearless podcaster plays with a snowball in September, the Doctor is hording all the ice cream (or is it cookie dough), and Clara totally crushes the red velvet. It's this week's new WHO review of "Robot of Sherwood". There is also a new theory on the mysterious Missy as well as some news on the upcoming ARCHON 38 convention.

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  1. Hi, JB! Enjoyed your take on "Robot of Sherwood" and I, too, really enjoyed the episode itself.

    I didn't take Clara's comment about Robin's sadness as a blanket comment about all people who like to laugh or make others laugh. I interpreted Robin's laughter throughout as his resolve in the face of all that could make him and others cry, instead. The Doctor, in contrast, has no time for laughter because, at present, he's unable to find any joy in life. I suspect that will eventually change as part of his current character arc.

    I noted the cross imagery, too. Not sure what to make of it (beyond, as you point out, that it ties into the "Promised Land" destination), but the two ways we see the cross -- as a mark of death (on the brow, no less) and as a portal through which light streams into darkness -- are, of course, not mutually exclusive in Christian tradition.

  2. I'm a little late to this one, but I enjoyed the podcast as usual (and thanks for the Timey-Wimey shout out!). I really hate to admit this, but I think (despite its flaws) this was the best Who episode since maybe The Doctor's Wife. I know that's a bold statement, but even though I found moments to be absolutely ridiculous, I can't remember having this much fun watching an episode in ages.

    One other thing to point out is that along with the Christian symbolism is the idea of Robin Hood being the opiate of the masses. Something to give the oppressed people hope (like the Doctor to the audience watching? How meta...). I don't know where I'm going with that exactly, but that struck me as interesting. I'm curious to see where Moffat is taking this. Though I'm sure it'll be anticlimactic, as usual. But one can hope.