Welcome back, Weeping Angels! This episode marks the return of the Weeping Angels, undoubtedly the scariest Doctor Who monster from the new series. The Doctor is called to the rescue by River Song, who manages to find evidence of a Weeping Angel hidden aboard the spaceship Byzantium. After the Byzantium crashes on an alien planet on top of a maze of the dead, the Doctor leads Amy, River and a band of clerics trying to neutralize the Weeping Angel, through the maze.This really was one of the most brilliant episodes of a very good series of Doctor Who (possibly the best series of new Who). River’s entry is fantastic, as is the mystery about her imprisonment. Amy Pond shows once again why she is turning out to be one of the best-loved companions of all time, and one of the most intelligent ones too. The whole story was as interesting as the first part of a two-part story goes, and sets things up nicely for the next episode. Among my favorite moments is Moffat’s homage to The Ring in the scene where Amy encounters a recording of the Weeping Angel. The bit where the Doctor and his companions find out the truth concerning the Applants is also a fantastic bit of writing. The hints were there all along, and it took every bit of Moffat’s genius to spring such a huge surprise on the viewer.As far as the acting goes, Alex Kingston is wonderful yet again as the enigmatic River Song. Ian Glen is very good as the straight-faced cleric leader, Father Octavian. Karen Gillan shines in multiple scenes as Amy Pond. Matt Smith is very good as the Doctor, although he does seem rough around the edges in some scenes. It kind of makes sense, since this was the first episode of Series 5 that was filmed, and I guess he was still trying to figure out his way of playing the Doctor.Overall, a genuinely entertaining episode, which makes the anticipation of watching ‘Flesh and Stone’ all the more unbearable.
Getting better I didn’t like Smith much, but he’s starting the get the hang out it. I love the Weeping Angels. This episode wasn’t near as good as Blink, but still great.
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