It’s that time again. Another installment of Doctor Who has just finished airing out here in the great country of America. Following up the Neil Gaiman penned episode which most fans have fallen in love with, and who wouldn’t after the previous week’s mediocre pirate episode? Today’s serial is entitled “The Rebel Flesh” and is the first of a two parter that will lead into yet another two part installment that will of course end our first half of the season. That was indeed a mouthful. So the question here is does the episode continue the great ways the season has been moving towards without the inclusion of the pirate episode or do we get another dud?
So how do we start this off. I know how about we go through a brief synopsis thanks to the good people over at the TARDIS Wiki
“A solar tsunami sends the TARDIS hurtling towards a futuristic factory on Earth, where human doppelgangers are used to mine dangerous acid, as the time-travelling adventures continue. A second wave hits and the “Gangers” separate. They can remember every second of their “original’s” life and feel every emotion they’ve ever experienced. But are these memories stolen or have they been bequeathed? Are the Gangers merely faulty machinery that must be shut down or are they living, breathing, sentient beings? Can the Doctor convince the terrified humans to accept these “almost people” and prevent an all-out civil war before the factory explodes?”
I have concluded that either A. I give too much away in my plot synopsis or B. I don’t say anything for fear of spoiling the episode. I do need to avoid the plot synopsis overall in these review so our pals over there maybe providing us with more plots than I would want to draw up.
So what’s the verdict on the episode? Well like typical two part fashion it drags on a bit in the beginning but that much is to be expected. Although the two part season opener was more of a faster paced event this one just feels a bit awkwardly paced. That is not a bad thing as most two part serials are paced that way. We get a lot of controversy between the two groups which shows off the acting chops of everyone involved. On top of that the writing seems to be a bit muddled although not as badly as the third episode in the season.
This week’s features strong showings from the makeup department with how fancy everyone looked that was how shall i call it “The Almost People.” What this episode does do make a strong point is segregation or at least I’m sure it didn’t do that on purpose and that Americans will just interpret it that way. There was no sense of a strong problem until the very last moment of the episode which more than likely set up any and all problems for them in next week’s installment.