Well folks this is it, it’s the finale. Well more like the mid-season finale since they wanted to cut it in half and have less time between the season finale and the X-Mas special or maybe not do an X-Mas special and break all our hopes and dreams. I want to say though that through the first seven episodes, six of them have been phenomenal with one abysmal episode. So where does this one stand in the scheme of things. Well let’s say Wikipedia lists it as a two part serial but the start of this episode comes from the end of the last one. So does that mean it’s a four part serial or is it like two two part serials that tell one super huge story? Well needless to say this was a phenomenal episode and a vast majority of the community agrees…or so I hope.
So here is the synopsis of the episode from the TARDIS Wiki. It’s actually very dumbed down and essentially not giving away too much and I would be pissed myself if someone spoiled this one for me.
Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demon’s Run and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.
So this episode had a large amount of things going for it. It was pumped up as the episode in which we find out who River Song is. It also marks the 777th episode of the show. It also is supposed to be the Doctor’s highest and lowest moment ever. All these things add up and have so much build up. The first portion of the episode though felt dragged out and slightly forced. The setting up what was the climax and then setting up the follow up to the episode. I don’t want to go too much into it due to giving away spoilers and what not. The effects were not terrible. This was a well written episode but what can you say other than it was a Moffat penned episode.
Matt Smith really dominated the screen for the majority of the episode and Karen Gillian felt a bit stale, I mean I want to like her but sometimes she’s just super flat and dull. Meanwhile Arthur Darville stole the screen time when he was on as we saw the evolution of him going from pussy to bad ass. The only flaws that I felt with the episode was the pacing problem at the beginning but even still that wasn’t horrible at all. Great episode that just leaves you longing for the next aptly titled episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler.”