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Nyctolops

14/11/2004 1:01 AM

{wsc} The Leisure Hive -- Part 1

The first thing I noticed was that this is the beginning of Season 18,
with the new title sequence and new costume for the Doctor -- the
maroon coat and red-and-black scarf. Is it just a little shorter than
the original? Thankfully we have John Leeson back as K9. I like him
so much better.

I like the design of the Argolians. The interesting hairdo and the
cone type thing on top of their heads make them suitably alien, while
retaining expressive faces. I thought that the Foamasi were handled
well, too. We only see closeups of various parts of them -- turret
eyes like chameleons and claws, mostly. I have always thought that
this was a good way to present very alien characters because it allows
the viewer's imagination to supply the rest.

The poor Argolians are in a real mess. Their race and planet were
very nearly destroyed in a war with the Foamasi and now they face
bankruptcy because their Leisure Hive is falling out of favor with the
tourists. To really put the icing on the cake, the Foamasi want to
buy the whole planet. The Argolians are naturally very suspicious of
this, as they well might be. Now they are throwing everything they
have into a new experiment in tachonics, which the Doctor and Romana
spot as a fake. I fear they are really up the famous creek.

The cliffhanger is a good one, with the Doctor being apparently
dismembered in the tachyonic imaging chamber.


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in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

14/11/2004 6:19 AM

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 01:01:23 -0600, Nyctolops
<[email protected]> wrote:

>
>The cliffhanger is a good one, with the Doctor being apparently
>dismembered in the tachyonic imaging chamber.
>


the change in style and emphasis is very noticeable. gone is the
jocular and comic overtones of the previous season and it is replaced
with what can only be described as a form of blandness. the episode is
a nice one, the opening shot is stunning and the episode really does
set the story up. personally i think the story is ultimately
unfulfilling after so much promise.

great ending to part one though.


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in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

14/11/2004 12:25 PM

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 06:19:41 -0600, in rec.arts.drwho.moderated
[email protected] (Daleks conquer and Destroy (we shall get
our Power)) wrote:

>the change in style and emphasis is very noticeable. gone is the
>jocular and comic overtones of the previous season and it is replaced
>with what can only be described as a form of blandness. the episode is
>a nice one, the opening shot is stunning and the episode really does
>set the story up. personally i think the story is ultimately
>unfulfilling after so much promise.

When you say that the opening shot is stunning, are you really talking
about the long pan of Brighton Beach with the beach chairs flapping in
the wind and the changing tents? I liked it, but thought it went on a
bit too long. I also thought it was pretty stupid of K9 to go
charging into the sea after Romana's beach ball, even though the
Doctor had told him he had a new sea-water defense shield. K9 should
know enough by now about the Doctor's technical abilities to be
suspicious of such a claim.

>great ending to part one though.

Agreed.
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Nyctolops

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Nyctolops

in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

28/11/2004 1:43 PM

On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 10:22:56 -0600, in rec.arts.drwho.moderated
[email protected] (Daleks conquer and Destroy (we shall get
our Power)) wrote:

>yeah that is the shot. i do like it, i think it really is quite
>evocative and does set about trying to establish a change in direction
>for the show. i also liked the feel of brighton with no
>holidaymakers.. perhaps it is a brit thing, a seaside town in late
>autumn has a strange feel to it.

I found the scene very effective in setting a mysterious mood, only
slightly offset by the sound of the Doctor's snoring. The sight of
all the empty beach chairs and tents with the wind, which I just
*knew* was cold, had a sort of eerie feel to me, too.

>if they were going to write k-9 out they should have tried a
>reasonable contrivance. that did not make sense at all.

To me, the most reasonable way to write K9 out is to just not show him
at all. If the story is good enough, the audience won't be sitting
there wondering where he is.

>perhaps he was only just getting used to getting his old voice back
>!!!!

That sounds as likely an explanation as any.
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in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

02/12/2004 7:32 PM

I *love* the opening shot. Some of the most evocative use of film in
any story, and doubly so for the beach sequence being the *only* film
in the story.

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in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

16/11/2004 7:09 PM

I thought the coat was longer but the season didn't really get started ina
good way until FULL CIRCLE. Hive was slow, Meglos was BAD!

nD

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in reply to Nyctolops on 14/11/2004 1:01 AM

27/11/2004 10:22 AM

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 12:25:04 -0600, Nyctolops
<[email protected]> wrote:

>On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 06:19:41 -0600, in rec.arts.drwho.moderated
>[email protected] (Daleks conquer and Destroy (we shall get
>our Power)) wrote:
>
>>the change in style and emphasis is very noticeable. gone is the
>>jocular and comic overtones of the previous season and it is replaced
>>with what can only be described as a form of blandness. the episode is
>>a nice one, the opening shot is stunning and the episode really does
>>set the story up. personally i think the story is ultimately
>>unfulfilling after so much promise.
>
>When you say that the opening shot is stunning, are you really talking
>about the long pan of Brighton Beach with the beach chairs flapping in
>the wind and the changing tents? I liked it, but thought it went on a
>bit too long.

yeah that is the shot. i do like it, i think it really is quite
evocative and does set about trying to establish a change in direction
for the show. i also liked the feel of brighton with no
holidaymakers.. perhaps it is a brit thing, a seaside town in late
autumn has a strange feel to it.

> I also thought it was pretty stupid of K9 to go
>charging into the sea after Romana's beach ball, even though the
>Doctor had told him he had a new sea-water defense shield.

if they were going to write k-9 out they should have tried a
reasonable contrivance. that did not make sense at all.

> K9 should
>know enough by now about the Doctor's technical abilities to be
>suspicious of such a claim.
>

perhaps he was only just getting used to getting his old voice back
!!!!


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