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I applied for The Job after spending 3-4 hours working on my online resume. The application window is open for another two weeks, and I don't know when they'll be having interviews, but I'll keep everyone updated. (And I'll try not to spend too much time worrying about whether or not I'll be rejected just because I didn't finesse the keywords enough.)

Mike and I had a long conversation on Monday night about the current season of Doctor Who.

My take: I could stop watching where I left off ("The Hungry Earth") and not be too unhappy, even though I don't know the ultimate fate of Amy and the other two left in enemy hands at the end of this episode. I do not like this season, and a lot of it has to do with the writing and character building (or lack thereof), and the recycled ideas ("Hey, the fans liked it before! Let's do it again!") that do not recycle well.

When it comes to characters returning, the writing suffers from the failure that has characterized the various reappearances of Captain Jack: he was a real character in the first season, but now (when he appears on DW, at least) he's just a parody of himself. I felt the same way this season when River came back in the two-part episode about the angels.

And when the Doctor saves the day, I don't buy it. His solutions to the challenges he faces seem to fall under "if anything is possible, nothing is interesting"--the writers put him in a corner, and he makes up a random way out, but it comes out of nowhere.

But what is most telling is this: I would travel with 9, I would travel with 10, but I would not under any circumstances travel with 11. I think Amy is insane. As Mike pointed out--despite the fact that he's liking this season--people could get hurt on this Doctor's watch because he isn't necessarily up to the task.

Currently reading: Who Fears Death (and enjoying it immensely!) and The Road to Saya
Currently listening: The Windup Girl (which I'm liking a lot as well--I was hooked when they introduced the megadonts)
Currently researching: Coal mining!

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hermetic
Aug. 6th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I hear you, but I find that I've really enjoyed this season--although that might be more for its constituent parts (I love Amy, and Rory is wonderful, and yes, I wouldn't travel with 11, either, but I love Smith as 11) rather than the whole, now that I think about it.

For me, I think what I've really been grooving on is how there's a subversion of the Lonely God trope that was built up over the course of 10's story going on, and that I hope (and will probably be disappointed, I know) that it continues to build, and become a deconstruction of it.

My trouble with 11, and it's one many seem to share, is that he's not as quick and as clever as he should be... I mean, dude, really, the legend of the Pandorica should have rung huge alarm bells the moment he heard it.

Anyway, I'm choosing to believe that this season is set up for the rest of the story, which'll take place next season. Does that mean this season is less successful? Perhaps, but I'm choosing to look at it as a novel split in two, and withholding judgment for a while yet.
initialdescent
Aug. 7th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Mike and I watched "Amy's Choice" again tonight (his first time, my second), and I was reminded that these episodes are better to watch with people. So I may give the rest of the season a go. We're very behind because Mike has been working on a short story for the last 2-3 months, so I started watching without him.
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