A few thoughts after just one watch.
For me, the best episode yet! Again, deeper and more serious than we’ve been in a very long time. I really dug the weight of the scene where the Doctor is in physical pain at having thoughts forced in her head. To me, that had a more serious feel than we normally see in the show. Another was when she’s telling the Vajarian she’s going to stop them. It lacked the usual not on my watch bravado and instead had a more serious tone, as though the Doctor was genuinely upset and then threatening them.
I’ve thought this a while and it was especially so this evening because of her being central to this story; Mandip is breathtaking. Even better, she’s a strong actress playing a deep character. I look forward to every scene. I loved that this was largely about her. She has the chops and can carry scenes.
Outstanding score on this one. Like a lot of the episode, as well as the new season in general, this was big budget Hollywood level. Awesome score. Looking forward to a soundtrack album. Great stuff and as I suspected, the show is really getting its footing as it grows. Ryan was a non-issue but they can’t all be center stage in each episode.
Jodie’s Doctor has a lot of the quirkiness of the 10 and 11, but more of an actual edge when she’s angry or threatened. It’s a more serious take or at least a more realistic one. To echo oojason, the cinematography was very much on par with a big-budget Hollywood film. In general that seems to be the case with the season so far.
"Why are you here, Rey from nowhere?”