Review: Kill The Moon
THE MOON IS A FRICKING EGG!!!
Seriously! Wow… (more on that in a minute)
“You walk our Earth, Doctor, you breathe our air. You make us your friend when that is your mood to and you can damn well help us when we need it”– Clara
No actually he doesn’t. He really doesn’t.
He’s not Human. He looks like one. He acts like one a lot of the time, but he’s not one.
That’s the crux of the situation. Clara has her own Kobayashi Maru test.
Yeah, it’s Star Trek but it’s what we have here: The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.
The appearance of a No-Win Scenario. And Clara has to make the choice.
It’s when the fun is drained out the adventure. It’s all VERY,VERY REAL.
I will say, the whole lights-on-lights off thing was ridiculous, but it’s point as eloquently stated by The Doctor at the end of the episode, Mankind finally looked into the sky saw and something wondrous didn’t want to kill anyone. No invasion. It wasn’t hostile to man.
Even though man “voted” to kill it.
One person made the other choice. One person made a different choice.
But it pushes Clara over that edge. The edge where you have the power of life or death and the choice is yours. Solely and completely yours.
The fate of Mankind (or your Starship Crew) is entirely yours.
Let the Creature live and it could destroy the Earth, Destroy the Creature and the Earth could still be destroyed by the debris.
What a choice.
And The Doctor makes the choice that it’s humanity’s choice, not his. They live or Die by their own hand. They have to take responsibility for their own actions in the universe.
Wow! what a concept.
And not very “Doctor Who”. He doesn’t ride in on his Police Box and Save us. Quite the contrary.
And it’s a bold choice by the Moff and the writers to make the Doctor that hardened.
The Doctor is very fond of humans in general. But he’s not human.
And he’s proud they made, or that Clara made, the right choice.
You want to feel “special” well, here you go. You get to decide the fate of all humanity for all time. How’s that for “special”!
Whether he knew it was the right choice is up for debate, for as his previous incarnation said repeatedly, “The Doctor Lies”.
I think this was a very grown up episode.
“You want today to be the day that life on Earth stops because you couldn’t make an unfair decision?”
In this age of “fairness” and “correctness” it’s nice to be reminded, if in fiction, that not everything is “fair”. And not every choice is easy, and narcissism isn’t always the best choice.
It wasn’t that creepy. I have arachnophobia, but I wasn’t THAT scared of them.
The story isn’t solely about the Moon Whatever-it-was-ish hatchling or the spider germs, it’s about Clara being pushed into her own personal Kobayashi Maru.
And I also thought it took a very well deserved dig at our current attitude toward Space Travel and exploring the universe.
After 50 years of space exploration we just stop, largely. Why? Because it was expense and no one had the vision anymore to see why it was important. We, humanity, crawled back into our own narcissistic shells and got all introverted.
The Final Frontier had a fire sale and all the big toys went to Museums.
Will take until 2049 for real for mankind to get back to the wonder and the mystery that lies out there. Or will we just crawl back into our own shell and stay there??
That’s a very grown up discussion.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (Babylon 5): No. We have to stay here <<on Babylon 5>>. And there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers, but there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and – all of this – all of this – was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.
That’s not “scary” in the Hinchcliffe sort of way that the trailers and press led us to believe about this episode.
It’s rather sad, actually.
Because we are those people who’d have to take a long time to start exercising that wonder and to execute anything now.
And I have always hated this feeling.
I grew up with the Space Race.
I was there when they broadcast Neil Armstrong from The Moon.
I was there for the Apollo Missions.
I saw the Shuttle on the launch pad!! (all 4 times I got to go it was aborted). You may have heard of this shuttle, it was called The Challenger!
I grew up with Star Trek. I grew up wanting to be in Starfleet. Then I wanted, and still want, that Police Box to land in my back yard.
That’s a fantasy.
And the idea that it was all just a political game. HA HA! we got the moon first! Then very little, and eventually virtually nothing in 50 years time because we lost the vision of JFK’s speech.
That’s always annoyed me ever since.
Fantasies let humans dream of bigger and better things. Too many people probably to count were inspired by Star Trek to become scientists. To dream. To explore. To set mankind free of just this one world.
To step out into the Universe.
And that was what Mankind in the Whoniverse started again in this episode.
And looking beyond that next horizon is what mankind does best. But we’ve lost that vision. Now we just look at our shoes and hope all the bad things just go away and we can survive another day.
And that’s why it’s sad.
But that’s why this was probably the most grown-up episode of Doctor Who ever.
Good for you, Doc, it’s time the humans learned to survive without you always being there for them.
For their descendents will still be there at the End of The Universe itself. But it starts here.
Mankind’s only chance of long-term survival lies in colonising space, as humans drain Earth of resources and face a terrifying array of new threats, warned British scientist Stephen Hawking
“The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet,” the renowned astrophysicist told the website Big Think, a forum which airs ideas on many subjects from experts.
“Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space,” he added.
Now, as to the Spiders…
We know from past episodes that the earth at it’s core had a Racnoss.
At the core of the Moon was this unidentified creature that had been incubating for 100 million years or more because the moon was trapped by the Earth Gravity driving the Silurians underground.
Now some timey-wimey fun:
The Enemy of the World: In Australia, the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Victoria encounter Salamander, a ruthless leader who is the Doctor’s double. By impersonating Salamander, the Doctor prevents him from taking control of the Earth by causing numerous natural disasters. Salamander manages to get on board the TARDIS, and cause it to dematerialize without closing the doors.
But 11 years later would be 10 years prior to the shuttle mission. So maybe Salamander knew something about the Moons shifts and used it to his advantage or was it just a coincidence?
The destruction of Bowie Base One inspires the Commander’s granddaughter into Space Exploration.
“The Waters of Mars”
2 regenerations ago. Where the Time Lord Victorious made the decision to screw human history he was going to do what he wanted to do regardless of the consequences.
Galactic Salvage and Insurance is founded in London.
“Nightmare of Eden.”
The Moonbase: The 2nd Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie encounter the Cybermen on a weather station on the Moon. The Cybermen plan to use the station’s weather control device, the Gravitron, to destroy the Earth by altering its weather drastically. The Doctor turns the Gravitron on the Cybermen, driving them away.
Exploring the New Egg? as well as starting the march into Universe?
To quote a certain Vulcan from a different franchise Universe, “fascinating” 🙂
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