Ep2- Smiles Reviewed
This episode is so much better than the author first attempt at WHO.
This was right great episode really. Though “happy” bots did continuously remind me of “The Happiness Patrol” episode just with robots. Be happy or else…
The idea that emoji’s would be the surviving language. That robots don’t quite have the interpretative powers we want them to have. But yet again, machines become life. But not as we truly thought we knew it.
Matt Lucas’s Nardole is a non-issue in this episode as he only has 1 scene and a few line and he’s off. And he obviously won’t be in the next one.
So I am beginning to wonder what Moffats grand plan for Nardole is because so he’s a non-starter.
I like the way Bill thinks sci-fi geeky. Its a bit more charming. The Doctor is really now the crazy old mad Professor.
She wonders why HE has to step into the situation and she calls he out for it. He denies it but we all know it’s true.
Its a refreshingly nice twist on the usual Doctor-Companion warm up as they feel each other out.
He just casually mentions that he has two hearts like it doesn’t even matter and Bill had to take that on board.
The grand vista of Valencia’s building helps the story along.
We try and figure out what happened to the people and why the bots have gone murderous.
Turns out it was just there programming. They were programmed to make sure you were happy. Problem is, you forgot to program them for the darker and less-happy emotional reactions of humans.
A human error that turns murderous.
Someone forgot to tell the bots about death and the grief that comes from it.
So they make the logical assumption that if this grief thing makes humans sad it must be eliminated for them to be happy. Problem is, that eliminates the humans.
So this story was quite deep and profound, which one cannot say about “Forest of The Night”.
The Vault. Who has Moffat got in the Vault.
The Doctor has promised to do something his 3rd Incarnation was forced to do, stay on Earth for an extended period of time. But he’s doing it on the sly and UNIT isn’t wise to it?
Who could make the Doctor promise to stay on Earth for decades and teach classes at a University??
There better be a pay off for that, Moffat. I’m sure there will be, one last grand Moffat arc, eh?
So Pertwee era confinement (more or less) to Earth, Mondasian Cybermen, 2 Masters (or is one a very uncharacteristic Rani), and possibly the 1st Doctor all to come.
A Classic Who extravaganza…To bad Roger Delgado if he’d lived would have too old for “I am the Master and you will Obey me” it would be like old home week…