Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The Blink Review: Cold Blood

Some reviews are funny, and some are deadly serious. Mine are usually the latter, with long paragraphs of tedious dullness and pointing out the obvious, but hopefully that is about to change. Please be aware that the following review may contain silly references to the cold, and jokes of a poor nature…

‘Cold Blood’ was another superb episode from Chris Chibnall, which immediately kicks off to a chilling start when the Doctor and Nasreen are captured by the Silurians. The visual effects of the Silurian civilisation were very impressive throughout the episode, and made the whole experience and idea of an ancient culture underneath the planet a lot more believable.

One of the highest points of the episode was the scene where Alaya’s dead body is brought down into the Silurian civilisation, and the Doctor realises that the negotiations between the two races will never work as a result. Matt Smith’s cold eyes express the sadness that the Doctor is experiencing through this situation, and once again shows his natural skill of being able to play the difficult role so well.

Another particularly powerful scene was where Rory meets an icy end when shot by a ray gun, and is subsequently swallowed up by the crack in time. This was extremely well played by the entire cast, and emphasised the emotional aspects of the scene. The idea of Amy never being able to remember Rory was also a very powerful thought, and is sure to have repercussions in later episodes.

The only negative of the episode was the narration, which did not seem to add anything to the story, and seemed to copy of the idea of a character narrating from ‘The End of Time’. On a positive note, at least he didn’t spit all over my television set like Timothy Dalton did when he was narrating.

You may have noticed that this review hasn’t included any jokes as promised, apart from the odd references to the cold. So, as a weeping angel who keeps to his word, here is a cold-related joke to finish off the review:

Q: What did the big furry hat say to the warm woolly scarf?
A: You hang around while I go on ahead.

Rating: 5/5 stars

You can also give your rating in the new poll, ‘The cold war…’

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