Doctor Who: Hell Bent

What a loaded Season 9 Finale of Doctor Who! Hell Bent definitely wasn’t the way I thought it would be, but with this show surprises can definitely be something good. Spoilers are coming your way!

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What was it about?

The Doctor uses his status as a war hero on Gallifrey to get back his beloved Clara. He is willing to tear apart time itself apparently, but his realisation about the hybrid and his best friend leads with them having to part ways anyways. 

My thoughts?

I know I say this almost every week, but I seriously don’t know where to start! I enjoyed last week (although not as much as some of you guys), but I definitely didn’t see this continuation of Heaven Sent coming! At the same time, this is exactly what I wanted. I didn’t think that Clara deserved such a short and uneventful death like the one in Face the Raven. She was and still is important to me and I wanted her to get a spectacular exit – Hell Bent gave her that and so much more! In the end she became what she was heading towards the entire time – immortal, running away with a TARDIS and possibly even her very own companion – basically the Doctor. I am sure that many won’t agree, but to me, that was really the perfect ending for her. And like with River, there is a slight possibility of Clara and the Doctor crossing paths again. I LOVE IT!

I think what got to me the most though, was that this was almost like a reversed Donna-scenario. When I realised that Twelve didn’t recognise Clara, I was heartbroken for her! Imagine your best friend not knowing who you are anymore … it’s really quite sad, especially since he was so convinced that he would recognise her. In the past I’ve complained about the excessive use of Twelve and his electric guitar, but wow, I am so glad he played Clara’s theme, that put some more cracks into my heart. Anyway, I am still wondering what exactly Clara told the Doctor in the Cloisters …

We haven’t had an episode on Gallifrey for a long time and they didn’t shy away from including some popular monsters as well. I almost wish they’d made it more Gallifreyian centered though, because it’s such a great setting for all kind of stories. However, aside from that I loved seeing all the other Time Lords and Ladies and how they idolise and fear the Doctor. Then again, I couldn’t believe some of the changes he had went through in those 4.5 billion years (still can’t believe it was that long!). He wasn’t really the Doctor anymore, I mean for crying out loud, he shot someone (even if he knew that he still had a regeneration left). It’s kind of frightening to think what all the Doctor would do for Clara. Which brings me to my next point!

The hybrid was Clara and the Doctor in the end? Did I get that correctly? Was that what was happening? Because after the last episode it was pointed out to me that “me” could have been the Doctor or Ashildr, which I was apparently way too tired to really notice. Many would have liked to see Ashildr become the Doctor’s new companion (I wasn’t one of them), but she ruined her chances of that. However, it was fitting that they met at the end of time and I am  now sort of hoping that she’s Clara’s new travel companion, taking the long route to Gallifrey.

Now, last but not least – THE SONIC SCREWDRIVER IS BACK! And it’s a glorious and fantastic looking one that I would love to add to my own collection!

I am sure I once again missed a ton of references to pre-2005 Whovian episodes, so if you wish to share some of your observations in the comments, be my guest! Also, sorry if I went on a tangent every now and then … it’s late. Other than that, I can only finish with being really excited for the Christmas Special. River was always one of my favourite characters!

Red Queen Review

Sorry for the hiatus, but I read this book last week and I was just so infatuated with it that I decided to share it with you – also, because I don’t know what else to write about. Here comes my review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! Spoilers can not be entirely avoided if you want to go into this book blank, although I will not give away the grand finale!

Red Queen is Aveyard’s debut novel and a brilliant one at that. I am still not entirely confident that I have the vocabulary to express my admiration for the book. It often made me think of other stories I love, such as the Hunger Games, weirdly enough Divergent and for some reason also the Shatter Me Series or was it just X-Men … In the end I simply figured it’s a mix of all the dystopians I have ever read and liked. (The description says it’s a mix between Graceling and The Selection Series, but I cannot testify to that, as I’ve not yet read those books. But they are on my list!) While it may not seem that way, it’s something really good that the Red Queen reminded me of other stuff. If you read as many books of the same genre as I do, things are bound to repeat themselves, be it in the set-up, the characteristics of the main protagonist or the love triangle/square/hectagon/whatever other shape possible. Aveyard managed to still capture me, so she must’ve done something right.

But let’s get to the actual plot of the book. The world is divided into people with red blood and silver blood, of which the reds live in crowded cities, have to work all day and are generally poor. The silvers on the other hand are like gods, they are rich and famous, some of them are even royalty and there is a reason for that: they have powers that no red possesses. Their abilities range from controlling elements, animals and their fellow human beings to superstrength and invisibility. But then there is Mare Barrow, red-blooded and a thief, but also gifted with a power like no silver has ever seen. She can control electricity, but oddly enough she can also create it. That doesn’t just make her special, but also dangerous, which is why the royal family decides to sell her to the public as a long lost silver princess. Yet, Mare never wanted to be one of the silvers, she hates them too much for that, so instead she helps plot a revolution to throw them off their throne.

The book is full of action and twists (oh my, that twist at the end!!!), but also love, duty and family. It has more serious topics, such as politics, race or in this case blood-type, war and the responsibilities that come with ruling over people. Then again it is also such a lovely, light and fast read. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but then I couldn’t put the book away. The powers of the silvers were really cool and I loved that Mare was special, but not in a way that meant she could just defeat everyone else because of that. Instead she had to work and train hard to get stronger. I thought the teen-romance would be too much, but it really wasn’t the main focus of the story, which was a relief. Instead I was really torn the entire time and didn’t know who to trust. Everyone just keeps betraying everyone. Aveyard managed to write a gripping yet really quick read. I am devastated that I have to wait an unknown period of time until I can finish the trilogy, for you just want to know what will happen next.

I hope my enthusiasm for the book came across. If you want to discuss in the comments, I am all for that!

The Librarians Season Finale

I really enjoyed watching this series and am quite sad that The Libarians are over for now. I’m really hoping for another season, but for now, let’s talk about what the first Season had in store for us. Spoilers ahead!

So, the show definitely had it’s ups and downs, but all in all I liked it very much – more than I liked the second and third movie of the franchise at least. One thing I am sad about is that the way the first Season ended would be the perfect ending for the show, but I still want more and I’m afraid it’s going to ruin a future ending. But, a second Season still isn’t confirmed, so maybe they just wanted to make sure it didn’t end on a huge cliffhanger (I seriously appreciate that!). Now, let’s talk about the Season finale:

  • The alternate librarians were absolutely amazing, but Cassandra was definitely the coolest of them all. I loved her all through this season, because she’s sweet and innocent but also so incredibly intelligent. Aside from that it was interesting to see how Baird played a different role in all their lives and how different the world could’ve turned out to be if it weren’t for Flynn.
  • Talking of Flynn – I loved him in the movies, but I wasn’t really bothered at all that he barely appeared in the show, because I found him a bit annoying. Yet, he did save Baird in the end, so I will give him credit for that.
  • The final revelations about Dulaque, who’s really Lancelot Du Lac, and Jenkins, who’s Galahad were a bit rushed for me. They did make the finale a double feature, but the episodes didn’t have anything to do with each other and I would have preferred it, if they spent more time talking about this. The fact that Jenkins had something to do with Camelot was already hinted at by his meeting with Morgana, but I did not see that coming. I have no idea how closely the show follows the Arthurian legend, but that revelation would basically mean that Dulaque is Jenkins’ father (because Galahad was Lancelot’s illegitimate son) … talk about family issues.
  • As I mentioned above, the actual finale would have been worthy of a series finale, even though I imagine there is still a lot to tell. Everything was so resolved though – We got the library back, Baird and Flynn are together, fighting the bad guys and cutting the others loose to go on their own adventures, who in turn decide to stay together as well, rather than splitting up.
  • The first Season as a whole was quite interesting. Sometimes it got a bit too silly for me, but I liked the mix of more serious cases versus the casual ones. I am still not a huge fan of the visual effects, but they did get better with time. Maybe I’m just imagining that though. My favourite episodes include the one with the haunted house and the one where they all turned into fairy tale characters. Any favourites you want to talk about?

It was a good start for the series and I am eager to find out if there will be more. What are your thoughts on the Librarians?