Another series I find myself enjoying again is Doctor Who. I was a big fan of the series ever since its modern relaunch (with Christopher Eccleston), and stuck with it until the start of the season with Peter Capaldi (season 8). I didn’t have anything against Capaldi, it was more me finding myself enjoying the series less and less during the previous seasons (with Matt Smith, who I did still like as a character). I was excited to see what Capaldi would do with the role, but after just 1-2 episodes I’d had enough and stopped watching. Ever since, I’ve been hearing great things about his run, and so I’ve decided to jump in again, and am having a lot of fun so far (5 episodes in). Maybe I just needed a bit of a breather.
I haven’t watched the second episode yet of this new season, which friends are saying was much better, but I gotta say that I didn’t much care for the season opener. The new Doctor is great, and the bits I did enjoy were because of his characterization. But plot-wise, it was a bore, and really didn’t feel like it needed to be an extra-sized episode.
I wasn’t particularly interested in checking out this show when it first started, thinking it was just cheesy, but a friend of mine kept saying how good it was, and so I finally decided to dig into the first season, and I must say, I’m having a lot of fun watching it so far. I’m 13 episodes in, and things keep getting more and more interesting – and I’m told that season 2 is even better. I also like that if you know the comics, you get hints based on character names, and they’ve been able to attract some great actors too, like Torchwood/Doctor Who’s John Barrowman and Spartacus‘ Manu Bennett. Sure, there are still cheesy elements in the show, but for the most part it’s nicely done, and the flashbacks to the island add suspense to the narrative.