Ep 5 was all about vikings and the thing with showing advanced technology seems like magic to undeveloped civilisations. Is it me or is this season going to be more 2 part eps?
How fucking great was this two parter!?
I was a bit suss with the vikings at the start since I also had an episode of The Last Kingdom
to watch too and they do vikings so well.. but then mother-fucken Odin showing his face! Jeebus I was not expecting that! Very cool war-race, just taking what they want and leave, nuts technology. The whole training shit was a bit iffy and a filler, but there was more than enough to keep the episode going.
The whole "that's the trouble living in a virtual/augmented world" (or whatever) was pretty damn interesting. Something like that could be more of a reality soon with Hololens/Glass. Imagine when it's so mainsteam everyone is wearing it, world will be a very different place.
Arya did well throughout the episode, but then the end just took off in a whole different direction and holy-fucking-shit. Quite the mindfuck, very cool stuff. Then the second part, just great! She definitely got lucky with her role, first time on the show and gets made immortal and what hopefully looks like a recurring and important role. Was something very off about her character though, I reckon it wasn't her just being 800 years old stuck in time.. probably more like 80,000 years old and a time traveller herself just hunting artifacts or something.. but maybe still gullible or a bit strange due to human memory limitations and shit.
The whole two parter just seemed to open another door in the Doctor Who universe. It seemed to hint, beg, or scream that the universe is so much bigger than The Doctor (or we) know and that's marvellous and a tad scary at the same time. It has always felt contained in this bubble and The Doctor was all-knowing.. but now with other immortals and fucking lion princes and death-portals, it all felt like we're just scratching the surface of the unknown. I even felt a bit of a Rick and Morty vibe, just so much amazing batshit insane stuff happening so rapidly. I thought it was something really special that evolved or transcended itself, and it'll be a shame to go back to the inevitable "run away from monster of the week" formula.
So much for no ripples (or tidal waves..)