Okay, I'll admit it. I screamed and clapped for every colored Dalek that came through that gateway. This much is true.I will also honestly tell you that this is the first episode where I looked at Matt Smith and saw the Doctor. (Even though he continuously does that im-looking-at-you-over-my-brow thing that creeps me out.)
However, here are some truths that wont be so easy for me to say. Am I the only one who feels like these episodes have all been ill paced? I feel like everything that happens in these episodes is happening in 20 minutes. The Daleks had arrived before I even turned the television on, and the world was in danger before I had even turned the volume up. They have to figure out how to space these things evenly in the time that they have. Otherwise, I'm not going to care about anything or anyone that is up for annihilation or extermination.
Here's more truth: Why has Amy Pond saved the day yet again? I understand that a good companion is useful and relevant. But I also understand that we watch this show because the Doctor will somehow always find a way to save the day. He's our hero. And right now I feel like Amy Pond is actually what he regenerated into. Maybe she IS the Doctor! A ginger AND female. Now, don't misunderstand, I am in no way knocking a woman saving the day. I feel like the eleventh Doctor is in a position where he needs to gain his audiences trust. If this is the third episode and he's still failing at saving the planet...
Truth number five: How absolutely *ridiculous* was that extreme close up of the crack at the end of this episode? We get it guys. You're building up to something. Jesus. With the Bad Wolf stuff, it was fairly less than obvious. And I still find new Bad Wolf symbols every time I rewatch an episode. I will say that I am very interested in the fact that Amy didn't remember anything about the Daleks. And deep down inside of me I was hoping that the Doctor would say something along the lines of, "You should remember. Everyone should. I ...I lost somebody important to that war." As his eyes focus on the doors of the Tardis. He didnt.
Speaking of Tardis doors, let's talk about truth six. I am completely overjoyed that he has not given Amy Pond a key to the Tardis yet. I'm happy about the fact that half the time he doesn't seem to care about her all that much. He leaves her in places all the time. And he hasn't upgraded her cell phone to be able to call anywhere, anytime yet. I feel as if he's taking his time with this companion. I like that. Perhaps he hasn't let go of his past as much as we think he has.
So, the Daleks return, they are blasted by airplanes in outer space, and they live to see another 18 episodes of Dalek over use. All in all I give this episode a B. River Song and the Angel's next wweek. Let's pray it's not a sloppier version of "Blink" and "Silence in the Library" thrown together.