Don’t order the muffins with your continental breakfast at the Bates Motel. The chef has included a special ingredient; just ask little Emma. While Norman is planning something nasty for Bradley, Dylan may have risked his life in helping her find closure over her father’s death. Mr. Abernathy wants his money and he wants it now! Sounds like a JG Wentworth commercial to me. Norma doesn’t have it. Who does? Find out after the jump.
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The Doctor has many secrets, but not the least of them is his real name. Other than The Master and other Gallifreyans, few folks are aware of it. River Song knows it, and she’s back in tonight’s season finale. Will we at last learn “The Name of The Doctor”? Find out in my review, after the jump…
Did you hear that “squeeeee”? Yeah, that was me watching the pre-credit sequence of this episode. We see The First Doctor, yeah baby, William Hartnell, and his granddaughter stealing a faulty TARDIS on Gallifrey… before being stopped by Clara Oswald. Then it gets better.
Her voiceover claims she was made to save The Doctor, and then encounters the Colin Baker version, Tom Baker, then Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, then finally Matt Smith, then the other shoe drops.
She says she entered the world on a leaf, the leaf that caused her parents to meet, fall in love, and have her. She’s the Impossible Girl who was born to save The Doctor. Roll credits. If the rest of the episode holds up to the opening, Steven Moffat, you are The Man.
Through the magic of dreams, ‘where time travel has always been possible,’ several old friends return in a magical unconscious conference call. Among them are Madam Vastra, Jenny, and Commander Strax (where’s our spin-off??!), as well as Professor River Song and Clara Oswald.
A murderer has traded his life for a secret to Vastra, one of The Doctor’s secrets. Unfortunately, new monsters, called The Whisper Men, attack the conference call and capture our Victorian London trio. Once again, Moffet has created couchworthy monsters.
Clara returns to The Doctor, relates the tale of a secret The Doctor will take to the grave, that is discovered, and of the place called Trenzalore. It upsets him greatly. Of course he’s upset. When you’re a time traveller, there is one place you must never go. Trenzalore is where The Doctor’s grave is. Whoa.
Hard to get there, as the TARDIS refuses to go, but eventually The Doctor and Clara arrive on Trenzalore. There, surprise surprise, the villain of the second half of season seven reveals himself, Dr. Simian, possessed by the Great Intelligence. He’s holding Vastra, Jenny, and Strax captive in the tomb of The Doctor.
Once inside the tomb, which is the TARDIS of course, albeit super-sized because all the paradoxes that make it bigger on the inside are broken, they encounter The Doctor’s corpse. It’s not a body, but an energy signature of all his trips through time, an open wound in the fabric of time itself.
The Great Intelligence, in a bid to destroy The Doctor once and for all, enters the wound, destroying all of The Doctors all at once, reversing all of his victories into defeats, and erasing The Doctor from history. If you’re following along, you know what happens next.
Yeah, enter the Impossible Girl. She counteracts the Great Intelligence at every turn, saving The Doctor as we’ve seen her do multiple times in different incarnations – and as we saw in the pre-credits scenes of this very episode.
Just when we thought even in death, River Song gets the short end of the stick, she gets a proper goodbye and a hot goodbye kiss, along with a juicy ‘spoilers’ line. Then The Doctor jumps into his own timeline after Clara. Yeah, crazy sumbitch thinks he’s going to save her.
That’s when things get bad. While The Doctor is looking for her, she keeps seeing ghosts of old Doctors. These visions, as well as those in the beginning, including colorized versions of the first two, are very well done by the way.
The Doctor finds her, inside his own time stream, haunted by ghosts of the past and the future. That’s when they encounter John Hurt, credited as The Doctor, and whom Matt Smith names as not acting in the name of The Doctor. Could this be another evil future incarnation of The Doctor, like The Valeyard referenced earlier this episode? Or could it be the incarnation who performed unspeakable acts in the Time War? Time will tell.
The Doctor (perhaps several different ones) returns in November for the big 50th anniversary, and hopefully some answers… And if you can’t wait until then, you could always go see Star Trek. What’s that you say? You missed Noel (Mickey Smith) Clarke in Star Trek Into Darkness? You better get to the theater and see him, great flick!
Holy Hippies in a Van! When you have sons, you never know what the hell they’re going to drag home. Norma has lots of surprises with her boys. Norman has a new hobby, and although, I guess it’s a step up from a pet rock; it’s still gross. Dylan brings home some new friends who will be staying at the motel. An angry, former renter has left Norma a little thank you gift, but Norma prefers her lovers; alive and breathing. What possibly could go wrong this week? In the town of White Pine Bay; your guess is as good as mine. Meet me after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
This week, the ‘Hit List’ is read on Smash, everyone is dating on Psych, Justin Timberlake rocks Saturday Night Live, it’s Thanksgiving on Community, and then there’s the season finale of White Collar.
What will you be watching?
This week’s episode of American Horror Story jumps around in time while continuing the stories of the surviving characters. Sister Jude’s struggles to escape Briarcliff are made more difficult by an inmate who looks an awful lot like the Angel of Death, Lana’s book on her experiences with Bloodyface is a huge bestseller, and Kit’s relationships with Grace and Alma are resolved.
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This week: MTV attempts to remake the British cult classic The Inbetweeners, and True Blood ends the season with a high body count.
Monday August 20th
Hells Kitchen (9pm): The chefs’ abilities to teach are tested when they are challenged to instruct students to prepare recipes using only words for guidance.
WWE Raw (9pm): The fallout from last night’s SummerSlam. Brock Lesner is back and CM Punk is on his way to becoming a heel.
Major Crimes (9pm): The Closer’s well-watched spin-off debuts in its regular time slot with an episode that finds the division working a twisty homicide, Provenza chafing against the changes within the department and Raydor struggling to earn respect while keeping a close eye on Rusty. Susan Ward (Sunset Beach) guest-stars.
Grimm (10pm): Nick and his mother team up to fight the Mauvais Dentes. Meanwhile, details about Juliette’s affliction come to light as Monroe and Rosalee race against the clock to save her; Nick gets into trouble with the FBI; and Capt. Renard deals with his brother.
The Inbetweeners (10:30pm): SERIES PREMIERE! Will McKenzie (Joey Pollari) deals with changing schools and making new friends in the premiere of this American remake of the irreverent British sitcom about a group of not-entirely-cool adolescents.
There’s more to watch after the jump!
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This week it’s all about the season finale’s! Read on to see which shows are ending with a bang!
It was the season finale of Alcatraz last night with two back-to-back episodes. Unfortunately there is still no news about a second season for the J.J. Abrams produced drama. The ratings have dipped even lower than the already cancelled Terra Nova, so things are not looking good. Last night’s finale definitely went out with a bang and they gave it all they got. After the cliffhanger ending, I am definitely on board for season two and keeping my fingers crossed. Read the rest of this entry