“Eccleston was a tiger and Tennant was, well, Tigger. Smith is an uncoordinated housecat who pretends that he meant to do that after falling off a piece of furniture.” — Steven Moffat
I think we all know who that makes Capaldi.
This is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
- A lot of Natasha’s mysterious reputation around SHIELD stems from the fact that she sometimes doesn’t know how to end a conversation so she’ll dive away Batman style when the other person’s back is turned.
- Whenever Natasha walks into a room, she immediately ranks everyone in it from most to least threatening, then favorite to least favorite. For the second list, no one can match Tony’s ability to go from a respectable placing to dead last in the span of one sentence.
- She’ll watch any movie with “shark” in the title, provided the movie is also objectively terrible.
- Natasha loves emojis.
- Natasha genuinely enjoyed spending time with Pepper while investigating Tony, but once her mission was over, Natasha immediately disappeared to avoid the awkwardness of the “so hey, I was undercover and everything I told you about myself was a lie” conversation. Then Maria starts working at Stark Industries and arranges power lunches that seem a lot like the three women getting mimosas and complaining about their day, and now Natasha and Pepper have a standing dinner date every time they’re in the same city.
- She changes her hair so often for the novel joy of being able to choose what she looks like. Natasha has liked all her hairstyles, except that one perm which we don’t talk about or acknowledge existed, Clint, don’t you dare show those pictures to Steve.
- She knows it’s childish, but Natasha identifies to an uncomfortable degree with any robot character who seems to be programmed to experience emotion, especially if the humans around them doubt the robot really feels anything. (It’s not like she’s written anything down about it, she’s not that sad, but for the past decade Natasha has been working on this version of Blade Runner where it’s this replicant who’s the hero, and she ends up escaping Earth and heads off to explore alien planets with a mech-shark she stole from the Tyrell Corporation, it sounds dumb but it’s actually very exciting and oh god, Natasha is that sad.)
- Once Natasha left her phone on Sam’s kitchen table. When she came back two minutes later, Sam and Steve had managed to take eighty-two selfies. She kept them all. It’s embarrassing how happy they make her.
- But it’s more embarrassing to Sam and Steve when Natasha shows the selfies to Maria and Pepper at lunch, and that makes Natasha pretty happy too.
Does anyone else remember that gif with the phone in the microwave and then Voldemort’s soul rose up from it before it melted down
There was a demon in that phone and it was killed in the microwave and no one can convince me otherwise
Okay… So, um, yeah.
Having just caught up with “Robot of Sherwood”, I’ve been fond of the first three episodes of Doctor Who! I really have! The Doctor is delightfully weird and crotchety, Clara is owning, and the comedic timing could not be better.
But in my right to state my own opinion, I have to point out the big stick that’s been poking me in the forehead at some point in each episode since “The Time of the Doctor.”
I’m a Christian. I enjoy Doctor Who so very, very much, because it’s clean entertainment with astounding characters and environments. I am not offended by the references to evolution, or the Big Bang, or even “Satan” from The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. Those things played out as basically neutral social references. And since becoming a Whovian, I have always loved the show.
I have not loved the recent Biblical allusions, however.
Okay, you’re thinking “Huh?? You’re a Christian and you don’t want the Bible to be mentioned in DW? YOU’RE A WEIRDO GOODBYE.” But hear me out, eh?
With “The Promised Land” (also, the Doctor insisting “There is no Paradise!”) Missy and “Heaven”, the insinuation of the Doctor’s divinity/the fact that he’s always been a Christ figure (which I’ve been okay with to this point) but makes comments as mentioned above, and the phrase “the opiate of the people” (something that anti-religious extremists have been known to call various forms of ‘religion’), I’m wondering if there isn’t a big, honking anti-Christian message here.
"YOU’RE BEING OVER-SENSITIVE, GET OVER IT," say the general populace. And you know what? I would say that about myself too, I really would. Biblical references, direct or indirect, pop up in all sorts of media, and I accept a universal freedom of speech and opinion.
But Doctor Who, as a whole, has never seemed so anti-religious as it has in recent years. The woman who lives in “Heaven” is sketchy. There is a Space Church that was out to either kill or prevent the Doctor from doing his noble work. The Doctor is suddenly so very frustrated when someone brings up the notion of an afterlife. I start to wonder where the plot/character elements end and the meta, writer-driven socio-political jargon begins.
(I say this, mostly, because I am aware that several people involved [currently or previously] with Doctor Who are atheists— most notably, everyone’s favorite show-runner, Steven Moffat. I respect him as an artist, but I wonder if he cares to respect a fair handful of his audience.)
Main thing is, everything is starting to feel pointed. Maybe I’m the only one who feels it, but all I can say is that I’m sad that my favorite show can make me feel so downright uncomfortable.
The people who put together DW can turn it into whatever they want, because it’s their show and they have that freedom. However, I think taking potshots at a certain social sector through your once socially neutral show is a little low.
Ah well. I’ll see how it plays out, and hope that I won’t have reason to feel too alienated.
(…see what I did there?)EDIT: Also, to be clear, I would be offended if any (previously neutral) television show suddenly and directly alienated any non-violent religion, not just Christianity.