OP Tipping wrote:Well Oxygen was a good episode. The first four eps of season 10 were a bit ho-hum, certainly disappointing after a top-notch season 9.
Wow, really? I've thought everything in series 10 has been great so far (although Knock Knock was a little worse than the rest). And it's hard to compete with season 9!
I think it'll depend highly upon the viewer.
Noting that I haven't yet seen Oxygen (but know that it's a ?future?-space setting) and I don't intend to spoil things myself in the following (so vaguer than I want to be), we've seen contemporary-Earth with out-of-place-tech for Pilot, then future-colony-gone-wrong, then historic-Earth-with-bad-humans-and-alien-lifeform, then contemporary-Earth-with-historic-oddness.
It's bouncing around settings and
the nature of the threat. Even the reason for sticking with the encounter, with Knock Knock being a "trapped"-type plotline (once initially drawn in), but ?Ice? being a "we don't have to solve this, but I
must" kind. I don't yet know if Oxygen will have the Impossible Planet "this is why we have to solve it" reason, the one from Waters Of Mars or it's something of a Smile/Girl In The Fireplace "threat to those not already directly involved. And, depending upon the viewer, some people like the "hey ho, two battling factions in a quarry, to Whom I must brimg peace" story, whilst others favour the "existential threat to humanity at an important juncture" one, and yet others want to see Midnight-type episodes at least once a season, if not alternating episodes!
Personally, I found good points and not-so in all the latest episodes. Nothing 'classic' (old-classic, anyway, Ice was 'new-classic' if anything was, and Smile could have almost been Rose Tyler's early/late jaunt adventures with a few minor updatws, and I imagine they had to try hard to distance the visuals from The Girl Who Waited, though it clearly lacked the timey-wimey depths) I found the bouncing around of the tone of the Vault arc-snippets most disconcerting, so far. Obviously building up to something, but one showing I'm assuming some sort of Cyberised monster is battling to get out, another it seems that the occupant is benign-yet-occasionally-contrary. Half expecting Pandorica parallels, on this latter point alone. Including that it's the next regeneration, somehow sitting there bored out of hisk/her) skull for reasons that will have to be explained. Or the actual solution to why Twelve looks like at least two Earth people...