Brief review of the latest episode…
The season continues to delight. Scary halloween witches (who are, naturally, aliens…so no need to get all offended-pagan on ’em), Shakespeare, Elizabethan England (with far better costuming than Showtime’s The Tudors), clever plot, Harry Potter references….excellent all around.
The thing that strikes me is just how tight this season’s episodes are. The production team has really hit their stride — the writing, the effects….not a wasted scene, or moment that made me cringe. Best words in best order.
My favorite lines of the episode:
“The light of Shadmock’s hollow moon doth shine on to a point in space betwixt Dravidian Shores and Linear 5930167.02, and strikes the fulsome grove of Rexel 4; Co-radiating crystal activate!” (The rather unusual final speech from Love’s Labors Won)
“It’s just another kind of science. You lot chose maths. With the proper numbers and equations, you can split the atom. The Carrionites use words.”
and, of course:
Cracking stuff. An excellent run-down of references, in-jokes, etc. can be found at the episodes’ wikipedia entry.