10/02/2011

"The Wedding of River Song" (Season 6, Episode 13) was a satisfying end to a mediocre season, but at least it wrapped things up nicely.

The ending of the sixth season was a bitter-sweet moment. There were many highs and lows, but nothing that really stuck in my end. No cool new villains were introduced like the "Weeping Angels." The Silence were alright in that you couldn't remember them after you saw them and you had to have a mark on the arm. Other than that they were more creepy than scary. That they wore suits was the creepiest part. Freaky.

River Song's history was finally revealed and it was a twisted tale of paradoxes and hilarity. The biggest moment of the season was the death of the Doctor. Not surprisingly, it turns out he didn't really die. That's not a spoiler unless your gullible. How he survives is a spoiler, so I won't get into it. Suffice it to say that it was nice twist, but kind of obvious if you think about it. I won't say that it didn't surprise me, but it wasn't exactly mind-bending.

The explanation of the eyepatches was nice since lots of people speculated that it showed River and Amy were joining the Silence. Turned out it was just a USB drive to remember seeing the Silence. The wedding of the Doctor and River was touching in a way and gave a final nod to many moments in the series.

The Doctor, in his final TARDIS ride, calls his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and finds that he has died peacefully in his sleep. This was a nice bookend to the character and a call-back to the older series. The actor Nicholas Courtney, 81, died earlier this year so it was a touching moment. Nice touch.

An interesting direction the series is taking is that the Doctor is going into hiding. I think that will make a nice twist since everyone in the Universe seems to know about him. There's also two plot points introduced: the Fields of whatever-they-call-it and "Doctor Who?"

Overall, it was a good episode in a field of mediocre episodes so I'll give three stars. Good, but nowhere near as good as it could have been.

What did you think of the sixth season of Doctor Who? Were you surprised by the ending?
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