The idea of an alien invasion of black cubes is a good one, but a weak ending almost killed it for me.
Image Above: Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) contemplate the black cubes. Doctor Who (2012) series 7, episode 4 "The Power of Three"
Official Synopsis: "The Doctor (Matt Smith) and the Pond's (Karen Gillian, Arthur Darvill) puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky. But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery."
The episode begins with Rory and Amy contemplating normal life and "Doctor life." Which do they prefer? Suddenly millions of black cubes pop out of nowhere and the Doctor arrives. After the cubes show up, so does Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) the new head of UNIT who are investigating them and searching for the Doctor.
The Doctor is forced to sit and wait along with the Pond's and the results are great. After a few minutes he becomes overcome by boredom and starts playing Soccer (Football) and Wii. Meanwhile, Rory's father Brian Williams (Mark Williams) hilariously concocts a system to sit and watch the cubes 24/7 for months.
Well written by Chris Chibnall, and directed by Douglas McKinnon, the tension built by the cubes appearing was great and the year of unknowns played nicely. Watching the Pond's travel on a mini-episode within the episode was fun and the moments between the Pond's and the Doctor are touching. The reveal of the final enemy was cool,but disappointingly brief. Here's hoping we see them again.
It was a powerful, tense and character driven episode with a flat ending. This could have been the episode of the year but there's still one more chance. If nothing else it reminds us why we love the team of three and will miss the Pond's.
(3 1/2 - Good, Should watch at least once)
What do you think of the episode? Will you miss the Pond's?
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