of Anarchy Season 5 Episode 1 who give the episode a real emotional
grounding amongst the plot-rush. Moffat uses his “disembodied voice pleading
for help” shtick again (see, “Silence In The Library” – oh, and by the way,
anybody else now wondering if there were any Silents in the library?) but then
gets so much mileage out of Rory’s eavesdropping (both for comic and dramatic
effect) you really don’t mind. Karen Gillan just gets better with every episode now, while it’s hard to
believe Rory isn’t getting a whole new set of fans as well.
Once again we’re treated to some outstanding direction, glorious performances,
near flawless FX and gorgeous locations (let’s hope the whole budget for the
series hasn’t been blown). “Day Of The Moon” is huge fun, effortlessly
entertaining, beguilingly bat’s-arse and blessed with a cliffhanger so
jawdroppingly unexpected it’s bound to keep viewers hooked. All of which helps Sons of Anarchy
Season 5 Episode 1 smooth over the
fact that it also feels just slightly too disjointed, inconclusive and
I’m too impatient. I’ve got to start with the cliffhanger. What the hell just
happened there? Let’s work some theories. If that’s Amy’s daughter, as has been
strongly hinted (the photo in the children’s home is the key example), then
she’s a Time Lord. Does that make the baby the Doctor’s (it’s sounding a bit
like a soap opera, granted, but bear with me)? Or, could it be a young River
Song? After all, the Doctor and River are moving further and further away from
each other. Could River be a Time Lord? Or, here’s theory three: is the
regenerating girl the return of Donna Noble in some form? That’s the long shot,
but it can’t be young Amelia, Sons of Anarchy
Season 5 Episode 1 as we know what
she looks like at that age.
Or do we? For here's a further thought: could the girl be regenerating into
someone who is far more familiar to us? Perhaps regenerating into Amy or River?
That strikes me as the thread to follow. Heck, if we play this game too long,
we could end up with River Song as Amy’s daughter. My head hurts now. It should
also be noted that Amy doesn’t think she’s pregnant by the end of the episode.
But we don’t buy that, and nor does the Doctor, given the erratic scan he
quietly performs on her using the Tardis. Something puzzling is going on,
Sons of Anarchy
Season 5 Episode 1 and I’m little
help in telling you what it is.
In fact, while my head buzzes with theories, let’s deal with one certainty:
Steven Moffat has pulled a massive, game-changing ending at the end of an
already terrific episode. Do feel free to skip the review if you want, and
start leaving your own theories in the comments. Meanwhile, we’ll go through
the rest of the episode. Day Of The Moon first and foremost wrapped up the
opening two parter nicely. The device of using the moon landing was marked from
the start of The Impossible Astronaut, but it was a logical and well-worked way
for all concerned to turn the tables on The Silence. That surely isn’t the last
we’ve seen of them, though, Sons of Anarchy Season 5
Episode 1 although I do hope they’re
sparingly used. They’re too sinister to go on the Daleks/Cybermen rota.
Also, I’ve got
to salute the comedy again. Most of it surrounded Richard Nixon, not least the
lovely reason put in place as to why the President obsessively kept his tapes.
I love it when Doctor Who does this. We’ve had the Great Fire Of London
explained in the past, and now we know that the Doctor was a contributor to the
Watergate scandal. A further comedy treat was the wonderfully daft, Sons of Anarchy
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bound to be slagged off somewhere on the Internet
moment, where River Song dived in the Tardis swimming pool. You may be one of
those who didn’t like it. Me? I laughed my socks off. As I did at the moment
tells Nixon who he wants to marry.
The David Frost line topped the lot, though. But it’s the serious business of
the episode that’s going to set the Internet alight, and rightly so. Taking a
cue from Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Steven Moffat’s script, and Toby Haynes’
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up the desperately sinister feel of The Silence, and it was through two
clever devices that the tables started to turn. The recorders in the
hand, and the visually striking marks on hands and faces. The recorder had a
double function, in that it let Rory into some of what Amy has been thinking.
We’ve been led to believe that Amy doesn’t really like Rory that much over the
past year (certainly she’s amongst the least sympathetic of Doctor Who
companions at times), and it was being implied that it’s the Doctor that Amy
has a torch for (see also: the wedding at the end of the last series). That
he’s the third person in their relationship.