Sons 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 open-ended.
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.
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’ direction, Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Episode 1 built 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.