5 June 2010

Still waiting, part 5

Another misfire. Never made it to the hospital.  We had the usual doctor's appointment this morning, and he has made arrangements for inducement, so, unless labour starts soon, Puff will be induced on Wednesday.

On the upside, unless labour starts today, I will be able to see Doctor Who tonight, which can only be regarded as a Good Thing.

To answer LarryD's question: At the risk of dating myself very badly, for me, Tom Baker will always be the Doctor.  Okay, that's not the question you asked.  Just thought I would toss that in.  Matt Smith is a good Doctor thus far, but the real heart and soul of this series thus far is Amy Pond.  I also really liked the woman in the Weeping Angels two parter.  Matt Smith's greatest strength thus far seems to be a willingness to occasionally step aside and let someone else carry the scene.  That is a good thing.

The Daleks' episode did have some weaknesses, although I must admit I did like the whole Spitfires in Space thing, cheesy as it was.  The Spitfire is the symbol of the War and Victory to the British, so they would have seen it as awesome, but what would have been even more awesome, in my humble opinion, is if they could have wrapped a few of those gravity bubbles around a couple of battleships, and floated the King George V and the Rodney and the Warspite up there.  Flying battleships pointing their monster guns at a space ship and just pounding away would have been among the most awesomely awesome sights in the history of Scifi. (In truth and fairness, the Japanese already did this in Starblazers, but that was anime.  This could have looked like the Real Thing.)

Back to the pregnancy, Puff is very uncomfortable and is having spasms and contractions off and on.  Twice now they have become regular and steady, then faded.  She wants this over and done with.  It is entirely possible that the pregnancy will not last until Wednesday.

7 comments:

LarryD said...

Ditto on Tom Baker. One of my most favorite lines of his: "What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish from time to time?"

I like Matt Smith - he's not as hammy as David Tennant (who I think was very good, actually), and like you said, he doesn't try to dominate every scene he's in. And I agree - Amy Pond is the lynchpin to this season - much more so than Rose Tyler. Best companion of the "new" series yet.

Opinion of "Vampires of Venice"? For me, I'm glad that the 'Amy's got the hots for the Doctor' theme has pretty much been vaporized (at least I hope so!), and the location for the story was really good. Isn't it great that the series has a budget where they can actually film in places other than a disused quarry? I wonder if in future series, they'll cross the Big Pond and shoot a couple in North America somewhere...

Bear-i-tone said...

I was uncertain about the Vampires of Venice episode. It was a bit of a discontinuity, because the previous episode had ended with the Docotr saying that he needed to straighten Amy out, and he seemed to be talking about the relationship between her and the cracks. The entire time I watched the episode I was thinking: "But what about the cracks?"

On the one hand, I am glad they have a budget to do some decent effects now, but I hope the effects don't take over. One of the strengths of the classic Doctor Who was its poor budget. The makers of the show could not rely on special effects so they had to come up good scripts. I would hate it if this show became another special effects showcase, where the storytelling gets lost in the technology. That is one of the things that happened, in my humble opinion, to teh Lord of the Rings movies. Story was sacrificed and replaced with spectacular special effects, which were great to look at, but served no purpose. They were put in because they could be.

Patience said...

Consider castor oil. Not pleasant but got me good results twice. I think it works best if you're a bit dialated.

LarryD said...

Re: special effects. I agree - but I think that won't be the case. The writers they're using are very strong in character, storyline, tension - while I like the strength of the special effects, to me they are tertiary. In today's world of sci-fi tv, special effects are a key component in terms of being competitive and watchable.

As to the "continuity" - the queen of the alien race did refer to "cracks", so that gave the episode some continuity. Maybe the "cracks" influenced the TARDIS traveling to Venice in the first place...

Stay tuned...

And as to Patience's advice - castor oil worked for my wife on Younger Son of LarryD.

Mary333 said...

No, Puff won't like castor oil - nobody likes that stuff. Unpleasant is an understatement;)Besides, labor hurts bad enough as it is. I wonder why we spell things different here?

Patience said...

Like I said; just a suggestion and probably good to check with the doctor first before trying. I used it twice when my waters had broken and nothing was happening. My first labour was 2 hours (second child( and my second was 45 mins) You could say the path was well oiled! LOL!!
Anyway I hope all goes well. The important thing is a healthy baby and mom.

Bear-i-tone said...

Mary333

Canadians often retain the British spellings, although we may use the American spellings as well. I prefer to adhere to the British spellings personally, so superfluous u's are the order of the day, as in colour, honour, labour, the Roulling Stounes. That sort of thing.