So that is that. The end of the journey for Amy and Rory. It ended in an interesting fashion, one that was somewhat predictable, and one that seems artificially final. Also, yes, argh, the Statue of Liberty business. This isn’t an actual review, per se, just my thoughts. So here they are.
Why can’t the Doctor travel back to whenever to visit Amy and Rory? That makes no sense, and was basically handwaved in the episode. If they got sent back to, say, 1890 or so (Rory was in his 80s in 1938, so this seems about when they got sent back), well, we know the Doctor can go to that time period, since he’s done it before. So why can’t he now? Also, how long before this gets forgotten and we see the Doctor back in that part of time anyhow on some totally different mission?
The Statue of Liberty business really was very irritating. It was so needless, and frankly struck me as something Davies would have done, though in his case, the statue probably also would have been a drag queen. I understand why Moffat and crew were tempted to do this, but they should have resisted, or done as my friend Rob suggested, and have Rory say something like, “I thought I saw the Statue of Liberty move,” but not actually show it as an angel.
On that note, since when can the angels posses other statues? I dimly think I remember some line about that in a previous episode, but I might be wrong. Do any of you recall?
If the Doctor reads that something happened in a book, he can’t change it. Really? That doesn’t make sense. How does he know the book isn’t fiction? How does he know River wrote down the correct version of the story?
The location shooting in New York City was really well-done, and I kind of liked the concept of the angel farm building, though I imagine if they really did keep people locked up in small apartments for 50 years or so, it wouldn’t be long before the people in question would start killing themselves.
The angel babies were really creepy and well-used. In fact, the angels as a whole were far better and more interesting here than they were in the previous angel two-parter, though not quite to the level of greatness they reached in “Blink”. I also loved the final shot of young Amy waiting for the Doctor.
I liked Amy and Rory, but I’m glad that they are gone, and that River Song is, hopefully, gone as well, at least for now. I’d like to see this Doctor get out from under the shadow of his companions, odd though that sounds. I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and seeing what the new companion is like. Gonna be a bit of a wait, but that’s ok. It’s fun to have something to look forward to!