Caught up on the last few eps:
Given its rep and some of the chatter around it I was expecting this to be far more preachy and melodramatic than it was. Instead it went for a quieter style that was far more effective, with Krastos final speech being an excellent example of how this sort of crap doesn’t disappear. Similarly, you can read the historical accounts and know what happened, but not feel it in the same way this episode achieved. Just the imagery of the bus, with segregated seats, makes the point very well.
The Tsuranga Conundrum
This was fun. Did find it funny that Antos managed to get the Doc to stop being a macho moron and back the hell down. Did wonder if they were going to explode the little bastard Pting in ‘new brutal Who’ moment, but nope the little shit survived the explosion.
Demons of the Punjab
Wow. This was a desperately sad yet so very fittingly so episode. What’s sadder is the fact that the same divisional shit that went on then, had happened before and continued to happen again and again the world over. There are demons in the world, they’re those individuals that incite others to kill their neighbour of years over a small difference, the purity ideologues for whom no amount of death and suffering will ever be enough. As might be evident, I liked the revelation of the ‘demons’ true nature a great deal.
This is a tricky one. I liked that that little shit Charlie not only killed someone he might have actually loved, but was killed by his own scheme. It had quite a good riff on the nature of management but did those in those positions actually learn anything? I’m not so certain.
It’s notable that, at the heart of companies like Amazon, management has a deep distrust of their workers thus the constant monitoring - it all indicates a lack of trust and confidence, or perhaps the individual of the managers themselves. They reason that if they could get away with doing less, they would, thus everyone else must be the same, thus the system has to be the way it is.
And those robots were fucking creepy.
So, how’s the series doing? For me, pretty damn good.