I am not entirely sure if I liked this episode more than the first one (the mannequins probably had a lot to do with that) but it was definitely a more appropriate first/ pilot episode. It would have been interesting to see the beginning of the series showing the end of the world. In the first episode, when the Doctor had said that he travels through time, I started to wonder how they were going to show this. I have to say, the Doctor pulling, and twisting levers and knobs was not a very impressive process of time travel. I expected it to be a little more complicated and formulated, with at least an input of numbers. It was almost similar to how you would see children playing around with levers and knobs.  But perhaps this quirkiness is what gives this show its charm.

There have been a good number of films and shows that have depicted the end of the world, but I have yet to see one like this episode. The end of the world is usually portrayed, set on earth, as a brutal attack of nature, with tidal waves and fire all around (quick nod to “2012”, not that I liked it). But I never looked at the end of the world in the perspective of beings outside of Earth, with the last human barely living a human life and still so self centered and narcissistic. Seeing that the last human left was a paper-thin piece of skin, with no other parts but a face, was both funny and alarming. Is this what people think will become of us? It was almost embarrassing to see the exaggeration of how humans are now—finding the need to be unnecessarily thin, and constantly worrying about looking unnaturally “good.” It was extremely amusing to see the beings that gathered to pay respects to the end of the world. However, I wish that I knew what these characters were, and where they came from, but perhaps these are things that I will discover throughout the rest of the series. I most especially took a liking to the alien trees, one of which (Jabe) ends up saving Rose. How fitting and ironic that in the end, the trees, something that humans of this day and age take for granted and exploit, exist well beyond humans, and are shown to be the kindest and most generous beings.

It was very entertaining to hear Britney Spears’ music play out of a jukebox, or as they called it, an iPod. I would hope that the music that we will be remembered by would not be that of Britney Spears, but seeing the end of the world commemorated by aliens, it was almost comforting to hear “Toxic.”

I liked that this episode was not at all what I had expected it to be, which is actually what is so great about science fiction. It is twisted, unpredictable, and wildly entertaining. This is how I would describe this second episode. It was definitely more profound than the first one, and if it were the first episode, it would have been a great introduction, as it was very science fiction-esque, more so than “Rose,” the actual first episode. I myself am not a sci-fi fanatic, but I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.

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