Posted 03 June 2006 - 04:17 PM
Delvo, on Jun 3 2006, 05:04 PM, said:
Christopher, on Jun 2 2006, 10:31 PM, said:
But about the Daleks being the bad guys... I don't get it. The Daleks are ruthless, malevolent, xenophobic, sadistic, monomaniacal, homicidal. At times they've been devious and calculating. But now Russell Davies seems to be asking us to believe they're capable of whimsy. Why would they manipulate events to make the phrase "Bad Wolf," a reference to a fairy-tale character, follow the Doctor through history? (Not to mention how.) And why would they be behind this Byzantine thing with game shows? Well, I'm willing to grant that that part wasn't their idea -- that they just allowed humanity to develop its own bad habits and managed to twist them into something worse. Even so, the whole thing seems out of character for the Daleks.
Did you hear the comments along the way about the station's gadgetry being wired some unusual way that made it evident that it was doing a lot more than just broadcasting shows, and see the scene at the end when it was revealed that this was because it was actively (putting energy into) hiding the Dalek fleet, as if by "broadcasting" what Trek would have called a "cloaking field"?
All we really know the Daleks were getting out of this or cared about is the cover for their fleet. The rest of it could have causes outside of themselves or be just a part of how they accomplish that goal. (For example, the TV shows make a nifty cover story for their real use of the station, and they don't have to be the ones who decided what content the shows would consist of, or if they did then it might have been what they calculated what would keep the locals the most complacent.)
What do they need to hide the fleet for? If they've taken bad losses, they could have switched tactics like any good military force, deciding that they need to first rebuild in safety before they can re-engage.
Christopher is also thinking that the Daleks are behind the whole Bad Wolf thing.
Everything in the season comes to a head in the finale and the Dalek's behavior will be explained and it's something of a shocker.
Edited by DWF, 03 June 2006 - 05:24 PM.
The longest-running science fiction series: decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans... Cybermen! They're still in the nursery compared to us. Fifty years of absolute fandom. That's what it takes to be really critical.
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