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11.7 - Kerblam!

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 1/22/19 2:31 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A thinly-veiled, pro-corporations episode. Jodie continues to be a highlight, though mainly due to the frankly dull performances of the rest of the cast. The writing is all over the place, trying, and failing, to capture the more whimsical spirit of the Eleventh Doctor's era, as it delivers a story that largely boils down to, "Amaz-I mean Kerblam! is great, isn't it!". The plot was contrived and painful to hear, taking far too long to set up an ultimately lackluster finale. Much of the story's emotional moments felt contrived and disingenuous, causing the story, as a whole, to fall flat. The effects are much improved for this episode though, and the design of the Kerblam! Man is well done.
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Reviewed By: PilordeReview Date: 12/17/18 8:29 am
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A more "classic" episode, with a murder mystery and the Doctor investigating. The ending surprised me, it was very enjoyable but not memorable.
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Reviewed By: Cixelsyd23Review Date: 12/7/18 6:27 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Doctor endorses big corporations that treat employees terribly because she likes getting fancy packages. The villain is the worker. His love interest is fridged and the Doctor barely blinks, despite losing it when someone is mean to the same character earlier in the episode. The Doctor as corporate tool. I’m all for the show doing different things, but this violated the show’s ethos so much, it may be the worst story of the new series.

That’s despite being entertaining and fun for a lot of the episode, mind.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/28/18 12:27 pm
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This episode is a fun little adventure where the Doctor receives a call for help from the intergalactic postal service 'Kerblam!' and heads off with her team to investigate. The story features apparently friendly robots who increasingly appear sinister and creepy, two corporate managers whose intentions are called into question and a the TARDIS team interacting with 3 human workers while pretending to be new recruits in an under cover operation. It is a simple story on the face of it but has layers of allegory and a twist which seem to have confused some viewers. For instance I have seen a review claiming that it does not make sense because the robots are killing people but are then revealed to not be the villains. In reality it is clearly explained in the episode that the real villain has been reprogramming robots making them kill for him. The villains motives turn out to be an intention to carry out a terrorist act which he believes is an act of necessary rebellion. It is made clear that it is the Kandokan government policies which he is rebelling against and that the Kerblam! company and its management are not involved, they are just being used by the terrorist to carry out his attack. The plot is indeed logical and makes sense. It also has deep underlying themes about terrorism, about exploitation of workers and about artificial intelligence overtaking human tasks.

I do not think this is the most brilliant script or the most well executed episode as like several other series 11 episodes there are clumsy bits of dialogue but it is a solid, interesting and entertaining episode. The deeper themes are very serious and cannot be dealt with fully in a one off adventure especially in a family show but there are two particularly clear, understandable points being well made which are that exploitation of workers is wrong and that the way to deal with protests and problems is not with violence, particularly indiscriminate terrorist attack. The episode could have been more cleverly structured at times but it was a very decent effort with plenty of good stuff in it.

This was enjoyable to watch, had deeper themes for those who wish to consider them and was well produced. Dialogue, as with a few other episodes this series, could be improved but was reasonable quality.

Overall: 7.5/10