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5.12 - The Pandorica Opens

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 1/30/19 9:33 pm
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This one made me laugh alot, its very enjoyable
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/14/19 11:34 pm
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The Pandorica Opens is the first part of a two part story which together form the season finale of Matt Smith's first series as the Doctor and Steven Moffatt's first series as Showrunner. Moffatt wrote this two parter and both include his strengths of exciting, interesting storytelling but there are also signs (mostly in the second part 'The Big Bang') of his major fault of throwing too many ideas in without ensuring logic and making sense. In this episode characters actions are rather too convoluted and the story is slightly too contrived but there are not many clear major faults yet and it is so much fun and has so much excitement and interest that the positives far outweigh any flaws.

For reasons that are not revealed the TARDIS is going to explode and the Doctor is lead along a convoluted journey to find the Pandorica, a mythical 'prison cell' which appears to have some role in averting disaster. It turns out this is an even more convoluted trap set by many of the Doctor's enemies. Amy and her exposure to the crack in time turn out to have a large part in events.

Acting, script, action and effects are all strong and the ambition of such a complex story is admirable. In my view things turn out to not all make sense once things pan out in the final episode but at this stage things are very thrilling, intriguing and epic. Having so many enemies and so many threads all coming together is impressive and the cliffhanger is superb.

Overall 9.5/10.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/21/16 9:36 pm
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The first part of the Series 5 finale manages to begin to draw the the story a to a conclusion in a very stunning way, using characters from several stories to build up mystery that would only unfold towards the end. The episode features a superb scene with a Cyberman as a menace and shows you don't need an army of them to make an impact.

The character stuff is also very well done with Amy and the mysterious re-emergence of Rory. The episode has great moments throughout and ends on one of the best cliffhangers in New Who.