Full spoilers for this season below the picture.
Now, jump back to "Asylum of the Daleks." Enjoyable. Oswin was just genius (though I hope she's less sarcastic as a companion because even though Donna and Amy are my favorites, we need a different personality). The action was intriguing, I liked that the Doctor wiped himself from Dalek memory. Overall, it was a solid episode for me. I didn't like that Amy left Rory because she couldn't have children. They are Amy and Rory. It seems beyond absurd to me that Amy wouldn't talk to him about it before asking for a divorce.
"A Town Called Mercy" was okay for me. Susan the horse was funny, the Gunslinger becoming protector of the town was a nice twist, and I liked seeing the similarities between Kahler-Jex and the Doctor. They've both had to make hard decisions. And I'm a huge fan of Ben Browder. But the Ponds weren't themselves. Amy doesn't listen when she's told to stay behind; why does that change now? Rory was just kind of there. Meh.
I mostly shook my head at "The Power of Three." The slow invasion idea was neat. The Doctor spending a year with the Ponds led me to believe that they were going to leave the TARDIS on their terms, choosing to celebrate their everyday life instead. The moment when the Doctor told Amy, "You were the first face this face saw" made me experience all the feels. Kate Stewart of UNIT was brilliant, and I loved her chemistry with the Doctor. But then... it all went downhill. Fast. First of all, you're telling me a girl/android/thing sat in a waiting room for a YEAR and no one noticed? What happened to all the cubes? Why did the Shakri collect people? Why didn't the Doctor rescue those people from the ship before it blew up? What happened with the cube face nurses? And why did they resort to having the Doctor wave around the sonic screwdriver to magically fix everything in a second?
It's like they were so focused on showing the Pond life that they forgot about the enemy and the resolution.
And then, the farewell to the Ponds in "The Angels Take Manhattan." Immediately after watching it I was distracted by sadness. I adore Amy and Rory, and I'm not ready to see them leave the show. Their fate and the Doctor's reaction to losing his friend was heart-wrenching. But then I thought about the episode, and I talked it over with a friend, and I just became annoyed. The story was full of holes and plot points that didn't make sense, and the Ponds deserved so much more. They at least should have got a two part finale!
Let me go down my list. Why was River there? Why couldn't he travel back to New York and find them? Convoluted timeline, blah, blah, blah. He's the Doctor. What was the point of the gangster guy and the detective? Why did he give Rory to the angels? What was he getting out of the Angel farm? Why didn't the Angel who grabbed River's wrist transport her; was it because it was chained? How is the Statue of Liberty walking across town without anyone noticing? Why did the Doctor erase himself from every database and if he has that ability, why is he doing it now? And why, oh why, did they introduce Rory's father and make us adore him if the plan was just to rip his son away? That was one of my first thoughts after Rory got zapped by the angels: who is going to tell Brian? It was almost Whedon-esque of Moffat. And why wouldn't Amy address the Doctor telling Brian in the afterword? Oh, and why so many mentions of Amy being a mother if the Doctor wasn't going to fix her infertility problem?
I'm bummed. I hope that the story of the Ponds isn't finished because it wasn't ideal. I'm happy that at least they were together in the end and not dead... but I'm left feeling unfulfilled. And confused. Steven Moffat is better than this. I know he only wrote the premiere and "The Angels Take Manhattan" but I assume as the executive producer, he's seeing the scripts. Are they too concerned with making it shiny and blockbuster-y? Because for the most part it feels like a summer movie that is more excited about making the Statue Liberty a giant scary Angel instead of telling a story, and that makes me worried about the rest of the season.
What have you guys thought of this season so far? (And please let me know if you have answers to my questions!)