"Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?" Part 1. Omg, I loved this episode. I thought the premise was pretty cool. A little puzzle box seemingly being at the center of an apparent shift in realities. Or something like that. First, the way the ep started off.... Heh, Maria's dad and the skateboarding. Hmm, entering his second childhood, I'd say. What a goofy guy. I thought it was a little creepy how when they took the photos, it looked like there was a little mist in the background, like ghost or spirits. And then Sarah Jane getting that creepy feeling of someone walking over her grave.
Things start getting wackier when she gives Maria that box that a soothsayer had given her. First off, what was with that faceless dude in the grim reaper get-up? Maria plays with the box, then wakes up the next morning to very different circumstances. First, Sarah Jane no longer lives across the street, only it was some other woman whose name I can't remember right now (but was that Elizabeth Sladen also playing her? I thought it looked like her but I couldn't tell). She asks where SJ is, everyone thinks she's nuts. She calls Clyde and apparently he finds her icky and has no idea what she's talking about. So, the whole thing turns out that SJ is dead, that this other woman had been friends with her and back in 1964, she drowned off some pier. But then it seems glimpses of our actual reality start flashing before Maria, like this woman dying instead of SJ, and then she starts hearing SJ's voice.
After a bit more futzing around and some weird monster like thing chasing her, she ends up somewhere else. This time back in 1964 where she comes across two teenaged girls - one of which happens to be SJ. I can't wait to find out what happens in the conclusion.
Anyway, I think I gotta stop dissecting tv so much. The whole concept of the Ood being used as slaves to the humans that have branched out from Earth, and then turning all "rabid" and going after the humans... I don't know why, but for some reason I kept thinking they were making a reference to Communism. As in the Ood being poor and down-trodden (aka the Proletariat), and then finally rebelling against their human captors (aka the Bourgeoisie). I even heard one of the guys mention something about a "revolution." And then the Doctor mentions to Donna that there's a similar situation back on her planet. She says something like "What are you talking about? We don't have slaves!" He asks who made her clothes and she came back with some retort - can't remember it for now.
It was an interesting ep, I won't deny that. The one guy with his constant requests for "drink", thinking he's drinking hair tonic but his hair still falls out and it turns out he was slipped some "Ood juice" and turned into one of them was pretty clever. But I couldn't shake this feeling of a hidden theme about Communism (and I'll let it be known right now that I'm not a fan of Communism ... *ducks* Sorry, hope I haven't offended anyone but it is how I feel). Maybe it's just my imagination...
So as related to the above... Do you guys think it's silly to spend episodes of tv shows searching for hidden messages or anything like that? Or should you just try to suspend disbelief when watching something and have fun with it? I guess if I keep assuming that shows are trying to whack me over the head with a certain message, and then I try to find that message, it stops being fun. I don't know...
Have a smallish tv-ad-related rant...
What is up with all those "dumb daddy" commercials? aka the ones that portray the men as stupid and if they weren't married they would be dead from their own stupidity? I can't stand those ads. There used to be one for H&R Block where the husband was stuck figuring out their taxes and the wife asks why doesn't he get some help. She says "what did we do last year? Oh, that's right, we used the box." Then picks up a box of software (I think) and says in this very condescending voice, "Why don't you ask the box?" If I was the guy, I'd tell the woman we're filing separate returns next year.
Then there was one for a cereal, I think Multi-Grain Cheerios, where the husband notices his wife eating that cereal and asks if she's losing weight. She gets all defensive and asks why. He backpedals and picks up the box, going "but it's got 7 whole grains, and that's good! Right? It says so on the box." She says in this bitchy way, "What ELSE does the box say?" He answers: "The box says 'shut up, Steve.'" And she smirks at him. Ugh...
There's a new-ish ad for paint (Sure Coat, I think) where the wife is walking through the house with her (female) friend, looking for her husband as if he's a puppy. He pops out of a box with a stupid look on his face and she shows him how to use a paint roller, like he's too stupid to know how to do such a thing.
And finally there's one for Johnsonville Brats. The guy is groaning to himself over how it seems to be chicken for lunch (or whatever) every day , and he misses eating Johnsonville Brats because they're so good, etc. (while he's thinking of them, we see him having a vision of the brats cooking on a grill). Suddenly he's roused awake by his wife going, "Honey? Honey?" She hands him a package of said brats and he looks like he's in heaven, going, "Ohhhh..." She says in this mock sympathetic tone, "I know..." like she's talking to a child.
Geez. Yeah, I know that women do make up a large percentage of consumers, but PLEASE. The male-bashing in commercials is getting old. I may not be a feminist, but I am a woman and I don't see every guy out there being dumb as a box of rocks (and I've met a LOT of dumb guys).
I won't be around tomorrow because we'll be taking my mom and grandmother out for Mother's Day dinner. I hope all the moms out there have a great Mother's Day. :)