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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Watching Dr. Who For The First Time: The First Episode ...

It's a strange day.

First, Emerald got sick. Then poor little Maxwell got SUPER sick. And now that he's just starting to feel better, BOOM, I get sick.

So Maxwell and I have been spending quality time at home these last few days as he struggles to get better and I get laid up with some super cold. And every day I lay here is a day I don't get paid because despite the fact that I have worked with this company for over 14 years, I do not get any sick time or vacation time or personal time for a number of months. And I think that's pretty messed up.

And then, on top of all that, my wife had to go to the city to get fingerprinted for her new job but she got a flat and since the Triple-A membership was bought for me by a friend then technically my wife isn't allowed to use it without me being present. So she's kind of screwed.

First off , why make her drive 45 freaking minutes away just to get fingerprinted for 5 seconds? No one can do that here? Secondly, this new job of hers was supposed to be a part time job but one person quit and another person quit and now she finds herself working super full time at this part time job. And this is putting a huge strain on everything else.

So everything's a mess right now, a typically huge Galindo family mess. My wife is getting a tow to go get a new tire. My son is starting to feel get hyper, which is good and all because that means he's feeling better. But my head is a balloon and I am having a hard time breathing. I'm not in a position to deal with a hyper three year old.

So.

What better time to watch my first episode of Dr. Who?

Now ...

In preparation for my first dive into this brave new world I have been reading and rereading a book at work called "Dr. Who 50" that chronicles the fifty year history of the show. It has been a huge help. It has helped me put this beginning, this first doctor, into perspective.

Man. Dr. Who. I personally find it aaaaaabsolutely fascinating that a random black and white BBC show from the sixties has managed to somehow stay relevant after fifty years.

And, despite what a few die hard "Whovians" have called a bad idea, I am excited to start at the beginning and work my way to the present day.

Alright.

The first ever episode of Dr. Who.

Lets do this ...

Opening credits last only about fifteen seconds but MAN that's a legendary theme song. I know nothing about Dr. Who but even I know that theme music.

Wow. This is crazy dark. Not dark as in it is moody and atmospheric. As in I have no idea what's going on in the beginning. At all.

The Tardis. Is that how phones looked back then? Is it a police phone call ONLY box? Did they actually have random 9-1-1 boxes scattered around the country? Do they still have those? Odd. Real odd. I wonder how many people have actually watched the first doctor. I don't think too many people have started at the beginning, you know?

Now we're at a school? College? Private school? Hogwarts?

And now we meet Susan. Sooooo she's related to the doctor? Is she an alien too then? I guess she is. She looks a lot like an ugly turtle. Whatever. I'm a bit lost by all this. And bored. I would much rather watch the fourth doctor. But ok. I'm trying to stick with this.

So the teachers are talking with the doctor. At last we meet. The first doctor. William Hartnell, I believe, or something to that effect. He's kind of a strange old smart ass. Cranky. Careless. He thinks he's better than everyone else. These are my first thoughts about him, mind you, but I think I've hit the nail on the head there.

So now they are in the Tardis. It's bigger on the inside. Like Ramona Flowers' purse. And now the teachers are learning about the Tardis.

Hey! Guess what? Tardis stands for "Time And Relative Dimension In Space."

I never knew that. Cool.

Soooooo. Arguments. Noises. Bad special effects. Like reeeeeeally bad special effects.

And now the Tardis is traveling thru time and space. And apparently what the creators of the show lacked in special effects they decided to make up for with ear piercing noise. This first Tardis trip is RIDICULOUSLY loud. Like, Spinal Tap ear bleeding loud.

They appear to be ... where? In a desert? In the stone age? In a post apocalyptic wasteland or perhaps downtown Tucson, Arizona?

And credits! Small ass credits, too. It's like only five or six people worked on this fucking thing.

Man it's over already? That episode felt like it was literally about 10 seconds long. And it ended with a cliffhanger. I feel ripped off. Gypped. Is that how you spell that word? I don't know.

And, I have to say, I really do want to watch more this show has definitely got me hooked because I want to know what happens next. Where are they? And what adventures are they going to get into in this post apocalyptic wasteland which is downtown Tucson Arizona?

This will be an interesting show to watch. I don't like the three hundred million year old first doctor. Dood looks like a geriatric cryptkeeper. Too old. I don't like it. But I am interested to see what happens next and I'm interested to get past this first plot line and get into the second plot line which is the first appearance of the Daleks. That should be fun.

I don't like how they seem to go less by your standard season of television and more by individual doctors and the plotlines within each doctor.  Like this was episode one of the first plotline which stretches for four episodes. The next plotline deals with the Daleks and it's like seven episodes? Man. It's all a lot to take in. So many different doctors and companions and plotlines and series and crap. It's a lot fir a newbie to take in. Dr. Who is essentially just British Ultraman and Ultraman is essentially just Japanese Dr. Who. This is going to be verrrrrrrrrrry difficult in the long run. I don't know if I can do it.

But, bottom line? That was a pretty damn good episode. It got me excited. And now I can't wait to watch more.

I have taken my first step into a larger world.

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