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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 07: The Pyramid At The End Of The World

May 28th, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

There is one fear that overrules every other. One that drives us to do sometimes unspeakable things, we fear…the end. And “Pyramid At The End Of The World” continued the “Season of Fear” in grand fashion, though not without a few hiccups along the way.

The episode picked up almost right where the last one left off, though with a twist of the actual date between Penny and Bill and her telling her what happened in the virtual one. Then came the second twist, this real date also got interrupted, but not by the pope, but rather, the secretary general of the UN! “Do you mind if I call an Uber?”

So what’s the problem? Well, a pyramid has landed in the middle of a literal warzone, one that is inhabited by the monks from the virtual world, except these ones are very real, and they have a very real request…they want to be let to take over the world. Meaning…they need consent in order to save the planet.

This idea of “consent” was actually rather cool, as it should that not all aliens want to just conquer the world, as they noted, “Fear is inefficient.” But it’s more than that, their version of consent derives from love, and as we would find out, impure consent (or consent given out of fear or strategy) isn’t what they want, and they’ll kill those who give impure consent. Which we saw four times.

What was also interesting was that these monks were right in that humanity was about to end, and it wasn’t via war (surprisingly enough), instead, it was an accident in a lab made by a tired worker. How’s that for a worse case scenario/fear? An accident ending us all.

Now, while all of this was interesting, it did seem to drag on quite a bit, and the generals of the armies were quick to make a mistake that they should’ve seen coming. Plus, the solution to the problem took quite a while, even though it did lead to another twist of the Doctor being put in an unwinnable situation, as his eyes not working was about to lead to his death…until he confessed to Bill, and she gave loving consent in order for his to see and save his life. Again, these twists are great, but, they came too sporadically, and it suffered because of that.

But, it’s still a good episode, and “Pyramid At The End Of The World” did set up the final episode of this mini-arc well, and I look forward to seeing (ha, ha, ha) how this ends.

4 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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