5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM “BLINK” (DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 3 EPISODE 10)
This episode is usually recognized as the best episode of Doctor Who of all time. With the possible exception of “Silence in the Library”, I completely agree. ”Blink” is AMAZING, CREEPY, and EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT CAPTIVATING. If you haven’t seen it, get thee to a television and watch! Even if you don’t normally watch Doctor Who, don’t worry, because it’s a stand-alone episode. They explain everything. Mostly. Anyway, the basic premise is that a 20-something Londoner named Sally Sparrow begins to experience these strange events in which someone from the past is trying to contact her (the video above is one she uncovers, which you find out is one side of a conversation). Once she gets all of the messages, the real creepiness begins in the form of the Weeping Angels (I won’t even try to explain, but just know that the phrase “don’t blink” is thrown around a lot in their presence).
In my opinion, “Blink” is like a modern day “Psycho” (not nearly as scary, but completely genius in the filmography department. I mean, who thought of the weeping angels???) Anyway, total genius. Yeah. Here are 5 things this work of brilliance taught me:
1. Statues are SCARY!!! Seriously. I can’t even look at the weeping angels in graveyards anymore. The end of this episode makes you totally paranoid.
2. If writing on a wall tells you to duck, DUCK. If someone went to the trouble of writing your name and instructions on a wall waaaaaaaay before you got there, they might know what they’re talking about. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to be safe. During the whole scene where Sally is peeling back the wallpaper I’m like, “Duck, Sally, duck! The Doctor knows what he’s talking about!”
3. Apparently, DVD’s have little secret extra things on them. Who knew that “Easter Eggs” even existed? Is this just a British thing? I really should go looking on some DVD’s for these extras! Unless the makers of Doctor Who just made this up, but I really doubt that.
4.When a bunch of statues appear in a parking garage when you’re not looking, don’t just be like, “Huh, I guess I didn’t notice those when I came in.”Here I’m talking about that scene where the detective guy gets taken by the weeping angels. He’s clearly a smart guy. Why wouldn’t he run?!
5. Time is a blob of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. I had always thought I understood time pretty well. I know that Back to the Future was completely wrong. I’ve watched LOST. I’ve also read the books/watched the movies/listened to the radio dramas of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy AND seen a bunch of Doctor Who. But that had all made me see time a a linear thing. Turns out, it’s really all wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey. Who knew? Also, who knew that you could just whip up a timey-wimey detector that “goes ding when there’s stuff”? Like I said, pure genius.