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In which Sinbad tells Alibaba no one understands, makes me not understand, then understanding happens.
The friend inside the enemy, the enemy inside the friend
Can we just talk about how Moffat completely destroys our concept of good vs. evil here? I mean, his villains have always been complex and his heroes have always been flawed, which I love about Moffat’s writing.
But recently he has really drawn focus to challenging our own definition of good. A Dalek that becomes good by a design flaw, Clara who becomes an absolutely terrifying version of herself after loosing Danny, Missy, who raises a whole army to reconnect with her best friend, and in between all of it there is the Doctor who has no longer a clue whether he is a good man.
Personally, I hate the idea of good and evil, because it makes for boring fiction and a horrible world view. So I have always loved the fact that Moffat can tell brilliantly thrilling stories without it.
And Magician’s Apprentice/Witch’s Familiar is the ultimate deconstruction of good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. In saving a child’s life, did the Doctor help create the Daleks or help give them a concept of mercy? And can we really condemn Davros, the child that is raised by war, who grows up to make it his life’s mission to make his species invincible?
And why do we love Missy so much when she keeps killing people in cold blood? Is it maybe because we know that she, too does not know how to channel her emotion? Just like Clara in the Dalek shell? I mean just notice that Clara really does shoot at Missy. It is her rage, her emotion that gets out of control. She very much could have killed Missy in that instance.
Who in this episode was really good and who was evil? No one. In Moffat’s world, enemies are friends and friends are enemies. In Moffat’s world, love is a terrifying force and fear is a super power. In Moffat’s world, nurses are warriors and warriors are nurses. One man’s right is another man’s wrong. I freaking love Moffat.
You were my best friend for years and when I needed you the most you ignored me
Well your pathetic and nowhere near as special as me. Even though so far you seem to be learning more on your own then I do with literally all the advantages in the world
What is even happening now...I thought you we were friends
Your friendzoned me you bitch! For years all I wanted to was climb you . And although I never said anything you should have noticed it on your own! So you can go fuck yourself now. I am special
*is sad that her best friend turned out to be a fuckboy*
So yes, mister segundus is indeed a precious baby cupcake
But if you think he is JUST a precious baby cupcake you are so wrong
The man risks missing out on seeing the first piece of English magic done for some 300 years because he refuses to play Norrell’s game and deny his identity as a magician. He pays attention to Lady Pole’s protestations of agency and does something about it; he refuses to let Childermass threaten or distress Lady Pole, despite the fact that Childermass is the servant of Norrell - and could, for all Segundus knows, bring the fury of the ‘greatest magician in England’ down on him. He can see the Gentleman’s curse! John Segundus, ladies and gentlemen, is a freaking marvel.