Moffat’s Women - Elizabeth I

The depiction of Elizabeth I is interesting, because it plays on the audience’s expectation. On the surface, she begins the episode as a caricature, a natural prequel to her portrayal in The Shakespeare Code and jokes preceding The Day of the Doctor. But underneath her more jaring characteristics, she truly shines - not only is she perceptive and witty, she is brilliant strategist and leader. To underestimate her is a grave mistake.

The line "I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman" is lifted nearly word for word from a speech given by the historical figure. In it, she continues: “…but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too.” [xTaking up arms and slaying the Zygon, demonstrating quick thinking when she decides to  impersonate her own duplicate, providing the Doctor with a potential escape and ultimately figuring out the Zygons’ entire backstory and plan - Elizabeth is certainly shown to fit this description.



The argument between Hiccup and Astrid in ”Heather Report Part 1” might be painful to watch and not our favorite Hiccstrid moment, but I feel it’s really important.  For that reason, I am glad the writers included it in Riders of Berk.  The tensions are even more potent since it’s Hiccup who completely messes up - he’s not the perfect Dragon Master all the time, after all.  Crushing after Heather to the point of completely dismissing Astrid and even backlashing against her is a huge mistake on Hiccup’s end.  Granted, Astrid wasn’t responding nicely either, but she definitely had a point and reason to be angry at him.

Through episodes like these, we get to see a more rounded relationship between Hiccup and Astrid.  We watch the awkward scenes when they first fall in love, subsequent scenes when they’re in a relationship, the cheerful scenes when they tease one another, the exciting scenes when they’re in danger and fight for one another, the scenes where they confide in one another, and… the scenes where they don’t see eye-to-eye.  All in all, because of episodes like “Heather Report,” we get a very good look inside the life between Hiccup and Astrid.

But man just look at their facial expressions here.  Ouch. 






Let’s just appreciate this scene for a moment

Look how much pain he’s in cos he lost the thing he loves. I never realised how much actual emotion is shown in this scene. Hannibal is not a psychopath, he’s something much sadder and deeper still. He does feel love and regret and that’s much, much more chilling than waving him off as an unfeeling killer.

I am cry

So the impression I’m getting is that Hannibal is like a tragic romance between a cat and a mouse.