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While there were one or two places where an episode's story didn't quite stick the landing, overall I am head over heels in love with Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and could watch Yaz, Ryan, and Graham just sit at a table in a coffeeshop and chat for an hour and love it. Thank you, Chris Chibnall, for bringing me back to "Doctor Who".
I can't remember the last time such a stellar series crashed and burned so hard in the final few minutes. DreamWorks should be ashamed for undercutting the producers and writers. Characters were acting so contrary to their development, there was way too much "filler" for all the plot threads that needed to be wrapped up. And I am extremely angry that after the most excellent move of making Shiro a gay man without his gayness defining him in any way, that he was shoved to the sidelines and then married off to a random character we'd never seen before this season. Because apparently DW can't handle having more than one LGBT main character at a time. What a waste. What a way to ruin what was going to be a ground-breaking series and one of the best shows of the decade.
As a fan of the 80s American version, this show grabbed me from the very first episode and didn't let go. I love how the characters were reimagined from the previous series and screamed long and loudly over the cliffhanger. Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos deserve many kudos for bringing this show to Netflix.
The second season was even more brilliant than the first, deepening the development of these vivid characters and broadening the universe for them.
I think Netflix made a mistake in trying to cut the seasons down to 6-7 episodes. Seasons 3-4 together I think make a fine step in the show, but while S3 does introduce us to Lotor and his generals and delves deeper into Keith's character as he's forced to lead in Shiro's absence, it seems like things are finally moving when bam! We get an origin story and then the end of the season.
If S3-4 are viewed together, it would be a 5. But while we do get a terrific resolution to one plot point as Pidge starts tracing her family, a disproportionate amount of screentime is devoted to the planning and execution of one battle. Plus a filler episode that I personally wish had been left out.
Still suffering from split-season shortage, dominated by Allura's quest for knowledge and leaving us with a cliffhanger as Keith discovers something new about his heritage. But some beautiful animation in the Lotor/Zarkon fight.
"The Black Paladins" is the pinnacle of this entire series - it was a long time coming to resolve this plotline and this episode delivers in spades. I'm also very fond of "Razor's Edge" and "All Good Things".
One of the best intros/revelations of an LGBT character, ever. Shiro was already an incredible character in the series and the way his sexuality is presented as just another part of him instead of emphasized is graceful and respectful. I'm also very thankful for a return to 13 episodes, allowing fuller development of the Earth invasion plot and its resolution, including Shiro's discovering of a new way to contribute now that he no longer pilots a lion. (Although I will never willingly watch "The Feud" again - there are so many better things to be done with the limited time this series has.)