Review of Death in Heaven
Warning: This review contains episode-specific spoilers and wild speculation about future episodes.
I'm always wary going into a Moffat finale. His tendency toward emotional manipulation and complex story arcs concluded without full closure generally grate on me. Death in Heaven delivered as expected, with plot holes and saccharine scenes galore, and though it had enough enjoyable content to keep me from hating it entirely, I'm not in a rush to watch it again.
Having resolved one of the major questions of the series at the end of last week's episode ("who is Missy?"), the story's focus shifted to ferreting out her Master plan (sorry; couldn't help myself). I have to admit, it turns out less rubbish than her track record would suggest, but I have problems with the whole "Cyber-pollen" thing on several levels.
To begin, since when has "every tiny particle of a Cyberman contain[ed] the plans to make another Cyberman"? (I believe, Mr. Moffat, you're thinking of Borg nanoprobes...) Now granted, the idea that they can now
assimilate convert dead bodies into new Cybermen is super creepy—kudos on that one—but I'm still scratching my head over some of the logistics.
I mean, we're told every dead person around the world is undergoing Cyber-conversion, but we've also heard that cremation is "pretty much the default these days," at least in the UK. [Content advisory: if you found Cyber-conversion of the dead personally troubling for any reason, you may want to skip the next four paragraphs.] At what point is there not enough identifiably once-sentient organic matter left? If, for example, someone was cremated and then their ashes scattered, would the Cyberpollen still activate any of that material? Would each speck become another Cyberman, or would the pollen somehow "know" only to activate a single Cyberman per former individual?