I’ll agree that the principal thing is that the overall production of that episode was good - good writing, good acting, good direction, good editing. The key is to make everything seem realistic - as in, this how people would genuinely react if they were in such a situation for real.
Later episodes with the Angels were far less notable - particularly the Angels in New York. :rolleyes: The issue isn’t with the Angels themselves, it’s with the presentation.
There’s a good episode of Evangelion where everyone’s inside a bunker and their computer is being hacked. This could have been dealt with as a case of someone saying, “Sir, we’re being hacked!” And then the commander yelling back, “Lock down the network!” And they click some buttons and move on. Instead, they go full U-Boot on the topic and it’s all klaxons and darkness, flashing lights, people crawling on top of giant brains, etc. It’s one of the more tense half hours of TV ever made.
Comparing remakes of movies can easily demonstrate how much the specific amalgamation of people and ideas that went into it can turn the same material from nonsense into something timeless and then back to crap.
That all said, I do think the one thing that the Angels actually have going for them is the impossibility of keeping your eyes open, unblinking. If that’s all that is keeping you from dying, then you’re seriously boned.
The main thing they have going AGAINST them, is that you don’t actually die, you just get put back in time far enough to ensure that you never meet anyone you knew again. Which may well be somewhat horrifying to most people, but we would have to know that character well enough to appreciate the agony of their separation - e.g., Somewhere in Time. Minus that, and particularly if we’re dealing with a bunch of people who have knowingly signed on with The Doctor - thus signalling that they’re ready to face the potential of being lost in space or time - it’s all a bit less momentous for that moment to finally come. And the hell with red shirts that bite it.
Blink worked because they didn’t delve too much into what the Angels do. Once they showed it, it was all a bit…eh. They would have done better to just say that the people are turned into sand or whatever.