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I've started watching Torchwood *rounds of applause*. I marathoned episodes 1 - 6 this weekend, and here's my little review of each episode. As I've already watched all aired seasons of Doctor Who there will be spoilers about that show, plus spoilers from DW about Torchwood that might have come up in any crossovers of the two. That being said, unless something has been said or hinted to on DW in relation to Torchwood, please don't spoil me about it, as I try to stay away from spoilers as much as possible. Okay? Okay (:





(1) Everything Changes:

I liked this series opener. It reminded me of 'Rose' from DW S1, in a good way. We have the somewhat naive young girl/woman who encounters this man in a seemingly impossible situation (mannequins/resurrection) and then later randomly bumps into him again, only to start investigating and end up 'joining the team'. It also had a more character-driven than plot-driven storyline, with the whole thing being wrapped up neatly at the end. I just have one question: what's with the rooftops? Really, Jack, do you live there? And is it only possible for you to have deep, profound conversations with people on top of them? But I'm getting ahead of myself. Oh, look, coat-porn!!  

I also find the idea of the Weevils (sp?) interesting: the fact that the Rift actually dumps alien-lifeforms into earth is a good premise and set-up for the show, and I really can't wait to explore more in-depth of how Jack ended up here. I like that we have a character knowing that he can't die, but the rest are still in the dark. And obviously, it's not something you really ought to tell a lot of people, and I think Jack might be the only one who could be working this close with an alien-hunting organization and not be outed and experimented on. How long has he been on Earth - it's at least a hundred years, isn't it? That's what he told the Doctor in Utopia at least. Also, I'm kind of sad that Suzie got killed so quickly, she was an interesting character, with an interesting storyline: I mean, she can bring people back to life. How does that not make you egomaniacal and obsessed and absolutely crazy?

I also adore the fact that we have Toshiko Sato there, who made an appearance in DW S1 in the Slitheen-episode: I believe she was already working for Torchwood back then, right?

I know from what Gwen said in Stolen Earth (or was it Journey's End?), that Toshiko and Owen will die, but I don't know when or how it will happen, so remember: no spoilers!

Overall, a very good start and Eve Myles looks as cute in her police uniform as Karen Gillan did in hers. Score!


(2) Day One:

BWAHAHAHAHA WHAT EVEN IS THIS LIKE REALLY? Omg, I can forgive the show for being all... well. Stupid to be fair. BECAUSE IT WAS SO CRACKTASTIC AND FUNNY AND GWEN BEING ALL ANGSTY AND OWEN GETTING LOCKED IN THAT CELL NAKED. I COULD NOT TAKE A SINGLE MINUTE OF THIS EPISODE SERIOUSLY, NOT EVEN THE PEOPLE DYING, OR THE POOR GIRL CRYING OR EVEN THE MOUSE EXPLODING, LIKE, EVERYTHING WAS ORGASMIC ENERGY AND A PINK ALIEN FEEDING OFF OF IT.

GUYS, HUMANS ARE THE BEST AT SEX. IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. IT IS OFFICIAL.

It's probably the only thing we're the best at. It certainly explains Jack and Owen! and Ten, that space-whore

(3) Ghost Machine

So, this felt forced? I mean, there were aspects I liked, certainly. I just wasn't very impressed with Eve Myles acting in that final scene: her face when the man impaled himself on the knife she was holding, it was... off somehow? And I think it's because I know she can act the hell out of emotional scenes like that, and I didn't feel like she really gave her A-game here. And that's a bit upsetting, because when she brings it, she fucking brings it!

I think it also bothered me that the Ghost Machine/Echo-thing was never really explained. Like, where did it come from? What was its purpose? Sometimes I get annoyed with Who's somewhat lame explanations, but at least there are explanations (for the most part... Moffat!!!!).

I really liked Owen's bits though: Burn Gorman is an amazing actor, and Owen is such a compelling and complex character (or at least he seems like it, when he's not practically raping people -.- yeahyeah, I know it technically wasn't rape in Ep1, with the couple and the alien spray, but technically it actually was. Stop being such a bastard, Owen! I know you can be a good guy (please be a good guy??!!!!)

(4) Cyberwoman:

See, I think this episode would have had much more of an impact if it had come later in the series: we simply don't know Ianto well enough to properly feel with him: I mean, I still got teary-eyed when Lisa appeared in the new body in the end, but I would have been absolutely destroyed if it had been longer into the plot: like, if maybe Lisa had been brought up before, vaguely hinted at or something, maybe Ianto acting all shady and I'm-hiding-something-don't-look-now for a few episodes, if we'd gotten to see more different aspects of his personality (and I bet he's a total bamf rally... it's always the quiet ones).

I also thought the design of the Cyberwoman was... meh. And this is from someone who like the Cybermen and their silly machinery.

(5) Small Worlds:

THIS FREAKED ME OUT LIKE WHOA!! Note to self: never watch this right before bed-time.

Despite the Fairy-thing being a bit too vague (though I loved the mystical and mythical element), it was an okay episode. I love the snippets we get of Jack's life, and I love that we as an audience who've watched DW know so much about him, compared to his team. I honestly couldn't imagine watching TW without watching DW. People do that, yeah? How does it make any sense at all???

However, while the rose-petals stuffed down people's throats and general horrible-ness of the fairies were bad and scary things, it wasn't what made me feel like someone was slowly tearing at my guts this episode. It was the people.. More specifically the creepy paedophile at the start, and Jasmine's stepdad. What the hell kind of person tells a little girl that he gets why her father left?? And he's supposed to be her new parent! He's supposed to take care of her! Sorry, in my book, someone who says stuff like that to a child is evil and should be put in jail. I might have been rooting for the fairies to punish him, juuust a little bit. I mean, he didn't deserve to die (despite hitting her), but like... bashed around the head a bit?

And how awkward was the fight scene at the end? Everyone just stood there, and Gwen took half a minute before she apparantly realized she should be helping Jack. The ending in itself was also weird and terrible: did the fairies promise not to take any more children if they gave them Jasmine? Because otherwise, worst decision ever, Jack!. I feel like the show was trying to establish that Jack was a different hero from the Doctor; I could never imagine the Doctor giving a race of hostile beings a child, no matter their promises. He would tell them to stop doing it, or die. And yeah, that might not be better, but... giving them a child... God, Jack, I love you, you know i fucking do, but it felt like you didn't even try. I'm glad they showed that the team clearly wasn't happy with him in the end.

(6) Countrycide:

Easily the best episode so far. It was tense and gritty and real. And I may have screamed out loud a little bit at the ending with Gwen and Owen. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah nooooooo. Gwen, that is not alright! (and yeah, I'm getting mad at her. She's the one with the boyfriend). Poor Rhys! I don't care that maybe life with your boyfriend is not thrilling and exciting, and I sort of get why because Owen is a charming, handsome hunk of man, but DAMMIT! And it's just so clear that Tosh has a crush on Owen, and I just want him to wake up and realize how sweet and bamf she is (and she was, like, the high bitch in charge of all bamfs this episode). Knowing RTD, they will probably never even get together. My feelings are going to get destroyed, aren't they? (don't ask that. It's a rhetorical question. The answer is a resounding yes!!)

Buuuut, I'm getting ahead of myself here. Having watched movies like House of Wax (which I only did 'cause Paris Hilton dies in it... what? Don't look at me like that!), I had a very distinct feeling of where this was going, but it wasn't until Jack's sort-of-lame theory about the Rift expanding that I really thought it might not be aliens: it might be people. Funny thing is, I wouldn't have (correctly) guessed this if I hadn't watched a certain episode of Supernatural, with much the same premise (except of course, demons instead of aliens, and yankees instead of welsh people... but nevermind). I'm not going to say which episode, in case it spoils anyone who wants to watch the show (and omg, watch it watch it watch iiiiit), but seriously, this episode was like that episode, only set in Britain and with five extremely attractive people instead of just two (and yes, I want to shag every single person in Torchwood. Even the dinosaur. Deal with it). Earlier episodes have already touched upon how sometimes humans are the biggest monsters of all, and I lovelovelove that the Torchwood team has to deal with this as well.

I'm also sort of loving how season one is about Gwen, and not Jack as one would assume having gone from Doctor Who to tihs show: this far, we've seen crisis in Ianto's life and now in Gwen's, but Jack is pretty much 'stable' (lol, except NOT REALLY, but that's not for now). Sure, he faces problems and has hard decisions to make, but he makes them, final, the end. He's the leader here, and I can't wait until we see him break down in later episodes and seasons. RTD, I know your soul, it is going to happen.. Evil bastard.

As a final note, I want to talk about Gwen and Owen again - I hate it. What Gwen is doing is not alright. Not in any circumstances. I'm not going to go all; 'she only has lusty feelings for Owen, she doesn't even love him', because really, that doesn't even make it worse in my opinion: pointe de facto is that she has sex with another man - more times than once, I'm assuming - while in a relationship with someone else. It is dishonest and hurtful, not only to Rhys if he ever finds out, but to herself as well: she knows what she's doing is wrong, and that is never - not ever - going to help her feel better about all the horror she's already facing in her new job. Gwen is making an awful decision that is going to haunt her for the rest ofh er life.

That being said, I don't hate her for it; I'm not one to character-bash, and I like my characters with some flaws. Everyone makes mistakes. Severe mistakes, and this is one that she can be forgiven for, in time. I hope her and Rhys stay together. I pray for the show to point out that this is not an okay thing. Cheating is never alright, especially not when you are already lying like a forest on fire to your boyfriend, and your boyfriend is a sweet, caring, kind, understanding, suppoertive teddy-bear. Really, Gwen. Get your act together girl!

Finishing note:

That was much longer than expected! Sorryyy :)




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