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Torchwood

Epic. Fantastic. Will write more about it tomorrow (possibly after watching all five again).

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redatt
Jul. 11th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
Torchwood gets a big thumbs up from me. It finally became the kind of thing I'd hope we were getting before the first series aired.
pickwick
Jul. 11th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, me too. So it's kind of annoying that people are all "but it's not as fun as it used to be!!"
gwinniegirl
Jul. 13th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Errr, well IMHO, it is now great, and is what I'd call a "proper sci-fi programme" as opposed to its previous incarnation which was more like a Scooby Doo and Scrappy for adults (thank you Charlie Brooker for putting into words what I couldn't!). :)
momentsmusicaux
Jul. 11th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Really?
The first ep was ace, but after that I thought it flagged a bit.
Day 2 was mostly just getting the team back together. 3 was very slow moving. The last 2 had high drama but it didn't really hang together.
pickwick
Jul. 11th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I liked it. It felt measured to me, rather than slow - lots of empty space and time to breathe. Makes a change from the usual breakneck speed, with the plot occasionally stopping completely for an "emotional moment".
momentsmusicaux
Jul. 12th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Having 5 episodes instead of crashing through the story in just 45 minutes was definitely a good thing.
It's just I expected more plot twists. The first ep had the fake medic and all sorts and I was hoping for more of the same, a little in the style of 24.
san_valentine
Jul. 12th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I loved the first two episodes, thought the third spent just a little too long talking to the alien in the tank, which started to drag by the second/third time, and was rather infuriated by the last two episodes. Frankly, the team of (mostly) heroic, ingenious alien-experts we've been watching for the last two series were made to look rather pathetic.

They seem more concerned with stopping the Govt giving children to the aliens than dealing with the aliens. Jack confronts the aliens with a noble speech about how humans will fight the 456 to the death. Aliens release a fatal virus - which Jack knows is their weapon of choice - Ianto and others die. Jack can do nothing and looks like a tit. Torchwood FAIL
The writers pack Gwen and Rhys off to Wales to look after Ianto's relatives, (and fail) when they should have been in London plotting to either stop the roundup or get rid of the 456. When Jack's finally allowed to start doing something, the Govt Scientist casually informs him that they'd hacked into Torchwood's Sekrit Files years ago - which none of Torchwood's uber-geeks have noticed. Torchwood FAIL.
And the only solution Jack's allowed will cost the life of his grandson and what little love and respect his own daughter had for him - after losing his lover the day before. Too much angst !
I don't mind grim and characters making mistakes. But the heroes was too passive at the end of this - they weren't allowed to do enough to resolve the situation, which is what heroes are supposed to do. Even if they don't succeed, the heroes should be seen to try, and Torchwood weren't allowed to do so here.
I think the characters and viewer were let down by the writers at the end. It could have been a grim, disturbing but ultimately satisfying story, even with Ianto dead and Jack leaving at the end. But I felt let down, watching the team I loved being undermined by the writers.
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