Loz (lozenger8) wrote,
Loz
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I got it bad, and that ain't good...

Torchwood is an anagram for fun... kind of... okay, not really.


I've been watching this week by week. I'm really enjoying it, but it isn't quite what I had hoped or expected. You have to know - I haven't seen the series of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston (this will be rectified eventually!) - So, I'm one of the few people who don't actually know Jack's history. I just read about Torchwood being more mature, saw it had Burn Gorman, who was amazing as Guppy in Bleak House and thought 'why not'.

Except - Torchwood isn't more mature, really, is it? It's the same level of maturity as Doctor Who with added swearing and sex. This was only amplified with PTERODACTYL VERSUS CYBERMAN - which, okay, was absolutely hilarious, but not what I'd call quality television. And I don't really mind, it's not like my maturity is all that great, I just get itchy when I see something which I think has a lot of potential and doesn't always match up to it. I have high expectations.

I really liked Ianto up until this episode. I'd have said he was my favourite character. He might still be, but I was disappointed. Burn Gorman continues to be an excellent actor, and is therefore excellent in making his character Owen really quite unlikeable. I thought he was brilliant in last week's episode, and that is what I would call a convincing portrayal of complex emotion. This week, Gareth David-Lloyd had the same kind of task with Ianto, and I'd say he didn't quite make it. Now, I don't think it was entirely him - it's not easy crying for an almost full half-hour, I should know, I've done it often enough. He completely reminded me of a very drunk Bernard Black when he was crying over wanting to save his girlfriend, and I get the feeling he wasn't supposed to.

I think John Barrowman as Captain Jack is great. I've seen some flashes of what I think is seriously cool. He's always travelling that fine line between extraordinarily cheesy and believeably powerful and I like him for that. Eve Myles annoys me a little bit. I don't know if it's her or Gwen as a character. I think it's a combination of them both. She's always a little too wide eyed for me. I think she's going to really grow as a character, though, and I look forward to that. I absolutely adore Gwen's boyfriend Rhys, and I think we're supposed to. That was something else that I thought was done really well in last week's episode - we got to actually see why we should like Rhys, instead of just being told that he's a sweetheart. I really like Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and I am hoping to see more of her character coming through in episodes to come.

This episode was written by Chris Chibnall, who not only wrote what I think is one of the most powerful Life on Mars episodes in many respects, but also wrote for Born and Bred, which is a show I enjoyed immensely. Chibnall has proved to be a very good writer, so I do find myself at a bit of a loss as to how a lot of the dialogue and action in this episode of Torchwood felt extremely clunky and melodramatic. (To that end - Matthew Graham, who is also a very good writer and co-creator of Life on Mars wrote what was arguably the worst episode of the last Tennant series of Doctor Who - "Fear Her".) The best moment of "Cyberwoman" was the romantic story of the last time Ianto told Lisa he didn't just love her for her body, which was a nice bit of absurdist comedy and very true-to-life. Nothing says love like a dog pissing on your tent.

As I said, I didn't really think much of the plot of the episode. It had some cool 'locked down horror movie' style elements, but it was mostly something ridiculous trying to emotionally resonate and I might be a cold-hearted bitch, but it didn't exactly do that with me. I can take silly and then heartbreaking within the space of forty-seconds. I am a due South fan. But it didn't do that. It tried.

There was the gratuitous snogging which - OI, GWEN YOU HAVE RHYS, OKAY? - amused me quite a bit. Jack's methods of resuscitation were... interesting, to say the least. And I liked seeing the team playing basketball.

I did enjoy the episode. I think last week's, "Ghost Machine", was probably my favourite so far (and I could still go on at length about what I'd change about it, because I am picky.) The first episode was all shiny new, the second was really very boring, last week's had a lot of excellent moments, and this week's was fun but could have done with tighter script-editing.

And I'm still really looking forward to next week's, so you know, I'm entertained!
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