This is going to be far less cohesive than my first episode post, because, somehow, I am more full of glee and squee.
Oh, Chris Chibnall. Why don't you write like this for Torchwood, eh? I have to admit, there were moments when I felt like I was watching fan fic (interesting repetition of "deaf aid" and "armed bastards"), but it was really good fan fic. It was well plotted, had some great original lines and fantastic characterisation. It was funny and dramatic and clever.
Annie continued to be made of awesome. I can't tell you enough how much I love that they're writing her as a strong female character. We need her and Phyllis on top form, to counteract all of that 'when men were real men' fantasy mythology. And she is on top form. And I love her.
Ray was such a bastard. Oh, Ray. How can you make me like you one minute and go back to being a complete arsehole the next? Then again, you are the character who is there to show how horrible some of the people could be in 1973, so I guess I'll forgive you this one time. I mean, I wouldn't really want you to change completely anyway, that's not the point.
CHRIS! WITH THE TRANSVESTITE! CHRIS! Hahaha. That was excellent.
I kind of adored Harry Woolf. He played Gene. He played Sam. He was an evil mastermind. I loved the fact he was someone Sam could look up to as much as Gene does. I also found it very interesting that Gene has a mentor who, until the end, promotes proper procedure and doing things by the book. It kind of makes you wonder where it all went wrong until Sam showed up. It does make a lot more sense as to why Gene is swayed by Sam on occasion, though. Even more so than the conclusions I'd already drawn myself.
Glen was a character that I really wanted to see grow. There was so much groundwork there. It seems a shame to set him up and then have him go. But I understand why he needed to move on.
Sam has another girl's name, although, it's also a Wizard of Oz reference - Dorothy.
The twins! The Shining! That was suitably creepy.
However, there was, overall, less craziness in this episode. And, you know what? That's probably why I found it easier to just enjoy it. I'm terrible.
I'm going to have to share some of my favourite lines:
- "I think I knew him - it was DI Frankenstein, wasn't it? - Certainly lumbered me with a monster." Bwaaaahahaha. Correct use of a Frankenstein reference!
- "You always do this to me. I run in certain and walk out confused!" - added to by excellent, brilliant delivery by Phil.
- "How does your missus put up with you?"
"Must be my legendary prowess as a lover."
Okay, Chris, you've totally been reading the fan fiction, haven't you? :D [I swear, I have read almost this exact exchange, and there's another one too that I can't remember right now, but that made me go "familiar, very familiar." Then again, some of my stuff has been prescient (written after the writers must have written theirs, but before I'd have any access to it), so that doesn't discount Great Minds and all that.]
The boot scene was made of fucking win. It was nothing like I expected from when we first heard about it.
"I'm more of a Dan Brown man." --- what? What? I credited Sam with better literary taste than that. Really. I was totally thinking he'd say he prefers Harry Potter and thinks Snape is the greatest character ever written.
By the way - foreshadowing with "every son kills his father"? Or a red herring?
The way the show is shot is still brilliant. There was a lot of similar blocking and shot composition to the first series in both the first episode and this episode. This is fantastic, it helps with continuity, but sometimes it feels a bit odd, very déja vu. To be honest, that adds to the "real/unreal" aspects of the show. It's a clever device.
Oh, and finally? Sam and Gene? Totally in love. TOTALLY IN LOVE.