If you’re not following the UK PACE of Torchwood, do not read this review as it contains MAJOR SPOILERS
Anyway, wow that was another excellent episode. When Owen died last week, I somehow suspected that would not be the last we saw of him. Resurrecting the resurrection glove thingy from series 1, they bring Owen back, laughable for the code for the alien morgue but of course things go wrong.
This was one of those episodes which packed so much in, at a pace that kept me on the edge of my sofa, at one point, my nerves grating from being scared witless I glanced at the clock thinking the episode must be nearly up and it was only half way through! The performances from Owen and Jack were excellent and although Martha wasn’t really in this episode much I’m loving the new maturer Dr. Martha Jones. I think (from the trailer) it looks like Owen’s going to be really going through the mill next week.
One last note; what is it about the weevils? They’ve featured I think in every episode so far this series, in either a major way (as tonight) or just a quick glimpse, I’m feeling a possible overall series arc about the weevils, everything is going to be pieced together.
Wow, that was another interesting episode, an interesting (I think) original concept, it involves an alien (Adam) who integrates the team planting false memories and stirring up old ones. The acting from the ensemble cast was I think at it’s strongest yet.
PS I think they filmed the bits from Captain Jack’s home planet on some sand dunes I used to go regularly to when I was a kid on the South Welsh coast, you can hire (or at least used to be able to) little sleds and hurtle down them, makes me want to jump in that car and go back there again! Actually pretty much any Torchwood episode makes me want to go back to South Wales, when I was little my dad used to work in one of the buildings you can see in some of the aerial view shots on Torchwood but Cardiff Bay used to look pretty different back then!
I wanted to like this but I couldn’t. Now I generally liked Torchwood series 1, my favourite episode being the one where they go into the valleys to investigate supposed alien goings on only to find the bloody murders were actually done by the locals, I also liked the episode with the pilot, I hated the cyberwoman episode but didn’t everybody? So it was with disappointment that I wasn’t totally blown away by this episode, I expected more from the Doctor Who family. I did like moments of it; as a Buffy fan I did like James Marsters and I do like his English accent, I wasn’t too impressed with his overly gaudy costume though. I’m no prude but there were also way too many references to sex, it seemed like a lazy way of filling the script.
So, just a bit of a disappointing episode, however the trailer after this week’s episode did look good, I will of course be watching again.
Ok, I already knew that James Marsters, who played Spike in Buffy was going to be in series 2 of Torchwood, so I was already pretty excited, I loved Buffy when it was on and Spike was one of my favourite characters. But my excitement level has just increased ten fold reading this excerpt of an interview from John Barrowman who plays Jack in Torchwood.
MediaBlvd: Do you enjoy working with the special effects? Which is more challenging for you, the more emotional work or the more physical stuff?
John: The emotional work is not difficult. I find it quite organic to tune in with because I am a bit of an emotional person. I love working with the special effects because I like to pretend. As a kid, I loved pretending, so I love to pretend that there’s that creature coming. I get to see pictures of what the creatures look like prior to the CGI being done, but when you do it, you’re in front of a big green screen and that’s it. I find the physical stuff more challenging. For instance, I did a big sequence, and I won’t tell you what, with James Marsters, who played Spike on Buffy. He’s in one of the episodes of Torchwood in Series Two, and we filmed this big sequence that was 12 hours of the most enduring physical stuff that I have ever done. The fans of the show are going to love it because it’s got sex and violence and, at the end of it, you’re going to have to go finish yourselves off, so to speak, because it’s so horny, it’s not even funny.
Oh calm yourself down Mrs. Lacer, she types, fanning herself furiously. Anyone else when reading the above quote thinking of that scene when Spike and Buffy finally get together? Can’t wait now!