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Torchwood 1.8: They Keep Killing Suzie

December 4th, 2006 (03:50 pm)

The series is definitely maintaining an upward momentum; scripting and execution is being let down by the occasional poor performance (step forward, Yasmin Bannerman, probably miscast as a senior police officer) or dud lines, but this episode seemed closer to the series as I'd originally expected it. There was a sense of the regular characters working together as a team and being real people which has been largely absent from the earlier episodes.

I'll let helflaed deal with the consequences for the pairings, other than to say that Torchwood has a coupley dynamic and while I'm not sure at all where Gwen and Jack's professional and personal relationship is after that episode (I thought the pursed look that Gwen gave Jack at the end fairly inscrutable, or else suggested that the connection between them established in earlier episodes is now eclipsed) it looks as if Ianto (who should never have been saddled with the Lisa story) is coming into his own. I have no idea about what use of stopwatches was being considered, but I'm probably very naive.

It became apparent early on that Torchwood would have to be the 'They' who kept killing Suzie. I wonder if the glove is a relic of the Time War (though there is no reason why it should be); a way of helping non-Time Lord species survive in a semi-regenerative state, heavily dependent upon one of their colleagues or, perhaps, a victim. The bullet exit hole in the back of Suzie's head was starkly gruesome, but it was Indira Varma's performance which brought out how detached from mainstream morality it's possible to become when working for Torchwood. How much of an inkling of Captain Jack's immortality had Suzie before she gambled on suicide and resurrection as an escape from Torchwood? She had a more obvious god complex (a pleasing detail that she was a member of a religious discussion group), admittedly a characteristic from the SF traits stockroom; but in a few lines of dialogue she was able to undermine Gwen's sense of security in the Torchwood set-up (based as it is in part on an affair with Owen which according to Suzie follows something she did) and confirm Owen's suspicions about Jack's recuperative powers. It was no surprise either that Jack was unable to use the glove; it appears that, as Tosh said last week, he is more a dead person walking than Suzie.


Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Torchwood Jack

The great minds of the torchwood lj comm are undecided on the exact use of the stopwatch. There does however appear to be a consensus that stopwatches are the new bananas in terms of phallic status.

But. Squeeee! Non-cringeworthy Ianto! Upward momentum! Real people! (Are you capable of technically squeeing?) Except that I do rather wish Suzie had replaced Gwen as Suzie is to date more interesting.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)

Am _I_ capable of squeeing? I'm not sure if I'm constitutionally capable of it quite, but I've been fairly enthusiastic about this week and last.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Torchwood Jack

Yes, you. I'm imagining you squeeing, but getting images of something rupturing as a result.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)

I'm not going to try. Squeeing itself is not an indignity, it's that I can't pretend to the honour of being an enthusiastic young fangirl. ;)

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Torchwood Jack

Oh hell, if youth is required I'm rapidly running out of time.

Hm, Jack/Parrot Knight slash...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)

I'd be interested to see that, so long as I don't have to re-enact it.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 5th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Torchwood Jack

*whistles innocently*

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 5th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)

I think that this is the point at which I should have said "Oh no" and looked at your LJ, only to see that it was Too Late, but I have done so already.

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)

I wrote a big comment about Ianto & the stopwatch being a bit out of character, only lj lost it.

Will it do it again?

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)

apparently not.

Captain Jack did shoot his partner: you'd think he'd find that a little offputting...? And are we supposed to believe that a cyber relationship has left Ianto with a taste for mechanical gadgetry?

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)

Serious rebound?

BTW, can you still get proper old-fshioned stopwatches like that?
Surely one wouldn't abuse a late-ish 20th century antique?


Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)

I'm sure that they don't consider it abuse. ;)

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)

Oh come on, I bet they were just planning to play chess.

Seriously, I immediately expected this to be a bit of a tease. As in, we'd see them engaged in some kind of totally innoucous stop-watch activity in the next scene.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)

It could quite easily be chess - perhaps that's what we'll see in the next episode!

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 5th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)

See, I think even if it is totally innocuous, I think it's STILL out of character. If it wasn't Jack, maybe yes. Or if Ianto hadn't suggested it.

My immediate thought was that Ianto was going to trap Jack into something. He just seemed too wounded for his motivation to be merely playful.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)

I suppose that Ianto and the stopwatch is meant to be a suitably repressed way for Ianto to show what we are presumably meant to interpret as desire (or at least that's how it's being taken) or alternatively willingness to act as a vent for Jack's frustration, sexual or otherwise.