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Torchwood 1.10: Out of Time

December 17th, 2006 (10:52 pm)

current mood: excited

Very, very good. An eloquent exploration of the gaps between the mores of the 1950s and now, with two potential new regulars or semi-regulars introduced to be put on hold until needed, and the behind-the-hand giggling of 'not "Will they, won't they?" but "They will. With anybody"' turned into something that can be actively explored. Still over-and-done-with a bit glibly, but the most affecting so far; and the Gwen-Rhys tension, seemingly shelved for the last few weeks, is now part of the drama again. We are doing a lot better than we were a few weeks ago.


Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: December 17th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)

I agree. I thought Jack could've done more to talk the bloke out of committing suicide though. Or perhaps that was kind of the point - he envied him.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)

There's no doubt that he envied him in my mind; and it was good to see more of how Owen conducts his love affairs, and how Diane could see beneath the bravado.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: December 17th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)

I missed the first half of this when my mother called, so will have to await Wednesday and the terrestrial repeat to appreciate what was going on, but I found Jack's scenes with the Mr Weasley lookalike very moving and was pleased that as in the fairy episode, they didn't shy away from the logical conclusion and hide behind a "choose life" platitude. It's nice to see that John Barrowman is more than just a pretty face!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)

I found much of the episode touching all sorts of nerves. John's son Alan not only had the same name but was a year younger than my father; my mother's family had the first television in their street in 1953, and people would gather there to watch events just as they did in John's house - though they didn't charge! As for the bar Gwen took Emma to, it was almost as foreign to me as it was to Emma.

This episode is emerging as a favourite over on Outpost Gallifrey according to their ongoing poll, but as usual the critics are ascendant in the discussion.