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Torchwood 2.5: Adam

February 14th, 2008 (11:09 pm)

current music: Stephen Malkmus & the Million Dollar Bashers: Maggie's Farm

Only time for a few observations this week. The most memorable image for me was the renewal and extension of the Jack|Jesus parallels from 1.13, End of Days. The scene where Jack presided over a symbolic and literal meal with his colleagues seemed heavily Eucharistic, with amnesia pills as the host. Ianto's affinity to Jack is deep, and Jack's clasping him to his breast made me think of him as John, the disciple whom Jesus loved - though their physical relationship brings us to and beyond the territory of the young man whom Jesus raised from the dead in the Secret Gospel of Mark. Adam himself, who has 'always' been with Jack, and whose origins are in the Void - described by the Doctor as Hell - is the tempter, taking Jack to his own wilderness, his suppressed memory of the Boeshane Peninsula, and offering him a more comfortable version of his past, only to include himself in it, and thus perhaps capture Jack's soul or undermine his purpose. All that was left of Adam was his box, and that contained sand.

The Christ parallels were carried forward and broadened in the following episode, Reset, which connects them to the Doctor-as-God strand of imagery in Doctor Who - but that is a post for another day.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)

I agree about the Christian imagery in Adam - a bit too much in-your-face for my taste, but executed nicely. I'm not so sure about Reset, (sorry I didn't get your reference the other day, I'm useless with episode titles...), however, that may be because I saw Reset first and was therefore not as much "sensitized" to that aspect. Will rewatch next week and see...


Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)

It's been pointed out that there were a number of overt visual references to Star Wars in the scenes on the Boeshane Peninsula; it was represented as a world of sand on the model of Tattooine, for example; and (perhaps as with Star Wars) in turn sand was emblematic of the passage of time. I still like my Christian reading, though.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)

I saw the Star Wars reference, too. I don't think the two are mutually exclusive, though, especially as the sand seemed to be only a reference but the Christian element a larger theme - does that make sense?


Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)

I agree - Reset carries the Christian parallels forward, and there is bound to be more. There's at least one other tempter figure for Jack in this series, more prominent than Adam, and he's back later on...