Touch Wood: Unexpected Revelations
a fannish love-in of Torchwood S3 by cupidsbow
My level of happiness remains high!
Today's Episode: "Children of Earth: Day Two," Torchwood, Season 3.
Review: Having to stop and start a show because of interruptions kind of takes some of the gloss off. But the gloss is so high for me right now, that that just reduced the shiny to the levels of almost-blinding :) More details behind the cut... [S3 SPOILERS -- scroll down to /SPOILERS]
I know it is shallow of me, but I'm not quite over Jack's nakedness. I had guessed from the original trailer that something nasty was going to happen to Jack, which would likely destroy his clothing -- it was implied by the bloody corpse. But OMG. It's something else entirely to see him arise from the rubble, chained, grimy, but unbowed. Amirite?
This was a good episode. Not quite the unexpected bang of ep 1, but consistently good. The tension is rising, the team are being competent, and so are the baddies for the most part. I did LOL at the conveniently parked truck as Gwen and Rhys drove into the military bunker. It was a Wayne's World kind of moment, and I knew it was there for Rhys. But the plot has mostly been smart, so I was willing to forgive that particular mcguffin.
The baddies weren't quite as interesting this time, although I was happy that at least the Team Leader (what is her name?) didn't stop and Tell Chained Jack Her Evil Plan. Thank goodness for some common sense.
As for the rest of the players... Rhys is continuing to be awesome, with his masterful pie and chip ordering. PC Andy was adorkable, especially the crowing about the tires. Rhianna and her family are great -- I really hope we see more of them. No wonder Ianto has such a dry sense of humour! Gwen is kicking arse and taking names; I'm really loving her this season, she's finally come into her own. Ianto is, of course, organised. I love that he'd actually thought his plan through, unlike Gwen. He had hardhat! He had a cliff all ready! He had the getaway car parked in the right place! He had failed to find Jack any replacement clothes at short notice! Hahaha. And Jack... was naked. I don't feel the need to add any more to that. :)
All that said, Torchwood clearly needs better contingency planning in case of total emergency. I'm sure they will now get on that. I wonder if Jack has a secondary secret base he will take them to. He's paranoid enough that it wouldn't surprise me one bit.
Regarding Jack's levels of trauma: OMG. He was only just buried alive for 2000 years. And then buried alive in concrete! Gah. RTD, what are you doing to my heart? When he stood up in the quarry, all I could think was, "I bet he's wondering how much time has passed... and if his whole team, daughter and gandson are long dead. Oh, Jack." Methinks there will be a zillion fics about that shortly.
Seriously! 2000 years buried alive and then that! Also, I really do need to write my comedy fic on that topic, just to leach away some of the gah.
In fact, that whole episode reminds me of this clever fanfic, which speculates on the creation of the Cardiff Rift:
Isn't that a gorgeous irony? I love how inventive fans are at explaining stuff.
In short: this was an episode with some good plot build, and nice action. The characterisation continued to be strong and interesting. The bad guys were a bit more 2D this episode, but still with enough kick to make them worthy opponents. And Jack was naked. [/SPOILERS]
The verdict: Still going strong after the fantastic start of episode one. I enjoyed it very much, some parts more than others. :)
Extras: TARDIS Index File, a Doctor Who Wiki
The place to go with all your Whoniverse nitpicky questions.
Fannish Stuff: Have some pretty, pretty people:
TW Various Pairings, ' Pretty People ' by soullessminion (songvid) (PG-13)
The pretty factor is high in season three, so this vid seems appropriate. Ah, Tosh and Owen, I miss them.
TW Various Pairings, 'All These Things That I've Done' by kaydeefalls (songvid) (PG-13)
Is it just me, or does the new version of VLC make everything look super-awesome? Because this character study of Jack was already gorgeous and angsty and so good, but now? It's even prettier. *re-watches*
Cathy Says: I don't have much to say for myself tonight. It is now very late and I have work tomorrow. However, I'd love to know what you're thinking about the first two eps.