cupidsbow (cupidsbow) wrote,

Touch Wood: The Banality of Evil (Part 8)

Touch Wood: The Banality of Evil

a fannish love-in of Torchwood S3 by cupidsbow

I'm completely exhausted today due to Real Life stuff, but still the shiny of Torchwood transcends all woes! I honestly never thought I'd be saying that. :)

Today's Episode: "Children of Earth: Day Three," Torchwood, Season 3.

Review: So. The baddies. I have thoughts... [S3 SPOILERS -- scroll down to /SPOILERS]

There was so much to like in this episode. The sexy banter for a start! The awkward moment between Rhys, Gwen and Ianto -- hahahaha. The team may be awesome and have their shit together this season, but they are still sex-crazed dorks at heart.

Ianto's continuing streak of propositioning Jack in bizarre situations makes me gleeful. Seriously, I thought the stopwatch line over Suzie's body was... actually words fail. But right after grilling Jack about his latest death? Yeah, that's a seduction scenario that leaps straight to mind! But the oddest part is that it actually works, and what's more Ianto seems to have figured out why. It's clear Jack has issues about relationships because of his immortality. In the face of that, Ianto saying, "So, let's shag while we can," is like an antidote. Bizarre... and yet strangely romantic.

I really do find their dynamic fascinating.

The contact lenses were cool and I'm really liking Lois, too. She can stay.

Which brings me to the main theme of the episode: the various faces of evil. I've already talked about the PM, who is a clever weasel, but Frobisher is newly interesting for me. Not because of his role in the talks, or with the PM, but because of his utter faith in Jack's good nature! What a gorgeous juxtaposition, that this man who defines the banality of evil is set up to have more faith in Jack than the Torchwood team after the big reveal.

That kind of irony really turns my crank. But even better! I have been wanting to meet psycho!Jack for a while now. We have seen glimpses before, in things like Captain John's fear, and the faeries, and so on. And I'm sure there will be some moral smudging of Jack's involvement in the next episode. But nonetheless... Hello, psycho!Jack. Show us what you look like, please. Enquiring minds want to know just how much the Doctor changed you. Or not, as the case may be.

Also, I want to know how Gwen and Ianto react. I bet very differently!

Those were the highlights for me this episode. Yay, show! I can't believe there's only two episodes left.


The verdict: Fantastic. The story arc is still going strong, and there are some lovely character developments. Tension is still ramping up nicely. I can't wait to see how it all comes together.

Extras: I have no idea who this is by, but it is an awesome diagram of Jack's timeline. Captain Jack Harkness: Personal Timeline versus Earth Timeline. I love the band at the top representing Jack's Time Agency career. It's so much fun to speculate on exactly when and where he went back then.

Fannish Stuff: Look, I'm the first to admit that S3 is cool, but in previous seasons I think we can all agree that Jack's management style has been a bit, shall we say, scattershot. It's one of the things I find interesting about his character, actually, but it's still pretty LOL-worthy. So today, my songvid selections are all about Jack's leadership.

TW Various Pairings, 'Jack's the Boss' by morphine300mg (songvid) (R)
This song is crude and objectionable, and also compellingly perfect for Jack. Watch, and I dare you not to laugh in horror. It is so true!

TW-WHO Various Pairings, 'Dance Commander' by such_heights (songvid) (PG-13)
If Jack could be said to have a philosophy of leadership, I imagine it would be 'It would be awesome if we could dance.' Which makes this songvid perfectly Jack and so much fun!

Cathy Says: OMG, I'm too tired to even think up a witty bon mot. You should leave one for me instead, so I have something amusing to start my day with in the morning. <3
Tags: commentary, recommendations, recs, torchwood, touch wood
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