Retro Recap: Torchwood: Children of Earth, Day Five

We’ve been on a wild, dark ride as we’ve followed the straggling, remaining members of Team Torchwood try, in vain, to prevent the demands of the 456. Today, we’re wrapping up Children of Earth, and the ride is going to be bumpier than ever. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood: Children of Earth, Day Five

Retro Recap: Torchwood: “Children of Earth: Day Three”

The scariest moment in any monster story isn’t when the action surprises us. The scariest moment is when we realize that we are the monsters, that the ghouls and zombies and vampires and aliens are only a reflection of the darkest, vilest parts of us.  Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood: “Children of Earth: Day Three”

Torchwood Series 2: Love, Loss and Our Humanity

Going beyond physical desire, Torchwood‘s second series tackles the big questions of our human identity. What makes us who we are? And if we feel human, does that make us so?

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.11, “Adrift”

I would like to think that Newton’s Law of Motion applies to many things, not just science. It’s a useful metaphor for life and plots of our favorite TV shows. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.11, “Adrift”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.09 “Something Borrowed”

So, after the angst, heartbreak and heavy themes of the last three episodes, the series does a complete 180 and delivers an episode that can only be described as silly. As the title suggests, it deal with a wedding: Gwen and Rhys’, to be exact. Though it’s rather a jarring about face after the story arc of Owen’s death and life after death, it’s nice to have some levity every once and awhile in the series. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.09 “Something Borrowed”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.04, “Meat”

I feel like this episode was a turning point in the show and it’s one I feel fans either love or hate. I think the viewers’ feelings are based on whether you think Jack/Gwen is perfect or if you think the chemistry is forced and gets in the way of Ianto/Jack. We see Rhys go from a goober of a boyfriend to something bordering on three-dimensional. Before, he was the Torchwood equivalent of a red shirt; useful plot device, but ultimately disposable. The dialogue is snappy and the episode contains one of my favorite Ianto one-liners. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.04, “Meat”

Torchwood Series 1: Sex and Mortality

Torchwood understands that our desire for sex, for connection, is wrapped up in our sense of mortality.

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.05, “Small Worlds”

All right, another confession: this episode kind of freaked me out when it first aired. It might have something to do with the obsession I had for folklore and mythology as a kid. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.05, “Small Worlds”