This is the episode I’ve been dreading. It’s the reason that I haven’t re-watched the series since it first aired. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Children of Earth, “Day Four”
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”
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?
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”
After a fantastic season opener, the second episode of the season is generally a bit of a letdown and I honestly do feel that way a bit about “Sleeper,” though it does open up the potential for a larger story arc later in the season. This episode also is the start of one of my favorite things about Season 2: the introduction of Ianto as the King of One-Liners and Snark. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.02, “Sleeper”
Torchwood understands that our desire for sex, for connection, is wrapped up in our sense of mortality.
OK, confession time. This is one of my least favorite episodes of the series. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, 1.04, “Cyberwoman”
Immortality is a quality of gods and monsters. Zeus, Odin, and the monotheistic God are all immortal, but so are vampires, zombies, and the devil (Voldemort did try his damnedest, though). It is then unsurprising that a tension between moral and immoral immortality would appear in works that feature the possibility of living forever. Read More Morality and Immortality in the Who-niverse