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?
After last week’s shocker, you would think the viewers would be watching our favorite characters deal with the death of one of their own. However, one of the indisputable laws of the Torchwood universe is that no one stays dead for long. The theme of immortality runs strong through the show, given that Jack is resurrected at least once per episode it seems and we’ve seen one other team member brought back from the dead. Though as we’ll see in the latest episode, resurrection has its costs. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.07, “Dead Man Walking”
Torchwood understands that our desire for sex, for connection, is wrapped up in our sense of mortality.
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
Previously: Josh beat the crap out of a vampire. Bishop wanted Aidan back (wants him back, wants him back for gooood). Sally had a ghost boyfriend, but she couldn’t get past his hold on his past. Aidan made a 10-year-old friend, who was killed and then turned into a vampire and then killed again. Marcus visited the Dutch Country and there were human sized cocoons! Vampire butterflies? I can’t decide whether that’s amazing or horrifying. Read More Being Human 1.10: “Dog Eat Dog”