Retro Recap: Torchwood, Children of Earth, “Day Four”

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”

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”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.11, “Combat”

Hello lovelies! I’m back after a few weeks of traveling and surviving the crash of my hard drive. Many, many thanks to CherriSpryte for covering for me. You did a great job. So, this week’s episode borrows heavily from a novel and movie that are considered classics of our time. It also deals with the emotional aftermath of one character’s love affair and the destructive ways we sometimes deal with heartache and grief. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.11, “Combat”

Retro Recap: Torchwood 1.06 “Countrycide”

I like to think of episodes four, five and six of the first season almost like dress rehearsals; these three episodes are just the kinks getting all worked out before the show finds its footing. This episode works within a well-used sci-fi trope, but we still get some insights into Jack, Owen and Gwen and I’m especially impressed by Eve Myles’s acting in this episode. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood 1.06 “Countrycide”

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”

Morality and Immortality in the Who-niverse

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