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?
This may be one of the most compelling episodes of the entire series. The arc focusing on the life of the dead Owen Harper comes to a close in this episode and it’s heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. Burn Gorman was able to inject humanity into a somewhat unlikable character and turn him into a sympathetic hero. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.08, “A Day in the Death”
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.
The third episode of the series dumps us right into the middle of action as Gwen seems to be settling into the team. We also get some Gwen/Jack bonding time and a peek at a more emotional side of Owen.
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