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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, 1.04, “Cyberwoman”

OK, confession time. This is one of my least favorite episodes of the series.

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.03, “Ghost Machine”

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.

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.02, “Day One”

What’s a really good subject to focus on for your show’s second episode? Well, sex. One of the major themes of the entire series is sexuality and gender fluidity and the introduce this theme right off the bat. This episode offers an interesting metaphor about society’s underlying fear of virulent female sexuality with a life […]

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Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.01, “Everything Changes”

Hello, friends. Welcome to the inaugural post of the retro recap of Torchwood. I will be one of your guides as we explore a world with some of our favorite things: aliens, bad ass ladies,  flirty 51st century men, immortality, a healthy exploration of sexuality and gender fluidity, with a lot of cheek  and a […]

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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.