And I've caught up with my f-list for the nonce.
Under the cut for the Episode Three spoilers...
Okay...one bullet dodged...another makes a direct hit. Jack is definitely involved. That was more a foreshadowing though, than a guess. The 456 not your cuddly sort of misunderstood aliens. So, we will not be disappointed in the final 10 minutes by somone finally getting the translators working properly, at least. Never to be daunted...I have another theory...we will be saved by the Hitchikers. Don't ask me how...but I figure they aren't just giving people happy endorphins. I think Clem is talking to his own hitchiker...one that told him to run all those years ago.
I liked that Ianto addresses the issue of the pony with his, "Better not waste any time then."
There it is. I mean, if your beloved has a finite lifespan...why the hell aren't you spending every spare minute gazing into her eyes. Yes, I'm looking right at you, Doctor! Oh...yeah...I get it. Your job is very important and the world is ending somewhere. But then, again...the world is always ending somewhere, isn't it? And, if this is any indication, you aren't ALWAYS there~! Also, there is the whole alternative universe + Time Lord part of the equation. Even if you go to Rose, you can be home in time for tea, yeah?
Anyway, nice that Ianto put things in their proper perspective for us. Also, loved the daughter and grandson getting busy with cutting boards and carving knives. Again, Rose can certainly defend herself...and I'm betting her children as well...so the whole "danger" argument takes a walloping.
And frankly...while I know that Torchwood and Doctor Who almost operate in separate universes...in RTD's hands they don't...because most of the grand alien sightings have been in Doctor Who stories. The Life Sucking Demon was in Cardiff...and the earth shaking stuff last season also seemed Cardiff centered. When it comes to big events...like Dalek invasions...it's the Doctor's turf. And Jack...well...he says it...he's there as a fixed point in time...like the Doctor told him...and Rose Tyler did that to him. More over...Jack would never have become Jack...if Rose hadn't wanted to get back to the Doctor so desperately. So, yeah...while I don't expect the Doctor to show up for any of this...the fact that he doesn't show...and Jack and Company handle things...proves they can handle things without the Doctor.
What I'm saying is Jack is an excellent foil for the Doctor. On the one hand, he's human. But his culture in the distant future was quite a bit different from 20th Century culture. He's technologically and socially advanced...and immortal. And yet, he's not afraid to go on living. Jack's a fine hero figure...and so...he can play this anti-hero part he takes on here. Why did he give them children?
It was a gift.
Yes...like a cultural exchange. Orphan children...children nobody would miss them, as I said. Hard to imagine Jack following those orders. So, probably he had no choice. Reading between the lines, it seems it was a price paid to keep the 456 from returning. This leads me to think Jack had a very good reason for NOT wanting them to return. And that would lead me to believe the 456 are what took Jack's brother. That's what I would do anyway...to make this more logical.
Overall another excellent episode. There were definite boring bits...I didn't really think the rubbery alien and goo were alarming. But...Go Team Torchwood! Go Andy for getting Gwen into the police station and also for asking her to explain herself. Go Ianto for suggesting sex at inappropriate times. And for remembering crucial supplies...like coffee, t.p. and Jack's kit. Go Lois for putting in the contact lenses and spelling things out in shorthand. Go Alice for the Torchwood training at home course for extended family. And those steely Jack-esque eyes she has, too. Go Rhys for cooking beans. Go Jack for getting that cell phone. Go Gwen for driving on the pavement.
Go RTD for keeping me interested even with a rubbery monster in a cloudy room spitting pea soup at the windows.
TORCHWOOD: CoE Part 3...Spoilers
July 9th, 2009