The bomb explodes, blowing up Torchwood. Gwen escapes and goes on the run with husband Rhys, with an army detachment under tough female Captain Johnson in pursuit. Dekker gives Frobisher cryptic written plans for a mysterious edifice the aliens – the 456 – want building though not even the P.M. knows what it is. Lois, Frobisher’s new temp, accidentally finds secret information on Torchwood in her computer and is curious but Frobisher tells her Jack was the terrorist who caused the explosion.Gwen and Rhys hide in a lorry bound for London, where she discloses her pregnancy. She is keen to get an explanation from Frobisher,unaware that he is out to kill her. Ianto escapes separately, seeking help from his sister, whom he meets in a park where children chant “We are coming. Tomorrow.” Clem, on the streets, takes up the chant. Lois, now mistrustful of her boss, takes a call from Gwen and Rhys, meeting them secretly to tip them off that they are in danger. They infiltrate a ‘funeral’, saving Jack, whose body has regenerated, and are in turn rescued by Ianto. Frobisher and Dekker, having obeyed instructions, await the aliens.
The bulk of this review will be the proverbial Monday morning quarterbacking. After mulling over some time, certain questions came up as to certain parts of the story.
Let’s start with the 456. We understand there was a set of instructions the 456 sent down to Earth. This reminded me a bit of the movie Contact with Jody Foster. The Vega space signal sent to Earth contained instructions to build a new type of ship to transport to their system. With the 456, the signal has the reverse intention. We had to build some type of housing unit for the 456 which was kept at the Thames House.
The 456 tank was then filled with poisonous gases which was the environment the 456 needed. Which also reminds me of David Lynch’s Dune where the mutated Guild Navigator was brought before the Emperor in a similar tank filled with gases. The glass casing has to contain the aliens and the gas but was this not used as leverage to our benefit. We had home field advantage where as the aliens were the visiting team. We know the 456 have been where before and now they are back for more. There should have been some type of plan to counter their threat like shutting off the gases or nuking the Thames House from space; it’s the only way to be sure. (hint, hint).
Alas, we play the scared weaklings who succumbed to the scary alien voice. This may sound as nitpicking but this is something as a writer you can’t overlook this obvious point. For example, I really liked ID4 but the invading aliens could have easily taken over the Earth but not taken so close to Earth but rather nuke it from space; it’s the only way to be sure. I will stop beating up on this oversight as there are still other things to rave about. Although, I don’t care to see Captain Jack’s naked butt, I thanked my stars that I did not have to see Rhys arse but we see Ianto’s brother in law Johnny and I wanted to claw my eyes out. I will say he is an ass of a man but he does step up to the plate in the coming episodes.
The regineration of Captain Jack was one of the darkest and yet brilliant highlights I’ve seen on tv in a long time. While we see a body bag which kept parts of the Captain, we saw the bag move eerily as Jack was slowing coming back to life. Captain Johnson ordering the shacking of Captain Jack as he was forming was on unintended laugh but she was taking not any chances. The agony Jack goes through is utterly horrific and the sealing of him a block of cement was beyond a living death.
Rhys and Gwen have a great deal more screentime than the previous series. What I love about this relationship is how Rhys is not so much whipped by Gwen but rather understands how strong of a woman Gwen is and fully respects her and her work with Torchwood. I truly love this couple and them having an upcoming family is nicely tied into the crust of the story with the children of earth.
From this point on, the next 3 episodes will be one of the best Torchwood moments which I am truly a big fan of and I can’t wait to discuss them.