Torchwood Series 3: Day Five Episode Review

Posted: July 25, 2009 in bbc america, captain jack, dr who, entertainment, Review, scifi, torchwood, tv series
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SPOILERS!…………………Ianto is dead, and whilst Alice and her son Steven are released,Jack and Lois are arrested and Rhys gives up the tape of the cabinet meeting. U.N. colonel Oduya discovers that the 456 aliens are attached to the Scots children,using them as life-support machines. The P.M. appears on television, announcing that next day all British children will be inoculated, the cover for their abduction and delivery to the aliens. Frobisher’s children are to be included,so he kills himself and his family. Gwen and Rhys return to Wales, hiding Ianto’s nephews and nieces and their friends as the military abduct lower class kids from the streets. Alice persuades Ms. Johnson to release Jack,who communes with the aliens,using Steven as a supersonic transmitter, which wipes them out,though,sadly Steven dies too from the pressure. Frobisher’s devoted secretary, Miss Spears, visits Lois in jail and finds out about the lenses, which she uses to secure Lois’s release and blackmail the P.M.to resign. Jack, guilt-ridden that he needed to kill his grandson to save the other children, gives Gwen and Rhys his best wishes, disbanding Torchwood and returning to time travel.

Source: IMDB

This has been one hell of a ride for just 5 episodes for Torchwood. What Dr. Who achieved in throwing in the kitchen sink in Series 4, Torchwood has reached the same level but in darkness. A fair comparison is Dr.Who is Buffy and Torchwood is Angel. Torchwood has reached areas way above and beyond Dr.Who could ever reach to date. I am in awe that with just 3 main characters, Torchwood has been surpassed their previous 2 series and most scifi series in my book.

If there is a negative comment about this episode if how Frobisher’s final actions outranked Jack using his own grandson Steven to save the planet. Throughout Children of Earth, Frobisher has showed himself to be tragic character who believed in what was right for this country and for his own family. One could only wish we could have saved him or had given him just a glimmer of hope even if you despised everything he did. No one deserves to do what he did in the end. As with Jack’s grandson Steven there was not enough emotional scenes between them to strike some type of emotional reactionon Frobisher’s level. I did not feel any connection Jack had with Steven and barely with his daughter Alice.

Having said all this, Jack’s decision to leave at the end may have been very selfish but very real. My life used to be in NY and there was a moment where I realized there was nothing for me and the world I used to know had moved on. The woman I was seeing had said that running away was not the answer which was almost exactly what Gwen said to Jack six months later. I truly understood Jack’s pain and his motivation to leave. However, is the end of Torchwood and no further appearance of Jack back on Earth? The answer I believe is no.

With Gwen left behind the Rift still remains. I don’t believe she would stay still and forget her Torchwood duties. I strongly believe Gwen would start up Torchwood again with or without Jack. As for Jack, he will come back. As to when, who knows but something will draw him back once more. I know that I miss NY. I am thankful to be reconnected to certain people in my past even if it has been more than 20 years. Jack will be in a similar position where he too will miss Earth and Gwen. This may be a long time from now but I feel Jack will be back one day.

Keep your eyes and ears open for at least 4 Torchwood podcasts. Due to some setback, I’ve been delayed to produce them. The first podcast will be a pre-Torchwood on key episodes to watch on Dr.Who on the Captain Jack character. The remaining podcast will focus on each of the series including Children of Earth. You don’t want to miss this.

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  1. Charles R says:

    I just finished watching this and was also blown away. I found that Jack’s sacrifice did resonate on a deeper level for me than Frobisher, despite the lack of screentime with the grandson. Most of that emotion came from the characterization of his daughter. Throught the series she had tried to keep her distance from Jack, and here we see the reason why, just as it seemed she was beginning to believe in him and trust in him by even suggesting he was the only hope. The whole thing was an epic tragedy.

    The real tragedy is that teh whole thing might have been avoidable if Torchwood hadn’t been taken out in the first episode. There’s every reason to believe, armed with the additional information/investigation into how the aliens were controlling the children, Torchwood would have easily been able to solve the problem probably immediately.

    It certainly did seem like series finale, didn’t it? Most of the team dead, the Hub destroyed, Jack despondent and fleeing the earth, and Gwen pregnant. I know Gwen is a strong fighter, but I can’t imagine it has escaped her attention that practically everything associated with Torchwood gets destroyed in the end. Would she even want to continue? Should she?

    They’ve certinaly turned Jack into just as tragically destructive a heroic character as the Doctor, no? I keep remembering how that was the big message of series 2 of Doctor Who, how everything he touches eventually, through no fault of his own, gets destroyed, and Jack is the same. I guess that’s the price of being universe saving immortals.

    I often wonder how The Doctor would react to the threats that Torchwood faced regularly. I guess The Doctor would have figured out the transmission feedback thing immediately or something. But the Torchwood threats these past two years have alwasy been of a much more psychologically damaging insidious nature that I wonder how the Doctor would have fared.

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