|*wipes tears away*
|Which one is the 'tramp'?
If you haven't seen tonight's astounding episode of TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH then please do NOT read on as this post makes specific reference to events that take place therein and will SPOIL your enjoyment of one of the finest sixty minutes I can recall on television. Watch it first, then come back. Though you might not want to be reminded of such a heart~rendering tale and, frankly, obscene bleakness.
Hold on! He's touching her inappropriately! The pace has been completely zapped out of the story and, as I stated previously, this is no bad thing.
Menace drips out from the screen as we are presented with The 456
thing and the child sitting at its heart, betraying Frobisher
(yet again expertly portrayed by Petey C
). When the 'action' then transfers to the Prime Minister
- and this is where Nicholas Farrell
gets his chance to shine as a real piece of work, a veritable hateful figure, an actual
monster - and the Cabinet we are presented with some of the most horrific, yet believable, scenes I've seen on the small screen.
Say hello to my little friend!
Discussing the actualitie of giving 10% of the earth's children in such cold tones chilled more than any alien threat could ever. Top marks and a gold star to all involved in this respect. Sadly, it's all too believable in the current climate as politician's currency is about as low as a limbo dancer at Mardis Gras (and, as Hermes once stated, that's about as low as it gets). Riffing on one of the themes present in Turn Left (from that other show), we see how foreigners are dispensable without the blink of an eye and those of a lesser intelligence and working class ethic are just as poorly thought of. And referring to the kids as 'units'? Not so much as chilling as absolute flippin' zero.
Gwen goes undercover...
Though, having said that, The 456
are still bloody scary bastids
. Director Euros Lyn
has handled the beasts with style and intrigue - demonstrating that BEMs can have a place on prime time television. And, just as it seems our gang are turning things around (with the help of the spunky new start, Lois
), just as it looks like Captain Jack & Co.
are winning, the ball is proverbially dropped. Again we are presented with unnerving scenes as the staff of Thames House (where The 456
representative is located) die with ease.
"Don't forget me" *sniff*
And poor Ianto
. Poor, poor Ianto. Part of me thought
he was gonna make it. Part of me thought
the old guy would bring a suit through for him. Sadly not. John Barrowman
showed another side to his skills as his lover died in his arms and should be rewarded with a great big cuddle for his efforts. The final scenes with Gwen
, coupled with the overiding feeling of disgust imbued in Day Four,
heart~breaking. I dunno if I can handle much more - this is brutal and brilliant stuff.
Captain Jack recruits his robotic chum to take on The 456
'Til the next time,
Tomorrow's review will be posted HERE
over at Den of Geek
Read a review of the third episode HERE.Read a review of the second episode HERE.Read a review of the first episode HERE.
Review of the soundtrack HERE.
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