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Thursday, July 09, 2009
10%? Don't They Know About The Credit Crunch??
*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 and Jack, coupled with the overiding feeling of disgust imbued in Day Four, was utterly 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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posted by Cameron McEwan at 12:30 am -
  • At 2:55 am, Blogger joy said…

    You're right. It was a fantastic episode.

    I was totally unspoiled before I watched. Sniffle. Ianto!!!! Before they cried over his sadly blue-tinged dead body, I was convinced that Jack had given him the kiss of life before dying. (Again. Seriously, someone needs to chronicle all of Jack's deaths. Sheesh.)

    But, DUDE. I have to say - your BBC is ruthless. RUTHLESS, I say!!! If any of our US networks tried to kill off beloved characters the way that the freakin' BBC cuts a swath through its own shows, we'd be picketing their studios. Every. Damn. Day. Sheesh.

    GAH. I'm so angry! And of course, can't wait til the next installment. (And when it actually airs here on BBC-A. Of course.)

    1) Lois Abiba is totally the new Harriet Jones. I'm just sayin'.
    2) My sister and I have resorted to calling them the $%^ to not spoil anyone (though I slipped on FB once).

  • At 8:12 am, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Like you I am staying free of spoilers so Ianto's death was a bit of a shock.

    I actually thought Louis was gonna bite the big one, then I thought the scary lookin' bitch might shoot Gwen. There's still time of course...

    As for the BBC, it's the flippin' credit crunch - obviously Gareth David-Lloyd was wanting a higher salary. Haha, sad to see him go though

    Louis is top totty for sure and her 'speech' was a great moment. A great moment before a huge fall.


  • At 7:31 am, Blogger Richard Starkings said…

    Bleak House wasn't this bleak.

    No, TORCHWOOD isn't better than DOCTOR WHO, Cam... this was What if School Reunion and Bubbleshock were absolute downers.

    I was hoping for a reboot, instead we got a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

  • At 10:44 am, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    haha, Bubble Shock - nice!

    Of course, TW isn't better than DW. That was just my salacious journo coming out in me over at Den of Geek.

    I would never say anything like that here, where my real thoughts/feelings lie.

    Don't worry though, not line 'til The Sarah Jane Adventures is back!

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