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Torchwood: Day One - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
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Torchwood: Day One
No, nothing interesting to report (I'm working and reading, mostly). So I'm focussing on fandomy stuff.

Torchwood began in Australia last week. I gave the first episode a miss since I'd already seen it. After watching the second, I'm still a little 'blah' about the show. Rather to the point where I'd rather watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and just tape this on the VCR. The newspaper reviews have been positive, but then I'm not sure the reviewers are entirely familiar with the notion that while Russell T. Davies can write great scripts on occasion ('Rose' was a perfect opener for New Who), he can also write equally shitty ones ('Love and Monsters', which was so awful that I skipped past it when re-watching series two over the summer).

The BBC can invest time and energy in really trippy/cool stuff like Life on Mars, Robin Hood and Doctor Who, which Torchwood is spun off from. And by all accounts, this show should be in that category. But it's not.

The plot kinda sucked, and reminded me a little too much of The Unquiet Dead in series one of DW. That gaseous sex fiend may as well have been a pink Gelth. RTD seems to like the whole 'possessed by aliens' plot device, but it's been done in The Unquiet Dead and New Earth already. Give it a rest!

With the talented actors being used in this show, I'm really expecting more. I want so badly to like Owen, since I thought Burn Gorman made a sympathetic Guppy in Bleak House, but....no. Toshiko doesn't seem to have a personality as of yet, and Gwen is just little too annoying for me at the moment. Even our beloved Captain Jack seems different, and not really in a good way. I can appreciate him keeping the Doctor's hand, but rather in the hope of tracing and finding him, not because he wants something to remember him by. For heaven's sake, when the container holding the hand was smashed and Jack went to pick it up, he was treating it like a damn security blanket! DO NOT WANT.

I also find the dialogue to be a bit stilted in places, and some of the bits where the characters are talking/joking about sex jar a little, like RTD added them in because 'ZOMG itz after 9:30 and we can say naughty w0rdz and do teh secks!!!!111' *facepalm!*

Gwen's kiss with Jack at the end there was totally random and a bit annoying. Mind you, channel ten are marketing the show to make it look like Gwen and Jack will get together so I guess it works to they're advantage. Still, it's going to be hilarious when Jack snogs Ianto later in the series and more or less establishes their sooper-sekrit relationship.

Oh, and the space debris looked rather unrealistic. But that doesn't surprise me a lot, considering the budget the BBC tend to have allotted sci-fi dramas in the past.

Thank God Doctor Who is back this week. It can act as a counterbalance to the relative 'meh' I feel about Torchwood. One thing I will give channel ten credit for is that when Torchwood's finale should be scheduled (provided the ratings do not suck and the show gets shunted to a late night timeslot like BSG), I do believe the episode where Captain Jack returns (and no, this is not a spoiler as far as I'm concerned) should air around the same time. Still, I find it rather odd that channel ten haven't made anything of the connection to DW, especially since most of the people watching are going to be DW fans and the non-DW fans might not appreciate the significance of Jack's indestructability and his fetish for the severed hand in the glass container.

Of course, that could just be me and my tendency to over-analyse fandom. *shrugs?*

Oh, and dives? We are totally getting 'The Virgin Queen' on Showtime here in a few weeks. I saw the trailer and just about died, because both Ian Hart and Dexter Fletcher are in it. That is going to be some good viewing right there, and if not, at least there'll be some Elizabethan eye candy.

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dives From: dives Date: June 26th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Torchwood was just far too silly for me. It had a lot of potential, but it was just so...silly. I am fully aware that the BBC is working on a fairly low budget for it; but there's this one scene in the first episode that's, like, some kind of rotating crane shot as Jack stands on a roof, and it is so clearly a model that I just couldn't take anything seriously anymore.

The Hair is at an all-time amazing level in TVQ, just so you know. Apart from my shallowness, I rather enjoyed the miniseries; I thought Kevin McKidd did a really good job, as did Anne Marie Duff. Tom whatshisface...Hardy? that was in Star Trek was alright. And the music is good.
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