I liked Detective Swanson. Even that look she gave the team when they came was all 'Oh God, not these unprofessional shits again. Where's UNIT when you need them?' And there's something inherently entertaining about Torchwood getting mocked by the police.
Does calling that compound 'Retcon' count as breaking the fourth wall? Nice use of Emily Dickenson. 'Because I could not stop for Death' is a great favourite of mine. Majorly disappointed by the use of 'Gorecki'. I like that song, but it felt totally wrong for that whole sequence. The writer can't decide whether to ship Owen/Gwen, Jack/Gwen or Jack/Ianto! And while I'm on that, the Jack/Ianto flirty conversation in the morgue was totally wrong. Shouldn't there be more angst and less sexing in a situation like that?
Plot in general was rather interesting, though the second half of the episode when Suzie starts draining Gwen was a bit of a let-down, especially because Indira Varma was starting to ham it up just a little as the Monster of the Week. I feel rather disappointed now that Suzie got killed off in episode one though. She seemed like a very interesting character, and she might have proved a more interesting newbie than Gwen.
As for Random Shoes.....it's the Torchwood equivalent of 'Love and Monsters'. Eugene Jones (God I'm sick of that surname in the Whoniverse) was a carbon copy of Elton Pope, angst included. He was a bit more irritating though. Did he have to follow Gwen around the whole time? I think a bit more narration would've been more effective. Still, this was a much better production than 'Love and Monsters', by virtue of the lack of Peter Kay, really bad jokes and RTD's writing. This was what 'Love and Monsters' should've been!
The optimistic tone at the end of the episode really caught me off-guard. It's something that might seem more in place at the end of a Doctor Who episode rather than the dark, angsty Torchwood. How did Eugene appear to everyone? And way to hammer home the Christ-like imagery by having him disappear in a beam of light.
In other news....the draft for 'Romanum Ite Domum' is at the halfway point. I'm hoping to be at 6000 words by the end of the weekend, with a tentative time of early to mid-September for the draft to be finished, so Rick can give me feedback and the like.
My friend Evelyn is getting married in early January, and last Sunday at church she asked if I would be the floor manager at the reception. To which I answer 'Of course!' when what I was really thinking was 'Er, floor manager what?!'. What does a floor manager do? Is it hard? Should I wear heels to the wedding if I'm going to be on my feet for most of the reception?
Not that I don't want the job or anything (I'm quite honoured she considers me organized enough to ask!), but I'm rather curious about what the precise duties are.