The 456: “We are coming... tomorrow.”
so long ago John Barrowman made the comment “as long as they pay me the
right money, I'm ready to get out my cock and balls." All I can say is,
he must currently possess a big fat wallet (no euphemism intended). It
was brief... and mostly hidden by the letter X (I didn't zoom in,
honestly). But they were definitely out, weren't they? I noticed, too,
that Gwen couldn't resist a quick look later in the episode. Real
subtle, Gwen. Seriously.
Nudity aside, Jack had a pretty traumatic episode. His reanimation reminded me of Hellraiser.
It was all blood, sinew and exposed nerve endings. Which is probably
why he was screaming. And to make matters worse, he ended up (naked
again) encased in concrete. I really had a problem with those scenes.
The thought of being trapped in concrete, unable to move, makes me want
to freak out. What a terrible thing to happen.
young Lois came through for Gwen and Rhys tonight. She was smart enough
to realise that, if Torchwood are the good guys, then she's on the
wrong side. Which was evidently reason enough for her to commit treason.
And I'm happy to be proved wrong, but, I think we've just found a new
regular cast member. I'm not sure how good a replacement a Personal
Assistant is for a doctor or a techie, but she's certainly made of the
right stuff. She put everything on the line to help Gwen and Rhys. At
the very least she deserves a job.
And despite his
somewhat distant familial relationships, Rhiannon and Johnny came
through for Ianto, too. Had I been Johnny, I'd definitely have had to
think twice before confronting the two men in the car (gang or no gang).
Especially if I'd had my house broken into the night before and a gun
waved in my face. It was a brave gesture, however, and gave Rhiannon
time to slip away unnoticed and meet up with a shaken and dishevelled
Ianto. We also saw more of Johnny than I care to remember. It didn't
have quite the same impact as seeing Captain Jack “ragged off”. But
everyone loves a chubby arse.
I really like it that
we're getting to see Ianto's and Jack's families in the subplots. It
gives their characters some much needed depth and makes them seem rooted
in the real world. There was a definite softening too of Alice towards
Jack. I'm hoping this plays out more over the next few nights. And like
episode one, we didn't get much by way of answers, but they're certainly
raising some interesting questions. How did Jack get to be Alice's
father? Who are the other names on the government hit list? Who are the
456 and what do they want?
I felt a bit sorry for
Frobisher. He pathetically thanked the PM for putting such trust in him,
seemingly oblivious to the fact that he's being set up as a scapegoat.
When the proverbial do-do hits the big spinning windy thing, it'll be
Frobisher who goes down, not the PM. Which makes me wonder whether he'll
turn on the PM at some point... or maybe even commit suicide. It all
depends on how involved he is. Is he just a faithful employee? Or does
he have some other stake in what's going on?
A steady, solid episode. Still loving it.
Bits and pieces:
-- Steven calls his grandfather Uncle Jack.
How likely is it that a relative nobody like Lois Habiba would have
access to such high profile telephone conversations and top secret
locations... on just her second day of employment?
-- John Fay wrote tonight's episode. His previous writing credits include Robin Hood, Clocking Off and Blue Murder.
-- A fire extinguisher. The deadliest weapon known to man.
-- How can Jack regenerate from just a few body parts? What about the other bits? Could they regenerate a new Jack too?
"If you're the bad guys, why doesn't it say that on your file? And if
you're the good guys, who am I working for? And why do they want you
Rhys: "This changes everything."
Gwen: "No, no it doesn't. Were still up the same creek and we still need a paddle."
Rhys: "Yeah...but three in the boat."
Guard: "She's shy, isn't she?"
Gwen: "I just prefer the company of dead people."