Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Torchwood: Episode 3 - 'Ghost machine'

That's more like it! Episode 3 of Torchwood was fab.

This was the episode where the series found its own identity. OK, so it was still Angel-like in style (camera still swooshing), but the plot was a much more British story than anything that Angel or the X-files ever came up with.

No gratuitous sex, no unneccessary bad language, just a decent story with a heart.

Rather interestingly, from a philosophical point of view, the episode echoes my own beliefs on the subject of ghosts (posted here previously) - not that they are the wandering disembodied spirits of dead people, but rather that they are memories of past events which somehow linger in certain places. Of course, this episode took the concept one step further and considered the 'memories' of future events too, but that is what good sci-fi does, takes interesting ideas and stretches them.

So a five star episode, in my opinion. Keep up the good work.

The teaser for next week's episode contains much more Doctor Who content than the first three episodes put together. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not - Torchwood is still finding its own feet at the moment.

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At 3:27 pm, Blogger Marcus G said...

Agreed. I really did not like episodes one and two. All that I dislike about Russell T writ large. And suddenly a sensitive, moving, yearning piece of story telling that made me want to watch more of the same.

Oh well. Maybe I will.


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