Saturday, December 02, 2006

Torchwood: Episode 7 - 'Greeks bearing gifts'

I've always had a soft spot for Daniela Denby-Ashe (pictured), so an episode of Torchwood featuring her as a sexy lesbian alien should be something I'd like, right?

Well, it was quite good. Better than last week, but not as good as the first few.

This week the story was seen, almost exclusively, from Toshiko's point of view. In other words, this week we are 'fleshing out' her character. Until the end of the episode, all the other regulars stay very much on the sidelines as Toshiko gains the ability to hear people's thoughts and finds out what they think about her.

Once again, Torchwood tried too hard to prove itself as an 'adult' show - the lesbian kissing was fairly irrelevant to the plot and there was quite a lot of unnecessary 'adult' content as we listened to the thoughts of everyone who walked near to Toshiko.

But, leaving that aside, it was a fairly typical mid-season sci-fi episode plot, which could have been modified slightly to fit into almost any sci-fi show. Certainly it felt like an episode of Stargate SG1 (albeit one with added lesbian snogs). However, it was a fairly self-consistent plot, contained a good bit of character development (except Ianto, who is back to being two-dimensional) and did keep you wondering how things were going to end up. So while I won't be watching that episode again on a rerun, it was reasonably entertaining on first viewing.


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