"To the Last Man" (Torchwood S2 E3) discussion. Please keep spoilers for future episodes out of this thread.
Okay, tearjerker episode for me. Random late-night musings:
They changed the intro; it's no longer "you've got to be ready", it's "Torchwood is ready". I don't like it as much - it's a little too Boy Scouts, and the whole talking about Torchwood in third person thing irritates me. I didn't notice this last episode for some reason.
It is brought home to me once again how alive in memory the World Wars are in Britain. One million dead in the trenches. A whole generation of young men lost. Makes Iraq look pretty trivial by comparison. The only real comparison in the U.S. is the Civil War.
Any Dr. Who-related show has to more or less ignore the giant pile of accumulated time paradoxes or there'd be no show, but I have to love the crumpled paper handwaving explanation: "screwed up time"! Lack of detail works better than pseudoscience, though we get that too: how exactly does injecting a bit of Tommy's blood into someone's arm create a psychic link with 1918? This year's theme: the amazing p0werz of DNA injections!
Serious psychic powers on the part of Torchwood-1918 to interpret "take me" as "freeze me in a box because at some point you'll need me." Pretty amazing leap there, or do they do this sort of thing regularly? I thought the cryogenic storage was all former employees.
Is it just me, or was Gerald doing a Jack-style flirt with the nurse and Harriet's throat-clearing was a "stop flirting and get on with it" hint sort of like the Doctor is always handing Jack whenever he meets anyone new? Is this a required trait in male Torchwood leaders or something?
Do we think Toshiko's love life is just the slightest bit deranged? Hopeless crush on Owen, regular date with someone who only wakes up once a year, occasional sex with tentacled aliens bearing amulets...Toshiko, do you think maybe there's some sort of fear of intimacy shown in your involvements with people who are essentially not available? Comments on any similarities with my love life will be frowned upon.
The steampunk technology of Torchwood just cracks me up; how 'bout that amazing little gears-and-skate-key rift manipulator! How long do you think we have before a replica is on sale, officially or otherwise?
On the modern tech front, they also all have new phone earpieces with little squiggly wires going down their collars instead of the giant techno-gadgets they've previously worn.
Why, exactly, was it necessary to haul all the tool-boxes-with-cool-LEDs plus the 1918 box to the hospital only to haul them, unopened, back to Torchwood again? Just wondering. Especially about the box.
Foreshadowing much with the doom-and-gloom music in the Ianto/Gwen talk about Harriet's death at a young age? "Nothing changes." Dum-de-dum-dum! Losing a cast member this year, are we?
And okay, gotta say it: Ianto, man, dive right in there! (And Jack used the L-word!)