Torchwood: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, “Capt. Jack Harkness”

The first episode of season two of Torchwood makes good use of Jack Harkness’ absence, which quickly ends, but nonetheless is posited and allows for the rest of the team to become much stronger and remain less in Jack’s shadow. The episode, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” focuses on a previous partner of Jack’s (in more [Read More...]

Torchwood: End of Days

This last episode of the first season of Torchwood, “End of Days,” focuses on precisely what it sounds like: the strange things that have been happening as a result of the rift in space and time becoming more active are being interpreted by religious groups as portents of “judgment day.” Ianto reads from Daniel, and [Read More...]

Torchwood: Weevil Fight Club

The episode “Combat” revolves around the Torchwood team’s investigation into a mysterious group that has been capturing weevils and in some way causing or allowing other human beings to be harmed or killed by them. The episode, for most of its duration, might well have seemed to have little that is of direct interest to [Read More...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]

Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (Resurrection Days Are Over)

“They Keep Killing Suzie” is quite possibly my favorite episode of Torchwood so far. Certainly for someone interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, it gives a lot to talk about. We first meet Suzie in the pilot episode, and it is there that the resurrection gauntlet is introduced as well. In that [Read More...]

Torchwood: Countrycide

I was tempted to write off this episode of Torchwood as simply a serving of horror for its own sake. Even for someone who has followed the X-Files and Fringe, and watched The Road, this episode still seemed graphically gory. But a little thought made me realize that there is poignant depth to this particular [Read More...]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More...]