Apologies for this blog seeming to become the “rant about Torchwood” blog… but it just provides so much food for thought and / or criticism!
This week’s episode (‘They Keep Killing Suzie’) was quite a good one, I thought. Having said that, there were one or two things which the entire episode hinged around which didn’t really make sense. Namely:
1. So, Suzie set up the whole thing. Great. But… how did she know that Gwen would actually be able to resurrect her? If Gwen wasn’t able to resurrect her, then it would have been a tad pointless, wouldn’t it? Which brings me on to the second thing.
2. Why didn’t she just not kill herself in the first instance? She could then have gone and killed her father or whatever she wanted to do without having to go through being brought back to life! I think perhaps (a) she wanted to experience what it was like to be dead (but why?), or (b) wanted to have eternal life. If (b), then I’m not sure how that was supposed to work… the glove allowed Suzie to live off Gwen’s ‘life-force’ — but Gwen’s life force is surely not infinite, so Suzie would just have had a normal life?! Again, absolutely no reason to kill herself and be resurrected.
Sorry to go on about these things – I wouldn’t be so pedantic if Torchwood didn’t take itself so seriously! That’s the difference between Doctor Who and Torchwood – Doctor Who is quite light-hearted and fun, whereas Torchwood tries to make itself all serious and dramatic. The only problem is, when you try and make something more serious, you have to make it a bit more believable in order to stop pedants like me from moaning about it on their blogs (yeah, like that’s an incentive to make better stories!).
Anyway. I did think Gwen & Suzie’s discussion about the afterlife was interesting – they did it very cleverly so that practically any religious / theological framework could be accommodated!
Oh yes, and on a very minor note – I liked the fact that they used ‘Gorecki’ by Lamb right at the end. It’s a beautiful song! However, I just don’t think it was appropriate given the context. It’s a love song really, and … well, was Gwen in love? Was that what they were trying to convey? Do you think “If I should die this very moment / I wouldn’t fear” was an appropriate first line given that one person had just died trying to desperately cling on to life? Ah well, it’s just good to see Lamb getting some recognition 🙂
Anyway, that’s all for me for the time being…