Dead Man Walking
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“So I’m the king of the Weevils, or maybe the Weevil messiah.”
With this story there is much Worldbuilding: the first Torchwood episode to delve into its own, now substantial, continuity with gusto. They Keep Killing Suzie, which featured the return of Glove Number One can’t compare as it only really referenced the Glove of Everything Changes. This episode references Ianto’s suggestion that the Gloves come in pairs with Glove Number Two, with many other callbacks to the previous two episodes; Owen’s natural affinity with Weevils from the end of Combat; Small Worlds with its “supernatural” Sapphire and Steel vibe looks like much less of an anomaly now that Adam and this episode have been broadcast; Owen’s antagonistic history with Jack.
There is also a shout-out to 21st Century Doctor Who as Torchwood features its very own equivalent of the burping wheelie bin/ the Slitheen gas-exchange.
In many ways this felt like an episode from the latter half of Torchwood Season 1, with a more abrasive Owen, and the running-about in trendy nightclubs which was a frequent Season 1 occurrence. In other ways this felt very much like a Season 2 episode: it was sparky, and stylish in the way Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Adam were stylish, and like Adam (but unlike Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) it had substance.