A Day in the Death
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“Meanwhile, back at Torchwood…”
Last week’s Dead Man Walking had the atmosphere of an episode from the latter half of Torchwood Season 1, and so did this week’s: a sequel-of-sorts to the previous episode. A Season 1 atmosphere? This focus on death is similar; Owen is abrasive and obnoxious here like Season 1, (but also sensitive and wise like the 2008 Owen). In fact, Gorman can show his full acting range as the episode’s focus is on the character of the now “undead” Owen, with a minimal (though complexly structured) plot.
Though there are the two similar “undead” Torchwood agents, to clarify the difference, Owen notes that Jack “lives forever” and Owen “dies forever”. There are some horrific moments here where Gorman conveys the awfulness of Owen’s fate, more horrific than any Gore drenched scene of Season 1’s Countrycide.
The most abstract Torchwood alien artifact yet didn’t “reset” Owen (as some viewers may have expected) but provided a intriguing resolution of the episode’s themes. Though not as great as the sublime episode Adam earlier this season, this is perhaps the second greatest Torchwood episode so far.