From Out of the Rain
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“I don’t believe this Jack, what were you doing there?”
Toshiko, in this episode.
Doctor Who? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Angel? Sapphire and Steel? Which television series does Torchwood most resemble? After watching this episode, I would have to say Seven of One (starring Ronnie Barker), a series comprised of seven separate comedies that also functioned as possible pilots for seven different sitcoms.
Torchwood (starring the five main actors) often seems like a series comprised of separate stories intended to be part of several different Sci-Fi/ Fantasy shows, (despite them all featuring the same characters and the same “Torchwood” Hub.) This is not a good thing.
The actual story was fascinating, but I couldn’t quite enjoy it as the world of Torchwood became wooly and indistinct once more. Where are the Aliens? Just as Season 1’s P.J. Hammond fantastical episode added to the tonal confusion of the previous episode (successful) horror-comedy Cyberwoman, so did Season 2’s P.J. Hammond fantastical episode add to the tonal confusion of the previous episode (unsuccessful) horror-comedy Something Borrowed.
This week’s episode contained some of the most wonderful dialogue and imagery of Season 2, but there was one major element of the plot that really distracted: there were the “Night Travellers”, and there were the people of Jack’s travelling show, which we were told were different people – but by the end of the episode the difference had become hopelessly confused. Or was that part of the story?
Enjoyable, but doesn’t quite gel as a story.