Torchwood 2.12: Fragments review



Quantity-ratings (click here for guide to rating system):

Wordbuilding  World-mapWorld-mapWorld-mapWorld-mapWorld-map
Gore                Weevil-chompWeevil-chompWeevil-chomp
Dancing           CarysCarysCarys
Angst               Tear-stained-pizzaTear-stained-pizzaTear-stained-pizzaTear-stained-pizza
Aliens              PhiloctetesPhiloctetes

On Wordbuilding.

“The 21st Century is when everything changes. And we’re not ready.”
Torchwood agent Alex in 1999.

It’s the Secret Origin of Team Torchwood!

Well, apart from Gwen whose joining of Torchwood was the first episode of the series. All of the four Worldbuilding mini-stories are either great fun (Jack, Ianto) or, despite the seemingly willfully jarring use of Sci-Fi schlock elements, poignant (Toshiko, Owen). There are also poignant undercurrents to Jack’s and Ianto’s mini-stories too, and Ianto’s even manages to retroactively make sense of the continuity of his “emotional journey” of Season 1.

Jack getting invited to the Torchwood party like it’s 1899 is the best of the four.

Episode Quality-rating: GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

That each of the mini-stories feels worthwhile and complete, despite being around 10 minutes each, is quite an achievement. Not one minute of the 50 minutes screentime is wasted. Bravo!

One Response to “Torchwood 2.12: Fragments review”

  1. FrillyShirtCyberman Says:

    It’s the “Star Trek” episode!

    Sorry, that’s a local joke my cousin says. She says that everytime a Sci Fi show has a “how they met” episode, it’s a “Star Trek” episode… Firefly had it, Torchwood has it now.

    I agree with you, Jack and Ianto got the best stories. Owen is a sob story, but kinda makes you understand why he’s such a jerk with ladies (emotional detachment after loss? Been there). Tosh’s story was a bit cliche too, but fun. Another side to UNIT, eh?

    Loved the pace and like you said, not a minute is wasted! Fantastic one!

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