Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review: Torchwood 2.9: Something Borrowed

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Gwen's sudden pregnancy turns some heads.
Torchwood - Series Two, Episode Nine - Something Borrowed
Written 31/3/13

So, yeah. Those past three weeks were a bit heavy, and so this week we return to a fun Torchwood runaround that manages to fit in as many mother-in-law jokes as it does attacks by alien monsters. That consistant optimism and humour does make it rather rare for this series, but that's not something to be poo-pooed - in fact, it feels like just what we need.
      The night before her wedding, Gwen is out chasing a shape-changing alien called a Nostrovite. The alien bites her arm, and come the next morning she's full term pregnant with the alien's egg. Proceeding with the wedding regardless, Torchwood are forced to intervene when a second Nostrovite, the mother, arrives to come and rip the egg from Gwen's stomach. Despite some close shaves, Rhys is able to use the Singularity Scalpel to cure Gwen, Jack uses a big fucking gun to kill the Nostrovite and the two get married, with their families getting a huge dose of Retcon.
     The episode's biggest focus was on the love triangle between Gwen, Rhys and Jack, with Gwen and Jack's intensely passionate platonic relationship being referenced to many times. The whole Jack/Gwen ship was mainly teased at in the first season, before the writers obviously discovered the 2006 equivalent of Tumblr and began shipping them like mad. As much as I feel that rampant shipping for shipping's sake does not a captivating story make, I do like the dynamics of the triangle and I love the way that it's played.
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Nostrovites and hilarious makeup.
     So yeah. Something Borrowed didn't really make much of an impact on me; it was a fairly standard runaround that felt a lot more Doctor Who than normal. That doesn't necessarily make it a bad episode, but for me at least it felt odd coming between last week's in-depth psychological analysis and next week's old fashioned creep-fest. I suppose it's good that we can have one last little island of levity before we advance onto the rest of the series, which is pretty much three and a bit episodes of depression, sadness and pain.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: A hopefully more in depth review of From Out Of The Rain

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