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OK, we have now watched the first two episodes - "Everything Changes" yesterday and "Day One" tonight - and we really enjoyed it.

I haven't read anyone else's lj entries about it except my wife's (will now go back and add assenting or dissenting comments as appropriate).

"Everything Changes" - reminiscent of the debut of the new Doctor Who with "Rose", only a year and a half ago; lots of differences, lots of similarities, but on the whole I thought RTD had learnt from earlier mistakes - no problems with pacing, a more confident introduction of the cast (of course, if you have a team set-up, you can have one of your characters formally introduce the rest and remain within the spirit of it). Cardiff may seem a slightly banal place to have the European equivalent of a Hellmouth, but at the same time, does southern California really seem as exotic to its residents as it seems to me? And I loved the line about how the magic paving stone had been affected by a "dimensionally transcendental chameleon circuit". Most viewers will have appreciated it just as technobabble; some of us will have got the in-joke.

"Day One" - I have already glimpsed critiques decrying this as a rip-off of the typical Buffy plot-line of the perils of sex, with the supernatural forces of our setting representing the onrush of adulthood. This is most unfair. The perils of sex are something we always have with us from puberty to old age; it's a universal theme that long predates Buffy and will still be written about long after Buffy and Torchwood are forgotten. The shots of the little piles of dust in the fertility clinic mingled humour and horror in just the right way. Also, both Gwen and Captain Jack are really coming on as simply fascinating people to watch - the camera just loves Eve Myles. Gwen's relationship with Rhys is clearly destined to implode horribly. And I have to say that I have a pretty good idea whose (or rather Who's) hand is in the jar...

Well done to my cousin Brian who is the script editor.

We'll keep watching.


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Oct. 27th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
sammywol and I enjoyed those two episodes too. I think it's a bit early to call whether this will stay the course, but I really liked the Gwen character and think that Capt. Jack has potential to be a good, gradually revealed mystery.

I'm hoping that Gwen's relationship with Rhys doesn't just go through the motions and implode. I'd be more impressed if the writers could manage to produce a relationship in crisis and show the two fix it and re-build.

I also hope that it doesn't become too much of the alien (or alien technology) of the week.
Oct. 28th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
I'll be impressed if they can write a steady relationship and have it endure.

We see so few enduring relationships in any show.
Oct. 28th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I don't even expect it to be a steady relationship, but I'd like to see it falter but recover. I'm not expecting that either, mind you, but it would be a step in the right direction.
Oct. 27th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
"Day One" - I have already glimpsed critiques decrying this as a rip-off of the typical Buffy plot-line of the perils of sex

Actually, the complaints were more along the line that the episode's plot bore a strong resemblance to that of the second Angel episode, "Lonely Hearts." Especially given how very derivative of Angel TW is, it strikes me as unfortunate to so closely parallel the show even in the matter of episode order.
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