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Punchier, pacier, funnier - well, we'll see

Fish driving a car, Gwen's line which is the hook.

"Bloody Torchwood!" That's how secret they are! (Line that wasn't in the trailer!)

Actually the fish is not a particularly good actor!

Jack's back. And yes, we missed him.

Ianto very smouldering, and jealous of the Doctor!

And look who's come out of the rift! It's Spike! And he's thirsty.

Just as Gwen started by looking at dead bodies from a multi-storey in the first 2006 ep, we have that again in this ep.

Spike as Princess Leia! And then explicitly references it!

The bar scene - kiss, kiss, bang, bang! As we have seen it on the trailer.

(And Marsters is a good bit shorter than Barrowman. One never thinks about that - of course we're used to the Marsters/Gellar height difference which is the other way round.)

The Time Agency, as started in Talons of Weng-Chiang; all over now.

John Hart, making fun of Torchwood, excellent! Size of the wrist strap!

Radiation cluster bombs, this week's McGuffin. Actually quite well set up.

And Hart's reaction to the Hub is well done - he is in a sense the New Viewer.

Gwen asking Jack where he was - tricky, but JB pulls it off well. "Coming home to you." But Gwen is engaged to Rhys. Jack being gutted. Nice.

Jack being ordered by Gwen. Nice. The three rules. Also nice. Though it feels a little too pacy.

And Rhys calls to say he got the job, and Gwen can't be there - meanwhile Hart has disappeared - oh, there he is.

Oh, Gwen, you let him get behind you, and then you let him kiss you! What a bastard, paralysing her with a kiss - indeed, almost biblical.

The second canister - same story. Bang! Poor Owen!

Jack and Ianto. Dating! But not in the office!. "He's a reminder of my past." And here is John Hart to send Ianto to save the others, so he can have Jack to himself.

This is very biblical, John tempting Jack on the height...

And then pushes him over, but does he know Jack is immortal?

Here's Ianto saving Tosh and Owen.

And now Gwen. Lucky that they have just the right stuff to save her.

So, was the fish in on it all the time?

And the dénouement, actually fairly predictable, but a fun ride.

Ianto still has a stopwatch!

Gives an excuse for more John/Gwen grappling...

Last-minute rescue! Rather glorious! (If a bit rushed.)

"I found Gray" - great closing line.

Look folks, I don't care what you say, I enjoyed that; I thought Marsters was great at taking the Spike character into new territory, and though it was a bit rushed in places, that's better than the dragging so characteristic of Old Who. And next week's looks like a lot of fun too.


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Jan. 16th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I was more of a curmudgeon. As always. One point, though - I think the trailer was for the whole of the series?
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
the trailer was for the whole of the series

Yes it was
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I had love for it too. :) Hart was good: not quite Spike, and I was surprised to hear the accent. (I have met James a few times, and when I did, he'd played Spike for so long he sort of carried a bit of the accent with him at all times. Don't know if he still does, but playing another accented character's going to continue to leave a mark, I bet.)

*wriggles* Happy Kit!
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
No, I agree - it was great fun! Let's hope they can keep it up.
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
sigh- whimper drool

soo happy.

Nad to your notes above - yes! exactly - especially Ianto and the stopwatch....
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
typing gone insane - the "Nad" should read "And"!
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Wonders why your typing went insane?
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Torchwood is back! I was so excited :D

I noticed a lot of things they tried being subtle about in the first series, they've completely given up on the subtlety ;) Jack and Gwen's feelings for each other, the homosexuality, and all the sexual tension all over the place. God, it's everywhere! It's great!
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Attempt 3 - sorry if you get this three times
I enjoyed it immensely too.

Re: James Marsters's height - he also has the advantage of being skinny which makes him look taller.
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I thought it was fun! and exquisite fanservice. Will pick holes later I am aure.

Re. the height thing Marsters is short! In that kiss scene I am pretty sure he is standing on a box as Barrowman is not short.

Is anyone else worried by the choice of name? Havign small baby round the house daytime TV is rather a lure and this John Hart did not twin well with the ep. of Hart to Hart I saw this morning. Ick!
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Marsters isn't *short*. He's a couple inches taller than me, around 5'10". I'm pretty sure he wasn't on a box. :)
Jan. 17th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! Then I have seen him photographed next to some seriously tall women. Stands corrected.
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, if I were photographed next to him when I'm wearing, say, my dead sexy red and black heels, I'd be taller than he is, so, yeah. He's definitely shorter than Ted, definitely taller than me, which puts him right around 5'10". Maybe 5'9.5", but yeah.

And according to the intarnets, Barrowman's 6'. So that's enough height difference to be noticeable, especially when they're playing with the camera angles like they did in that episode. And I specifically *looked* at Marsters' shoes in one of the very first shots, to see if he was wearing lifts (because I am a Great Big Costume Geek, and because I know how tall he is and wanted to see if he was being beefed up to stand next to Captain Jack). He wasn't. :)

God I'm a geek. ;)
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
I am usually a real costume geek too - it comes out worst in historical drama though, shades of thesis past. However this time I was obviously distracted by the swishy jacket.
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
I want that swishy jacket. :)
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
I had a serious New Romantic habit as a teenager and having JM dress up as a slightly rough trade Adam Ant is hitting some long standing buttons so no, I wasn't checking out his feet much. Sigh!
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
I noticed the 'thirsty' line, and didn't note it down, I tell you - and I, too, thought 'blood', for a second, like a few hundred thousand other people out there...
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I actually thought, "Bored now!" which perhaps puts me in a small but vocal minority? :)
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
I really really wanted Gwen to slap him when he came out with that tosh nonsense about coming back to her.

Trailer v promising.

JM v seedy.

So, when they're in the last-minute dash and Captain Hart is eyeing up all the passers-by, is it really a poodle? Or just one of those unfortunate chavvy hairstyles?
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I agree with your summation - I think this episode showed the sense of fun that was missing from most of S1. It's the same thing that makes DW work, that ability to say 'yes, it's silly, but we know it's silly, so can we all just enjoy it now?'

As for the fish not being a good actor (and how many other times do you get to use that line?), he was played by Paul Kasey, who does most of their monster-in-suit-that's-too-big-to-be-worn-by-Jimmy-Vee work, but I think that showed why they get someone else to do the voices!
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
very silly, but very entertaining
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I have to say I liked the episode a lot. Thanks to the wonderfulness that is known as a Freeview box and a projector the entire of the Sci-Fi club were able to watch at the same time, definitely makes it more enjoyable :)
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Spike in Torchwood, and in a slash scenario? Interesting ...
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