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Torchwood Lameness of Earth

I just watched all five parts of the Children of Earth mini series and I was riveted. Outstanding directing, performances and production values. The story, however, let me down big. After a spectacular set up, it all just kind of fell apart.

The best thing about Children of Earth was the introduction of Lois Habiba. The worst thing was how absolutely pathetic Torchwood turned out to be. They used Lois and then left her in prison to face charges of treason. Yeah, I know she got sprung at the end, but that was no thanks to Torchwood, who were responsible for her being there in the first place. They still had the recordings of all the Prime Minister's meetings, so why not use those to force Lois' release? Thank God for Frobisher's assistant.

The Prime Minister telling Frobisher he had to give up his kids to the 456 was just stupid. Frobisher's threat to go public totally would have worked. Yeah, his daughters would know exactly what was going to happen to them, but so would everyone else in the world. It would've sparked a massive civil uprising and the entire child-collecting process would have come to a halt.

When Jack figures out the thing with the transmission through the children at the end and they all start screaming, how did everyone else know that meant everything was okay? Soldiers were battling with Gwen and company for the kids, but right after the screaming event, Gwen was relieved and the soldiers stop struggling to get the kids. Huh? Speaking of those kids that Gwen and Ryse were with... 10% of the world's children were being rounded up to hand over to alien drug addicts, yet Gwen's only priority is to protect Ianto's niece and nephew? LAME.

Sorry Jack, you're lame too. It was an incredibly powerful moment when he sacrificed his own grandson to save humanity, but it was an incredibly weak moment when his badass stance against the 456 was nothing but a bluff. WTF? His entire plan was to simply tell the aliens no and hoped they went away? Then Ianto dies along with a building full of people and that's it — Capt. Jack Harkness gives up, Gwen gives up, and the human race will now hand over millions of kids rather than fight.

Yeah, I know they didn't have to in the end and Jack saved the day after all. There was too much lameness leading up to it, though. Maybe it's for the best that Torchwood got destroyed.



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cj2017
Aug. 1st, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
I'm with you girlie. Not really a Torchwood fan (well, not at all on the basis of it being pretty laughable) but the first ep started out okay and the team was better than when I last saw it (i.e. without Tosh who couldn't act her way out of a paper bag.) So far so fun. But five episodes was probably a couple too many and once you've seen kids talking in unison once or twice, you don't really need to keep seeing it. Same with the "isn't it?" bloke *yawn*.

Barrowman doesn't have the acting chops to carry out scenes of any gravitas so he's a real weak link and they killed off one of their best (Ianto) in a truly crappy bit of writing - crappy for all the reasons you've stated.

Torchwood has delusions of grandeur - same problem I have with Dr Who. Lots of BIG serious moments which are signposted, acted and scored as BIG serious moments but so clumsily put together that the one thing I can't do is take them seriously. It's much better when it's just hanging out and being funny, something RTD - if you've ever seen the UK version of Queer as Folk (beg, borrow or steal a copy!)- does very very well.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, kids yelling in unison lost it's dramatic impact by the third time.

Meanwhile, Ianto has never impressed me much. In fact I always thought he was the blandest of all the characters. I wasn't even sad when he got killed, but I was also spoiled on that ahead of time (maybe it would've had more impact otherwise).
the_narration
Aug. 1st, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched Torchwood, but given how much sloppy writing and execution (all being delivered with enough sheer egotism to make it clear that that those behind it believe it's anything but) I've seen in Doctor Who over the last few seasons and the fact that from what I've heard Torchwood is basically Who with sex, I don't doubt that you're probably right.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've never gotten into Doctor Who, but Torchwood has been... fun. Maybe that was the trouble with Children of Earth - it tried to be a little more than it should have.
zanpakto
Aug. 1st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
'Cause its not Terminator.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 5th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ah. Maybe that was it ;)
drenkrelar
Aug. 1st, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Personally I liked it.

Was there bad writing? Yes in a few scenes.

Were there some fridge logic moments? One or two.

Was it a bit WTF that this was all caused by alien drug addicts that are somehow addicted to human children? Oh hell yes!

But it was still probably the best episodes of Torchwood I've ever seen.

What that says about Torchwood as a whole is another matter, but I really enjoyed Children of Earth.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 5th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
It was certainly less cheesy than in the past (I've always thought Torchwood had a bit of a cheese factor), so it got points for the gripping drama and high production values. And it's not that I didn't enjoy it at all. I just felt let down after such a spectacular build up.
johnnypate
Aug. 6th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
"Torchwood" is lame, waste of space. OTOH, maybe this will cheer you up...

http://www.fmqinc.com/sarah-connor-chronicles/
roxybisquaint
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
*sigh* She's not reporting anything new, she's just rehashing what's already been out there and pretending it's from a source at WB. She probably just ran with the Zack Stentz quotes from savethescc.

If I wasn't optimistic, though, I wouldn't be spending so much time on campaigns at savethescc. I think everything is riding on the s2 DVD release. If that sells big, I believe we've got a serious shot at a continuation.

no fate
johnnypate
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm going to get an S2 Blu-ray even tho I don't have a Blu-ray, I expect they'll really take notice if Blu-ray sales are good since it's the premium end of the market now.
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