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Torchwood, "Countrycide"



I feel like I just inadvertently sat through a movie I never wanted to see, like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This is really Torchwood's equivalent of SPN's "humans are way more fucked-up and dangerous than any monster" ep, The Benders. Except this was much, much more disturbing. GAH! At least it was honestly scary, unlike the "fairies are evil and might choke you to death with rose petals" thing last week, which wasn't the least bit scary.

And so ... Gwen & Owen? I can't say I'd go for himself, but lord, who doesn't love a nursing/medical scene as sex/foreplay? And I get that she'd need someone to be with who can understand what she's been through, I just wish it were Jack! Or if only Owen were played by Steven Mackintosh, who he only vaguely reminds me of. Of course, this pairing has been hinted at for quite some time already, so I was sure they were going to go in another direction since it was so obvious!

Still with the Ianto/Jack, with neither of them admitting that their last kiss was each other. Hmmmm. I'm still not finding Ianto hot or, frankly, very bright. I think the only slightly dim TV character I've ever found hot is Boone Carlisle! But then again, he was played by Ian Somerhalder, who just is too, too damn pretty and can do a very nice glower and pout, as well as look completely confused! Anyway, I don't really dislike Ianto, he just doesn't do much of anything for me. Although when he tries to make Gwen feel bad for not remembering Lisa, hello! It's good she forgot about your giant fuck-up and you are NOT allowed to mope over your lost lover to your coworkers, when they were nearly all killed by your lover. Right? That must be in an etiquette book somewhere.

And also, ha with the breasterific Tosh running through the forest while handcuffed and in a very tight tank top. Although also, fuck, scary. These guys got way more messed with than most shows allow, except maybe X-Files or SPN.

ETA: This reminded me quite a bit of the excellent British werewolf flick, "Dog Soldiers," which I can't recommend enough. I'm usually not a fan of anything so gory, but it's just so GOOD. And now I want to go watch it again! Clearly I'm better with beast-on-human gore than human-on-human!

Have yet to watch any Monday night TV, but it's tucked away safely in the TiVo.

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rhopalocera
Oct. 16th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting for you to post about Torchwood...after a little poking around, it seems as though liking Gwen is rare and shipping Jack/Gwen is even rarer still. I was spoiled, so I knew Gwen/Owen was coming (so to speak ;)but I really didn't mind it like I thought I would. I did feel a little bad for Tosh, since she seems to be crushing on Owen a bit. Oh, and did it seem to you as though Jack wasn't real happy with G/O? Maybe a little jealousy flitting across the face when Owen said he had Gwen after removing the buckshot? Maybe that's my wishful thinking...

You know, now that I think of it...I really need to stop shipping. I can't look back over any of my tv watching and think of one single couple that I shipped that ended happily. That even extends to way back before I knew what shipping was. {sigh}
halfdutch
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
It's funny but Gwen and Jack are really the only characters I like</i> on the show. The rest don't have much of a personality, apart from Owen, who is funny but not exactly hot. So shipping Gwen and Jack (who have a lot of chemistry and longing, I think), makes perfect sense to me. I can see the Jack/Ianto but I don't think I'll ever get excited by it. Since I'm watching so late, I don't really think I'll get into fandom, especially if I'm so out of sync!

And yeah, shipping can make a show better but it can also wreck it for you. There's a lot of shows I watch where I'm not very invested. And the ones where I am invested, there's always fic to fix it so ... I guess it's not a huge problem, per se! I am very annoyed by certain pairings, like George/Izzie on GA but that's mostly because they've made me hate her.
halfdutch
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, and yes, Jack did seem a bit jealous of Owen, or at least disapproving.
ellel
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
"Countryside" was damn scary-b/c in my book everything that has to do with cannibalism,is beyond fucked up or disturbing.And disgusting too!
I loved Tosh and Ianto the most in this episode,Ianto pretty much redeemed himself in my eyes here-by trying to give Tosh time to run away and stay to be "tenderised".
*shudders*

Still with the Ianto/Jack, with neither of them admitting that their last kiss was each other.
Have you seen the angry look Jack gave Ianto for saying that his last kiss was Lisa?Oh,Jack...:) He was also trying to give Ianto a chance to be a part of the team and not just a tea-boy.Good thinking,Captain!
halfdutch
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, Ianto really did redeem himself here, you're right, after his freakout in the cellar where he wonders why Tosh isn't scared, and then he's the one to be self-sacrificing. I guess he grew up somewhat in this episode! He hasn't really been in the field, much, has he? Trial by fire! He's definitely part of the team now, I'd say.

I wonder if Jack did want Ianto to talk about the kiss, partly because isn't everyone crushing a bit on Jack? And it wasn't just a straightforward kiss, so I can see why Ianto didn't mention it. I do have to give the show some props for continuity, though, since so many other shows completely drop plotlines from previous eps, so it makes sense that Ianto is still not over Lisa.
ellel
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
He hasn't really been in the field, much, has he? Trial by fire! He's definitely part of the team now, I'd say.
Ianto came from Torchwood One,he probably never been on a job outside the office-and if he was,probably never on a real job!And he is!He proved himself loyal!:)

I believe that maybe Jack did wanted Ianto to mention the kiss or maybe he'd just prefer Ianto to lie-anything,but talking about Lisa.
:)
queenbtch
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
I agree. This ep was creepy as all hell. I'm loving this show.

The only thing that I find distracting is the amount of...flourish involved when Jack is whipping around corners with his gun drawn. I'm always sort of waiting for a Big Gay Dance Number to start next. Dude needs to take it down a notch or two.
halfdutch
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Bwah! Do they have their own musical ep coming up too? ;D
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