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Torchwood: Combat

by Martin Conaghan, posted Dec 27th 2006 12:02PM
Owen Harper(S01E11) The first rule of Torchwood is, you do not talk about Torchwood.

The second rule of Torchwood is, you should steal plots from other movies and TV shows, but do so in such a way that it feels compelling and relatively original.

The third rule of Torchwood is, make sure you throw something in at the very end which knocks everything out of balance and makes the show even more of an interesting prospect for the series finale.

And so, Torchwood started its final approach to the series end in two weeks' time with a fairly simple-enough plot to divert our attention away from the bigger storyline.

Someone (or someones) was going around kidnapping Weevils (those evil-looking subterranean creatures from episode one), and when the Torchwood team discovered a dead body in a dockside warehouse, Owen was sent undercover to infiltrate the life of a wealthy estate agent and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Meanwhile, Gwen was suffering from relationship problems, and foolishly told her boyfriend about the long-running affair with Owen, before drugging the poor bloke with an amnesia pillto make him forget what she'd said.

What Owen discovered on his mission was something much more than people simply kidnapping Weevils, but people kidnapping them for sport.

The rest of the episode was fairly predictable-enough fare, with Owen finding his way in to the heart of the 'Fight Club' organisation who were capturing the Weevils, then imprisoning them in a cage and taking turns at getting into the cage for £1000 a pop -- with the man who lasted the longest in the cage with the Weevil taking away the entire pot of cash.

And that included Owen.

But it was the ending which made the biggest impact on the storyline, by throwing a bit of a spanner in the works for the remainder of the series -- and if you don't want to know what happened, I'd suggest you look away now.

In fact, I'm not going to tell you what happened -- you'll either have to watch it for yourself, or figure it out.

Put it this way, I now understand why Burn Gorman was picked to play Owen, with his wide lips and sly grin...

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Nicole Simon

btw is there a reason why most torchwood postings of newer date do not have the tag for torchwood so they cannot be found when clicking on the link in the overview?

January 03 2007 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

I don't think Owen wanted to die at all. I think he knew that the Weevil fights were very wrong and needed to be stopped. He had been working on their low level telpathy before I think he discovered long ago that he could communicate with them in some way. In the heat of the moment he knew to stop the whole thing for good (and on his own he had NO IDEA that the rest of the team was even coming.) He stepped into the ring, cleared his mind and started calming the beast down. It was only when Jack came in and messed up things that it went wrong. Owen was pissed because he had control of the situation and then lost it.

As for Rhys and the retcon pill change, it wasn't a change at all from when Gwen was given it. When Rhys came home he mentioned that the rest of his friends went on without him because he couldn't hold his liquor. He was already plenty pissed (even off of two pints, what a light weight!) that the final drink and the pill combo knocked him out. Everyone reacts to things differently.

December 29 2006 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dawn

My take was that Owen simply wanted to die and was seriously pissed when Jack rescued him. Gwen had a moment of weakness. Don't we all? She had to offload and after what Suzie did, who can blame her for pinching the same idea. As previously mentioned, in moderation it should be ok. Just remains to say, TORCHWOOD ROCKS and roll on season 2..I can't wait...

December 27 2006 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dries

I thought it was a great episode, although indeed credits have to be given to fight club. Last ep was only big drama; this ep was drama and action and excitement.

Yeah, Captain Jack in this series is unlikeable. His caracter became boring. I understand they want to keep him niceable enough to use him in 'childish' doctor who, but it makes his caractor in this show bad.

Do you guys really suggest that Owen is a bit Weevilish/telephatic? Hmm, in the promo for next week he looks kinda 'normal'.

December 27 2006 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

slagar, the guy who went psycho from the retcon pill was given it multiple multiple times over a very long period of time. When used properly and in single doses the drug can still be used effectively.

December 27 2006 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen

Ahh yes, completely forgot that bit (watched it a few days back). So basically it's all nicely set up for Owen to be the one who is going to kill Gwen in the finale.

December 27 2006 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Walt

I'll spill the beans on the thing:

SPOILERS BELOW

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Owen gets tossed into the cage, and for a moment, becomes a bit serene with losing his life, and the Weevil doesn't attack.

We're already told that the Weevil's have a bit of low level telepathy... so the kicker is...

At the end, Owen goes to the holding area of Torchwood, and gets face to face with the Weevil, now safely back in it's cage, and Owen does a touchless mind meld control thing, causing the Weevil intense pain.

We in the audience are going, WTF?

--End

December 27 2006 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

The final two episodes of Torchwood actually run back-to-back on New Year's Day.

December 27 2006 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bryan Price

re: Gwen. I THINK that Gwen was trying a dry run, and if she got her forgiveness, she'd do it again, but without the drug next time. But she never got her forgiveness. And she found out that Owen was being true to her either. And I'm guessing that Gwen will eventually have to sort it out herself that she's managed to start down a path she never wanted to go down to start with.

Dude! The last 5 seconds! Granted, a blink may have prevented you from actually seeing what was going on. But, damn! That was something that you really should not have missed!

December 27 2006 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hiki

the amensia pill thing: why, when it was given to Gwen in the first episode, did she have time to be told about, sit for a drink, and then go home and write a novel about her experiences?

because the writers change the properties of whatever they like to fit the episode. you think after the episode where they realized dosing people with the amnesia pill causes psychotic breaks, they'd lock it up?

thu uncut version:

"Tosh, I really need the pill to confess to my boyfriend I had an affair with Owen."

"We, all make mistakes, hon. If he comes to kill us all it's on your head."

i really had high hopes for this show but it has been a train wreck all season. there's been nothing "original" or "compelling" about this show. they've destroyed a fairly likable character, Captain Jack, and made him into something remote.

December 27 2006 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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