For those in England, the Torchwood season started this past week. In the states, it will start next weekend. So what better time to drop a few youtube videos from the new season your way.
As you can see from the extended first episode preview above, the campy part of Torchwood is still intact. As is the ongoing animosity between the team and Captain Jack who has been missing since he died to save the universe. The opening scenes also give us a run down of the fundamental characteristic of each character in the show to some extent, all though I would argue that Owen is not “the doctor with his hands full of blood” but rather a broken man or an angry child. As you can also see, Ianto’s had a promotion hopefully transforming him from tea boy to an actual fleshed out character this season.
The first episode (spoilers) will see yet another sci fi version of James Marsters playing a time traveling assassin who needs the Torchwood team to save him from a DNA encoded bomb. Marsters, doing his best impression of Adam Ant in the 80s, perhaps with less make up, also takes on the dubious task of not only snogging Capt. Jack but being his ex-partner. The general humor and joy they take in the scenes together is well worth the watch, contemporary and canonized scifi jokes abound. I particularly enjoyed the reference to “murder rehab;” I suppose that is right next to homophobia rehab and racism rehab? ha! (And I am refraining from taking credit for the blonde joke, but really . . . I know you are on the blog ;P j/k)
In one interview late last year, Marsters said “It’s better than kissing Sarah Michelle.” Despite the obvious cattiness of the remark, the comparison has one other thing in common sex and violence.
As some may recall, the relationship between Spike and Buffy was riddled with what some call Sado-maso and others call borderline abusive in which Buffy is originally punishing herself, Spike then punishes himself, and then of course there is the rape Whedon fans dare not discuss. No such internal hatred is played out in the bedroom, on the floors, and against the walls, on in Torchwood mind you. Instead, Capt. John Hart (Marsters) and Capt. Jack spend a considerable amount of joyous time beating the stuffing out of one another. Often followed by a snog.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of this episode is when Ianto gleefully starts counting down the minutes to John’s demise (seen below):
Clearly showing us once again that Ianto has more than a passing fancy for the Captain. His devotion is both adorable and sad given that Jack has no similar devotion toward him. Let me be clear here, I do believe Jack cares deeply for Ianto but Torchwood has made it very clear that Jack is a player. Though Ianto’s behavior is truly amusing this episode in hindsight it makes me quite sad for him, devoted to someone who cannot and does not love him the way he deserves. I hope in making Ianto a full member of the team it opens his character up to finding a healthy and fully reciprocal relationship by season two’s end. (you can read more in my Ianto/ epi 2.2 spoiler)
I won’t ruin the rest of the episode for you and there are definitely some surprises as the Torchwood storyline continued during hiatus giving us some things to learn when they return to the screen. All I can say is that it is a nice welcome back to the show that, in my opinion anyway, really had quite a lot of misses in amongst the hits.
PS. You knew I had to give you a piece with Freema in it too right?! She will be coming on as “the only one who can save them” later in the season.