I know I said that I would write a complete synopsis after series end today, but I am still shaking from the surprising end to CoE Day 4. Not only did it address key issues about citizenship, nation, and “disposable people” in ways that made me think of Britain’s historical involvement in Diego Garcia or current decision to send asylum seekers from the DRC back to gang rape and war, but also about the wars we choose to enter and those we do not, the lives we mourn and the ones we pretend are not lost, etc. And while I think that the third season of Torchwood gave short shrift to Captain Jack’s usual pathos about being “fixed in time” and making “hard decisions,” there is nothing spared on the emotional connection between he and Ianto in this episode. While the cultural theorist in me is slowly waving a few alarm bells about heteronormativity both w/regards to the narrative on children and the last wo/man standing . . . my hands can’t stop shaking and my heart still feels a little broken even a day later. Well done.