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Review - Torchwood: The Blood Line [Sep. 12th, 2011|02:45 pm]
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Where have you gone, Russell T, Russell T?


One of the most shockingly bad television series in recent memory crawled to a bloody close on Friday night.

The end of Torchwood: Miracle Day was not quite as obscenely amusing as some had predicted, but its climax prompted laughter in this reviewer, not tears.

No dangling plot-lines were tied up, no extraneous characters rescued from irrelevancy. The program is over — and so too, probably, is the franchise — but not even the most generous critic could with a straight face say that it was concluded.

Snark? Oh yes. For snark and bullet points and a reviewer's exhausted post-mortem, visit, Where have you gone, Russell T, Russell T?

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[User Picture]From: subsequently
2011-09-13 09:49 pm (UTC)

where? where?

haven't even read your piece yet but WHAT THE HELL was that. And how dare they end with the suggestion that there will be more of it. With Rex. Shoot me, go on. Full of big bloody holes, like Jack, the script, and everything else associated with this disaster!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-09-14 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: where? where?

So. You didn't like it either?

*ducks and runs like hell*
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[User Picture]From: fide_et_spe
2011-09-14 08:42 pm (UTC)
I've loved your reviews, linked every week on the Torchwood newsletter. I feel nearly as tired and bored by trying to watch it as JB looked during his performance in MD. I don't think I made through one episode without drifting off or changing the channel for a bit.

I laughed out loud when I saw JB is yet again flogging the idea of the next series of TW being about Jack's past. That boy is clearly not happy with anything they've done, he kept saying he wanted this after CoE, and clearly that didn't work, now he's trying again, bless him.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-09-14 10:14 pm (UTC)

I don't blame Barrowman

Thanks muchly for the kind words; though I sometimes had fun writing the reviews (and the discipline was almost certainly good for me), it certainly helps to know that other people have enjoyed reading them.

As for Barrowman wanting to have another joke, I don't blame him. Captain Jack is has been and could again be a great character, and as a gay man in particular he must relish the chance to play a queer action/science fiction/whatever kind of hero. I'm pretty sure it's still a unique opportunity in popular western culture.

And, maybe, deep down he knows just how fucking awful this thing was and, like an ageing fighter, hopes to go out a champion again.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-10-03 03:05 pm (UTC)

Wise man

Sorry for taking so long to reply; to quote myself, I've been busy, then got sick, then was sick and busy. And wasting my free time on Who, to boot.

Per the subject-line, I would have dropped the thing too, had I not committed to blogging the whole damned thing. (Well, full-disclosure suggests that if I'd made it to the half-way point I would have kept going due to horror-stricken fascination.)

As for Captain Jack, I certainly liked him more when he was an omni-sexual flirt than as an (apparently) strictly homosexual — I was going to say slut, but we're actually reading that in, aren't we? He had the one-night stand with the bar-tender, and the so-called love affair with Angelo, but wasn't that it?

Yet strangely, my impression was just like yours.
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