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10 July 2009 @ 01:31 am
COE episode 4 review post  

 

Well…crap. I’ve spent the last eight months trying not to be gutted by what could happen in this series due to spoilers…and they go and actually do it.   It is really hard not to feel cheated and betrayed, which I know probably sounds bloody hilarious that I am in such grieving over a fictional character…but there it is. 

The thing is, there is so much to CELEBRATE about the series! Tight storylines—YES! Suspension and action—YES! Character development…well…a bit lukewarm, there, actually. 

I dunno. I guess why I was left feeling so disappointed post eppy 3 was that we, as fans, has been promised real relationship development between ianto and jack, and up to this point, any interaction between them this season felt lukewarm at best, and at some points downright cold. Such a departure from what I had been hoping for. And for the actors to promise this was something the fans would enjoy? I fail to see how anyone could enjoy a plotline that largely subsumes completely the original premise of Torchwood being about a team who dealt with aliens, good or bad, and who acted on the best of the human race. I'm not blaming the actors for lying--that's what they're paid to do, but it's hard not to have some anger at feeling misled. 

Now, with Ianto’s death,  now we’re left with what? The Jack and Gwen show—who unless something drastic happens in episode 5 is pretty much committed to Rhys…so…way to paint yourself into a corner, storywise.   What a waste, really. I don’t mean to place undue pressure here, but the closest we come in the U.S. is some oblique references in a cop drama “Southland” where there are some very vague references to a main character being in a same-sex relationship…baby steps, America.  

THAT’S why Torchwood was so interesting to me—that labels and sexual categories didn’t exist within the confines of the HUB and Captain Jack's view of the world—how cool was that?  Killing the sexual-identity-confused main squeeze of the main star….not as cool. You want exciting fan reaction? How about alienating the fanbase that gave you a chance of survival in the first place? Does that work? I’m sure it did and you could give a flying fig that killing yet another main character will be seen as “dramatic” and “edgy”.   I’m sure you’ll find great success, RTD, in abandoning yet another series on your quest to superstardom. (Wow reading this the next day--I was really angry then. now, I am just incredibly, unbelieveably sad).

Sorry to sound so bitter, but it takes a lot for me to be as invested in a character as I was In Ianto, so my hat’s off to you in that respect.  He was a wonderfully nuanced, multilayered character who I fell in love with immediately.  But to have promises given that fans will be so happy with the way the series evolves, vis a vis the development of the main characters, really leaves me out in the cold.  

 

 

 

 
 
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pjgalepjgale on July 10th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I was so happy with the first 3 episodes after being crushed last season. Then I watched Day 4! I find it hard to know why? It's like watching Buffy?Angel all over again. Huge ups and then you crash! Why would they do that? I can't believe it. Do they want us to know how alone Capt. Jack is? We know that.
It puts me off being invested in any shows. They just rip your guts out.

): PJ
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
yesyesyes...i just feel so gutted and fail to see the emotional payoff in any of this.
pjgalepjgale on July 10th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I had serious Wesley flashbacks. Still can't believe it. Do they think the shock value will pay out in any good way?

): PJ
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
well, if a "good way" translates to "completely alienating a loyal fanbse", than sure! FTW! which, i realize, is not realistic, being that i am just an army of one at this point, but still...feeling completely gutted. and, not in a good way.
pjgalepjgale on July 10th, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
I meant it in a rhetoric way. I should have used ""!

PJ
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
aw...i know, sweetie. i just...i guess i am most upset that whedon at least seemed to want to give the fans a satisfying ending, and i fail to see that here. :( but wesley gutted me, too.
pjgalepjgale on July 10th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Have you watched Day 5? I'm almost afraid 2.

PJ
Adjoviadjovi on July 11th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
about to--going to jump in the shower and settle in...the reaction posts...don't look good...
Adjoviadjovi on July 11th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
oh...god. oh god.
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
thanks for replying, though! i was so angry when i wrote this post, and it was validating to have people responding.
Sheishei on July 10th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
I don't get the reasoning behind it either but right now all I can think about is how crushing this is. I'm seriously upset.
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
thanks, sweetie. i, of course, heartily agree.
i want to huggle you (and your little dog, too): lisa fingerblue_fjords on July 10th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
WORD.

I posted cheer up pics.

why haven't I gone to bed yet?
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
aw...u are such a sweetie--must check out pics...and...

why haven't I gone to bed yet?

yeah...me too. it's way beyond time...
ares132006: The Endares132006 on July 10th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Well, as you know and have said, look at Buffy and Angel. Everyone on Angel's team died in the end and he was left with Spike, Illyria and a dying Gunn.

I've just this minute finished watching Day 4 (Australia time Friday night) and it was another amazing chapter for Torchwood. However, I was mortified to see that indeed, Ianto died, and in Jack's arms, which was pretty sobworthy. I'm probably going into my own little world here but I want the poison to be an alien sort of stasis that mimics death and everyone will be okay. Is that too much to ask?

And here I was trying to buck you up, sweetie, believing that they wouldn't kill off one of the most interesting and amazing relationships ever.

I think a bottle...no bottles of wine are called for.

*hugs*
Adjoviadjovi on July 10th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
oh...a bottle of wine was called for. :) thanks, honey.
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