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That was *fun*.
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I think this was a great kick off to a new season with a potentially new audience. I also think if everything is exactly like this they'll have lost bits I was watching for. But Torchwood does not equal everything exactly like anything, so methinks I'm pretty safe there.


Now I really want to rewatch, but I have very much tired and am awake 4 hours later than I was yesterday and my head hurts even after the painkillers and I've kind of got my eyes closed already. But I have recorded it. So I can go watch it again. As much as I want.

*happy*
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*wonders where the pretty power walk with torches from the opening credits is from.*

And that "arming the human race against the future" is little bits different than he actually said in an episode. Which gives the weird impression he sits around doing voiceover for fun. Possibly while watching CCTV.

Jack + Weevil = flirty
*facepalm*
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There's moments I like in this ep, some of them even involving Owen, but watching it slowly in pieces like I do for these heavily commented on rewatch things the whole... chat up / seduction / invitation bit to Owen loses power and momentum. Like, it seems more stupid when the timing is interrupted.
Timing important.

There's stuff going on with Jack I hadn't at first noticed. Little moments.
And other stuff I had noticed, and vaguely *facepalm*ed about. But it's all consistent and with much continuity, so that part is yaay.

And the whole team gets to play, and have stuff they're good at, so that part is extra yaay.


Dark, but interesting.
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Good title. For once. Relates to the episode in several ways.

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So I'm having a thought, and it may need to wander around the page a bit and be repeated at some time not 0520 before it entirely makes sense.

but

A thought about 1-04, Ianto, and what is obvious inside and outside the 'verse.

And also about who is right, and when, and how.

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So after that idea wandered around all over the place, my conclusion is:

It's not as obvious to Ianto.

It's a foregone conclusion to Jack.

And to the audience it depends what genre we think we're in.



From no character's value set is the final solution the ideal one, but it may be the only one they can manage with their current resources. But. I'm still not sold on that - there were possibilities not tried at all. And that makes Jack just that bit darker, and Ianto not entirely wrong at all.
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There isn't exactly a lot in this one that I felt the need to rewatch. Or, in fact, anything. Thus far the single most amusing part of it is the CBBC logo in the corner.

The value on first watch can come from lots of stuff, plot and shiny and all that, but on rewatch I'm looking to mine data on Team Torchwood, and it's really rather lacking. I mean, everyone seems a bit off, iirc. The whole episode seems a bit off.

Mostly it can be all Meaning Something if you reckon Eugene=Jack. Because Read more... )

So, to sum up: Ianto was pretty very very briefly
this episode was rather badly written
and I think twice is the most times I'll ever bother watching it
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First new thing I notice?
"Hey, I've got those trousers!"
... yes, me and corpse-on-the-right have the same fashion sense.
*facepalm*
... although, it does suggest a really *unusual* costume choice for the next convention...


Spoilers under the cut, obviously
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I do love that stopwatch scene.
... I've already watched it half a dozen times. I can stop for a while. Really.

... after just one more ...
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Okay, this is the one that annoyed me so much on a meta level I was thisclose to giving up on Torchwood. If 1-09 had been next I would have been out of there. But thankfully we got 1-08 instead, and I stayed all season.

On a meta level? This one isn't ever going to get less annoying.

But I have a half finished transcript that nobody else is picking up (does anyone else do transcripts? did I miss them?) so I have to rewatch it for that at least.

And... if I stay within the world of the show, I'm sure there's all kinds of interesting in there.

Plus it turns out to be almost the only time Tosh has a personality.

So, rewatch.

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Right then: transcript for 1-07 DONE.
I'm not sure how clear it is.
There's a bit I tried to make it clear which images went with which words, and I think I ballsed it up instead.
Someone check it?

But all the words have the right people attached now.



I really hope my essay is as close to done as I think it is, because this? Ate alllll my time tonight. I only meant to watch it! Watching takes an hour, tops! Not... well, many.
*sigh*
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Yes, this is the one I swore I'd never ever ever watch again.
I have found it occupies quite disproportionate amounts of my brainspace. I think about it almost as much as I think about Cyberwoman. It won't go away.
So I'm going to watch it through to the end and hope that makes it finish properly.

Already I have learned that the amounts of ick have been successfully edited in my memory, so it's even more gross than I expected. Oh dear.

But there's stuff going on with Ianto which is actually interesting.

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I started watching at around 1800 and here it is 2133. That's a very different way to watch. Seen all through, the tension builds in the way the writers intend, under their control. Now I have a pause button. And I'm watching shields up, fully in the know of where they're going, and with my brain on. Watching to see how it is done. I'm slightly nauseated, true, but I'm not half as freaked out. Not much freaked out at all. More fascinated by the technique, and by the character arc stuff I can pull out and isolate from the plot.

Ianto is all kinds of fun in this one.

Actually they all are.

I think I must admit, this is rather a good episode. In character, team work, roles assigned and distinct, and a whole lot of scary.

I just still feel cheated by the genre it turned out to be.



According to the online word count thingy I just used, that comes out at 5505 words.

... why is it I can't manage that many for homework?
Mind you, it would be about five-ten times too much, but.
*sigh*
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This one felt kind of off. I mean, every episode is so different from every other episode they could all feel off. But the character voices... there were some lines I'd have given to different characters, and others I'd rewrite now. Odd bits of knowledge and odd ways of expressing them.
Is the problem with developing characters as you go along, something has to end up the outlier.

Also I felt it kind of lost at show-not-tell. I mean it did a lot of showing, but then Jack told us all what it all meant, at some length. That was... inelegant.

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I've definitely had a lot of thoughts about this before, yet I still love the episode. And watched it in that way my brother watches his videos that drives me nuts, rewinding practically every scene and watching it over and over. But there's so much to see. Watch Jack and watch Ianto and you have two complete stories.

The more I watch the less I find not to like in this ep. Which has a lot to do with Ianto.

There's a lot about Jack going on in the not exactly subtle subtext. Loyalties and people being gone and that. He manages to be a massive hypocrite at the same time as suggesting he really has switched sides. Which as shadowing on what might happen later makes it make more sense it was all about 'her' because she is gone so... There might be a so.



Okays, I have not so much to say about this that doesn't need to go in fic. So I go watch 1-05.
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Lots of interesting. I especially like how this one looks in light of the last episode and the relationship lines that go through the season. Read more... )
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Watched the DVD
Everything Changes and Day One Read more... )

All done. Either I need to sleep or watch more episodes.

Sleep is adviseable but it's all I've done all day/week/month and I'm rather fed up of it.
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And once again I wish I were better at the thinking parts, and also the saying of things.

Quoteage and spoilers under the cut.


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Okay, third viewing Read more... )
... Can you imagine Ianto meeting the Doctor?
The coffee-tea wars commence!

... note to self, icon ...




Yeah, all this also had a plot, but once the episode is over so is the plot, more or less. The emotions and relationships are what keeps going in the next ep.
With any luck, anyways.



*re-reads*

you know, it isn't actually like I get more coherent on subsequent viewings.
:eyeroll:
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See torchwood.org.uk site for why Owen was asleep on the sofa at work, all blurry. (Probably, it doesn't explicitly say)

... see, you'd think colleagues might, you know, ask what was up.
If it were at all unusual.



... Ianto looks bloody gorgeous in a waistcoat.
I was trying to think the other day of good clothes to dress people up in, but I kind of don't want to change anything about Ianto.
Looks *very* good in a suit.

Plus there's options then - shiny, tidy, neat, or loosening up a bit, or plain losing it, clothes all over the place. Expressive sort of clothes.



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Okay, I've only rewatched this last one twice, so I'll go watch from the sofa and properly.
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I watched 1-12 again.
I'm sure I had thoughts in the middle somewhere
but by the end I was just

OMG-kissing!!!!!-OMG

*facepalm*

and when it looks like Read more... )

I could try being less wound up / involved / passionate about TV but... where's the fun?

It's not an obsession it's a 'special interest'.





PS - vote - does this icon need modification?
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Upon rewatching I now have (another fucking headache and) some more thoughts about the climax: Read more... )
watching declassifieds now Read more... )

And in the totally trivial... *how* much gel does Jack use? Gwen's pushing his hair back and it just, like, stays there. Frozen hair. Really, he could wash it out sometimes. A little bounce is not the end of the world.
;-)


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Once again it's the whole two completely different kinds of squee fighting for space thing.
Once I get these eps recorded and can watch them one at a time I'll feel a bit less turned around.



And now I'm going back to bed, because I might be nocturnal, but so are my headaches.
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*VERY BIG GRIN*

Yes!

That was so cool!

Also, I totally called it. Score!

And the stuff I was afraid of didn't happen.

I mean, it wasn't quite everything my shippy little heart desires, but damn it was closer than TV usually gets. And considering the dance it has to do? Very, very close.

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I really, really, really liked these eps. They're the kind of ending that means I can like earlier stuff better. I can go back over stuff and make patterns. Love that.

And also, there was kissing.


*very very very happy grin*




bonus: being currently nocturnal, staying up to watch the small hours repeats will be no hardship at all. Excellent. :-)
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*facepalm*

Okay, so they have a theme.

They couldn't have picked a less depressing theme?

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Attempting coherence...
Parts of that I was bored with. Other parts make me hopping mad.
But the bits of character stuff going on around the edges? Those I liked.
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Conclusion: Most of the ep well put together. Lots of character stuff shown. Plausible reactions and a plot without horrible leaps. Nice use of genre stuff.
And yet. I think I might hate this second only to Greeks Bearing Gifts.
... maybe a large gap, more sick than rage, but still. Hate that ending.
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Didn't love it.
Had the sound off for most of the ep, covered up the subtitles sometimes.
Spent the whole time waiting for the trick, really.
It were too obvious, and kind of boring.
And yet at the end leaves you wondering if this is Andrew-world or consensus reality, making it feel even cheaper.


You know what I'd like to write about? Doctors, lawyers, soldiers, police, all those people who get TV series about them, but ones that just happen to also be fans. Because I get a bit tired of the lone loser stereotype.


Anyway. Didn't hate it. Just... felt like a bit of a nothing much.

Except there was one line Owen got to say to Gwen, about how they are all human actually, that I've so very been waiting for someone to say. Because she do get on her high horse a bit.


Am now looking forward to next week and some actual Team Torchwood.
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Torchwood - made even more sense on second viewing when I was watching not reading. Read more... )

Yes, I watched the after midnight repeat again.
I'm not obsessed, I'm focused.
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I'm back in love again.
That brought the dark, the creepy, the twisty, and the funny. And ended with pure slashbait. There is no bad here.
Plenty of room for fanfiction, but no bad.

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Okay, I give up... coherent review will have to wait for later.
Sitting here with giant grin on face.
Dead of squee.

heh
Death by Torchwood ;-)

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further thought will have to wait for more watching.
The last two eps I didn't want to download. This one I'm happily waiting for.
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rewatched the episode
always find I watch the faces more on second watch, first being more about the subtitles. bit of a drawback, I know.
ANYways

seemed to clunk even more this time. I didn't miss any plot developments, they really did change direction without any reason. And there were more points where I blinked and wondered what got cut and why, because those lines just didn't stick together, much less flow.

Other times, mostly with Jack, they were having two conversations at once. Which was rather cool.

There were some themey links between parts. Specifics - Read more... )
There was no logic and it relied on telling because it had nothing to show us. That's the feeling I'm left with on second viewing.

So even without the still makes me sick specific, I don't think this one was very good.
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Couple of thoughts - music continuity: Read more... )
recurring plot elements ... once again we have a Read more... )

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