Friday, April 04, 2008

Review: Torchwood, Episode 2.13, "Exit Wounds"

With a script by showrunner Chris Chibnall, who impressively outwrote Cath Tregenna and Peter J. Hammond this season, and the well-publicized return of James Marsters as rogue Time Agent Captain John Hart, it promised to be an explosive second season finale, and, oh, it was, both literally and emotionally.

I think it's the best episode of the second season, and also worthy of being ranked with the first season episodes by Tregenna and Hammond.

It's so good that I'm glad there are such shows on television. Let me put it this way: if it wasn't for a show called Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood would be the best genre show currently on television.

Warning: spoilers below, please highlight the white space with your mouse to read them.

Chibnall lead us to expect Captain John to be the Big Bad of the finale, only to cleverly reveal that Captain Jack's long lost brother Gray was the real Big Bad. Well played, sir!

I already knew Toshiko and Owen would die, but their death scenes were very well written and acted. They were two of my favorite characters, and I miss them already.

Their deaths clear the way for Martha to return as a full-time member of Team Torchwood next season. Some rumors have suggested Mickey from Doctor Who as the second new member, but what about PC Andy or even Rhys? Marsters recently hinted that his character will also return next season.

I loved the references to two Doctor Who episodes, "Aliens of London" and "Love and Monsters".

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