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‘Torchwood’ blogging: “Something Borrowed”

Torchwood blogging is back! Haul out your Season 2 DVDs and get watchin’. (Before commenting, please read the intro to my Doctor Who blogging; the same caveats apply to Torchwood.)

(previous: Episode 8: “A Day in the Death”)
Best. Wedding. Ever. Or the worst. Depends on how much drama you want with your weddings, I guess.

Only in Cardiff, eh? Only in Cardiff can you be chasing a shapeshifter through the city streets, then go to your hen party, then wake up the next morning with a hangover and an alien bun in the oven. Thank god for retcon.

Oh, the leechy groomsmen! I hate to say that one deejay got what he deserved, but man, the sense of sexual entitlement a man in a tuxedo can feel is, heh, out of this world. You know, I’ve been cornered at weddings by jerks, and it does kinda feel like this:

Oh, it would be Jack who has to run in yelling, “Stop the wedding!”

Oh, the embarrassment, to be suddenly pregnant at your own wedding when you weren’t before. To have to tell your parents you fight aliens for your work. And the in-laws!

She’s an alien, baby!


Oh ho, and just when we think maybe we’re gonna get a big dramatic declaration of love from Jack, right at the eleventh hour, the thing that will make everything okay and the way we dreamy viewers know it’s supposed to be, with Jack and Gwen ending up together after all:



Random thoughts on “Something Borrowed”:

• The bomb in the baby carriage was wired to the radio-o-o:

• Aww, poor Jack, burdened with all those memories of all those past lives:

• Great quotes:

“Would Darwin have had a field day if he’d made it to space.” –Jack

“Rhys might forgive her going down the aisle pregnant, but not giving birth to a razor-toothed monster that eats half his family.” –Jack

“Class on toast…” –Gwen’s friend describing the wedding venue

“The problem seems to be an American with no sense of timing or fashion.” –Rhys’s mother, on Jack, of course

“I’m not an alien!” –Rhys’s mother
“Yeah, and the Lone Ranger didn’t have a thing with Tonto.” –Jack

“That whole Evil Dead thing looks pretty good on you, Rhys.” –Jack

“Strange thing when you mix Level 6 retcon with champagne…” –Jack

(next: Episode 10: “From Out of the Rain”)

MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

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  • My very favorite thing about this episode is that a frumpy middle-aged lady (and that’s being kind) gets to play a monster. Can you picture that conversation with her agent?

    “Well, I have two grannies, a maiden aunt, and a frustrated spinster role for you to read for. Oh yes, and then there’s this Torchwood thing where you are up for the part of a fang-toothed alien.”


    Good God that has to be fun, for someone with her demographics to get to play a ravening monster! Chew the scenery indeed, and with the prosthetic teeth to do it!

  • Katie Dvorak

    This one was just a bunch of fun. Really not much else to say, it was just a fun episode.

  • JP

    Where were her hen party mates from? The logical conclusion is that they’re mates from her days in the police.

    This says a lot about police in modern Cardiff…

  • LaSargenta

    JP: I briefly wondered that, too. But, given my own hen-party-type-experiences, they easily could have been just family members or girls-she-knows who think that you always need a party for this kind of stuff. I had to fight (and piss a number of people off) to prevent a baby shower being inflicted on me. My best friends wouldn’t have done it (they know me) but close-acquaintences were threatening!

    And, YEAH! seconding to Weimlady’s thrill at seeing a great role for a middle-aged female actor! I definately see more of that kind of thing in movies and shows from everywhere BUT the US of A.

  • LaSargenta

    Oh, PS: But, but, no mention of Ianto and his aparently genetically-imprinted tailoring expertise?

    I was waiting for some kind of line from him about Jack dressing right or left.

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