Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: BBC America
Before I get into talking about tonight's episode, "Day Three", I want to do like I did in yesterday's post and rehash "Day Two" for a moment.
Boy, Russell T Davies really knows how to build up suspense! Granted "Day Two" didn't end on the type of major 'cliff-hanger' that "Day One" did, but everything in this episode was building on the story and drawing us all in even further.
The one major advantage to making, what is essentially a five-hour-plus episode, is that there is plenty of time to build a story and develop the characters in ways that get rushed through in an hour episode.
This one is building and building and building, and there has never been a boring moment.
This episode really is a showcase for Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles). Normally the character in the series who relies on her heart and emotions, and almost always looks for alternatives to violence, takes a major turn in the opposite direction. This time around it is Gwen who is 'kicking ass and taking names.' No longer in Jack's shadow, at least for the majority of the episode, she takes the initiative and goes on the offensive. How cool is it to see Gwen as an aggressor!
Then again, running and fighting for your life would probably bring out these traits in just about anyone.
Did you check out Gwen jumping through the air firing two guns? (See "Hot Fuzz" for a parody of this cliche move from countless action films.)
Getting back to the suspense, who are the 456? and when were they here before? and why is the government trying to cover everything up?
Tonight we get to see the aliens for the first time, amazing that we have waited two-plus hours just for this moment.
Children of Earth - Day Three
The eyes of the world turn to Britain and members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families, as the fight gets personal. Part 3 airs Wednesday, July 22nd, 9:00 - 10:15 p.m. p.m. et/pt.
What Critics Are Saying:
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The "big reveal" of the alien species known as the 456 was always going to be a make or break moment for Torchwood: Children Of Earth.
I was keeping everything crossed that they didn't turn out to be Russell T Davies' standard "creature-that-looks-like-some-animal-from-Earth" that has become as much a cliché for the Whoniverse as the strange nose ridges on alien races in Star Trek.
At the other extreme, I would have been equally unimpressed with will-o-the-wisp balls of light, after the two and a half-day build-up to their arrival.
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