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Oct. 4th, 2008

An hour at work for M.'s lunch break since B. is sick, then discovered again that the Mariahilferstrasse on a Saturday afternoon with all its rampart consumerism is enough to drive me to depression & near tears. I rather need jeans, henna and a rucksack, but just couldn't face it & fled home.

Slept for two or three hours, woke up with a headache (somewhat better now).

Had pizza.

Read a bit. Wrote a bit.


And because everyone needs a break from Russian vocabulary once in a while, I watched Utopia/Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (finally starting with S2 on DVD) back to back few of days ago, and...

* The Face of Boe revelation still makes me ridiculously happy and grateful to RTD for making things work out for Jack and ultimately giving him closure. Because Jack standing there at the end of the universe under that starless sky, with the very real possibility of coming there again via the scenic route and going on living even beyond that, is a profoundly frightening prospect, 'you might be out there somewhere' jokes aside.

* People have already pointed out the fact that in a lot of ways Jack takes Ianto's part vis-a-vis the Doctor, what with the coffee making and coat carrying, etc., but what I noticed is that Jack is not so very far from an outraged 'So you'll let the pterodactyl in, but not me,' or in that case, 'You're willing to settle down with the completely psychopathic mass murderer, but leave me behind twice?!' at the end of LotTL, and if he doesn't actually say it, it's because this is DW, and not about Jack he's a bit less desperate than Ianto was, his decision has most likely already been made and perhaps this didn't come as a complete surprise either. But the feeling is definitely there, and after that, 'I really don’t mind, though. Come with me,' quite understandably isn't good enough.

* Not saying that Jack didn't consider his responsibility to (and affection for) his team, but I don't think that's the whole truth, and there are a lot more visceral and personal components to Jack's decision. And I think it goes a bit deeper than ego, or Martha and the whole 'You too, huh?' thing.

Jack could forgive Ianto the deception and near-disaster and Owen and the team's betrayal; even what Gray did, which I found a bit difficult to believe at first, even if Jack saw it as punishment, but if Jack going into a trance instead of dying over and over again for 1900+ years is the official version (or at least how JB was playing it) then I can kind of buy it, especially as half of it was about wanting forgiveness for himself. But all these are personal betrayals, and for all that, Jack isn't going to let someone like Gray who's completely unsafe go free. And John at least kind of redeems himself in the end. What I don't think Jack understands, and what even I do find a bit problematic about the S3 finale, is how one can forgive the intentional, off-hand slaughter of millions and a planned war that would have cost countless more lives, just like that. From a religious point of view that would be a god-like thing to do, but if the reason is essentially a very human loneliness... This turns the whole Christian theme into something rather more complicated and messed up. (Fantastic story-telling, though.)

So after a year of being caught up in a struggle between two Time Lords - one completely insane and the other still choosing him over anyone else in the end -, I think Jack decides to take a page out of his own book and does what he keeps telling Gwen to do, take all the normality he can get and hold on to that as much as he can, especially as what happened in LotTL is one hell of a writing on the wall about what loneliness will do to you. So, Ianto, movie, dinner, date. And I can see him having second thoughts about whether that was wise later on, but at this point I think it's part of the strategy not to let happen to him what happened to the Doctor. (And if that wasn't enough, there's the also rather sociopathic ex-lover, a reminder of another way Jack doesn't want to go...)


Okay. I'm still ridiculously fangirlish about JB much of the time. I like a lot of pop music (& refuse to be embarrassed about that, see music choice). However, the new JB single? Not my cup of tea. Too bland, too polished, too boring. [ETA: And now I'm feeling guilty for being too negative. Great. *facepalm* Time to get some sleep, I think.]


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
This is a great post. Pleasure to read your thoughts on Jack's position in regards to his decisions and his roles in Doctor Who vs. Torchwood.
Oct. 5th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) I kind of do wonder, at least occasionally, if I'm stupid or over-interpreting and complicating things more than necessary, or if I'm making any sense at all, but sometimes Jack isn't an easy character to understand for me...
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Jack will never be an easy character to understand. Russell Davies himself says that Jack is the most complicated character from the Doctor Who universe. But, don't worry, you do make sense:) Jack is such a complex character;that's what makes him so interesting.
Oct. 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Russell Davies himself says that Jack is the most complicated character from the Doctor Who universe.

That's interesting to hear, and also a bit of a relief, because so much of what's being said about Jack focuses either on Jack the hero or the whole omnisexuality thing that I've been starting to doubt my sanity a bit...
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