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Jul. 20th, 2009

It'd be easier if I could just trash CoE. I might change my mind on rewatching, but while it was in many ways pure sadism, the way we were - maybe up until the end of ep.3 - deceived that this was going to be more or less normal Torchwood fare, until the sheer monstrosity of the plot unfolds and the tearing-down begins, and while there are obviously a lot of things that completely piss me off about Ianto's death, the whole thing wasn't, IMO, bad as such.

I wish I weren't so torn up about this - on the one hand I loved this show so much, even when I criticised it; I still remember how S2 kept me sane in the post-Christmas depression one and a half years ago, how I was looking forward to each episode, and I'm so angry that this is all gone now, that I'm on the verge of tears again. Now walking through Salzburg, up the Möchsberg with Dead Souls on my iPod, or lying in bed, listening to The Dead Line, barely a couple of weeks ago, will now be my last stupidly happy fangirl memories of that show, not completely overshadowed by the tragedy and utter bleakness of the end.

OTOH... the Jack in CoE is from the first to the last exactly Jack how I'm seeing him, and his arc has perfect inner logic, just like the state of Jack/Ianto was almost exactly how I was seeing it after S2, and every scene between them in CoE was spot-on and touching, moving the relationship just a little further and actually developing it instead of all the experimentation and improvisations in seasons 1 and 2. Until it's nipped in the bud, which brings me back full circle to being completely pissed off. But there were enough episodes in S1 and S2 that left me at least a bit baffled as far as characterisation, relationship continuity and such were concerned, and this was never the case here. As much as I hate to say it, mostly I'm on RTD's page, even while I want to hit him with the book. Repeatedly and hard.

And sadism or no sadism, to create something with such an emotional impact... that's not nothing. And it's not quite the gratuitous killing purely for shock value (is there a word for Effekthascherei?) that Joss Whedon is much too fond of either, there is more coherency and logic here.


I kind of suspect I'll be defriended by the non-TW-related half of my flist for being completely crazy, and by the rest for being a bad fan in the near future.


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Jul. 20th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Um... maybe spoiler-cut this? There are, amazingly, still a few people around who have stayed pristine for the US airing this week. Just a thought.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry. Just Ianto dying, or everything?
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I hated it. I can intellectually see that it wasn't bad as such, but that doesn't help. To me it was just a thorough murdering of every single aspect of this show that gave me any joy. Not just Ianto, but the whole world they created in S1 and 2. And sure, the show was never about a not-so-secret embossed car, or two guys kissing, or an underground lair with a dinosaur and an invisible lift, but it just felt like everything was being stripped away simply for the sake of suddenly making SRS DRAMA.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I wish I could hate it, it'd be easier, but I can't, not completely, although you and everyone else is of course right, it completely destroyed the Torchwood that we knew and loved, forever.

I still can't hate it. And these are still the characters I loved and their story, how can I hate them? And does this even make sense any more? Because I'm beginning to doubt it...

Jul. 20th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
I hate it because to me it's too transparent. there's AUTHORIAL INTENT oozing from every last bit of plot and characterisation, and it just seems cynical and contrived, and all of it leading to the last scene, as if it was written backwards. But like I said, if this had been the end, I'd have probably liked it, but it became clear to me about halfway through Day Three that this wasn't the end, just the end of a bunch of stuff that we loved, but Russell wanted rid of so he could carry on with a blank slate.
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