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#2478 - 07/31/11 01:15 PM Re: SFTV
Christopher Offline
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Watching tonight.

What bothers me about the Americanized Torchwood is that Jack is no longer front-and-center. He should be. Now he's just one of a group, not even a real ensemble since they just take turns before the camera.

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#2479 - 07/31/11 02:12 PM Re: SFTV
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I've seen it, but mum's the word.

What I don't like is the obviousness of the attempt to round out the new characters by giving them little background snippets. Rex the CIA bully has a father who hates him. Esther has a sister who's looney-tunes. So what? Who cares? That's air time that could have gone to Jack.

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#2480 - 07/31/11 05:36 PM Re: SFTV
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Maintaining silence on the last episode.

Immortality has been around a long time in fiction, especially SF, but they've really thought it through, what it would truly be like if no one ever died. What I miss in the series is the bizarre, the mystery, the weirdness. Given the one basic "What if...," the rest of the show is mostly an adventure story, the good fugitives vs. the Big Bad Corporation (and/or Government). A key ingredient is missing.

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#2481 - 07/31/11 08:10 PM Re: SFTV
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Well, it seems there's a lot about Torchwood we don't like. So why are we all watching it?

Ever read Jorge Luis Borges's "The Immortal"? It posits the theory that people who live forever will have eventually done everything there is to do, so boredom and lethargy take over. A zombie-like existence. It's a theory (or fear?) that occasionally pops up in SF. But the folks in Torchwood are a long way away from that state.

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#2482 - 08/02/11 12:35 PM Re: SFTV
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*****SPOILER*****

I think everyone here who watches Torchwood has seen the last episode, but if that's not the case, skip this post.
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OK, I don't get it. Sure, it's horrible to think of someone being in a car that's crushed by a car compacter, but that's not exactly new, is it? We've seen it before, many times. It's almost a cliché in shows where mobsters want to make someone disappear. So why is this instance more cruel than the others?

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#2483 - 08/06/11 08:26 PM Re: SFTV
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Oops, missed this. Lorna, didn't you see that one eye peeking out through a crack in the wreckage? She's alive in there...she can't die. Every bone in her body must be crushed, and she has to live in that unimaginable pain forever, because nobody knows she's there.

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#2484 - 08/07/11 07:40 PM Re: SFTV
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I missed that completely! Oh dear YES, that is incredibly cruel. How do they think up these things?

Last night's episode was just crammed with incident, most of it pretty horrible...but I won't say anything yet.

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#2485 - 08/09/11 02:23 PM Re: SFTV
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Eureka has been cancelled. No explanation.

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#2486 - 08/09/11 04:12 PM Re: SFTV
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WHAT???!!!???

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#2487 - 08/09/11 07:15 PM Re: SFTV
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My reaction exactly. Of all the bad moves SyFy has made, this must be the dumbest. It has to be money, of course. Some bean counter figured the ratio of cost to advertising income wasn't profitable enough, so off with its head! They'd be better off cancelling all their other shows and pouring that money into Eureka.

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