Torchwood – Countrycide

There’s something nasty going on in the Brecon Beacons. People are disappearing without a trace, and concerned that something nasty might have come through the Rift[1], the Torchwood team leave their usual city location for the countryside.

It all gets a bit messy very quickly – bodies stripped of all their flesh, mysterious figures seen fleetingly, and a general atmosphere of menace. And it’s all a quite lovely piece of misdirection. Given the stories so far, what we’re expecting is some nasty alien wossname, or maybe even some supernatural thingy that’s come through the Rift. And it all builds up nicely along those lines.

So when the real horror is revealed, it’s even more shocking. Jack gets quite upset about it and comes to the rescue of the rest of the team at the traditional last moment[2], doing an action hero routine with a pump-action shotgun.

Gwen is still having a wee bit of trouble adjusting to the new world she’s found herself in. And it’s the horror she’s experienced, and knowing that she can’t talk to anyone else about her new life, that leads to her starting an affair with Owen. All that bubbling sexual tension had to go somewhere, I suppose…

I’m deliberately not revealing the details of this episode – if you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll understand why when you do. Let’s just say that it’s really nasty. A good slice of horror, and a bit more insight into the characters. Good stuff. :bouncy:

[1] Odd spacetime thingy in Cardiff. Stuff drops through it all the time, some of it strange, some of it very nasty indeed. And yes, I am from Cardiff, so stop laughing at the back there!
[2] Oooooh, about five seconds later, and Ianto would have had his throat slit…

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