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Just finished watching CoE Day 4

I was spoiled for Ianto's death, so it didn't come as a shock to me. This is probably to the good, as I cried, anyway. I saw the first few minutes of Day 5, and heard Gwen's comment about the Doctor not coming to save them. I'm glad they addressed that particular elephant. I'd got the impression from other people's comments (and fanfic) that his absence never was mentioned.

I was pleased to see Nick Briggs getting a role as himself ("Mr. Yates") and not just as a voice. He is better known as a voice actor, as we all know, but he did a fine job with his small role.

In the context of Torchwood, John Barrowman has always come off more like a green screen effect than an actual participant in the action. There's always been something slightly off about his performance: he's stood out almost like a Toon. But he pulled it off here. I think he may actually be picking up this acting thing.

(I enjoyed the exchange he had with Ianto after the reveal of his participation in the earlier sacrifice of children. It went something like:

IANTO: I've just scratched the surface!
JACK: That's all there is.
IANTO: You like to pretend that.

Among other things, it addresses the artificiality of Jack's performance in the first two series: he's playing a part, and Jack-the-character is not a good actor, whatever John Barrowman's abilities may be.)

I'd forgotten the ability of good media to pull you out of yourself and whatever funk you may be in. I was feeling a bit sad this morning, and watching CoE from the couch quite took me out of it, or it out of me.

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papilio_luna
Dec. 5th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
That is what I'm trying to say! I'm glad you're enjoying it, and I guess for me the ability of media to suck me out of my own world and fully place me in another one pretty much trumps any ideas I have of what should or should not happen to the characters. In the end, I don't really care that much (they are fictional, after all), I just want to get caught up in the story.
np_complete
Dec. 8th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
I love that icon!

I'm not sure what my position is on "what should happen" to the characters. I think I'm in your camp, but I know I've occasionally become irate over some detail of an episode of some show that I thought was either sloppy or messing with people's heads. (Duchovny wearing his wedding ring in the episode of X-Files where he meets the Gunmen (if that's the episode I'm thinking of) is one such: he did that just to mess with people.)
kalleah
Dec. 5th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
John Barrowman has always come off more like a green screen effect than an actual participant in the action

THIS. That being said, I thought the series was brilliant for exactly the points you made. Frobisher, as I said earlier, was the most compelling character to me.
np_complete
Dec. 8th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
I love Captain Jack, and John Barrowman is a lot of fun, but I'm not sure he can convincingly play any mood other than mischief or celebration.

Frobisher's disintegration is really compelling: I keep thinking about it. It's incredible writing and an indelible performance.

Edited at 2009-12-08 09:55 am (UTC)
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