I completely loved Owen in this episode too. You just listed all my favourite things about it :D Nice review!
I'm still not sure if I like Owen or not. Sometimes I like him and then other times. Eurgh. No. Still, I prefer him to Gwen. She just annoys the HELL out of me.
Burn Gorman was probably the best thing about this episode, I keep wondering where he's been all my life because Bleak House and now this, he's obviously talented!)
Owen's the most interesting I think, or possibly Ianto because he really is so background at the moment. Tosh will have her moment I guess and Jack is being Mysterious with a capital M but Owen's the one who seems to have these odd switches between jokey rat jam and then the, as you said, almost psychotic breaks.
I really want to believe that's intentionally showing him as unstable, and not just inconsistent writing. So I will.
Owen has a huge flat, and no furniture. And he's getting kind of creepily obsessive... and oh look. he's found Ed Morgan. Owen, put the whiskey down.
That's uncannily similar to my own reaction to that scene.
Overall, I really, really liked the development of Owen, throughout and yeah, Gorman totally got to prove his chops in this one.
I think that, emotionally, this was the "Large percentage of team loses perspective" eps, in that, yeah, Gwen and Jack were strangely unsympathetic, Owen went off the deep-end (although that was at least partially attributable to the device) and Ianto, luv him tho' I do, seemed prissier than usual.
Gwen, what the fuck are you doing? Alien tech off the base?
Amen! Is Jack the only guy who's obeying that rule? Oh wait, he hardly ever LEAVES the base. *sigh*
...bit of a reverse there, Jack. Half an hour ago you were actively wanting them to try out the piece, now it's "GWEN. NOOOOOO."?
I think Jack knew a HELL of a lot more about that device than he's admitting, just based on that reaction. *mutter*
I really liked how they turned Owen around (not completley, granted, but that would have been implausible) and forcing (some) Owen-haters to reconsider their opinion. I just wish it hadn't been quite so obvious - after all, Owen was set up as such a dickhead at the beginning, it was pretty obvious that the other shoe would have to drop at some point. However, I must admit that, when dropped, it was pretty deftly done.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
"Overtones of the Empty Child"
No joke! I was sitting there thinking, "OK, is this kid about to say 'Are you my mummy?'? Because that would just creep me the hell out."
how did you manage to read my mind? everything you said is pretty much exactly what i thought when i watched this ep, but you're funnier than i am, alas.
tosh with the knife to her throat in the teaser--i just figured they were doing past AND future bits. like jack on the roof of a church (?) with that clock behind him, ianto holding a gun (squee!), and that person in the hospital gown strapped to the chair--we haven't seen any of that yet. it looks like the person holding the knife to tosh is blond and female, but it's hard to tell.
jack teaches gwen how to handle his weapon--you CANNOT tell me that's standard protocol for firearm usage instruction! use both hands, gwen! make sure you have a firm grip! and squeeze...gently! i could only think in smutty innuendoes during that scene! it was just like those sappy romantic comedies where the guy teaches the girl to fish, or golf, or anything. is this fan service? that's what it looks like from here. v. tacky and tasteless, just as if some studio exec saw an early cut and said, "where's the sex gone to? we had so much of it last week!" and they went back and dropped it in cold. and gwen immediately became Gwen Cooper, Fastest Gun In The West?! as if. of course, i'll still admit to being horribly and disgustingly jealous of gwen. i'd much rather be in her shoes than sitting here bemoaning the poor and uneven writing.
i did a 180 on my feelings about owen this week, which i'm more than a little suspicious of. before i wanted to smack him. now, i want to give him a fuzzy teddy bear and pat his head (and take away the whiskey!). but then i feel all the characters were kinda different in this ep, except for poor ianto, whose hidden depths of anguish and darkness we have yet to witness. owen's came out (and then some!) just fine last night. i'm guessing we'll get all the ianto we crave in next week's ep. *crosses fingers*
I'm off the torch_wood lj and followed the link here. Love your running commentary, mirror mine too, plus osme interesting other instights!
I totally agree with what you said about Owen. I kinda liked him from Ep1, but there was still a git of dodgyness/not quite right about him, but know I totally dig his character. Burn Gorman is definately an incredible actor, the way he's managed to pull such a emotive ride this episode.
Looking forward to more of you reviews! (hope you don't mind me!)
Heh. I like the way you address your reactions to the characters. I agree about Burn Gorman, he was incredible in this.
This was perfect.
I loved reading all your comments. I loved this episode. I may have to watch it again just to see it 3 times as well. Burn Gorman's performance is superb. It must be, for us to actually like this character. I went to NHS training today, to deal with violence and agression, personal safety stuff etc, and I was totally freaked out. Owen may have his own doubts about himself, but there's no way they are portraying this character as an actual active predator. Despite his flat and car :D