psycho-biker-junkie-whore (avariel_wings) wrote,
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And on my third viewing of The Ghost Machine, I actually manage to write down my reactions.



What's that shot of Toshiko with a knife to her neck in the titles?

Wow, hi-tech police chase.

"Go, Gwen!" Toshiko's so cute.

...Gwen, listen to Toshiko. Don't be stupid.

Gwen, don't activate the alien device when you don't know what it is or does.

The little boy is creepy even on a third viewing. Overtones of the Empty Child, and whatever they did to his voice, it's weird.

Why are you crying, you silly bint? I love their expressions.

Ha, Owen playing Scully and getting in a dig at the same time.

...and Owen punctures their tech reliance just like Ianto did last week.

Gwen gets payback for the dementia comment. "He's training." Heh.

...Owen, are you flirting with Motormouth?

People are bitching about the old man spilling everything to Gwen, but old people do that sometimes. Tell their stories to anyone who'll listen. I think it feels natural.

Owen, don't sulk.

Trouble in paradise. Poor Rhys.

....he referenced Secret Squirrel. :D!

I want that video game Owen's playing. And wow, Bernie's a crap criminal.

Jack's a geek.

Splott! And a great Ianto moment, about the only one he gets.

Nobody loves Bernie.

...fags?! How old is that kid?

....yes, Jack, appropriate punishment for failure is forcing one of your team to try out unknown alien tech. Don't like Owen much, do you?

Damn, this scene is creepy. And Owen looks terrified from the outset. Burn Gorman's good.

....*shudders at the voice*

She kisses him back, for a second before she realizes/remembers what's happening and pulls back. And then out comes the knife.

Is Owen actually capable of ending the vision by letting go of the machine or whatever? If so, why doesn't he? Wants to see it to the end, for her sake?

...Owen really looks like he actually felt that slap. Nice acting.

And the vision ends, with Owen actually saying "please" along with the girl. Good way to emphasise that he's feeling what she does.

He's not in good shape now. Not good at all. And Gwen's the first to get to him, quite probably the first to notice something's wrong. And he all but breaks down sobbing, though he's quite clearly trying very hard not to. Damn, Burn Gorman's good.

Owen's voice just sounds dead in this scene. And they're all just ignoring him, sitting on the couch there going through the papers while nobody pays any attention. Nobody cares about poor dead Lizzie as much as he does, they're all just caught up in the tech. Nobody even so much as looks at him except Toshiko, and only then when he talks.

....Jack, you bastard. Your employee just practically broke down in tears in front of you, and now you're yelling at him and ordering him home? You cold bastard. And Gwen, you bitch. He nearly broke down on you, and does he get one single kind word from you? What good does that look do anyone?

No one stops Owen taking home the papers about Lizzie, either, though they probably should. Someone should go home with him and make sure he sleeps.

...I hate this gun lesson scene. Hate hate hate. And it's not jealousy, it's just stupid.

...I did not want to like Owen this much. I really didn't. But now I do, and I kind of hate Gwen. Wasn't she supposed to be teaching them to be human?

Jack so lives at the base. Ianto probably does, too. And where the hell is Ianto?

Gwen, what the fuck are you doing? Alien tech off the base?

Owen's either sleeping and having nightmares about Lizzie, or not sleeping and he can't get her out of his head. Either way, eeek.

Rhys, don't you even vaguely wonder what that is in Gwen's hand?

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.

Owen's starting to scare me now. He's kind of psycho intense. *shivers at the whisper* Hello, Owen's psychotic break.

...how does old Edwin think Owen knows exactly what the girl said to him the night he killed her?

Owen's voice still sounds downright dangerous when he sees Bernie.

...and everybody on this chase is rooting for Owen. Really, really, nobody in the neighbourhood loves Bernie.

...Bernie, you're pathetic. But you really believe in that moment Owen's about to beat the shit out of him... if he just wasn't out of breath.

...oh, Owen's face when Bernie mentions the bridge. *pets him*

Love how they all just snap round when they hear about the other half.

One half to show the past, the other to show the future. Makes sense, even if both the futures we see through it are violent ones.

...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."?

Hands up who initially thought in this scene that future!Gwen had accidentally killed Owen to stop him killing someone else?

Oh, now Toshiko's trying to look after Owen and listening to him.

Bernie's actually less human than Owen, in his way. He could experience that girl being raped and murdered and use it as impetus for blackmail, not want to bring the guy to justice?

Love Jack and Owen acting as a team for once to disarm him.

...oh, now hello, Owen's psychotic break. And he has a knife, yay. But he does stop - you can see it takes effort, but he does have the will to stop himself killing the guy when he wants to so much. And then he actually tries to save him, without a second's thought.

"I didn't kill him. I could've, but I didn't." The only reassurance Owen has left?

...I really really didn't want or expect to like Owen this much, this soon. *rueful* But I think he might just have become my favourite.
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