Sam's Three Things About Torchwood, Day Five: Three Things And An Essay.
1. I was a little bit LOL at "Torchwood did it" in reply to "Who's the father". YEAH THEY DID, GWEN. IN A KINKY THREESOME.
2. Boring John Frobisher Monologue Was Boring. Also we don't really have any evidence at all that he was good. His secretary liked him, that's about it. Meanwhile, this episode was like one long death scene. And, at times, more like a random thriller film John Barrowman and Eve Myles happened to be in than Torchwood, really. Brutal and horrible, children being killed and Jack running away. And I...get why the writers went there, but see 3a.
3. LOL Ianto you sly liar. It's a very strange lie, but I suppose Ianto created a world for himself, a bit, and it's a genteel thing, being a tailor. Percieved as, anyway.
3a. OHAY LET'S WRITE AN ESSAY OK?
I'm still mulling over the story and what it signifies and means, and that could take some time, and time means laziness which means I may never actually write up my proper reaction to it, so this is possibly substandard for my usual. I understand that the team who created this had a story to tell, and wanted to impact their audience in a hard emotional way. I do think they succeeded in that. I also think that you can create an emotional impact from telling stories that are not dark or grim or terribly sad; I like to hope that I've done it once or twice myself. I do believe it's possible to make "and they all lived happily ever after" true and make it right, though I know it's also hard.
Did I expect "happily ever after" from Torchwood? Not particularly. I know it's not That Show. I didn't expect this story either -- Torchwood was a fun camp show that I liked to LOL along to, and I don't go looking for this level of grim. But the story was incredibly well told, so from the perspective of a storyteller I can't really fault them for it; it's some of the most coherent, most admirable writing that I've seen on television in a long time. I wouldn't have sought it out, but I respect it. I always forget that when you sign on to a scifi drama it invariably ends one of two ways: it peters out into crap, or it breaks your fucking heart. I just wouldn't have pegged Torchwood for the latter.
A couple of people have asked me if I'm going to keep writing or can I please "fix this", but the answer to both is that I don't know. I didn't intend to write a shit-ton of Torchwood fanfic. I drift in and out of fandoms without ever really intending to. I'm certainly not going to flounce or depart fandom in any kind of formal way, but I don't know if I will write more. That'll depend on whether I find I have more stories to tell. As for "fixing" it...
Well, one, I don't know that the storytelling needs fixing, not like From Out Of The Rain or Lost Souls did. This wasn't badly told. The stuff that I (and I think much of fandom) just plain don't like? I don't know. The story ideas that were germinating with the first three episodes aren't focused on fixing anything, and even after Ianto's death were more focused on dealing with the reality and making the reality okay, rather than altering it. The things I'm looking at don't involve Ianto returning or a magic solve for Jack's epic guilt and slightly absurd epic exit; they involve making those things survivable, both for the characters and for fans. I don't know that I want to write that or that you want to read it.
Which is not to say I don't want to fix it in a temporary, shallow sort of way. And that is why those of you who followed Askworld should probably keep an eye on ask_aboutcoffee this weekend. :D
But...yeah. I don't know. That's all I got, guys.