Here's my reaction to Children of Earth, the whole thing.Children of Earth was... not what I was expecting.It was a remarkable series. The writing, the direction, the acting were all terrific. I honestly didn't think Torchwood was capable of something like that. I really did enjoy it, on a lot of levels.It's just... that's not what I was expecting from Torchwood. Yeah, it was always meant to be darker than Dr Who, but it used to have a sense of humor. There were plenty of less than happy endings, but it wasn't so bleak. And as much as I liked CoE--and I did!--I'm going to miss the over-the-topness of the original Torchwood.I kind of wish they'd done CoE with original characters, but it wouldn't have had near the emotional punch.There are a bunch of things in my head about Jack, and Ianto, and Jack/Ianto, but now that I'm sitting down to type this, I don't know if I want to make a big post about them. I really, really hate that Ianto's dead, but I like what they did with him. I liked that he was pushing Jack a bit--kind of clumsily, but pushing. I like that even though they were arguing, Jack wanted Ianto with him at Thames House, and Ianto backed him up completely. I liked that in the midst of their quarreling, they totally would have had sex if it weren't for Rhys and his beans.I think the worst thing about CoE for me was that Jack had seemed almost content in s2, and that all got taken from him. After Journey's End he seemed really happy to be going back to Cardiff. That probably should have been a sign that it wasn't going to last--Jack just isn't meant to be content. Shame, that.I can't fault Jack for taking off at the end. He needs to get away from earth for a while to get his head together. I think he's going to bounce back, and I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back to earth eventually.That was a really difficult series to watch, though. I love the fact that all the characters were so nuanced--the only ones I thoroughly disliked were the PM and the woman who was angling for the PM job at the end. I found the rest of them at least partly sympathetic, even when I thought their actions were abhorrent. Frobisher, especially--that was a tour de force performance. There's a whole essay in my head about how he ended up where he did. And how it was his desire to cover up what happened in 1965 that bollocksed everything up--Torchwood had already found Clem when the bomb went off; if they'd been able to keep working they might have been able to find a solution. And in some ways, I'd have preferred to watch that story instead of what we got. It wouldn't have pushed Jack to the limit, though.It was an exciting week, anyway. I'm glad it's over; I couldn't have taken another day of stress.
Peter Capaldi (Frobisher) put in a superlative performance. Actually I think the whole of CoE was well written and well acted.That's not to say I liked the way it ended. As a piece of fiction I was completely hooked from day to day. As a Torchwood piece I was horrified when Ianto died and was hoping come episode 5 they'd find a way to bring him back. I was just as horrified when Jack's nephew was killed, again thinking they'd find a way to write in his survival.If TW had to end then it's a magnificent way for it to go. Far, far better to go out with a bang than everyone waltzing off into the sunset.I remember RTD saying of the 'Bad Wolf' denument that in Dr Who no one can die: it's supposed to be an optimistic program. He seems to have found it's obverse in TW.