An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like ...
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An old movie theatre, The Electro, has been restored and is opening as a museum. Ianto used to go there as a child and invites Owen and Gwen to the opening. Jack hears faint music, like pipe organ, at Torchwood. Then the movie projector somehow plays a different film than the one on the reel. Ianto sees Jack in the movie, in a traveling show. Then the projector stops. Two characters from the movie disappear into the night...Written by
Toni Tapola, Finland
I didn't think this episode was as bad as a lot of other people seem to have thought, but it certainly wasn't one of the better ones.
It had its moments -- I found the whole evil circus idea kind of evocative (and reminiscent of the stories behind Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Carnival Diabolique perfume series), and some scenes were nicely creepy, but on the whole it just seemed a bit rushed, and haphazardly put together.
I'm not one of those people who demands a detailed, perfectly logical explanation for everything -- one of the things I really liked about Small Worlds was that it *didn't* attempt to rationalize everything away. But I do like to have things make at least *some* semblance of sense. This episode, on the whole, comes of looking like the writer either had the seed of a good idea but then had to turn it into a script in half an hour with no time to really think it through, or else maybe had a script for a three-hour movie and had to cut it down to 45 minutes by chopping out every bit of explanation or even the process by which the characters arrive at any of their conclusions.
It felt like had the potential to have been good if it had been differently handled, but as it was, I suspect most viewers are more likely to spend most of it going "Wait... what? Where the hell did *that* come from?" than actually enjoying it.
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