Well, it’s done. A series that lost it’s way more than once, that indulged in pointless sidetracking and self agrandizing. But after all the unevenness is the final episode satisfying? You know, I would say yes.
Why you ask?
Sure Eve, Mekhi and Lauren overacted shamelessly. Sure the climax was a a series of Ha-ha moments of expository dialog between the good guys and the bad guys at the two Blessing sites. Explanations were few, and what we got, about The Blessing, and how The Families went about exploiting it were minimalist at best. Beyond that, the goofiness of the expressed political positions of the various players was somewhat embarrassing (the evil Nancy Reagan looka-like with her sneering attitude towards liberal values is but one left wing fantasy example). But when viewed at the level of pulp satire, it was, ultimately rather enjoyable. It shouldn’t have been.
I think what it comes down to is that a level of intelligence has returned to the show that had gotten rather stupid over the flabby middle of the series. Sure the pieces do fit together rather conveniently, but in this kind of show, that is enough. You just have to forget all the hype and self-importance that surrounded the series and enjoy it for what it is. The actors figured this out, and one can tell by watching that they had a hell of a time with the last episode, making sure that each of the characters had their moments (and, as I noted, overacting with joy). Seriously, if the show had been 10 eps of the level of Rendition and Bloodlines, the series would have been a standout (by Torchwood standards, anyways.) I’m not sure why Russell like his characters to act boneheaded on a regular basis, or why he thinks that this is combination their self-righteous yet dimwitted indignation is entertaining (by the way, it’s not).
“Speaking as a man who’s walked to his death, I did it with a lot less sentiment.” – Oswald Danes
Ah, the child-killer they didn’t know what to do with. Ultimately, Danes proved to be, like much in the show, a distraction. I’m not sure what RTD’s point with his character was, as he, overall, seemed to exist in a series all his own, one where he is the warped hero. This, coupled with RTD’s obvious love of his CIA creation, Rex, who get’s more than he bargained for in the end, makes on wish more had been paid attention to ensuring those characters were portrayed consistently with out feeling repeatedly forced.
Will the series continue? The end certainly does set up The Families as a continuing villain for the show. And while we did lose some of the cast, it was mostly of the supporting kind (I will miss John De Lancie’s Shapiro the most), there is clearly enthusiasm on several sides for new Torchwoods.
“You, World War Two, what did you do to me?” - Rex Matheson
Will I watch a series 5? Well, there was just enough done right in this series for me to be interested. It’s more than likely that future installments will be just as much of a mess, but it’s hard to be disappointed when you are expecting as much.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5