Torchwood: Season 1, Episode 6

Countrycide (19 Nov. 2006)

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In the countryside north of Cardiff, the Torchwood team investigates the disappearance of 17 people in the last few months. No bodies have been found and the police haven't a clue as to what may have happened to them. They set up camp in a field but when their SUV is stolen and then parked in a small village just a few miles away, they realize they're being lured into a trap. In the village, they find the remains of several inhabitants - stripped of flesh and organs - and one terrified survivor who promptly shoots Gwen with a shotgun. With Ianto and Tosh taken prisoner, they all soon come to realize that people are being hunted. Written by garykmcd

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An unusual episode in the series in that none of it takes place at Torchwood HQ. The idea behind this was to take the Torchwood team out of their comfort zone. See more »

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In the final part of the chase through the woods, when Toshiko falls to the ground, it's obvious she's falling onto some sort of prepared surface covered with leaves. (Most likely a mat.) See more »

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Gwen Cooper: I had a good job before this. I thought in a year or two, perhaps a baby, I know Rhys would be a good dad, and I could try for desk sergeant, and... Well, it was all sorting into place. And then I met you lot. All these things... all these things that change in me. Changing how I see the world. And I can't share them with anyone.
Owen Harper: You can now.
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Most disappointing one yet. OK, really, only totally disappointing one

  • the rest have been quite good. But where did this fit in the scheme


of things? No where! Torchwood has been about aliens and alien technology and how it's been affecting the people working there and their interlocking relationships. And the point of good sci-fi like Torchwood has been has been the humanity of it. There was no humanity here. The good guys were horrified, the bad guys were inhuman. No in between. Cardboard characters and reactions. No explanation - Which was the only horror about it - they didn't have any good reason to do it.

The only thing this has in it to do with Torchwood was getting Gwen and Owen together as lovers. Which was sloppily done. It was a good set-up in previous episodes, but in this episode they just jammed it together. Pre-mature. We could have done with a couple of more episodes of watching this tension grow before giving in. Maybe they having a drink and Gwen admitting that yes, her relationship with Rhys has suffered since she got to Torchwood. Office affairs happen, especially under that kind of tension, but I had more respect for Gwen, if not for Owen, than to fall into the sack with him after one kiss and one "oh, I've had a horrid day." Guys (writers, directors, actors), this show is better than this. You know and I know it. Please let this be a one-time screw up.


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