Torchwood (2006–2011)
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The invisible spirit of a hit-and-run victim tries to convince Gwen to locate the 'alien' who might have been responsible for his death.

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Eugene
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A young man, Eugene Jones, 'awakens' lying on the road, apparently having been struck by a car. He quickly realizes that he is dead and that he's now present only in spirit. No one can see or hear him and he has no memory of what's happened in the recent past. In flashbacks, he recalls an unhappy childhood where his father abandoned his family on the same day he lost a quiz competition at school. On that same day, one of his teachers have him something special that simply fell out of the sky, a glass eye. Before his death he had gotten to know Gwen Cooper and tried to interest her in the eye. She didn't have much time for him when he was alive but in death she takes a genuine interest in him. Eugene tries to help her along. Written by garykmcd

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The DVD that Owen is watching from Eugene's collection is the "lost" sci fi classic A for Andromeda (1961). Notable for being a very early role for Julie Christie, only one full episode of the series is known to exist. See more »

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Eugene says that in the average human lifetime the human heart beats 2 million times. Average lifespan is 70 years, 36817200 minutes. At 70 beats a minute that works out to 2577204000 beats. For comparison your heart beats 3 million times in a month (30 days). See more »

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Eugene Jones: [narrating] The average life is full of near misses and absolute hits, of great love and small disasters. It's made up of banana milkshakes, loft insulation, and random shoes. It's dead ordinary and truly truly amazing. What you've got to realise is it's all here now. So breathe deep and swallow it whole because take it from me, life just whizzes by.
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References X-Men (2000) See more »

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Next Time on Torchwood
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Written by Murray Gold
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Chasing your dream
1 September 2009 | by (Belgrade,Serbia) – See all my reviews

When Eugene Swanson awakens he realizes that he is laying in the road with no memory of what happened to him. Soon he realizes when he sees Gwen and the rest of the Torchwood team examine his body laying in the dirt that he must be dead. Then his wish becomes reality. For years he has been trying to meet the members of Torchwood and know as a ghost he is able to follow Gwen who is trying to investigate why he died . Gwen first visit Eugenes mother, than his friends where he worked, but they are all obviously hiding something. Eugene looked very cute and his crush on Gwen was nice. All he wanted was to believe in the impossible. Unfortunately while he was convincing himself that somehow he will get to contact with alien his personal life was a disaster. The episode is really a story from an angle by Eugene and it was fun to see through his eyes Torchwood. Also the scene in Gwens bedroom was very beautiful, and somehow the way he was able to connect with Gwen was interesting to watch. He himself said that he doesn't want it to end, but of course nothing lasts forever. The episode was in very slow narrative pace and I really liked it.


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