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To the Last Man 

Every year since 1918, the team wakes Tommy from cryogenic sleep, because one day they will need his help. But they don't know which year, or for what. All indications are sealed in a box ... See full summary »

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Every year since 1918, the team wakes Tommy from cryogenic sleep, because one day they will need his help. But they don't know which year, or for what. All indications are sealed in a box that will only open at the right moment. Written by Quicksand

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Tom tells Tosh that when they first woke him up in 1919 they said the war was over. And then "three weeks later" they had World War Two. For Tim, each time he's woken up it feels like just the next morning from the last time. So for him, being woken once a year, approximately three weeks (21 days) in his time would mean 21 years in real time. The Second World War began in 1939, 20 years after the First ended. See more »

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When they thaw out Tommy, Owen revives him with a defibrillator. However, the monitor shows Tommy's heart rhythm as Asystole, IE flatline. Defibrillation is only effective for Ventricular Fibrillation or pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia, and does absolutely nothing for Asystole. See more »

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Captain Jack Harkness: This time tomorrow he'll be back in 1918.
Ianto Jones: In his own time. Would you go back to yours if you could?
Captain Jack Harkness: Why? Would you miss me?
Ianto Jones: Yep.
Captain Jack Harkness: I left home a long time ago. Don't really know where I really belong. Maybe that doesn't matter anymore.
Ianto Jones: I... know you get lonely.
Captain Jack Harkness: Going home wouldn't fix that. Being here, I've seen things I never dreamt I'd see. Loved people I never would have known if I'd just stayed where I was. And I wouldn't change that for the world.
[they kiss]
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A solid third episode of the second season
6 February 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"To the Last Man" is an above average episode of "Torchwood". With shades of "Sapphire and Steel", this time-warping, "historical" tale is strong on emotion and atmosphere.

This is a Tosh-driven episode and it allows Naoko Mori to reveal more about her character. When a first World War soldier is thawed out from Torchwood's cryogenic freezer, emotions run high and the team fight to save the world yet again.

8 out of 10. I've heard "Torchwood" described as the "18-30 of Sc-Fi". This is somewhat unfair. Although the show has its weaknesses, it delivers an alternative slice of British science fiction that is curiously retro despite its modern touches.


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