Jan. 24th, 2008

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[livejournal.com profile] teaotter and I watched Sleeper (season 2, episode 2 of Torchwood) last night, and it was rather grim, but also excellent. I'm very pleased with what they are doing with all but one of the characters –

Last season, Jack was simultaneously a retread of Angel, and a sort of sadly lascivious guy who made all manner of innuendos but clearly followed through on none of them and likely had less sex than anyone he knew. This season, he's sharp, sexy, and (not at all unexpectedly) far happier. John Barrowman is doing a great job of portraying this too.

As for the rest, I highly recommend reading this excellent analysis of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang by the highly skilled fanfiction author [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster. I largely agree, especially about Gwen (at least from Jack's PoV), being far more of a protégé than a romantic interest – from Gwen's PoV, I think she's thinking of Jack as a romantic interest, in part because I don't think she feels up to the task of being his protégé, at least not yet.

Owen has mellowed from being an uncaring date-rapist to being sharp, a bit of a bad-boy, but also very much taking a roll that (to use [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster's family metaphor) of Jack's somewhat rebellious son. Meanwhile Ianto (even more in Sleeper than in the previous episode) has come into his own – he's become an absolutely marvelous snarky butler (a character type I have a special love for), and if his romance with Jack continues, we may also get to see him being interestingly possessive.

However, that leaves out one character – Toshiko. Everyone else is defined by their relationships to Jack. Unfortunately, Toshiko has no particular relationship to Jack. Being the shy techie geek means she simply doesn't get any lines and isn't particularly interesting. Especially now that all of the other characters have come into their own so well, it's becoming increasingly obvious that they need to do something significant with Toshiko.

They've only done two episodes focusing on her, "Greeks Bearing Gifts", and "Captain Jack Harkness". In the first, she interacted almost solely with someone the other characters only met at the end, and in the 2nd, she was out of her time and cut off from everyone but Jack, and in both cases she was far more of a character than she normally is, but also in both cases, we never saw any aftereffects of these incidents on her.

[livejournal.com profile] teaotter and I were talking and agreed that she was quite interesting as a telepath in "Greeks Bearing Gifts", and giving her some sort of partially controlled but useful power would make her enough of a freak to be more interesting, especially since Jack is the one with by far the most experience dealing with freaks of all sorts and so this would also give her a relationship with Jack, and thus a role in the show.

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