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13 days left and we're continuing on my countdown to Miracle Day, Torchwood re-watch! I'll be watching an episode a day and blogging bits and thoughts. With any luck this is going to read like an episode guide and commentary. Let's dive right in!

Episode: Dead Man Walking (Series 2 Episode 7)


Written By: Matt Jones

Original Air Date: 20 February 2008

Sentence Sum-Up: Jack goes to extreme measures to resurrect Owen and the team has to deal with the consequences of that choice.

Notable New Characters:

None.

Favorite Quote:

Jack: "Only in suffering do we recognize beauty".
Owen: "Yeah, yeah! Who said that?"
Jack: "Proust."
Owen: "You've read Proust?"
Jack: "Yeah. Well, no. We dated for a while, he was really immature."

Never Noticed:

When Jack initially brings Owen back with the glove, he asks him about the code for the alien morgue. Owen says the number out loud and you can see Ianto on the side repeating it silently to himself, committing it to memory. Good thing he thought to do that because, no one grabbed a pen. Then again I suppose they could always just play back the CCTV of that moment.

WTF Moments:

When Martha goes to begin Owen's autopsy she looks through the medical instruments and grabs THIS:

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What is the meaning of that?? A simple scalpel like everyone else uses wouldn't have worked? No one says anything, but I found this all a bit curious. I guess the only other Doctor isn't there to question her. It made me giggle though, how unnecessarily large!

When they decided that Owen was turning into something dangerous and they had to eliminate the threat by getting rid of him. Why did they not at that point think about the glove? Wouldn't it be the logical first attempt to destroy the glove and see if that changes anything? And why did they just leave it lying around in the Hub? It's crazy technology that they can't even begin to understand, didn't occur them to secure it? Someone didn't have their thinking cap on.

Random Rants:

Gwen had a breakthrough!! Hooray I hate her a little less! Gwen was struggling with everything going on with Owen and she was sad. So what did she do? Did she throw herself at Owen or Jack? No! She called Rhys! Thank God! She's learning I think! She had a hard day and she turned to the man she loves for comfort. How normal of her. I am actually praising her now for reacting like a normal human being instead of a morally bankrupt crazy person. Cookie for Gwen.

When Jack and Owen are locked up and they have their heart to heart. Aside from the fact that this is the best scene of the episode there was a moment that made me smirk especially. Owen asks Jack why he brought him back and Jack says, "I guess I was hoping for a miracle. And I still am." Ha!! Jack won't be hoping for a miracle for long! Totally made me think of miracle day and how he'll be eating those entirely unrelated words. 

MVC (Most Valuable Character)/MVA (Most Valuable Actor):

The MVC and MVA goes to Owen and Burn. It was obviously and Owen-centric episode and he kept us interested in his story. The array of emotions Owen goes through from shock to terror to confusion to anger is really authentic feeling. How would you react to coming back from the dead and coming back wrong? I am obsessed with the underlying story between Owen and Jack. Jack not being ready to give up on him and Owen being connected to Jack in a way that is unique to the two of them. It's interesting seeing Jack react to someone else cursed to seemingly eternal life or in this case eternal death. It's a great dynamic and the pair play off each other so well. The best part of the whole episode is the back and forth between Owen and Jack while they are locked up. Burn really lets us see a vulnerable side of Owen that doesn't come out often. He brings humanity to a character who is faced with no longer necessarily being human. It's how a lot of people would react, it's just very well portrayed. Well done Burn and honorable mention to Jack/John.

Episode Grade:

B+
I actually really liked this episode. It's another one I don't watch often and I think it's because it's both rather sad and scary. I don't do well with scary and most people don't like to repeatedly have their hearts broken. It's something to revisit every so often but seeing Owen struggle, while well done and entertaining, is a bit emotionally draining. The fact that I don't want to watch it a lot speaks to how effective it is at being a honest representation of human nature. That's not an easy accomplishment. This episode had a lot to praise but it's short of an A because it's shy of perfection and not one of my favorites, for the reasons I mentioned.

Tomorrow's Episode: A Day in the Death (Series 2, Episode 8). Remember, I'll be live tweeting my re-watch on the @BarrowmanDay twitter at 12:00am PST (US - West coast) and 8:00am GMT (UK). Hope you all can watch with me and chat.

That's it for today! Hope you enjoyed my run down. What did you all think of this episode? Did you notice anything new? What grade would you give it? xx

<3Dana

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Mickie
06/26/2011 08:36

It's a great quote!

Probably too shocked to think about pen & paper! lol

WTF:

Isn't that for removing limbs?! Eeep!

The Glove: Yeh short memories given in 'They Keep Killing Susie' Jack asked then back at the hub to destroy the glove to break the link! They need Ginko Biloba for that! lol

Jack & Owen moment: Yeh it does...Jacks going to eat those words! lol

Agree on MVC & MVA it's one of Owens best episodes....As is the next!

Great review Dana xxx


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