30 days left, ONLY 1 MONTH, 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 gonna read like an episode guide and commentary. Let's dive right in!

Episode: Ghost Machine (Series 1 Episode 3)

Written By: Helen Raynor

Original Air Date: 29 October 2006

1 Sentence Sum-Up: Torchwood investigate an alien devise that can tap into the echos of emotions.

New Characters:

Sean "Bernie" Harris (Ben McKay): Bernie is an awkward kid from Splott who has a habit of taking things, a collection of which turn out to be alien (or rift related).

Ed Morgan (Gareth Thomas): He's a bad man. Raped and killed a girl when he was younger, in his older years he's turned paranoid and generally loopy. Still a bad man.

Favorite Quote

Jack: "The problem with seeing the future is you can't just sit and look at it. You got to try and change things. Make it happen differently. "

Never Noticed:

When Gwen goes to question Tom Flanagan about what she saw in the train station his daughter tells them they were home at the time, watching the Strictly Come Dancing finals. Couldn't help but think of John's appearances of SCD, love it.

Ianto has a lapel pin I never noticed! And he changes suits and transfers the pin, I wish I could make it out or knew the significance. This was the best shot I could get. Anyone know? (It's also in the picture on my Day One blog as well)

Gwen's clothes are covered in bright prints all episode. And at one point she is wearing a sparkle belt buckle. I bet it's John's in real life.

Behind Jack's desk is a sign that says "COUGHS AND SNEEZES SPREAD DISEASES". From what I read about it the phrase appeared on British posters during World War II and was issued by the Ministry of Health. That's so Jack.

WTF Moments:

When Owen is chasing Bernie on foot they run through a stretch of something it looked like a bridge. It's covered in random rainbow spray paints. I wonder what that location is, or if I hallucinated it.

I noticed something when Gwen and Bernie were in his apartment, but I think it was through the episode. Bernie is wearing the one ring on his neck. OK, probably not actually the one ring, but it was a plain band on a chain, very Frodo. I'm questioning the wardrobe choice.

When Ed moved away from Jack's hold and into the knife in Gwen's hand, he sort of waddled and it wasn't a super short distance. I think Jack could've held onto him a little tighter, that seemed a bit off.

On the same note, WTF Gwen? She got the knife away from Owen, she's happy no one is dead so she holds it point side out? And she doesn't have the time to point it down? Watch the scene again he's not going that fast and there is a little space between them. It's a conspiracy! Torchwood wanted him dead!

Random Rants:

On the matter of button pushing. With exception of Gwen, who really should know better, everyone is a trained Torchwood agent. I don't buy the idea that the machine compelled them to push the button because they didn't always feel or give into that compulsion. Why did Gwen keep pushing the damned thing?? At least when Owen did it, it was to test it, because Jack thought they should and they were watching him. Gwen get's a F- for abusing alien technology. AND THEN, when they get the machine back to the Hub and Jack is inspecting it, Jack who can actually show a bit of self restraint, they all jump to assume he's going to repeat that daft move! Jack turns to them and say "As If!". This is just the sort of undeserved distrust that calls for Jack turning into a valley girl. As if indeed. No wonder Jack doesn't trust his team with his secret, they don't trust him. I mean we don't know what they've been through before the series, but Jack hasn't given them a reason to think he's that easily tempted, has he? Secretive? Yes. Dumb? No, not Jack.

MVC (Most Valuable Character):

Owen get's MVC for this episode. Not because he took the initiative to track down Ed Morgan or because of the juvenile way he let his emotions get the best of him. He get's it for the best use of a phone book. Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one. Way to be obvious Owen.

MVA (Most Valuable Actor):

I'll give it to Eve Myles this episode. She did a great job of playing stupid mistakes, over emotional Gwen. That's just the character isn't it? Especially in the early episodes. She makes scenes that could easily be over the top seem like genuine emotion. I believe her and I think her skill as an actress is why so many people feel so strongly towards Gwen.

Episode Grade:

It was a solid episode, some great moments as always and the characters developed a bit more. It's just not a standout episode for me. So B.

Tomorrow's Episode: Cyberwoman (Series 1, Episode 4). 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


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6/8/2011 02:22:18 pm

I have a really high quality screen cap of Ianto wearing the pin. I cropped it and lightened it so you could see it. http://twitpic.com/58yk3g

6/9/2011 04:23:58 am

I like this ep for the fact how miffed Jack is at his team when they're putting a very lacklustre effort in finding Bernie. Jack's quit snappish here.

The scene of all them eating donuts: again, character traits! Ianto nibbles his donut very very neatly, with a little napkin tucked into his collar, just like when they were eating Chinese food in "Day One". Tosh is being girly and licks the sugar off her fingers. Jack of course stuffs the whole donut in his mouth (and the version of that scene in the bloopers, you can hear someone in the background saying "how did he get it all that in there", priceless...yeah well, I bet John's good at...hmm...."banana tricks", and here I'm assuming everyone's read the paperback version of "I Am What I Am").

But my absolutely favourite part is the shooting range scene, even if I've never wanted Jack and Gwen to get together. It's just so darn sexy. Illustrates wonderfully how you don't necessarily need to show a lot of skin for a scene to be hot and sexy, if the actors are good and comfortable with each other.

6/10/2011 02:30:02 am

Jack: "The problem with seeing the future is you can't just sit and look at it. You got to try and change things. Make it happen differently. "
That is a man who has definatley travelled with The Doctor lol

Ianto pins: Hmm interesting, I've never noticed either. I saw the close up posted earlier by Girl_panic http://twitpic.com/58yk3g and it's just not clear enough to make it out. It's almost flower like in shape. Have you tweeted GDL to ask him?

The One Ring: Yeh I've noticed that too...seems strange really. You find yourself saying "Why?" lol

Hahaha "Torchwood wanted him dead!" come on...he was horrible! Dirty grubby nails...killed that girl, maybe more! When he was stabbed..I felt nothing....was that bad of me? lol

COMPLETELY agree on random Rnats! lol "as if!" Jack really has lived a little and has never shown to be stupid....well maybe with exception to the Chula medical ship! lol but he was mortal and not lived too much then...So we'll give him that one strike! lol He's allowed that...AND he made good in the end anyway! lol

Hahaha the phone book!! "And to Dr Owen Harper we reward you with the award for MVC for your dedicated use of the phonebook!" lol

I agree with MVA, Eve is excellent at making emotional scenes feel very real. She's had some brilliant ones with Kai!

Mickie x


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