8 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: Fragments (Series 2 Episode 12)

Written By: Chris Chibnall

Original Air Date: 21 March 2008

Sentence Sum-Up: When the team is caught in an explosion, the members recall how they first came to join Torchwood.

Notable New Characters:

Katie Russell (Andrea Lowe) - Owen's fiance. She's ill and Owen is trying to figure out what's wrong. We love her instantly and we grieve alongside Owen when she doesn't last the episode.

Toshiko's Mother (Noriko Aida) - It's all there in the name. Tosh's Mum, she gets in a bit of trouble and Tosh has to get her out.

Alice Guppy (Amy Manson )/Emily Holroyd (Heather Craney)/Alex Hopkins (Julian Lewis Jones) - All three former Torchwood agents Jack has worked with. The two gals are sort of sadistic and Alex is a bit of a downer. Not much else to say really.

Favorite Quote:

Jack: "You made this, right?"
Tosh: "I just followed the plans."
Jack: "The plans don't work."
Tosh: "What?"
Jack: "The technical plans you followed, they were wrong. They had mistakes in them. That's why the plans were shelved. But you, Toshiko Sato, you automatically fixed things as you went along. What I'm trying to say is, "Aw, baby! You're good.""

Never Noticed:

When Gwen and Rhys first find Jack he's dead. They watch him revive and Rhys, who missed the memo shouts "He was dead! I checked his pulse! He was dead!" It's a perfect little side moment that I never caught before. Rhys is very good about being shocked, vocal and then moving on rather quickly. It's really fun watching him find out more about Torchwood and Jack.

WTF Moments:

When Jack takes the blowfish back to Torchwood he's pleading with him and he says. "I said sorry, you can't lock me up". What?? I mean, I love that line and I'm sure Chris put it in because it's exactly the sort of ludicrous thing a scared kid would say when facing incarceration or worse. And they did establish that he was young. WTF adolescent alien blowfish? That being said it wsn't so bad you deserved a bullet to the brain. He was so young...

OK I get that  a normal person, faceing a bomb with 6 seconds left on the counter might panic, freeze and resign themselves to being blown up, but Torchwood? They're nothing if not prepared to deal with danger and surprise so why did they all go still and not even try to move away just a little? Could be the difference between getting caught in debris and having your face blown off, seems worth it to take a few steps that way. Right? Or how about the idea of Jack taking that 6 seconds to grab Toshiko and cover her? He can't die, she can, think Harkness!

Even though I actually think this was a good idea and their attention to keeping continuity is admirable, I cannot put this damned waistcoat anywhere other than WTF-land. Why Jack, why?

That's not acting, John is horrified by "Safari Jack"
Random Rants:

Not really much to say. You have to understand how many times I have seen this episode. I love every second of it. It's the genius Chris Chibnall at his best. Because I loved it I have noting to rant about. This episode stands up to even my ridiculous nitpicking, it's top notch. It's so much easier to go on about things wrong with an episode, this is pretty damn near perfection, what else is there to say?

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

Nope. You can't make me. I won't do it. There is NO WAY to chose a stand out in this episode. This is a complete team episode and there isn't a week link amongst the bunch. If anything I can narrow it down to Tosh/Jack/Ianto/Owen and the actors that play them. That's not to say Gwen/Eve wasn't good, just that she was hardly there. It's a four way tie, everyone was amazing, I love them all. The end.

Episode Grade:

This episode is amazing. I'm out of words. Not that I had many to begin with. It's the episode I cannot even comment on because words don't do it justice. It's brilliant. Funny, Heart-breaking and very clever. Not to mention ever other line was in the running for my favorite quote. It's just insanely good. I can't say anything...I just...A+

Tomorrow's Episode: Exit Wounds (Series 2, Episode 13). 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 of this episode. What did you all think of this episode? Did you notice anything new? What grade would you give it? xx


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