I tried to post this yesterday, but my computer deleted my post when
I hit the send mode.
First off, specific mention was made of atrocities made by the
British military against some two-hundred shell-shocked soldiers.
Rather than care for them or send them back to the front, World War I
British soldiers were executed by firing squad for simply being
If this is a true part of British military history, I should would
like to know for sure. If that is true, what the British military
did was an injustice.
Before I go further, something momentous happened on various levels.
First, on February 13th, after one episode of Torchwood airs on a BBC
channel, the next one "Reset" with Martha Jones, airs on another BBC
channel. This will end the current season of Torchwood one week
earlier than I had thought.
The next thing concerns the writer's strike, which does not affect
the UK. US Networks are so desperate for new material that an
interesting deal was reached with Sci Fi. In April, Sci Fi will
start to air the 11 "The Sarah Jane Adventures" episodes.
That's not the best thing. The new season of Doctor Who, which does
not even have a start date in the UK will start airing in April
with "Voyage of the Damned" and "Partners In Crime". That means that
one day, Partners In Crime airs in the UK. A few days later to a
week or so at the most, Partners In Crime airs in the US, followed by
twelve other Doctor Who stories. That announced deal is going to
force the BBC's hand into announcing a start date for the new season
of Who. With Battlestar Galactica being the only new show coming up,
Sci Fi needs some guaranteed hits.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CONTAINS A REVIEW AND MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUT
THE NEW EPISODE OF TORCHWOOD CALLED "TO THE LAST MAN". MAJOR
In the story "To The Last Man", you get to see Toshi have sex again,
llanto and Jack kiss, more nasty rift activity and two members of
Torchwood, circa 1918. The broadcast also ran about 51 minutes.
It is 1918. At a Cardiff military hospital for wounded and shell-
shocked soldiers from World War I, two officious members of Torchwood
come across two figures huddled up against a wall. One is a
soldier/patient named Tommy and the other is Toshiko Sato. Tommy
tells them he is next ward and for them to get him out of the
hospital. Torchwood 1918, a man and woman, take Tommy from his bed
to a new life...
Once a year since 1918, Tommy has been taken out of cryogenics at the
Cardiff Torchwood Hub, awaiting the day of rift activity when he will
be needed. Torchwood 1918 even left a sealed box that will open when
rift activity reaches a fever pitch (and last season's rift getting
blasted open doesn't count?). Inside the box are instructions for
Torchwood to follow and also for Tosh to follow. Inside with the
instructions is a pencil sketch of Toshiko Sato.
The hospital where Tommy was recovering is now being demolished and
that is accelerating rift activity at the hospital. The past is
bleeding through. One nurse even yells at Gwen to go away and stop
haunting the place. While all this is happening, llanto and Jack
share a hot kiss.
With the hospital about to be demolished, Torchwood has to work
fast. Tosh takes Tommy home for a night of hot passionate sex. Tosh
takes Tommy to the hospital where they pass the important message on
to Torchwood 1918. Tommy takes his place back in bed with a rift
key. Tosh and Torchwood run out of the hospital. Tommy either won't
or can't use the rift key and it looks like doomsday again.
Tosh offers to be injected with a special drug and hooked up to a
headset that allows her to astrally project herself to Tommy's
bedside where she convinces him to turn the rift key. All is well
The more I see Naoko Mori, the more beautiful she is. This is a very
strong Tosh episode. I wish Tosh and Tommy could have stuck around
as a couple. The show keeps getting stronger.
Next week's episode "Meat" appears to be about a stolen truck of
alien meat that somehow involves Gwen's Rhys. He also apparently
finally finds out what Gwen is up to with Torchwood.
Dean L. Kaufman