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"Adam" was a very interesting episode I thought. It gave the writers
a chance to explore 'what could've beens'
Gwen saying she loved Rhys and Jack differently is no surprise as
there are many different levels of love or affection. I think she
passionately loves Rhys and loves Jack as someone who showed her and
continues to show her how she matters. Got the impression she wasn't
really happy as a cop.
Ianto expressing that Jack bringing him back to Torchwood and giving
him meaning was very special for me because after the Battle of
Canary Wharf I'd imagine one very fractured individual there. Jack is
not only a mentor but one who is helping him heal again.
Somehow, I wasn't surprised that Owen was emotionally abused as a
boy. He has always seemed extremely guarded emotionally, almost as
bad as Jack. The exception was Diane and that made sense because she
was out of time and he is detached from everything around him as she
Toshiko is, at the same time, the strongest and the weakest of the
team. You can see in her expressions how she is so very alive at work
but she's afraid that makes her more alienated from the real world.
In reality that makes her able to deal with so many wildly
alternating scenarios. She feels first and reasons second as opposed
to Gwen who reasons first and feels second.
> I take the episode as it is - solid but not terrific. It was an
> for the writers to explore and reveal different aspects of the
> For the first time we get a sense of what Ianto really feels about
> ("Coming back to Torchwood gave me a purpose again..YOU. " he says
> how Gwen feels (she REALLY loves Rhys, but she says to Jack "But
not the way
> I love you" - who knows what that means!), Owen's emotional abuse
> child, and Tosh's desperate loneliness. We also get a sense of how
> emotionally damaged Jack is (his childhood trauma, betrayal by the
> Agency, being abandoned by the Doctor and Rose, watching people he
> like Estelle die) and why he seems to be so guarded about sharing
> emotions, as well as why he seems to use his charm and humor as an
> armor and natural defense mechanism.
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