Love’s Appetite Lost

One of the advantages to Captain Jack’s immortality is that he can live to see so many things. One of the curses of that longevity…is that he can live to see so many things.

The reason many of us remember the ‘tortured space manatee’ episode from Season 2 is the same reason others forget…the disturbing nature of the episode’s primary storyline. While we note the long-awaited progression of some of our principal characters — Gwen and Rhys in particular — we also have a good conversation about whether such distressing content is a detriment to the overall experience of watching Torchwood, or an unblinking look at what makes the series edgy, complex, and mature. It can’t all be snogging and shagging and shoot-em-ups with aliens. Can it?