The funny thing is, we hadn’t liked Frobisher at all. He’d really got on our nerves early on, although we saw that as how the character had been made more than anything else. Now, we’re looking back on that scene. Why did we cry? A similar question has to be raised over the whole episode. Why did we enjoy it so much? After all, all that’s happening is that there’s a guy who can’t die blowing up some alien who’s trying to nick some kids.
The answer’s simple. It’s been so well-written and so well-made, it’s tough to possibly dislike it. In years to come, these will go down as a genuine classic, and five of the greatest hours of science fiction ever made. There wasn’t a dull moment. Even those blimmin’ cabinet meetings that peppered the story where well-made, and had a constant cold air to them. The way the Four-Five-Six demanded 10% of world’s kids instead of all of them was far scarier than it would have been if they’d demanded all of them. The latter would have been far-fetched, and would lead to an immediate ‘No’. In keeping the figures low, we got the chilling idea the world really where going to do the deal, and decide how many children, or ‘Units’ they’d ship out. All of them agreed this was the best idea- As long as their own kids weren’t used, never sparing a thought for anyone outside the room. It was the same with everyone- They wouldn’t spare their own offspring, and so that was what made the climax all the more appealing.
Captain Jack Harkness isn’t quite human. For one, he can’t ever die, (As shown in the horrible skin-less scene in Episode Two) and secondly he’s the only one brave enough to make sacrifices, even if they really are for the greater good. With the entire Earth cuddling close to their children or just watching helplessly as the army carried them off, (The scenes with everyone fighting back where good, though. Johnson was a pain in the neck before, but fighting for everyone’s children –With PC Andy also joining in- was a fine moment indeed.) Jack was the only one who had a plan in his mind. After being prompted by that weird guy who always just happened to be there throughout the series, he was moved to make the ultimate sacrifice: He was going to kill his own grandchild to save the world.
However, we weren’t 100% sure that was how it was going to work. As the Four-Five-Six vanished and Steven was still gyrating like mad, jack and daughter Alice where both panic-stricken. Blood pouring out of his nose and eyes dead, the said Grandson began to collapse. We were expecting him to jump right back up. We were expecting Russell T Davis to see killing a child of nine as too dark. Oh, how wrong we where. Steven laid there- Dead. And Torchwood never looked back.
Jack, however, did. And as a result, we were left with a scene Six Months Later where Gwen’s almost ready to give birth, Rhys is still complaining and panicking, but Jack’s travelled the world, and now John Barrowman’s ready to give the acting performance of his life. Seriously, he has to stop doing all these talent shows and documentary voice-overs. This is what he’s good at, and it’s really a wasted talent.
As the captain declares he’s never returning to the planet, we were pretty shocked, although the shock didn’t override the emotion, as we let out our third and final tear-set of the night. Jack beams off, Gwen & Rhys walks off, and Torchwood gets the end it deserves. The only thing lacking was the score it deserved. Oh wait...