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Torchwood Episode: "Out of Time"

Season 1, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: A flight from 1953 lands in present-day Cardiff and its passengers are distraught to learn they're trapped in the contemporary world.
Original Air Date: Nov 10, 2007

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"Out of Time" Season 1, Episode 10

What an odd start - the episode just sort of launched in with no explanation. How did Jack and the gang know to be at that particular spot at that particular moment? I suppose there was some kind of alien device that let them know that a plane from 1953 had slipped through a "transcendental portal," a door in time and space, and was arriving in Cardiff. The three guests offer a peek into a different way of life, and for some of the Torchwooders, they offer lessons into their own character as well. Captain Jack attempts to give the time transplants new names and new identities, and Ianto takes them on a shopping trip, showing them the wonders of packaged foods, laddy mags, DVDs and waterproof mascara. The plane's pilot, Diane Holmes, is puzzled by the "Smoking Kills" warning on a package of smokes (she buys them anyway). For Diane and the young Emma Cowell, the change in time, though difficult at first, sort of sticks, but for John Ellis, the notion is too much. All he wants is to find his son, or his son's family. When they do at last track him down, though, John learns that his son is debilitated by Alzheimer's. It was a fairly wrenching scene when he told him he was his father only to get a blank stare in return. Jack sort of takes John under his wing, and while at first he doesn't want to tell the guy anything of his own story, he clearly feels a certain simpatico with him. Owen, meanwhile, takes the lovely Diane out on a date, then back to his place for some scotch. What a romantic that Owen is. He's wooing Diane in bed by saying, "We could have an affair. We could be f--k buddies." A term he then has to define for her, of course. She's opposed to the concept, though, because sex shouldn't be casual; it's the "next best thing to flying." But the truth is, Owen is smitten with Diane and shows a sweeter, more vulnerable side than we've seen before. And he's freaked out by his feelings. Diane, on the other hand, is in love with flying, with the sky; and in the end she takes off to try to rediscover the rift, or go wherever the wind may take her. Emma ends up bunking with Gwen and Rhys, which seems all well and good until Rhys meanders around the flat buck naked in the morning, leading to a blood-curdling scream from Emma and an understandably shocked reaction from Rhys. "This is Rhys, my long-suffering boyfriend," is how Gwen introduces him to Emma. You can say that again. How she can look him in the eye every day after all her shenanigans, I cannot say. Gwen and Rhys take Emma to a club, where she winds up having a "kiss and a cuddle" with a guy, until Gwen breaks it up and gives her a little modern-day-sex talk. Their chat leads to a couple of funny moments, especially when Emma asks Gwen how many men she'd slept with and then says that sex with Rhys must be the best... which Gwen did not exactly confirm. Emma is eventually offered her dream job at a fashion house in London, and a suddenly maternal Gwen has to let her go. Rhys also learns that Gwen lied about who exactly Emma was, and rightly accuses her of keeping work secrets from him again. That relationship is definitely heading for a breaking point, and where Gwen comes out from it is anyone's guess. After the scene with his son, John swipes Ianto's car keys and heads for his old home, an abandoned, boarded-up building. He tries to off himself, until Jack saves him. But John can't bear to be alive, to pretend to live a normal life when everything he had is gone. And so Jack actually stays with him while he inhales the car exhaust and gently goes to sleep. Jack, of course, can't go with him, and we see him moved by the proximity to a death he himself cannot experience. While I enjoyed the three guest performances and I understood the dilemmas it brought up for the Owen, Jack and Gwen, this episode didn't particularly grip me. Whereas last week's ("Random Shoes") took a human-interest story and dealt with it in a way that was funny, moving and intriguing, this one left me somewhat cold. Although I did enjoy another stellar portrayal of the surprisingly complex Owen from Burn Gorman. And we did learn a bit more about Jack this episode - or rather, we had some things confirmed: "I was born in the future, lived in your past, my time is gone too," Jack said to John in their final meeting. He did die once. And he's a man out of time, alone and scared. Looks like next week we'll get more alien action again, which I'm looking forward to. And I'm hoping for some juicier Captain Jack scenes as well! For more on Torchwood , visit our Online Video Guide. show less
What an odd start — the episode just sort of launched in with no explanation. How did Jack and the gang know to be at that particular spot at that particular moment? I suppose there was some kind of alien device that let them know that a plane from 1953 had slipped through a "transcendental portal," a door in time and space, and was arriving in Cardiff. The three guests offer a peek into a different way of life, and for some of the Torchwooders, they offer lessons into their own character as well.Captain Jack attempts to give the time transplants new names and new identities, and Ianto takes them on a shopping trip, showing them the wonders of packaged foods, laddy mags, DVDs and waterproof mascara. The plane's pilot, Diane Holmes, is puzzled by the "Smoking Kills" warning on a package of smokes (she buys them anyway).For Diane and the young Emma Cowell, the change in time, though difficult at first, sort of sticks, but for John Ellis, the notion is too much. All he wants is to... read more

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