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Torchwood Episode: "Combat"

Season 1, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Owen goes undercover to investigate a series of weevil kidnappings and he comes across a shocking subculture.
Original Air Date: Nov 17, 2007

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Episode: "Combat" Season 1, Episode 11

The most interesting thing about this episode was the question it posed about who the real bad guys are: the Weevils, with their uncontrollable violent urges, or the men who used them for their own vicious entertainment. It all began with the Torchwooders pursuing a Weevil on the loose, who's then grabbed up by a pack of guys in black ski masks and a white van. When the gang track down where the white van eventually stopped, they discover a seemingly normal, upstanding family man who's been beaten and Weevil'ed to death. And there have been more reports of Weevil-related injuries. Torchwood sets off to investigate. Captain Jack decides to let their resident Weevil (nicknamed Janet), equipped with a tracking device, free in hopes of luring the white van. It works, to an extent: The mystery van picks up Janet, but her tracker comes off and leaves them scratching their heads. Meanwhile, Owen - who's been having a tough time dealing with Diane's absence - agrees to go undercover to learn more. He pretends to be a businessman looking to buy property from one Mark Lynch, whom the Torchwooders are sure is involved with the white-van types. Turns out he and his buddies are looking for a way to bring meaning to their successful but otherwise dull lives - by hosting an extreme-fighting club, with the Weevils as the ultimate contenders. As he tries to lure Owen in, Mark says, "Something's coming, out there in the darkness" - awfully reminiscent of Suzie's premonition to Jack a few episodes back. Mark susses out that Owen is not who he claims to be and forces him to get in the cage to fight the Weevil, but Jack and the gang show up, as usual, just in the nick of time to save him. When Mark realizes that his little games are all over, he gets in to fight, and there's no one there to come to his rescue. In the end, Owen seems part Weevil himself, stripped down to the barest, rawest part of himself. The other big storyline was Gwen's deteriorating situation with her boyfriend, Rhys. At first, we see Rhys go off on Gwen at a restaurant; things have gotten truly bad between them (not surprising, given her behavior). Jack reminds Gwen that she had promised to keep her personal life intact despite the all-consuming nature of the job, but it's becoming clear that the relationship is falling apart. It culminates in Gwen desperately slipping Rhys an amnesia pill and admitting her affair with Owen, begging him to forgive her - but he doesn't, he just passes out. She's resorting to drugging her boyfriend now? That's not exactly what you'd call an expression of healthy communication. It was good to see the return of the Weevils, but this episode didn't hold together as well narratively as some of the others this season. As for next week's, I love time-travel stories, and this looks like a good one, especially with Captain Jack meeting his younger self. Maybe we'll finally learn a little more about Torchwood's fearless leader and the show's central character. show less
The most interesting thing about this episode was the question it posed about who the real bad guys are: the Weevils, with their uncontrollable violent urges, or the men who used them for their own vicious entertainment.It all began with the Torchwooders pursuing a Weevil on the loose, who's then grabbed up by a pack of guys in black ski masks and a white van. When the gang track down where the white van eventually stopped, they discover a seemingly normal, upstanding family man who's been beaten and Weevil'ed to death. And there have been more reports of Weevil-related injuries. Torchwood sets off to investigate.Captain Jack decides to let their resident Weevil (nicknamed Janet), equipped with a tracking device, free in hopes of luring the white van. It works, to an extent: The mystery van picks up Janet, but her tracker comes off and leaves them scratching their heads.Meanwhile, Owen — who's been having a tough time dealing with Diane's absence — agrees to go undercover ... read more

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