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Torchwood Episode: "End of Days"

Season 1, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Season 1 concludes as the space-time rift opens and fragments of the past and future splinter all over the world.
Original Air Date: Dec 1, 2007

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"End of Days" Season 1, Episode 13

The first season of Torchwood ended with the conclusion of the time rift storyline from last week - and the beginning of a new mystery. To start things off, we took a peek in the bedroom of Gwen and Rhys, whose relationship seems to be on the mend after all the ups and downs (not to mention Gwen's infidelity) it's endured. Gwen gets a call from Captain Jack, who tells her to watch the news. There have been unexplained "global incidents" - including UFOs over the Taj Mahal and men in period dress attacking police in London - all a result of the rift in time Owen created to get Jack and Tosh back from 1941. Of course the locals don't know that - they think the cracks in time are signs of the end of the world. Owen and Tosh are dispatched to check out a rash of deaths at a local hospital; the epidemic turns out to be the bubonic plague, introduced by a transplant from the Middle Ages. Tosh also sees her mother in the hospital, who warns her: "It is coming, out of the darkness. If there is no other way, you'll have to do it." Very spooky, this vision, and hardly the last one to appear to the Torchwooders. Gwen - at a local jail with Jack to pick up a displaced Roman soldier - sees the mysterious Bilis, who apologizes to her, cryptic as ever. And Ianto sees Lisa, as she used to be, pre-cyber-implants, who says, "There's only way to stop this, before it gets worse. People will die, Ianto, thousands of people, unless you open the rift." Oh, and Owen sees his short-term (but obviously life-altering) love Diane, who tells him that she's lost in time. It's all an effort on the part of Bilis to convince them to open up the rift. Bilis tries to seal the deal by showing Gwen a grisly scene of Rhys' bloody death. Gwen rushes home and tosses Rhys in a cell at Torchwood to keep him safe, but Bilis - whom, we've learned, can jump around time at will - gets into Torchwood HQ and stabs Rhys viciously. Eve Myles' performance was at moments overwrought, but was nonetheless compelling; she managed to convey real grief and shock. After that, you know that Gwen and the whole mutinous gang is going to open the rift, and when they do, it destroys the Torchwood facilities in the process. But that's not all - Owen, who has been disgruntled and generally impossible since the whole Diane thing, shoots Jack, several times - though, as we know, Jack can't die... right? Out in the street, the gang (including the revived Jack) encounter Bilis again, who lets them all know what they've really done - namely released Abaddon, the "dark beast" and "the great devourer," who was imprisoned under the rift and whose shadow kills everyone it falls on, in a very creature-feature kind of way. People are dropping like flies, and all seems lost until Jack battles the evil critter single-handedly. Somehow, with his super-charged life force, he holds back Abaddon's shadow, and in the process is killed - again. Except that this time, there's no sign of him coming back. For days. The whole team has given up hope, until Gwen kisses him and, just like Sleeping Beauty, he returns to life. Somehow the death - or whatever it was, the driving back - of Abaddon returned things to the way they were before; Rhys is alive, Torchwood HQ is still in one piece, the world keeps turning. The episode was fast-paced and full of interesting twists, but the end felt a little slapped-together and sort of anti-climactic. Though it was undeniably exciting, in the closing moments, to hear the unmistakable sound of the TARDIS and to discover that - in a flash - Jack's gone. Well, folks, it's been fun getting to know the world of Torchwood with you. The second season starts up in January - what do you all think of the Doctor Who tie-in - where (or when) did Jack end up? For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
The first season of Torchwood ended with the conclusion of the time rift storyline from last week — and the beginning of a new mystery.To start things off, we took a peek in the bedroom of Gwen and Rhys, whose relationship seems to be on the mend after all the ups and downs (not to mention Gwen's infidelity) it's endured. Gwen gets a call from Captain Jack, who tells her to watch the news. There have been unexplained "global incidents" — including UFOs over the Taj Mahal and men in period dress attacking police in London — all a result of the rift in time Owen created to get Jack and Tosh back from 1941. Of course the locals don't know that — they think the cracks in time are signs of the end of the world. Owen and Tosh are dispatched to check out a rash of deaths at a local hospital; the epidemic turns out to be the bubonic plague, introduced by a transplant from the Middle Ages. Tosh also sees her mother in the hospital, who warns her: "It is coming, out of the... read more

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