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Torchwood Episode: "Cyberwoman"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Receptionist Ianto Jones is keeping a secret in the Torchwood basement that puts his colleagues in grave danger.
Original Air Date: Sep 29, 2007

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Cyberwoman Season 1, Episode 4

And with that... we hit the first Torchwood clunker. This episode verged at times on the absurd (yes, I'm aware that it's a sci-fi series - you know what I mean) but mostly was just rather boring. For the first time I was aware that it was an hour-long show; while last week my heart was in my throat waiting to see how it turned out, this week I was sort of waiting for it to be over. The story revolved around a cybernetic menace who gave a whole new meaning to the term "bionic woman." Lisa, a gorgeous former Torchwood employee, was at some point in the organization's murky past "upgraded" with cybernetic implants to fight a gruesome battle. As the episode begins, Ianto is sneaking a doctor who specializes in such matters into the HQ basement, where he's hidden Lisa - who, in her former manifestation, was his girlfriend, and still considers herself as such. She's the last of her kind (as far as we know; please let her be the last) and only escaped because Ianto rescued her. The doc was called in to try to "fix her," and in fact did get her up and running, or at least breathing on her own again. She repaid the favor by throwing him onto the cyber-conversion unit and trying to "assimilate" him. Yep, that's right, assimilate - the Borg/ Star Trek reference was not exactly subtle. But instead of green body paint, Lisa's outfit was beyond beyond, in a sort of bad '60s B-movie bikini-clad horror queen kind of way. Anyway, a power outage leads Torchwood to Lisa, and when Gwen ends up on the table as her next victim, the place goes into lockdown. Welcome to Disco Torchwood! The red mood-lighting and techno music gave the place a rave feel. Tosh was dispatched to do some fancy rewiring, and Gwen ends up hiding on top of Owen in a little cupboard. Which, of course, leads to a snog between those two - if Gwen hasn't kissed every one of the Torchwooders by the end of the first season, I'll be surprised. What of her poor BF, who actually gave away their position with an ill-timed cell-phone request that she "video Wife Swap" (one of the few highlights of the episode)? When the pizza girl walks in, it's pretty clear she's toast. Actually, the words that came to mind when I saw her were "ensign expendable." Lisa decides to transplant her brain into the poor girl's head, and Ianto is faced with making a choice between the cyberwoman he loves and the organization he's pledged his loyalty to; in the end, he can't pull the trigger, and Captain Jack and the crew have to take care of the dirty work. Oh, and did I mention the pterodactyl's role? He pecked at Lisa a bit after Jack covered her with some sort of barbecue sauce; apparently that's how he (the pterodactyl) recognizes what he's supposed to eat. The crew better just be careful how they squirt that bottle, otherwise they may end up dino-dinner. If only the writers (and actors) had gone all the way with this cheesy concept, they could have made it enjoyably wink-wink-nudge-nudge funny, but instead the overblown performances (especially by Ianto) were just uncomfortable. As subtle and believable as Burn Gorman's Owen was last week, Gareth David-Lloyd's Ianto was just laughable in this episode. Except in his moments playing opposite Captain Jack ( John Barrowman), who continues to impress. Let's just hope that the next episode revolves around the dear captain again. For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
And with that... we hit the first Torchwood clunker. This episode verged at times on the absurd (yes, I'm aware that it's a sci-fi series — you know what I mean) but mostly was just rather boring. For the first time I was aware that it was an hour-long show; while last week my heart was in my throat waiting to see how it turned out, this week I was sort of waiting for it to be over.The story revolved around a cybernetic menace who gave a whole new meaning to the term "bionic woman." Lisa, a gorgeous former Torchwood employee, was at some point in the organization's murky past "upgraded" with cybernetic implants to fight a gruesome battle. As the episode begins, Ianto is sneaking a doctor who specializes in such matters into the HQ basement, where he's hidden Lisa — who, in her former manifestation, was his girlfriend, and still considers herself as such. She's the last of her kind (as far as we know; please let her be the last) and only escaped because Ianto rescued her. T... read more

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