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Torchwood Episode: "Countrycide"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The team worries that the space-time rift is spreading and investigates a series of gruesome deaths in a small, picturesque village.
Original Air Date: Oct 13, 2007

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"Countrycide" Season 1, Episode 6

Ewwwwwww. I'm not such a fan of the cannibal genre in general, and this one was quite... well, gruesome. Not to mention grim. It all seemed to start out innocently enough: Torchwood left the comfortable confines of Cardiff to investigate a series of unexplained deaths in a small village; once in the country, they set up camp and started a provocative conversation about snogging (which revealed, among other things, that Tosh has a thing for Owen). Too bad for poor Tosh - Owen and Gwen take a stroll in the woods, to "gather firewood," and end up thisclose to snogging yet again. When they make a gruesome discovery - a skinned, maggot-infested corpse - the rest of the gang join them to investigate, leaving their camp unattended, and giving the mysterious bad guy a chance to drive off in their car. So the gang take off in the stunning, if menacing, landscape, toward the seemingly abandoned, utterly creepy village. There they split up (of course, because what else do people in scary horror-flick situations do?), Ianto and Tosh following the signal to their car, and Jack, Gwen and Owen checking out the village proper. They find only more bodies, until they finally come to the door of the seemingly one remaining live person in the village - who promptly shoots Gwen in the side. But never fear, Owen is here to pull out the bullets and patch her back up. In fact, she seemed to have forgotten all about her wound by the end of the episode: She got a bandage slapped to her side, stumbled a bit at first, then was able to walk and function pretty well. I've never seen a gruesome-looking wound leave such little lasting damage before. Maybe she's got some of Claire Bennett's Heroes gift. Meanwhile, Tosh and Ianto have been captured by the mysterious forces and come to in an underground holding cell, where they find a freezer full of body parts. Not to mention meat hooks. This is when it starts to become clear that they're meant as food. When a woman comes by to fetch them, claiming to be an innocent victim of the beasts responsible for this massacre, they try to convince her to help them. But - oops - she turns out to be one of them. And by "them" I mean villager cannibals with nasty teeth who, once every decade, capture people traveling through their town and butcher them. Oh, and it's a cross-generational tradition. Have I mentioned, ewwwww? Gwen and Owen set off to rescue their friends, and when they encounter a police car, they think they're saved. But alas, the cop is actually the lead villager cannibal's nephew, and pretty soon they've joined the others as future "meat." Fortunately Captain Jack comes crashing in to save the day, going all Rambo on the villagers. I did rather like the original ambiguity of the mysterious enemies: Are they alien or human? The gang seemed to think that they must be alien, because no human could do such horrendous things. Of course, they were wrong, and when it's all over, Gwen says she has to know why they did it. The leader's explanation, whispered in her ear, with a tear running down his filthy cheek, was chilling: "Because it made me happy." But the most shocking - though perhaps not surprising - moment of the episode was the final scene, of a scantily clad Gwen and Owen making good on their earlier sexual tension. So much for Gwen's happy domestic life and the poor BF. Though I've come to really like Burn Gorman's portrayal of Owen, I'm sort of disappointed that they already went to the getting-it-on place: no more sexual buildup. Though it does open some doors to interesting intra-Torchwood intrigue, involving Tosh's feelings for Owen and (possibly, hopefully) someone and Jack. We shall see! For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Ewwwwwww. I'm not such a fan of the cannibal genre in general, and this one was quite... well, gruesome. Not to mention grim. It all seemed to start out innocently enough: Torchwood left the comfortable confines of Cardiff to investigate a series of unexplained deaths in a small village; once in the country, they set up camp and started a provocative conversation about snogging (which revealed, among other things, that Tosh has a thing for Owen). Too bad for poor Tosh — Owen and Gwen take a stroll in the woods, to "gather firewood," and end up thisclose to snogging yet again. When they make a gruesome discovery — a skinned, maggot-infested corpse — the rest of the gang join them to investigate, leaving their camp unattended, and giving the mysterious bad guy a chance to drive off in their car. So the gang take off in the stunning, if menacing, landscape, toward the seemingly abandoned, utterly creepy village.There they split up (of course, because what else do people ... read more

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