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Torchwood Episode: "Greeks Bearing Gifts"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Toshiko receives an alien pendant that gives her the ability to hear other people's thoughts, which proves to be both a blessing and a curse.
Original Air Date: Oct 20, 2007

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"Greeks Bearing Gifts" Season 1, Episode 7

Finally, another alien episode! I must admit I've been sort of missing those space baddies. It is interesting that every alien this show has thus far encountered has been interested in either sleeping with or eating human beings. So much for "we come in peace." This time the alien in question is a floating, light-filled, Medusa-headed creature, though we don't find that out till later. To start things off, she possesses a pretty prostitute in 1812 Cardiff named Mary, you know, "like the virgin." Torchwood is called in when a body is discovered at the formerly wooded site where her prospective john lay buried, lo these many years later. And along with the body, they find an alien transporter. The team brings both back to HQ for analysis; Owen works on determining the skeleton's cause of death (and gender, as it turns out, since his initial guess that it was a woman proves wrong), while Jack tries to unscramble the artifact. Meanwhile, Tosh visits a bar to sip away her increasing discomfort with the Gwen-Owen situation (their flirtation has become obvious at work). There she's picked up by modern-day Mary, who woos her by showing that she knows about both Tosh and Torchwood and then gives her a pendant that lets her hear others' thoughts. When Tosh zeroes in on Mary's thoughts, she discovers that her new friend wants to kiss her. They end up doing more than that, and though Tosh freaks out after the fact, their relationship blossoms. Tosh still has the pendant, and she can't help but use it on her colleagues - and she hears some things she really didn't want to know, especially Gwen and Owen's obsessive, sometimes vulnerable thoughts about their "arrangement." She also gets a glimpse of Ianto's pain - which is really quite touching. I definitely prefer Gareth David-Lloyd in this more buttoned-up, constrained context. Tosh also learns what her colleagues really think of her, and she's distraught that, as she puts it, they pity her (though that seems a bit harsh - Gwen simply criticized her accessorizing choices). Tosh's new girlfriend - Mary, or Philoctetes, as she also calls herself, after a stranded archer from Greek mythology - encourages her to discover the good that the pendant can do. So Tosh ventures out into a crowded street, where she hears a man plotting to kill, but she follows him and stops the crime from happening. When she returns to work, she tries to find out about Mary's artifact but she can't hear Captain Jack's thoughts (more on that in a bit). It's also around this time that Mary shows Tosh her true form. But the pressure and the sorrow of knowing what people really think starts to get to Tosh, and in his investigating, Owen discovers a chain of other people who have died in the same way as their skeleton in the morgue: by having their hearts pulled out of their rib cages. It seems that Mary gets hungry now and then for a little cardio-snack. Mary's plan is to get into Torchwood at all costs: She needs the transporter to get back home. But when they arrive, the team is waiting for them, and Jack reveals what he's learned about the artifact: The transporter was also a prison, with Mary the prisoner. She killed her guard and then entered that long-ago prostitute's human form, and has been seducing with the pendant ever since. Mary takes Tosh as a hostage during the brouhaha over the transporter, and Tosh hears Ianto think, "Oh, no, not again." Could he have feelings for Tosh? Or is he simply loathe to see another member of team Torchwood die? As usual, Captain Jack saves the day, by handing over the transporter just in time to send Mary into the heart of the sun (he'd done some fiddling with the coordinates beforehand). Gwen and especially Owen are furious at Tosh for having listened in on their private thoughts, though Gwen also makes an effort to reach out to her, saying that she had no right to judge what Tosh had done, given her own indiscretion. I also agreed with Gwen's assessment that love suited Tosh - during her tryst with Mary, she was looking much cuter than we've seen her before. Clearly Mary was not good for Tosh, but she did make her happy for a while there. I'm beginning to wonder if all the Torchwooders have doomed love lives, or if any of them can truly be happy. One other intriguing mystery - about Captain Jack, woohoo!: Why couldn't Tosh read his thoughts? Is he, as she semi-speculated, actually sort of dead? (He's certainly been killed enough times.) Or is he an alien? Can't wait to find out! For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Finally, another alien episode! I must admit I've been sort of missing those space baddies. It is interesting that every alien this show has thus far encountered has been interested in either sleeping with or eating human beings. So much for "we come in peace."This time the alien in question is a floating, light-filled, Medusa-headed creature, though we don't find that out till later. To start things off, she possesses a pretty prostitute in 1812 Cardiff named Mary, you know, "like the virgin." Torchwood is called in when a body is discovered at the formerly wooded site where her prospective john lay buried, lo these many years later. And along with the body, they find an alien transporter. The team brings both back to HQ for analysis; Owen works on determining the skeleton's cause of death (and gender, as it turns out, since his initial guess that it was a woman proves wrong), while Jack tries to unscramble the artifact.Meanwhile, Tosh visits a bar to sip away her increasing discom... read more

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