Not bad. Not as cool as last week, and it did retread ground repeated many times – very old questions about retaining humanity when you realise you’re not human after all. That could have brought the episode right down into boredom, but although it was clumsy at times, it instead provided the setup for another subplot seemingly destined to run throughout the series. It’s something which sister programme Doctor Who’s managed very well since its relaunched, and by the end tonight they’d locked it in quite well. How can they make a sleeper invasion work though when that too is a very old concept?
Answer: when the sleeper admits they know who Jack ‘really is’ – what did they mean? How much of Jack’s past is going to be tackled this time (at last)? Is the Jack he’s shown to be running away so desperately from last week going to be responsible for the invasion? Questions are good – they just need answering this time, unlike last series.
The new trademark humour worked well, Ianto’s in particular, and Tosh is coming even more into her own. Next week needs either to be a standalone or some of the answers to be tackled. Or have a bedroom scene with Jack and Ianto (no, I haven’t forgotten their date ;))…