Time again for…..
Hmm. Some limited storytelling glitches, but otherwise another very strong story. It was again let down by weak CGI, but the story of Owen’s resurrection made for a great ghost story. Jack uses the gauntlet from series 1 to revive Owen long enough to say goodbye, except Owen doesn’t slip away again. Still dead, not able to eat, drink or shag (his words), he starts to change into something more than human. The team has to deal with the fact that he is the host of Death and Martha’s next in its sights…
It really is impressive the way in which Owen’s character has been addressed this season. From having huge potential last year and seeing little of it, he’s now quite fully rounded, as is his now highly confused quasi-relationship with Toshiko. The acting was top notch by the entire cast – which now seems to be the norm – and the new conflicts affecting them, with Owen now either with them for good or dead at any moment, are even more interesting and raw than they’ve ever been. So the CGI of Death was overly goofy, and the question of why Jack didn’t challenge it when we know he can’t die wasn’t tackled, and all that was really missing was more Ianto. Lovely lovely Ianto. Sigh.
Nasty looking trailer for next week…where Jack’s resurrection drew him to greater heroism, Owen’s resurrection leaves him…where? What would you do if you couldn’t just not die, but were already dead?