Greeks Bearing Gifts

Is it lesbian sex when an alien possesses one of the women involved?

 

A useful plot device possession, since it cuts special effects budget down considerably. You know the alien is there, because the human they’re possessing is acting all weird or spooky, but there aren’t any expensive CGI effects, or even lumpy rubber suits to pay for. It can also be used to question our assumptions about sanity as in Gene Brewer’s novel K -Pax, and the film on which it was based.

 

In this episode though the alien is explicit, though we are still examining the fragile human mental state. In particular we look at the delicate emotional state of Toshiko Sato (or Tosh) as all her worst fears about the lack of esteem the other members of Torchwood team seem to hold her in appear to be confirmed.

 

It is the classic case of eavesdroppers never hearing anything good about themselves. When Tosh is given a pendant that allows her to read other people’s minds she gains nothing but unhappiness. The Alien possessed Mary (played by Daniela Denby-Ashe) is the equivalent to the fairy tale trickster.

 

When we do see the Alien the effect is very satisfying (and a little reminiscent of the ‘aliens’ in The Abyss).

 

But again we have this feeling of having seen this before in the Buffy universe. In an episode entitled Earshot, Buffy gains the ability to read minds, but is unable to read Angel’s, just as Tosh is unable to read the "undead" Captain Jack’s mind.

 

Perhaps it’s just me, but the Torchwood team seem incredibly unprofessional. Throwing abuse and paper at each other when Owen gets his autopsy amazingly wrong. Now if it was the editorial office of SFX magazine I might have believed it.

 

This was a huge improvement on Countrycide.



3 comments


    Mark

    December 3, 2006

    “It can also be used to question our assumptions about sanity as in Gene Brewer’s novel K -Pax, and the film on which it was based.”

    The novel was first. In fact, if you want to get picky, I think the novels K-Pax 1 and 2 were out before the film.

    Sorry to pick!

    Mark

    December 3, 2006

    “It can also be used to question our assumptions about sanity as in Gene Brewer’s novel K -Pax, and the film on which it was based.”

    The novel was first. In fact, if you want to get picky, I think the novels K-Pax 1 and 2 were out before the film.

    Sorry to pick!

    Peter Grehan

    December 3, 2006

    “Well done Wilson. I wondered who would spot that one.”
    Yep, that’s what I meant to say, (and the film that was based on it) but somehow I got it arse backwards. That needed clarifying.

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