Torchwood: Immortal Sins


(Episode number 7 in the series Torchwood – Miracle Day)

There is a sense that we’re moving towards an end-game in Immortal Sins, whilst revealing an almost totally new dimension to the story. We see Jack back in 1920s New York doing his stuff to thwart an alien known as the Trickster, a recurring enemy alien on The Sarah Jane Adventures, from changing the course of history and thereby creating chaos. In the process Jack becomes romantically entangled with Angelo Colasanto (Daniele Favilli). Compared with previous episodes there seems to be little in the way of social commentary, unless of course you include the tendency for superstition to make human beings behave in totally irrational ways.  The church, it is suggested, makes us react with violence and aggression towards that which we don’t understand. Jack’s repeated slaying could almost be a metaphor for the Roman Catholic’s stance on homosexuality, and like the issue of homosexuality it he just keeps coming back to life.

In a peculiar way the episode almost mimics the iconography of the Catholic Church itself. It becomes the Passion of Jack, who is betrayed by his closest disciple, Angelo and hung on a chain where his scared blood is collected by one of the women of the community. Instead of soldiers gambling for his coat (safely hidden by the way) we have mysterious mobsters bartering for his body. And he doesn’t just rise from the dead once, he rises again and again. And when he finally escapes with the aid of Angelo he ascends into the world prepared for him, leaving Angelo behind. Actually he descends down the side of a tower block, but results the same. So if Jack is the son of God, who is God? Russell T Davies perhaps, after all didn’t he create this particular universe?

Written by Peter Grehan

One comment

    Frank Sable

    August 29, 2011

    He’s not the Messiah! He’s a very naughty boy!

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