Written by: Ryan Scott Featuring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd Length: 45 mins
Torchwood are chasing aliens down the M4, when Jack accidentally blows a hole in the Severn Bridge, and the SUV hits the water. Whilst submerged John, Gwen and Ianto hear a strange noise, which, back at the Hub they realise is a cry for help. They track the cry to its source which turns out to be the deepest part of the Ocean - the Mariana Trench. Ianto rings old Torchwood flame, Carlie Roberts, who's an expert in marine geology, and Jack pulls strings with the US government to get them all on board the USS Calvin, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, which is heading for the Trench. From there they board the Octopus Rock, the only submarine built to withstand the pressure at that depth, and follow the signal. But when the Submarine crashes, the team are left at the mercy of a hungry alien.
Oh man, an old flame of someone else's for once, rather than yet another person from Jack's past. Nice change of pace there.
The setting is rather claustrophobic in this one. The four of them are on a sub for the vast majority of the episode, and there's the thing outside pounding at the door.Not a whole lot of dynamic action, and instead a lot of interpersonal dialogue and self-reflection. I feel like this was trying to make a point about Jack via the examination of the millenia-old creature outside the sub, but it wasn't handled with finesse, in my opinion. It's a decent enough release, which is a bit of a let-down from the rock-stars that have been preceding it.
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