"Sonny is the answer to elderly care. Artificially intelligent robot carers placed in old peoples’ homes that mimic the behaviour of their owners.
Only there are rumours that something is wrong with the Sonny units. That they’re too clever. That they are learning too much. Rhys sends his mother into a home to find out. But what will it cost him?"
I think this was the most human Torchwood story we have had for a while. On the surface it looks like a story about a robot, but it's actually the story about the need for connection as we age and the way the elderly are taken for granted. I loved this. I have worked with older people for the last 22 years, and this really spoke to me and my experience. Nerys Hughes was amazing. This range keeps knocking it out of the park.
This really hit home - I love that this range always subverts my expectations in the best way.
Rhys and Brenda are a believable son and lonely mum. I remember being told that by the time you move out of home, you’ve spent 95% of the time you will with your parents. And into that dynamic they bring these ambiguous robots…
I have to agree, this is the most human story in a while, and it was great 👍
I can't really add anything that others haven't said before me on this thread. This was a terrific, touching release. I particularly appreciate the fact that it never once became over-sentimental or in any way saccharine - but it did pull at the heartstrings on occasion. Also, it made me laugh a lot in places. 'Sonny' is a great character, and his relationship with Brenda is briliant. Excellent.
I would add my voice to the other ones praising this release. It was very atypical Torchwood, more kitchen sink drama, but it really spoke to me. I have very elderly grandparents (my Dad is the only 72 year old I know with both parents still alive) and my wife is the main carer for her disabled father since her mother died, which does put a strain upon us all at times. I could certainly understand where Rhys and Priya were coming from and it was good to see it from the other side.
Kai Owen does the "everyman" ordinary bloke so well and Nerys Hughes is one of our greatest actresses.
A really moving and thought provoking release that spoke to me about things I never expected a Torchwood release to speak to me about.
Ok, since I have to find something to criticise, the only aspect of family life it didn't capture accurately, Brenda must be the only grandmother in the world who is totally disinterested in her granddaughter and never asks about her. My wife and I often joke with our friends who have children of a similar age to ours, that once you have children, your parents become more interested to hear about your children, their grandchildren, than you. Except for Brenda seemingly. But that's a very minor nitpick.
Definitely Lizzie Hopley's best BF script and one of the best ever BF scripts.
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