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Science fiction program Torchwood discusses many themes in its narratives, specifically dealing with LGBT themes associated with its homosexual and bisexual characters and their problems, Ianto and Jack's relationship is referred to by Owen in "Captain Jack Harkness" when he calls Ianto Jack's 'part- time shag'. Ianto worked as a researcher for Torchwood One, based in Canary Wharf, London. .. the Hub and in general worked to "clean up their shit no questions asked". Owen made remarks about the sexual nature of Ianto and Jack's relationship. The impact of Ianto's choice on his relationship with Jack is not .. Both issues really hurt the natural progression of the Jack/Ianto relationship.
After the death of Ianto and the realisation that he is in no position to bargain with theJack agrees to sacrifice his own grandson Steven in order to kill thealso destroying his relationship with his daughter in the process. During Miracle Daywhen humanity becomes immortal, convicted murderer Oswald Danes is revealed to have a death wish himself- noting that he wants to go to Hell where 'all the bad girls are'- but nevertheless escapes when he learns that his current employers are planning to have him 'executed' by burning him alive, showing that his death wish has its limits and he does not want to die in agony.
Despite knowing that ending the Miracle will end the lives of those they care about, such as Gwen's father Geriant Cooper and new team member Esther DrummondJack, Gwen and Rex all act to end the Miracle as they recognize that giving the Three Families who created the Miracle the power of life and death over all mankind is wrong, putting mankind's freedom above individual human lives. Immortality[ edit ] Continuing the theme of the value of human life, Jack's immortality is presented as a blessing and a curse.
While he has often used it to save lives, such as entering dangerous environments or allowing others to kill him so that he can take action later, it is often implied that Jack would like to die, such as when he noted that he had never felt more alive when he was unsure if Lisa Hallet would be able to kill him " Cyberwoman ".
He also seems sympathetic when others wish to end their own lives: Jack confirms his desire to die in " Utopia " when talking to the Tenth Doctorbut also states that seeing the Utopians as they fight to survive against all the odds has reminded him of what it means to be truly human.
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Despite this, Jack's immortality still troubles him at times, such as when faced with his daughter, Alice, who nevertheless looks older than he is and will die of old age while he remains the same Torchwood: Children of Earthand he notes that the process of resurrection is like being dragged over nails and broken glass. When the whole world becomes immortal and Jack becomes mortal Torchwood: Miracle Daysociety quickly begins to fall apart as hospitals cannot cope with the new injuries.
The only means of killing anyone in this new world appears to be complete incineration, which is soon allocated for patients suffering from incurable conditions, such as Gwen's father who suffers a serious stroke after a series of heart attacks, or convicted criminals. In one episode, Jack discovers that an old lover of his, Angelo, had acquired a null field that allowed him to die despite the world's new state of immortality, but he disabled the field as he was concerned that giving anyone control of the field would be giving them control of life and death.
Faced with the prospect of actually dying himself, Jack states his resolve to hang on to his life with everything he has " Immortal Sins "but willingly puts himself at risk to restore mortality to the world once the cause of this transformation is found, uncertain if his immortality will be restored at the same time " The Blood Line ".
Corruption[ edit ] Starting in episode one, with the character of Suzie Costello and continuing primarily with neophyte employee Gwen Cooper, the theme of corruption is present in the narrative, frequently drawing parallels between Suzie and Gwen. In the aforementioned pilot, Suzie comments on how you cannot go back from working for Torchwood, suggesting it has changed her, after she commits a series of murders and an eventual suicide.
Later in the series, Gwen finds herself unable to tell her boyfriend Rhys about her double life, and finds herself drawn into a sexual relationship with teammate Owen in "Countrycide" - as had Suzie before her, revealed in "They Keep Killing Suzie".
Gwen laments that as Suzie had said, Torchwood had changed her, and in "Greeks Bearing Gifts", she explained to Toshiko that she knew what she and Owen were doing was wrong, but that she had no intention of stopping. In "They Keep Killing Suzie", the team is shocked to learn that Gwen is the only person other than Suzie who possesses a sufficient degree of empathy to operate the resurrection gauntlet.
A resurrected Suzie explains she would drug people with amnesia pills to tell them about her life - in Combat, Gwen drugs Rhys as she confesses her affair with Owen so she can receive his forgiveness but not have to live with what she's done, echoing Suzie's actions. In the finale, "End of Days", after Rhys is murdered, Gwen fights Jack for the rift manipulator so that she may resurrect him, going as far as to hit Jack and even allow Owen to shoot him. In the episode's conclusion, with the rest of the team, she receives Jack's forgiveness as he understands she had been manipulated by villain, Bilis Manger.
Characters other than Gwen have had their morality tested. In Combat, having lost his lover Diane, Owen succumbs to a nihilistic underground belly in which he attempts suicide-by- Weevil. In "Greeks Bearing Gifts" Toshiko, consumed with the loneliness of her job and feeling isolated amongst her peers, accepts a gift from an alien which allows her to read her co-workers' thoughts.
Ianto, unable to let his dying girlfriend go, risks the life of his entire team in "Cyberwoman", even threatening to one day betray his future lover, Jack. In "End of Days", Jack berates his entire team for their destructive personal lives, at which point Owen shoots him, answering questions as to whether or not Owen is actually capable of murder. Redemption[ edit ] By contrast to the first season, the second season focused significantly on the theme of redemption, as characters grew beyond past mistakes to become better than they were.
The most obvious example of this is Gwen's relationship with Rhys, as she now willingly admits to him what she does for a living and subsequently refuses to slip him an amnesia pill, thus increasing his involvement in her life. Owen also shows himself to be capable of rising above his cynicism in the first season, realising after his death and resurrection that life can be a wonderful thing after he discovers a message from another civilisation who detected Earth's old attempts to contact extraterrestrial life and sent a response.
Ianto is redeemed within season one's story arc, his deception with Lisa slowly fading away as he proves himself dedicated and loyal to the rest of the team.
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Jack in particular finally learns how to forgive himself for a past sin- when he accidentally lost his younger brother Gray during an alien attack- when he is reunited with his brother. Driven mad by his long imprisonment, Gray buries Jack alive for over eighteen hundred years before Jack is rescued by Torchwood and put into cryopreservation in order to ensure that the timeline proceeds unchanged. Despite having spent hundreds of years buried alive, Jack's first actions upon awakening in the present and seeing Gray are to forgive Gray for what he has done to him.
He described to Toshiko Sato his inability to comprehend the adrenaline rush she and the other Torchwood members shared in the face of danger. Ianto travelled with the rest of his team to the Welsh countryside to investigate a series of gruesome murders. The Torchwood SUV was stolen by a group of cannibals that harvested travellers once every ten years. The team followed the cannibals to their village.
Right as his team were captured, Jack stepped in and incapacitated the cannibals. The cannibals were arrested by the police. Countrycide Ianto and Jack become closer.
Broken Ianto became very sad after Lisa's death. His grief was so intense that he attempted suicide after the ordeal, but was unsuccessful. Because of Mandy 's advices, he tried to connect more with the Torchwood team, and become more active. This led to him becoming closer with Jack. Broken Ianto named the life knife and gave the resurrection gauntlet the nickname "risen mitten". When Suzie Costello was resurrected by the resurrection gauntlet, she tricked the Hub into lockdown.
Despite being cut off, Ianto got a signal for his mobile phone by using the water tower above the Hub as a relay so Torchwood could call for help.
Random Shoes Ianto tries to stop Owen from opening the rift. Although Owen asserted that, with Suzie Costello dead, he was now second-in-command, Ianto displayed authority in Jack's absence that Owen was not aware he had, and even shot Owen in the shoulder to prevent him using the Rift Manipulator. However, as he was shot, Owen succeeded in activating the Rift Manipulator and brought Jack and Tosh back.
Captain Jack Harkness Owen's actions had caused cracks in space and time to spread from the Rift. During this incident, Ianto saw an apparition of Lisa, telling him to reopen the Rift and undo the damage. The team turned against Jack. Owen shot Jack and reopened the Rift to send everything that had come through back. The opening of the Rift forced out Abaddonwhich Jack defeated. While chasing after a BlowfishJack arrived out of nowhere, saving a family.
He took over Torchwood again. When Jack returned from travelling with the Doctor, also seeing the end of the world, he asked Ianto on a date- to which Ianto said yes. Torchwood met an old lover of Jack's, Captain John Hartwho had came through the Rift searching for some canisters that had also come through.
He told Torchwood that they contained radioactive bombs. While John tried to kill Jack to take the canisters' contents for himself, he challenged Ianto to save his wounded and poisoned teammates. Ianto caught up with John, but the contents of the canisters were actually components of a bomb that latched onto the DNA of the owner of the canisters' murderer. Torchwood found a way to confuse and safely get rid of the bomb and John forcibly left 21st century Cardiff.
Or indeed whether he would so badly have needed to. Frame is a first step back towards the light, towards a new life in which Ianto is the beautiful memory he should be, rather than an albatross of love and guilt and pain. Who, Torchwood, Sherlock, Blake, Treks, Star Wars, obscure stuff from the 70s and 80s and comedy from the dawn of time mean he never has to.
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