In times of disaster people turn to God. But what if they no longer believe in themselves?
Cardiff is recovering from a catastrophe. Torchwood find themselves up against the Disaster Recovery Committee – instead of putting the city back on its feet, it seems to be preparing for something worse. There’s a conspiracy to be exposed, a mythical monster becomes real, fights are breaking out over drinking water, and Jack Harkness is getting ready for the end of the world.
A Mother’s Son
Cardiff has suffered a catastrophic flood. Dozens are still missing. Survivors fill camps across the city. An inquiry has been set up to find out what happened.
Bethan’s come to the city looking for answers. Her son is among the missing, and no-one seems to want to help her find him. It’s starting to look like there’s a cover-up. What is Torchwood? Can it really be behind it?
This is a brilliant opener for the new box-set. This outsider POV is very cleverly written to subtly do the necessary exposition after the (figurative and literal) tsunami that ended the previous box-set.
The main story-line of this episode is a very emotional and believable story of grief, carried by an exceptional performance by Mina Anwar.
And just like Torchwood is sometimes “What happens when the Doctor leaves or simply does not come?”, this story is about what happens to everyday people because of the adventures of the Torchwood team.
The ending is also fantastic as, if it wasn’t already the case thanks to the performance, it forces you to put yourself in the protagonist’s shoes and wonder what you would do.
Brilliant opener, and an incredible outsider POV story.