Yvonne Hartman’s facing the fight of her life. One she’s going to win.
Through The Ruins
“Ianto, please. It’s all… it’s all gone wrong. I don’t know what to think any more.”
Away Days at Torchwood aren’t what you’d expect. Yes, there’s the forced camaraderie, the team-building exercises, and the chance for long-held rivalries to boil over. But Torchwood Away Days also have the potential to get very lethal very quickly.
Yvonne Hartman’s extremely worried by this year’s Away Day. But she’s got other things on her mind – something’s very wrong with Torchwood.
The Yvonne part of the plot is a nice blend of character exploration and thriller. It has a moving depiction of grief and shows how, even outside the corporate environment, Yvonne is a “people person”. Soren is a very good audience surrogate to understand why, despite her ruthlessness, people are loyal to Yvonne.
The team building part felt a bit weaker to me plotwise (a little over-the-top I felt) but the characters are charming and the acting sells it.
Overall, it is a very good second act and builds things up nicely for the final episode of the box-set.
A great mix of chilling and over-the-top in true Torchwood fashion. There are a lot of characters and moving parts, but following them was really enjoyable.
It’s not as strong as the the first episode, but I guess it sufferes a bit for being the middle part of a three parter. Yvonne working together with Ianto’s flatmate was really really great. I also liked Ianto’s away day but it falls a bit flat in comparison to what else is going on.