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Published on February 26th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Adam Reviewed

This – I’m more relieved to say than I expected – is when Torchwood Series 2 came into its own.

With a new member of the team in place – for seems like forever – Jack, Ianto and Gwen seem to be loving life. Toshiko, meanwhile, is in love with blond team member Adam, while the shy and bookish Owen maintains his secret crush on Toshiko…

Hang on a minute! This can’t be right!

30 seconds into Adam and it’s quite obvious who Adam is, and how he is toying with Torchwood, such is our familiarity with the series and the genre.

Somehow he can create false memories…

This all puts us in place for some interesting moments between Gwen and Rhys; she has no idea who her fiancé is! Meanwhile, Jack and Ianto seem closer than they have in previous instalments, while Owen is a horrible pastiche of the real Tosh.

The “new” Tosh, meanwhile, is bit of a bitch, and Adam’s slightly crazed body worshipper.

There’s no other real way to say it. The influence of Adam hasn’t swapped Tosh and Owen’s personalities, rather suppressed Owen and remodelled Tosh.

So who or what is Adam?

It isn’t really explained, but his power is strong, and grows with each person who believes in his existence. What is particularly vivid about him is the way he steps into the memories of our heroes, in particular Jack…

We see Jack on the Boeshane Peninsula, first referenced in Last of the Time Lords and the clue to his future existence as the Face of Boe. Jack recalls the last time he saw his father and younger brother, referenced back in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Adam uses these memories to gain a foothold on Jack.

What Adam didn’t reckon on, however, was Ianto and his diary. Imagine that, the butler keeps a diary…

*November 12 2006:

Went to Tesco, bought dinner for me and Lisa. Fed Lisa baby food.

*November 13 2006:

Lisa is dead. They killed her. I killed her!

*November 14 2006

Missing Lisa. Quite fancy Jack though.

But I digress.

There’s little distracting direction and camerawork on Adam, the soundtrack is pitched right and the dialogue is good. All the usual performers are on song; I found the actor playing Adam to be slightly weak and not quit charming enough (he also resembles some local ne’er-do-well who an ex-girlfriend once dumped me for, but that’s another story). Scenes on the Tatooine-like peninsula are bound to raise comparison with Star Wars or Dune, but frankly that’s a little unfair, I feel. Woodland would have looked like Endor.

Although the truth behind Adam is signalled early on in proceedings, the episode does up the quality dial for Series 2, and leaves the viewer wanting more.

Will Reset and the arrival of Martha Jones rise to the challenge?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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