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Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

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Torchwood Gay Sex vs Violence

During the last ten weeks, Torchwood has been back on our screens and we’ve been following the adventures, trials and tribulations of Captain Jack Harkness.

And due to his 51st century omnisexuality, the good Captain has received a few complaints regarding his sexual encounters during Miracle Day.

In a couple of episodes of the new series, Jack is shown during some steamy encounters with a couple of different men. Yes, there’s nudity and yes, there are two men romping away but it’s nothing scary and it also fits integrally to the plot.

However some viewers apparently decided to get all bent out of shape regarding these scenes and complain about them being included.

It seems funny that in this day and age some people still can’t get their heads around the fact that two people of the same sex might find each other attractive, and then feel the need to complain about having to watch the results of this attraction. In some cases and at some times of the day this is fair enough, but you can only wonder what they thought they might see when they tuned into a post-watershed show regarding a time travelling, immortal adventurer from the future that will shag anything that gives him a wink.

Actor Barrowman raised another good point:

“Nobody complained that I was shot in the head four times, there were burning people in ovens, that I was stabbed by a mob of 50 people hundreds of times and I was hanging dripping my blood in a pit.”

Some people just can’t get over little things in life.

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4 Responses to Torchwood Gay Sex vs Violence

  1. avatar Ratfink says:

    I did think the sex scenes were gratuitous and unnecessary (both the homo and the hetero) but yes i also thought the violence was ugly and over the top as well, and probably far worse. Yeah… if only they’d saved some of the time they blew on portraying sex and violence and spent it on making a decent story instead… Or even on making the sex and violence fit in with it all.. I dunno its like they clump some sex here, some horror there, for no reason really.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I was going to wait and watch all ten parts at once but after hearing all this….

    Admittedly, what really turned me off of parts of seasons one and two was Jack’s never ending libido. Seems he’s never portrayed as “omni-sexual” in Torchwood, simply gay because Barrowman is. There was always a better mix when he was with the Doctor as there was at least some element of control. He’s usually just not that appealing of a character on Torchwood and not much of a leader. Gwen does a better job and when there’s more focus on her, like in “Children of Earth”, I found the end result a lot better. Jack had some beautiful scenes with Ianto as well but they didn’t go crazy.

    I’m also not a big fan of over the top gore and blood so I think, when all’s said and done, I’ll pass on Miracle day. a shame too, as Children of Earth was some of the best sci-fi out there.

  3. avatar Joe Siegler says:

    I’m not gay, and am not fond of that kind of stuff from a personal viewpoint. Having said that, I didn’t care for the second of the two aforementioned “scenes”, merely because it went on too long.

    I get WHY Jack was doing that – it made sense within the confines of the plot that the two scenes happened. But the second one went on WAY too long. Yeah, OK – I get what they’re doing from a character development standpoint, but too much screen time was wasted on it. My wife and I actually fast forwarded through it on the TiVo. Showing it serves the plot. The six or seven minutes that it was on screen did not.

    The first one from Episode 3 was more interesting from a plot standpoint, I thought. The latter one went on too long, because it was ALSO set up by a long dialogue flirting by the window.

  4. avatar Alex says:

    The only issue I have with the sex is that especially with Starz and HBO, it really does seem they put the sex in simply because they can, or they’re somehow expected to do so. The second of Jack’s scenes in Immortal Sins was fine because it was necessary to the plot. The first one earlier in the series with him and the bartender wasn’t; they could have just as easily had him snog the guy and see them post-coital later when Jack makes the phone call. But I don’t get bent out of shape because this was expected once Starz bought the show (when Fox was going to do it, one report said they were planning to make Jack hetero, sort of going to the other extreme). I agree 100% with Barrowman about the hypocrisy – the BBC cut the sex scenes in the episode with the bartender (never heard about the later one), yet there’s no sign of them having cut the violence and gore.

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