a.k.a. “Weevil Fight Club”
This was never one of my favorite episodes of Torchwood. I understand why it exists, but… Owen had feelings for Diane and she kind of left him high and dry, so he has to find a way to release his pent up emotions before they ate him alive. Then again, maybe he really doesn’t give a damn anymore. Either way, I don’t think he was looking for answers when he stepped into the octagon with a Weevil.
It seems that Fight Club is one of those go to plots for a TV series. Sometimes it’s when a character is dealing with stuff, or even if they really don’t know that they have all these pent up emotions, they somehow some way exorcise their demoms, real or percieved, by beating the ever loving hell out of someone. Then there are those who reach some kind of epiphany by being someone’s punching bag; it’s almost as if they feel like they somehow deserve it. Maybe they even get off on it. However, I really don’t want to get into the psychosexual undertones of violence.
Sometimes they reduce the film Fight Club down to a bunch of middle class guys who beat one another up, just in the same way so many knock offs and sequels seem to think that Jaws is about nothing more than a shark that eats people. I give Torchwood credit for at least giving Owen some sort of justification for getting in the octagon.
Then again, Owen was kind of messed up long before Diane came into his life. She may very well have been his “one,” that is if you by into that sort of thing.
The other big thing in this episode is that Gwen comes clean to Rhys about her affair with Owen. Okay, she did retcon him first, but still… I love Gwen, but I don’t know if this was a nice thing to do.
At the beginning of the episode Gwen and Rhys are out to dinner when she spots Jack chasing a Weevil and she decides to lend a hand. Rhys is none too pleased and proceeds to flu off the handle because Gwen almost always seems to put work first, and it’s not like she can come home and tell her boyfriend about her day. He has no idea that she really does have a very important job.
It would be easy to make Rhys out to be a bad guy here, after all the show is called “Torchwood” not “Rhys & Gwen.” Rhys is no more a baddie in the same way that Skylar on Breaking Bad was not a baddie; it’s just that the respective programs are not told from their point of view. In fact, it would be interesting to watch a re-edit of Breaking Bad told entirely from Skylar’s point of view much in the same way that Battlestar Galactica the plan was told from the Cylons p.o.v.