ALL HAIL THE RETURN OF THE DARK VEST!
First of all, I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I totally called Jack being in Vaudeville, which is fairly close to a traveling show and still something we may find out about later.
(When he said "I traveled with those guys," I thought they might turn out to be the twin acrobats.)
I don't have terribly much to say about the (AHEM) plot itself. I mean it was creepy. Blink-level creepy, but didn't have enough internal logic to support the creepiness. The plot holes were bigger than the script itself and it all seemed to be there to allow Jack to do his broody thing and to give Ianto his big episode for the series.
Mind you I could watch JB brood all day and all of the night, especially if he's going wear the DARK VEST!!!
As for Ianto in practically every scene, with all sorts of moody close-ups and none of the snarky bits that have made him almost tolerable in a few episodes? Houston we've got a problem.
My anti-Ianto stance is no secret and goes back to the whinging/whining trifecta of Cyberwoman, Greeks Bearing Gifts and Countrycide. My opposition to the Jack/Ianto pairing stems from that as well, but I'm starting to think it's a bigger issue. I know that we are told that Ianto "looks good in a suit" is "Eye Candy" and there is a general attempt to convince me that he is otherwise attractive. Well I ain't drunk that kool-ade and I remain un-brainwashed.
Yes, I know that according to yet another bit of innuendo, delivered by Gwen of all people, proving that her "rubbish manners" line in Sleeper does derive (presumably) from those all-night gossip sessions she has with her "girlfriend," Jack does and is and will be shagging Ianto. *whatever*.
ETA---Of course Gwen was also the recipient of that oh-so-flattering "Pizza, Ianto, Save the world." remark last week. Possible bunny crawling out of the hutch there. END ETA.
Here's the other thing...and I honestly don't know if it's character hatred spilling over or not...GDL isn't rating the screen time on the acting front either. His close-up expressions in this episode were ---- AWFUL---Badbadbad acting. I know this isn't the most subtle show on the planet, but look at what Burn did in the Dead!Owen arc. There were some incredible shadings even in the midst of the worst special effects and some pretty horrific metaphysics. I really wanted to smack him for making the bug-eyes several times. Or showing "sadness" like a first year drama student. He just comes across as a drip. The running with the tie flapping was ludicrous.
I won't mention the waist or the jawline cause that would just be mean.
The one redeeming quality was that despite the near constant double act on the screen, there was no kissing and no touching and thank the baby Jesus for that. Jack was ALONE at the beginning because of the Gwen/Ianto/Owen thing. He didn't know where Ianto was, as a matter of fact. If I wanted to wank, I'd say something, Oh that's odd he didn't mention it and Jack didn't ask where he was off to on such miserable night, and Jack was ALONE at the end.
As it should be.
I'm sure the shippers will see plenty to jump up and down and throw their knickers in the air about, but I think I can avoid subversion fic for another week.
Minimal Gwen, because from the looks of things, it's a Gwen-fest next week. Some nice Owen bits and bobs. Liked the Jack/Owen scene at the hospital. Loved the gang joking about Jack's past at the Hub. Heheh Freak Show!
Three episodes to go and no sign of The Kiss. So we still don't know if it was supposed to be in Adam and got cut out or there is yet another "melt-down in the hub" producing this great act of face sucking.
And the Movie Kid was no Eugene, either.