I didn't finally fall asleep until approx. 3:30 AM this morning, and I was back up at 5:00 to get my father up and ready for work. Needless to say that this lead to me feeling like crap for a good portion of the day. So you can only imagine what the following did to me when I found them on my doorstep:

Torchwood: Original Television Soundtrack
Torchwood: The Official Magazine - Yearbook


I already had the soundtrack downloaded via iTunes, but it's still lovely to have a hard copy for safety sake. I also love the picture of Jack on the inside of the booklet.

The main thing that caused me to have an embarrassing fangirl moment was the yearbook; I hadn't even realized it had even been shipped!

Lucy and I had a discussion about her picking up a copy of the yearbook for me when she goes to the Hub convention, and getting it signed by John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd and Naoko Mori. So I was going to cancel my pre-order, and put the cash on that. I guess I'm just going to have to deal with having two copies. Or I could just pass this off to a member of my flist...

Now then, time to discuss the book itself - the outer slipcover's nice, but I prefer it without. I don't like slipcovers on my books - I'm weird like that. There's also pretty pictures - lots and lots of oh so pretty pictures. I especially enjoyed the ones featuring John, Eve, Gareth and James. There's also profiles of the team, a complete episode guide to series two, along with five exclusive short stories (which I haven't read yet).

The shipper in me particularly liked the character profiles; mainly Jack, Gwen and Ianto. I especially enjoyed the following bits:

At Torchwood Jack has always been particularly close to Gwen and Ianto. While he and Gwen continue to dance around their feelings for each other, his romance with Ianto gathers heat - though sometimes the rest of the team would prefer they kept it behind locked doors...


Oh, please. Do you really think that Gwen and Tosh don't enjoy seeing those two locking lips? The 'rest of the team' they're referring to could only be Owen - and I think even he gets a chuckle out of it.

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Gwen's world is once again turned upsidedown when Rhys discovers the real nature of her job (Meat). She refuses to give him Jack's amnesia pill, choosing instead to let Rhys remember what he has seen, bringing the couple closer than ever.

This was Gwen's finest moment in the entire series, in my humble opinion. I cheered her on when she stood up to Jack and took Rhys' side. I also felt like bitch-slapping Jack, but we're not gonna go there...

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Name: Ianto Jones; Weaknesses: secrecy, stopwatches

*snort*

Yeah, stopwatches are his weekness alright. That and immortal Time Agents. LMFAO! Oh, how I love you, Mr. Jones.

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Initially Jack refused to give him a job, but after Ianto helped him fight a weevil and capture a pterodactyl, Jack was eventually persuaded that he was an essential member of the team (Fragments). Since then he has taken their relantionship to a whole new level...

If causing the brains of fangirls to explode qualifies as taking the relationship to a whole new level, then I agree completely. I mean, come on... Sex amongst the office foliage? Well, it wasn't really sex, but it was well on it's way. :P
As I'm sure a lot of you already know, the Doctor Who Proms took place a couple weeks ago. Well, I finally got around to watching the mini-episode Music of the Spheres, and I must say that it was bloody fantastic. David still retained the Doctor's ever cheeky attitude -- which shined when he took charge of the orchestra telling the conductor to stand down. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Also, this line spoken by the Doctor made me chuckle quite a bit: 

"I said to beethoven, I said 'I can rattle off a tune.' He said 'Pardon?'"

LOL. Though this mini-ep was only 7 and a half minutes long, it should serve to be just enough to tie us over until Christmas. Can't wait for the return of the Cybermen! :D

I was shocked the other day... I was hit with a question that I, believe it or not, didn't have an answer for -- my mother looked at me and said: "What are your top five favorite episodes of Torchwood?"

I just stood there... speechless. I couldn't believe that I hadn't already comprised a list of my favorite episodes from my beloved series; it's something I usually always do once they wrap up a second season. I've done it with: Doctor Who, Supernatural, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, CSI: Vegas, etc. And, yet, I haven't done it with Torchwood?

Well, since being asked that question, I've worked on comprising the list of my top five all-time favorite Torchwood episodes thus far, and here it is:

1. Dead Man Walking (series 2; episode 7) -

This is easily my #1 favorite episode out of the 26 we've been graced with. I loved how Owen and Jack's relationship was displayed in this episode: that of a father and son. How Jack was unable to let go of Owen despite the fact that he knew exactly what the glove was capable of struck a chord in me, and I found myself somewhat envious of Owen (weird, but true). And then there was that wonderful jail scene which made me chuckle at first, but then a warm smile flashed across my face when Jack playfully pushed Owen's head; it was at that precise moment that you knew exactly how much Owen meant to Jack. Great scene, great dialogue, and just an all-around fantastic episode that I could watch repeatedly. 

2. To The Last Man (series 2; episode 3) -

For me, this is the most romantic episode of Torchwood; an episode that makes your heart ache for Toshiko... and for Tommy. A love that could never be, and yet they accepted it. They took advantage of what little time they had together, and made the most of it. Beautiful. And the scene with her just simply walking off at the end of the episode was powerful. Such a simple scene with enough potency to hit you to your core.

And, of course, there was the scene between Jack and Ianto, which caused me to melt. Such a wonderful scene with Jack pretty much declaring that he loved Ianto -- in a "beat around the bush" sort of way. That was so very Jack. And then there was the kiss that Ianto initiated. So romantic. And the color scheme of that said scene only added to it's sheer beauty. Loved it.

3. Fragments (series 2; episode 12) -

It was great to finally learn of how the entire team were recruited into Torchwood; from campy victorian!Jack pinning after his Doctor, to Tosh trying to save her mother only to be locked up in a UNIT facility, to stalker!Ianto and the catching of Myfanwy, to Owen and his tragic past with the death of the woman he loved. So much was finally explained.

4. End of Days (series 1; episode 13) -

Yes, I actually preferred this finale to Exit Wounds. The group dynamic in this episode is fantastic, and it poses the question: How far would you go in order to bring back someone you dearly loved? Would you risk destroying the world?

This episode also demonstrated how much Jack's team meant to him; he stood up against a monster in true "David and Goliath" fashion, and he vanquished it -- almost destroying himself in the process.

5. Captain Jack Harkness (series 1; episode 12) -

The second most romantic episode in the Torchwood universe, in my humble opinion. Jack and Toshiko are lost through a timeshift to 1940's Cardiff. There, they meet the real Captain Jack Harkness -- the man whom Jack stole his identity from. Through the course of this episode, the two captains become close, and ultimately fall in love with one another.

Loved the music, along with John Barrowman's performance. Granted, he is not the greatest actor in the world, but he was fantastic in this episode. And the kiss between him and the real captain Jack actually caused me to blush. 

Also, I loved the clash between Ianto and Owen over opening the Rift in order to save Jack and Toshiko; it really demonstrated Ianto's loyalty to Jack.

Interview can be found here:

http://popculturezoo.com/archives/903

It's great to see the overwhelming support this series is receiving over here in the states. I'm also pleasantly surprised by how much my fellow TW fans are supporting the Jack/Ianto relationship. I became a big-time slasher/shipper back during the times of Angel and Farscape, and I've been shipping Jack and Ianto from episode one when Jack made the remark "And he looks good in a suit." 

To think that the couple would eventually become, not only canon, but the "heart" of the show? I never would've dreamed of it. Hell, I'm used to my slashed couples being just that -- slash.  So, to say that this interview made my day would be a gross understatement. That's also not including the fact that, in a previous interview, Julie said we would continue to see Jack and Ianto as a couple because she likes seeing them as such. In other words, the wonderful Julie Gardner is a Janto shipper as well.

Julie, can I just say that I love you?

This is also, I believe, the first time that JB has used the words "fallen for" in an interview when referring to Janto, which is ultimately going to put quite a few worries to rest: Yes, peeps... As I've been stating on quite a few forums for a while now, Jack does indeed love Ianto. I also believe this relationship is going to be a long-term thing in the show. And that, in itself, makes me very happy.

My plans for Dragon*Con are complete. I've booked our hotel room, and the tickets were ordered today; they should arrive here at the house on Thursday. So, I guess that means it's official... I'm going to Dragon*Con! Whoo! 

In other news, I finally received my *extreme* limited edition Doctor Who/Torchwood stamp covers from London~! They're exclusives from ScifiCollector, and they're hand-signed by: Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles, and... John Barrowman! Squee! Eve's stamp cover is from the Torchwood episode "Everything Changes," John's is from the Doctor Who episode "Bad Wolf" (a personal favorite of mine), and Freema's is from the Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords." I actually had one hell of a time obtaining Freema's. You see, I had ordered the special series 3 launch cover, but unfortunately, they sold-out very quickly. Thankfully though, I spoke to the webmaster via e-mail and he made it his mission to get a Freema signed cover for me. So, he offered me an alternate cover from LotTL, and as it turns out, it was even more limited than the other version I had originally ordered. 

Thanks so much R.J! Also, thanks for rapping Eddie's knuckles for me. xD 

I also received my ten!Doctor shirt which I plan on wearing at Dragon*Con. So, if you guys see a dark-haired girl wearing purple nail-polish, a black headband, jeans, and a DrWho shirt with David Tennant on it, that's me! Stop by and say hi or else I'll be offended. xP
Review for The Stolen Earth under the cut.


All in all, this episode was basically 100 percent pure fanservice. And, being as big of a fan as I am of this series, I must admit that I'm quite satisfied.

Kitsu's Final Score: A 
kitsu84: (tw - kiss you in shades of grey)
( Jul. 25th, 2008 04:03 pm)

First of all, thanks so much to those of you who've been posting vids and pictures from comic-con yesterday. The fangirl in me especially loved the Torchwood ones; particularly this pic which, ultimately, caused me to squee like a complete idiot:



Credit for the pic belongs to Anna Altheide.

Thanks so much, sweetie. You rock! Unfortunately, John didn't go through with the kiss... Argh, the tease!

And that picture wasn't all -- you guys should hear some of the nicknames this group has for each other's *ahem*. LOL. And then there was the Cliff, Shag, Marry question: So, John would marry Gareth because he's seen him naked? Ha! I wonder how many fangirls (and fanboys) died due to that reply. Plus there was some serious innuendo; I love Gareth's comment in particular which went a little something like this:

JB: There's a lot of John Barrowman in Captain Jack...
GDL: There's a lot of Ianto in there as well.

ROFLMFAO! God, I love these people. Srsly. I also loved Gareth's comment about shagging the leading man, and how it garners him a lot of attention. Hee! And the expression on his face when he said "Lisa!" killed me dead. xD

Hey, wait a minute... Does that mean Ianto's NOT the bottom? Oh, Lord, I can see the fanfics now...

*kitsu's mind begins to wander off into new and uncharted territory... and she likes what she sees*

LOL. Knowing Jack, he's probably willing to try anything. And by the way, pertaining to John's comment about Jack not really doing that much sexually, I've gotta agree with Gareth -- dude, episode 11! You know, the one that practically made the entire Janto fandom implode. I know... I was there on the TW LJ Community when the episode aired, and I must say that that was one hell of a night. Plus, there are quite a few other tid-bits throughout the series. Example: John Hart's comment about Jack no longer liking bondage in the episode Exit Wounds; Ianto replying to Martha's dabbling question with "Innovative. Bordering on the avant-garde." And, we all know that Jack and Ianto are going at it quite a bit, so I don't want to hear it.

Now then, back on to the subject of Gareth, I've FINALLY convinced my mother to come with me to Dragon*Con. After the past couple of years she and I've had, I figured that she could do with getting out of the house, and going on a trip with me; we desperately need it. I've also almost completed the planning for the convention, which was grueling because of all of the events. Thankfully though, I've narrowed it down to where we're just going to go to four tracks across three hotels. We're going on the Walk of Fame as well. I'm also planning to do some photo-ops; hopefully Gareth David-Lloyd, James Marsters, Grant Wilson, and Jason Hawes will be taking part. If not, I'd be happy just taking a picture with Adam Baldwin (*g*). I also want some autographs. I've already got James in my collection -- although I would be more than happy to collect another one -- but I still need Gareth, Grant, Jason, and Adam. Plus, Steve's going to be there, so I'm hoping to get his autograph as well. It's all just a matter of having enough time.

Another thing that makes this convention special is because of the fact that it's my first, and that it's during the weekend before my birthday. Squee! I'll be sure to post pictures of my con-goodies, along with pictures of the con itself, once I get back.

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