Oh, Torchwood fandom...
I don't recommend reading that entire comments thread unless you wish to have a brain haemorrhage, but here are a few choice excerpts. Presented without individual commentary, because it would be like shooting fish in a barrel, but...
(oh, and spoilers for Children of Earth, natch)
GDL isn’t even in the credits
I hate hate hate this show
SO, basically there was NO REASON for Ianto to die. NONE. I officially quit all things Torchwood. It’s FAN FIC only for me now.
I think RTD just did a giant poo all over a loyal fanbase.
This season turned into such nihilistic piece of crap and ultimate “fuck you” to fans.
…So basically this is a great big FUCK YOU to all of us?
Okay so let me get this right :
Jack: Loses everything
And Gwen? Pwecious wittle Gweny keeps Rhys and child.
You know what
FUCK you RTD
Now with 3 people left you kill the most likable of the three and the only relationship which is vital to a show. Nobody gives a flying fuck about Gwen and frankly she is probably the one person everyone hates on this show. I mean who honestly likes Gwen?
Thank god it’s over! How can I go from loving a show to hating it in such a short space of time?
DVD goes straight back to Amazon when it arrives.
Something tells me I won’t be bothering to watch this ep.
(and fuck you RTD you fucking bastard for not even giving GDL 5 episodes)
TPTB can cancel it or do a 4th series, I am done with them. Torchwood and Ianto live in fanfic and fandom and that’s where I’m staying.
The only way I could actually bring myself to see season four is if they somehow brought Ianto back and Gwen wouldn’t be around.
I have no fucking words for this other than I will telling all of my friends to not even bother when this airs in the US.
Thanks RTD for bringing us a potentially good series and royally destroying. I hope you like your gushy new job… in Hell.
How could this series be so great and then turn so awful?
exactly. I won’t be watching it. Somehow I think BBCA is NOT gonna be happy wiith eir veiwing figures. Fine by me - maybe the BBC will realize just how bad they messed this up.
True… but, wouldn’t it be amazing if the US viewing figures were horrible BECAUSE people knew what was coming.. and choose not to watch. THAT would make a statement.
There’s actually one good thing about this episode.
I’m no longer upset. Because I’m too busy being fucking furious.
But a complete and utter lack of hope does not make for good telly. Not all Great Stories or High Art have to be fundamentally hollow and depressing. You don’t need to torture or shatter your characters to tell something truly touching or magnificent.
And meanwhile, in another part of the internet…
“Our aim is to provide fixes to all the things that have caused major discontent among the fans, rewrite the past, and create our own future Torchwood episodes”. Riiiight. There are even people there who want to “reset” all the way back to the beginning of series one. Doesn’t it somewhat defeat the point of being a fan of a show if you don’t want any of it to have happened, ever?
And then, when all else fails, there’s that old reliable fallback option - the completely pointless internet “petition”. If someone can tell me what purpose that page is supposed to serve, I’d be grateful.
Now look, I’m not saying everyone should have automatically liked Children of Earth. But - if you can stand it - look through the various comments from these sort of people (and it’s a very particular type of fan writing this stuff - the sort of fan that makes up words like “Janto”), see if you can find a single one that refers to the objective dramatic quality of the script, acting, direction or anything else that would usually make up what we in the business refer to as “criticism”. Because so far, I haven’t managed to.