|Reviews for Torchwood: Zone 10|
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|An episode that keeps you guessing!|
|By:||Jared Star, Portsmouth, United States|
|Date:||Monday 11 July 2022|
|Rating: || 7|
This one is a lot more plot-focused than the previously reviewed “Gooseberry,” but David Llewellyn does take a decent chunk of time to explore the main characters. It's at times a little clunky (given that this is an early release for the range) but ultimately did its job at making audiences feel for the characters. Overall they’re well-written and there's a nice balance of exploration between them.
The only real criticisms lie in the plotting, and to an extent the marketing. Everything from the cover art to the trailer build this episode up as a classic atmospheric horror piece set in the Arctic circle. But as the story unravels, it turns into more of an action piece involving covert spies and shootouts. The setup of the story is quite slow, moody, and atmospheric, but by the halfway point, the story turns into half action, half Committee exposition. It was surprising just how much this story connected to the Committee Arc, providing further mysteries I desperately wanted answered.
On the one hand, it was nice to have a story throw so many curve balls, but the end result wasn’t as enticing as it could’ve been. Plus, Maxim Ivanov wasn’t utilized well. He changes sides way too quickly and elements of his backstory that could’ve been played with ended up being useless on the whole.
All in all, this is a slightly waffly adventure, but certainly a memorable one. The characters are nice and the string of events leads to an ending that's as solid as the rest of the piece!