The unproduced 6th episode, self-denial, generational legacies, the nature of forgiveness, loveless households, the logic of shame, moralism, procrastination, and binge-watching are discussed in this podcast about the fifth episode, the finale, of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’ drama about HIV in 1980s England.Continue reading
Daleks, ballet, protests, blinkered history, psychoseuxality, Thatcher, release valves, PSA campaigns, schools, silence, and Stephen Fry…all these and more are discussed in this podcast about the fourth episode of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’ drama about HIV in 1980s England.Continue reading
Karmic forces, pandemic narratives, the sexuality casting controversy, temporal exceptionalism, empathy, irony, and finely-honed tragedy are discussed in this podcast about the third episode of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’ drama about HIV in 1980s England.Continue reading
Constant conspiracies, symbolic mugs, Jill’s characterisation, breaking reality, the distance of decades, & dangerous intelligence are discussed in this podcast about the second episode of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’ drama about HIV in 1980s England.Continue reading
1980s authenticity, existential epidemic horror, autobiographical Russell T Davies, celebratory testaments, dramatic ironies, Murray Gold music, & human oddities are discussed in this podcast about the first episode of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’ drama about HIV in 1980s England.Continue reading
Did Steven Moffat or Russell T Davies have the better Doctor Who Christmas specials? Two opposing sides battle this question out in a Doctor Who Debate!
For this debate, we tackle the question of which era of Christmas specials were superior, the 2006-2009 David Tennant Christmas specials from Russell T Davies, or the 2010-2017 Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi Christmas specials from Steven Moffat. Each side makes two arguments for their position, before a final conclusion and rebuttal. Many points are raised, many sources are pointed to, many takes are shared — but it’s up to you to let us know what you think, and who won the debate!Continue reading
God in Cardiff, politics of villains, faith & the devout, twists & a fake-out, & plenty more about Torchwood series 6 is discussed here!Continue reading
Neo’s written essay on TORCHWOOD: GOD AMONG US (series 6).
How does this series treat faith? What statement does it make about systems of self-appointed leadership? How are storytelling fakeouts used? And what makes this series work in so many ways the last didn’t?
Plus a ranking of the twelve episodes!
Neo’s written essay on TORCHWOOD: ALIENS AMONG US (series 5).
How does following up four TV series with an audio series work? How coherently was the chaos in Cardiff realised? Between alien refugees, police brutality, sex viruses, and a recurring motif of fake representation, just what did the series come together to say?
Plus a ranking of the twelve episodes!
2007 v 2017, new characters in a new Cardiff, the gig economy, artifice and mystery, returns and reinvention…this ‘series 5’ (of a sort) provides much to discuss!Continue reading
Neo’s written on essay on TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY (series 4).
Why did the season feel like it was plotted for five episodes, when it was actually plotted for thirteen? Was going to America an iterative move forward, or a misstep? What kind of social commentary was at play? And just how involved was Chris Chibnall?
Plus a ranking of the ten episodes!
Cardiff v America, the nuke-launching finale we never got, death pathologising, Jack’s character regression, & so — much — more…including very rarely-discussed revelations of RTD’s!Continue reading
Neo’s written essay on TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH (Series 3).
How did the UK’s parliamentary expenses scandal inform the reception of CHILDREN OF EARTH? How did Russell T Davies cope with using a writer’s room? Was the five-episode series a clean break from its predecessors, or a natural outgrowth of what came before? How consistently explored were the themes of muddled distinctions between humanity and inhumanity, and the unsustainability of systems that ‘pass the buck’?
Plus a ranking of the five episodes!
Who Cares about Torchwood: Children of Earth? A Capaldi character in chaos in Cardiff, a deep dive into Ianto’s background + sexuality + Twilight parallels, plus 456 different takes on totalitarianism & exceptionalism & more!Continue reading
Neo’s written essay on TORCHWOOD: Series 2.
The show gained more consistency in its second series – but what did it lose? What did the finale mean for the show? What did it mean to cast Spike from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Was the focus on open communication and relationship maintenance a worthwhile iteration over the previous year’s consideration of heartfelt mundanity and work/life balance? Did Chris Chibnall write the most nuanced script of a series?
Plus a ranking of the thirteen episodes!