In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Aliens Among Us 2

As I listened to Torchwood: Aliens Among Us 2, I got a distinct The Empire Strikes Back vibe.

Synopsis: Big Finish picks up the events after Miracle Day with Torchwood: Aliens Among Us…

Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood. But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?

5.5 Love Rat by Christopher Cooper

Captain Jack Harkness is dead, and that’s the simplest thing that’s happened to him in the last few days. Even the manner of his death is surprisingly complex, especially when it turns out that he hasn’t come back alone.

While Torchwood try and cope with a new mayor and a terrorist cell, they also have to deal with what, at first, looks to be a plague, and then turns out to be something far, far worse.

5.6 A Kill to a View by Mac Rogers

Ritz Towers is a luxury tower block so exclusive not even aliens can get a place there. Mr Colchester has somehow secured a flat at the Ritz. With the streets increasingly troubled, his husband feels safe there. The problem is that Ritz Towers is anything but safe.

For a start, the building has more tenants than it has flats. Then there are the endless dinner parties. The whole new definition of upwardly mobile. And finally, there is the very mysterious caretaker.

5.7 Zero Hour by Janine H Jones

Welcome to Deliverables. Thanks to us, Cardiff is enjoying an economic miracle. We have created thousands of jobs. We have wiped out homelessness.

More importantly, there are so many benefits to you. Deliverables will deliver your post, your packages, your meals. We are Deliverables, and we never stop.

Deliverables – we always know where to find you. Deliverables – put your life in our hands.

5.8 The Empty Hand by Tim Foley

An innocent refugee has been shot point-blank on the streets of Cardiff. It causes an upsurge in terrorist attacks.

An innocent refugee has been shot point-blank on the streets of Cardiff by a policeman. It’s a catalyst for protests in the streets.

An innocent refugee has been shot point-blank on the streets of Cardiff by Sergeant Andy Davidson. It’s the end of Torchwood as we know it.

Review: I don’t normally discuss cliffhanger endings in these reviews, but I will in this case, because of context matters. As I listened to Torchwood: Aliens Among Us 2, I got a distinct The Empire Strikes Back vibe. The writers ratcheted up the allegory to 11. They reopened the rift. They pushed Gwen’s possession storyline further. They wounded Colchester’s husband. They pushed sweet Andy to the existential brink. They destabilized Jack’s position. The writers did all of this for context — specifically the return of Yvonne Hartman.

All of the storylines — interesting in themselves — take on added dimension now that Yvonne is back to make a play for Torchwood. First and foremost, if the first hour of the next box set isn’t devoted entirely to how Yvonne was brought back, I’ll be docking my review score. Apart from that, I can’t wait to find out how the alien inside Gwen (who isn’t the creature featured in Torchwood comics, it turns out) weathers the coup without being revealed. I also want to know if the absences his team hold against Jack are partially explained by his being on to Gwen’s guest.

Then, of course, there’s the rift. “A Kill to a View” by Mac Rogers and “Zero Hour” by Janine H Jones — my favorite stories in the set — deal with the rift. Murray Melvin returned in top form as Bilis Manger to shepherd only a partial victory. The adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” will only get one so far it seems. It’s all a straightforward mess by Torchwood standards, but this straightforward mess takes on glorious proportions with the addition of Yvonne Hartman..

You can purchase Torchwood: Aliens Among Us 2 here.

Written By: Christopher Cooper, Mac Rogers, Janine H Jones, Tim Foley

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Alexandria Riley (Ng), Paul Clayton (Mr Colchester), Sam Béart (Orr), Jonny Green (Tyler Steele), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Tom Price (Sgt. Andy Davidson), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Murray Melvin (Bilis Manger), Rachel Atkins (Ro-Jedda), Ramon Tikaram (Colin Colchester-Price), Ewan Bailey (Duncan), Kerry Joy Stewart (Maddy), Diveen Henry (Sandra), Ellie Heydon (Andrea), Marilyn Le Conte (Patricia), Luke Rhodri (Rowan), Charlotte O’Leary (Poppy), Sacha Dhawan (Hasan), Sarah Annis (P.C. Nicki Owen), Rick Yale (Lorry Driver), Laura Dalgleish (Newsreader), Kristy Phillips (Stacey), Aly Cruickshank (Student), Richard Elfyn (Takeaway Man), Sanee Raval (Xander)

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners

Produced by James Goss

Script edited by Scott Handcock

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.3
Big Finish: Torchwood: Aliens Among Us 2
  • Story
    8.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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