Understanding Slash Through Torchwood
I’ve never been a fan of slash or yaoi. I found reading about slash and its practitioners fascinating when I was studying fandom for my masters’ degree, but the material itself never did anything for me. I also keep trying yaoi (I seem to be one of the few general reviewers willing to cover it), but I don’t have an emotional connection to the stories or much personal interest in the genre.
I was very much looking forward to the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood because of how much I liked the Captain Jack character and actor, John Barrowman. After trying the first four episodes, though, I thought it was atrocious. Slow-paced, senseless plot twists, inconsistent characterization… terrible, in short, and very disappointing.
What do these two things have in common? Well…
This was one of the hottest things I’ve seen on TV in a long while. It’s from episode 12, in which Jack and an assistant wind up in the 1940s at a dance to see the boys off to war. The other actor is Matt Rippy. Two gorgeous men passionately kissing… hmm, maybe there is something to this guy/guy stuff after all. Only for me, I don’t think the printed page would have the same appeal as moving visuals.
There’s more information on the episode at wikipedia. I tried episode 13, the season finale, because I enjoyed this one so much, but it was more of the previous, with a badly animated giant monster stomping on the city only to be defeated by overloading it with the energy it wanted. Can you say cliché? I miss the spunky, sassy Jack with a sense of life and humor.