Comments: Torchwood: Countrycide

No Dr Who is much better than that episode. Countrycide was a silence of the Lambs rip off. OK it was scary but anyone can do that. It was obvious base Hollywood cheap thrills no subtlety and disgustiung gore.

Posted by Chris at November 20, 2006 10:22 PM

I beg to differ. :) There was excellent character development (which is one of my hallmarks for quality, and one Doctor Who often misses), good suspense, and I don't honestly think it could be further from Silence of the Lambs while still having the same principle. The reason SotL was - and still is - so popular is that cannibalism is one of the most horrifying concepts most people can imagine. It's perfectly possible for other dramas to tap into that fear without ripping off SotL, and I think Torchwood did it very well.

Indeed, the head cannibal refers to Silence of the Lambs himself when he's chasing Tosh - watch it again for the tsp-tsp-tsp noise he makes, while grinning.

Scary isn't easy to do - pure gore will just turn people off. This struck a very fine balance.

Posted by Drew Shiel at November 21, 2006 10:21 AM

Who the hell is Rhys? Have I missed somthing? I don't remember sombody called Rhys. I'm sure there is sombody but I can't think who that is. Help!

Posted by Dr. Phil at November 21, 2006 7:15 PM

this episode generally scared me and i had to switch of around just over half way through can anyone update me on the ending?

Posted by kat at November 21, 2006 10:35 PM

Copied (or modernised?) the old film 'Monster Club' (1980), specifically the village of ghouls; so don't give me any rubbish about it being comparable to the works of Joss Whedon. This series is (so far) just one step up from Doctor Who (& I say that based on the outcome of the Fairy episode).

Posted by Dr Phibes at November 22, 2006 3:07 AM

yes you have

Posted by o.h.w.r.o.t.c.o.d. & fos at December 1, 2006 7:55 PM

You people are all insane. Countrycide was laughably, pants-pissingly bad. But that's basically Torchwood all over. "I knew Chris Chibnall was good"? Where, precisely, is this proof you're speaking off?

Good God, what a predictable and obvious Texas Chainsaw rip-off this episode is. They even nicked the soundtrack, which gave the game right away.

Owen is the worst character ever. Date rape, anyone? And the Owen/Gwen idea is horrifyingly ill-conceived.

Oh, what's the point. There'll always be someone who likes it.

Posted by Gareth at April 16, 2007 8:43 PM

Yes Gareth, and there will always be someone who doesn't like it too...
Countrycide was fantastic. I loved the idea as mentioned above that an alien series featured an episode so early that only featured ordinary psychos. The most effective scene for me was the end when Gwen kept pressing the killer on why he did it. You could tell how relatively easier it must have been for her to pass off all of the other stuff in earlier episodes as coming from 'aliens', but when confronted with real people doing horrible things, she started to fall apart. Excellent episode in an excellent show.

Posted by Phil at November 20, 2007 6:30 PM
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