2MTL 258: "Boom Town" Two-minute Throwback

Well, they can't all be winners. They certainly can't all be huge and epic, either, but "Boom Town" particularly suffers by being bracketed by Steven Moffat's debut and the first in a long line of budget-busting series finales. This cheap-feeling episode has a couple of things to recommend it, however, and it's actually better in 2012 than it was in 2005.

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  1. I absolutely agree: it's a mediocre episode. I do find myself rewatching it more than I might expect, though, because I love that dynamic of the TARDIS trio. While you're probably right that they couldn't keep Jack in the TARDIS for many episodes, I really do wish we'd gotten more time to see them work together. For me, Jack is at his best with Doctor and Rose. I do understand Jack's difficult character arc, and what his unique property (spoiler sensitive, just in case) does to him, but I don't enjoy him as a character as much in Torchwood.

    When I rewatch Boomtown, it's usually because I want to revisit the Doctor/Rose/Jack dynamics, like the scene where the four of them stride into the Government Building with Jack describing the situation and the strategy, and the Doctor having a little fuss about who's in charge. But before I get there, I have to sit through so much Slitheen drivel, and I'm quickly wondering why I turned on this crap again.

    Thanks for this throwback review!

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