Torchwood

Season 2 Episode 13

Exit Wounds

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 2008 on BBC Two
9.4
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Captain John Hart returns to wreak havoc upon Jack's world, and then captures Jack. It is up to the Torchwood team to rescue him and save the city.

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  • Fantastic! Keep them coming!

    10
    What I love about this show is the genuine emotion you feel. One of the best examples was "ADAM." I have never watched a series before that in only 2 seasons has captivated me and others so quickly. The characters are very realistic and believable. I think that this was definitely one of the best season finales I have ever seen. It was very smart of the writers of TORCHWOOD that they introduced Captain John Hart, make you, or at least me, completely forget about him up only to have him reappear in the season finale. It was very heartbreaking to see Owen and Toshiko die in "Exit Wounds" but in many ways it was fitting that they died as a pair. The only difficult thing about Torchwood is that if there is a Series 3 will they be replaced and if so will new members make or break the show? In ways it reminds me a lot of Doctor Who when Rose Tyler is "replaced" by Martha Jones. Series 3? I am not sure how I feel about it yet.moreless
  • I thought it was dreadful. It was a terrible way to end the season.

    1.5
    I am shocked that everyone liked this one. It was total rubbish! So we already know Jack gets to live forever and eventually become this ugly face in a jar thing because he looked into the heart of the Tardis. OK, whatever. I missed how Jack's brother gets his powers to time travel and have long life. It was a silly and stupid plot twist to have Gray turn out to be the evil brother. I didn't find it believable at all. It was nice that Jack ended up forgiving his brother with anger management issues, but I don't forgive the writers on this one.moreless
  • Open letter to Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner

    10
    Dear Russell and Julie,

    Regarding the "Torchwood" Series 2 finale, dear heavens! I was blown away. I can only just now (over a month after it aired stateside) bring myself to write about it. It was that impacting. How could you kill off Tosh and Owen (extenuating circumstances notwithstanding) in the same episode?! Did you realise what a number this would do on your devoted, adoring fans? While not quite as devastating as killing off Jack would be (a, you can't; b, it would provoke a mass suicide among fans of the show everywhere...just warning you)...I couldn't believe my eyes and ears and any other senses that might have been in operation at the moment! In fact, I'm still slow to believe it. I mean, Owen is one thing. I love him and all, but he was already dead, and how long can you stretch that out for? But Tosh?! Why did Tosh have to die?



    Alright, I'll stop whining. All I'm saying is they will be sorely missed. And as Toshiko said, "you're breaking my heart." Besides that shocker (and including it), this episode was fannntastic. I couldn't have picked a better reintroduction of Captain John and Grey. Turning Jack's beloved brother against him...you really don't pull any punches, do you? And the episode's all the better because of it. Having John become just a pawn in Grey's plan was even better...he seems like the kind of guy who's always in control, and making him unable to control anything he does...amazing idea. By the end, you really believe that maybe Captain Hart does love Jack...and that maybe he's a good guy after all. Great writing accomplishes this with the character set up to be a complete, unredeemable rake. Of course, so does great acting, and returning James Marsters to the Hub was a fit of genius. Thank you, thank you, thank you for that. Of course, the acting in the show is usually fabu; kudos to the main cast. John, Naoko, Gareth, Burn, Eve and Kai are amazing actors and actresses. Every episode it is a pleasure to watch them interact with each other. And I am not just referring to that scene in "Adrift". I swear.



    Also thank you a thousand times over for giving Tosh and Owen a proper send-off, one they totally deserved. Beautiful scenes, both. They of course only reinforced the wonderfulness of both characters and how much they'll be missed next season. The beauty and cinemagic of the scenes definitely made me cry even harder at their deaths.



    The plot of this episode--with the menace in the dark and the power plant, and Jack gone--was much more terrifying and suspenseful than last season's. Who knew a mass power outage could be scarier than Godzilla trampling Cardiff? Much darker, stranger, but still terrestrial--and therein lies its terror. It might actually happen, and Torchwood won't be there to save us. Great ideas.



    The thought of Jack being in the crypt the whole time gives me the heebie-jeebies every time I see it now (when I'm rewatching old shows). Even more so when I think about him under the ground...shivers just writing that. In fact, I could not watch the television when John was burying him. Of course, I had to keep looking up to see when it moved off that scene, so it didn't work very well, but I tried. (And I cried. Did I mention the crying?)



    This episode accomplished everything "Torchwood" is about: it was dark, freaky, sexy, scary, awesome, well-written, beautiful, and shocking. And sad. Undeniably sad.



    Have I said thank you yet? Well, thank you.

    Sincerely, Beej (A Fan) (A Tearful Fan) (A Tearful Fan Who Will Do Anything For John Barrowman's Telephone Number)moreless
  • A very emotional episode

    9.2
    This episode sees the return of the violent captain John Hart. He has returned to take revenge on torchwoodyet all is not what it seems. Weevils are parading around the city causing havock yet thats not the worst of it. Captain John Hart has set up explosions that blow up parts of Cardiff. He then takes Jack back to 27AD before Cardiff has even been built. There Jack is reunited with his little brother that he lost years ago. Of course Gray is not so forgiving and takes revenge. He buries Jack alive for almost 2000 years and takes the lifes of 2 of the most important people to Jack. This is a truly emotional finale!moreless
  • Torchwood's finest hour.

    10
    this finale was pro ably the best torchwood episode I have ever seen, it was totally shocking having 2 regular cast members killed off, Owen and tosh will be deeply missed. It was also pretty surprising to see that jack's brother had turned evil. it was pretty cool how they had jack buried underground for about a thousand years, I wonder if this might have some effects on his character in future episodes. Owen's and Tish's deaths were very well done. James Masters as captain john was also very good. I'm hoping he will make further appearances on the show. He may even be made a regular, torchwood need's some replacements for Owen and tosh.moreless
James Marsters

James Marsters

Captain John Hart

Guest Star

Lachlan Nieboer

Lachlan Nieboer

Gray

Guest Star

Golda Rosheuvel

Golda Rosheuvel

Dr Angela Connolly

Guest Star

Kai Owen

Kai Owen

Rhys Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This is the only series finale to date where Jack doesn't leave the team.

    • If Jack was frozen in the twentieth century, and stored in one of the chambers of Torchwood for all of this time, wouldn't a team member have known this? Secondly, wouldn't Jack have crossed his own timeline, and known that he was in the compartment (with him being in charge)?

    • Amy Manson is credited as appearing as "Alice Guppy" in this episode. Burn Gorman (Owen) played a character called Mr Guppy in the miniseries "Bleak House".

    • The song that is playing when Jack first returns to the Hub and which John claims is "our song" is "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip.

    • Paul Kasey also played The Hoix, but is uncredited.

    • Paul Marc Davies (the Cowled Figure) has also appeared in Doctor Who (as the Futurekind Chieftain in "Utopia") as well as in The Sarah Jane Adventures (as the Trickster in "Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?").

    • Toshiko mentions to Owen about the time she pretended to be a medic (covering for him) and looked at a "space pig". This is referring to the Doctor Who episode entitled "Aliens Of London" in which Naoko Mori appeared as "Dr. Sato". There has been some debate as to whether these two characters were the same person. This confirms that they actually were.

    • The Hoix - seen in the hospital basement - also featured in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • PC Andy: This is a crime scene, and a confidential crime scene at that. If it gets out what happened here, there'll be a city-wide panic.
      Gwen: Rhys isn't gonna go blabber.
      Rhys: I'm keeping more secrets than you'd ever believe.
      PC Andy: Oh, like what?
      Rhys: Like a time agency based in Cardiff.
      Gwen: Oh, it's not based in Cardiff.
      PC Andy: Brilliant secret. I ask, you tell. Well done.

    • Captain Jack: (Chained up) This is a little extreme, don't you think?
      Captain John: Oh, what, suddenly you're anti-bondage?

    • Captain John: You took your time.
      Gwen: (Holding a gun) On your knees!
      Captain John: Honestly, it's just sex, sex, sex with you.
      Gwen: Now!

    • Jack: Now we carry on.
      Gwen: I don't think I can, not after this.
      Jack: You can. We all can. The end is where we start from.

    • Toshiko: (In video) Okay. So, if you're seeing this, I guess it means, I'm, well, dead. Hope it was impressive! Not crossing the road or an incident with a toaster. I just wanted to say, it's okay. It really is. Jack, you saved me. You showed me all the wonders of the universe and all those possibilities. And I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Thank you. And Owen, you never knew. I love you. All of you. And, I hope I did good.

    • Captain Jack: You've destroyed the city.
      Captain John: Jack, hold me.

    • Ianto: Put Jack on right now!
      Captain John: Eye candy! That was so masterful, so bossy, so basically powerless.

    • Cowled Leader: Devils! Blasphemers! Pray to your heathen god, while in the Lord's name, we cast out!
      (Ianto and Tosh look at each other, pull out their guns, and fire. The three cowled figures fall to the floor, dead)
      Ianto: There we are, then.
      Tosh: Sorted.

    • Owen: I'm gonna rage my way to oblivion!
      Toshiko: Please don't.
      Owen: Why? Give me one good blood reason why I shouldn't! One good reason why I shouldn't keep bloody screaming.
      Toshiko: 'Cause you're breaking my heart.
      Owen: I'm sorry.

    • Captain John: Come on! Sing along. It's our song.
      Captain Jack: We don't have a song. And if we did have a song, it wouldn't be this song.

    • Owen: We never did get that date, did we? You and me? We sort of missed each other. It was my fault. I didn't, I didn't notice until it was too late. I'm sorry.
      Toshiko: Me, too.

    • Jack: I was the only one who could ever control him. That's why the Time Agency partnered us.
      Rhys: Did you just say Time Agency? Don't tell me that's based in Cardiff, too.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Jack revives after John Hart shoots him to death, Jack is seen hanging spread-eagle from chains. We saw him in the same basic position in Doctor Who, the Series Three finale, "Last of the Time Lords".

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