Season 2 Episode 10

From Out Of The Rain

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2008 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

An old cinema reopens and mysterious horrors of the past return to Cardiff. Why are people trapped between life and death? Questions are asked about the Night Travellers, and what Torchwood can do to stop them.

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  • Proves that Torchwood, despite its strengths, is still a worryingly inconsistent series.

    Well, I say nothing happened, but that's a lie. It did. The problem is that very little tension is given off the script, and the whole air of spookiness that presumably P.J. Hammond was going for just doesn't work, cos this isn't scary. The villains are uninteresting and everything just feels so lifeless and awkward. Ianto becomes more involved and dedicated to the case than usual, for no real reason... the people whose breath have been stolen stand around in a shed for no real reason... The ideas here, as they were in Hammond's 'Small Worlds', are very good, and the concept of creepy people walking out of films to steal peoples' breath is frightening, it just doesn't come across well on the screen.moreless
  • *yawn?*

    While I really wanted to like this episode because it was really the only Ianto heavy episode of the season and also looked like it had a lot of potential, I'm afraid it fell flat. Don't get me wrong, I think the TW cast did the best they could with the script they had, but well, it just didn't have anything to it. I didn't get any sense of urgency and I wasn't even the tiniest bit scared. I found the villians to be boring and not at all scary, they even bordered on the silly side for me.

    I'm not sure if it was due to poor writing or poor editing but the story itself left me confused right from the very beginning. There were a lot of things done by Jack and the gang, as well as the villians that leave you going....huh? why? Such as Jack suddenly rushing to the theater after he hears the organ music....why? At that point there had been no connection between the organ music and the theater, So why was Jack suddenly all worried about Inato and the gang watching a movie?? Did Jack already know something??? This is never explained. Neither was Ianto's rather emotional involvment in the case. While I did think GDL did a great acting job, he can do agnst like no one else, the reason for Ianto's emotional reaction is a mystery. What caused him to be so involved? Was it because he had been "touched" by the circus people, or maybe he has a history we don't know about? We don't even get any hints. He's just emotional. By the end of the episode I was left with more questions then answers. There just too many things left unexplained. I can understand wanting leave a sense of mystery at the end of an episode but this just left me feeling let down and dissapointed. On a good note, I've enjoyed the rest of the entire season, I think this was the only lemon of the series.moreless
  • "From out of the rain"..By Peter J Hammond. Dir. Jonathan Fox Bassett. wow...that was bad. From the plot-line to the story as a whole. Come on guys this was silly........

    This review will be a short one kids. Sometimes when I watch a show, any show I think was poorly done I wonder how this got the green light to go ahead. "From out of the rain" was a fine example of a bad story idea gone very very bad. The only redeeming points of this episode was the fine job of the makeup team and the special effects team, also the rehashing of the background music from episode 10 from the first season "out of time".

    The Torchwood team of actors tried to breathe some life into this dog but, no saving it. Samuraikuroi USAmoreless
  • interesting idea, poor execution

    I keep wanting to like this show more than I do, I keep watching because every once in a while there's a good episode. This is one of those - sounds good on paper... didn't quite cut it -onscreen.

    In theory, I liked the idea. The black and white historical scense were interesting. It sort of had a touch of the XFiles episode where they tour the "freak" show, a few wanna be Tim Burton/goth moments.

    However, I kept feeling like this had already been done.

    Stealing souls, coming out from film. Been there, seen it, done it - several times.

    I can excuse lack of a good single episode plot if an overarching story arc is being set up - but there also didn't seem to be much character development.

    After reading other reviews, apparently, I'm in the minority, but I can't stand Ianto. He's boring. And I find watching him as exciting as a block of wood. Toshiko had no role to speak of. Gwen didn't do much.

    I wish they had fleshed out the circus performers. I liked the look of the grandmaster. But the "mermaid?" was not well explained. She also looked like anyone you'd meet on the street in a hipster neighborhood so I didn't see her as "from the past" or haunting in anyway.

    The only part I liked was when the grandmaster pities Owen for not having a breath of life.

    Finally, since the episode was supposedly all about film killing travelling shows... what about the fact that film houses are dying now (killed by TV/DVD)? There was a hint, the audience at the opening was sadly small, they talked about how few film theaters were left, etc. but it wasn't really explored.moreless
  • What happened! no real story or character development at all! Easily one of the worst TW episodes to date!

    I love Torchwood, but this was one of the worst episodes of the series to date!

    There was no realy story! fair enough the night travelers came out of the film to seek revenge, which was still a bad story, mainly for the reasons that the story was never really finished! I mean we never actually found out why the woman loved water so much, was she a real mermaid, did she ned water to survive, and why did she want to drink the tears! none of these things were actually answered in the episode!

    The only interesting part in the whole episode was finding out that Jack used to work under-cover in a travelling circus!

    Plus what happened to the special effects in the series, they seem to have hit an all-time low in this episode, when the travelers came through the cinema screen looked very shoddy, not to mention when Jack exposed the film and they all vanished, it looked terrible!

    Major fans would like this episode, mainly because it is Torchwood, and we find out the little tiny bit of Jacks past, but if you want to see more character development then you would not lose anything by skipping this episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • How does Owen know, by feeling her neck and holding his hand in front of her mouth, that the first victim still has a heartbeat but no breath? It was established a couple of episodes ago that Owen, now dead, can't actually feel anything that touches him.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gwen: You did stand-up.
      Jack: I never did stand-up.
      Gwen: Okay, then. A song and dance.
      Jack: I was sensational!
      Tosh: I don't believe this, Jack. What were you doing there?
      Owen: He was part of this freak show.
      Jack: Yeah, some things never change.
      Owen: Are you being rude about me?

    • Jack: (Speaking about the night travellers) I didn't work with them, I never knew anyone who did. They only performed in the dead of night. Anyway, it was just a tale that was around at that time. A ghost story. "They came from out of the rain". That's how people described them.

    • Ianto: You were up there on the screen. Large as life.
      Jack: What was I doing?
      Ianto: You were on some sort of stage, outside a big tent. You seemed to be part of a travelling show.
      Jack: I heard it. Heard its music. Just a snatch of it.
      Ianto:That film was beautiful. All those acts performing for us, part of history, trapped on film forever.
      Jack: Their days were numbered. Cinema may have saved their images, but it finished off the travelling shows. Killed them.

    • Pearl: Make her cry.
      Restaurant Owner: You what?
      Pearl: I want to drink her tears.

    • Jack: Ianto, you're with me. I need your local knowledge.
      Gwen: Oh, is that what you're calling it these days?

    • Christina: Your eyes are older than your face.
      Captain Jack: Is that a bad thing?
      Christina: Yes. It means you don't belong. It means you're from nowhere.

    • Ghostmaker: (To Owen) What are you? There's not a breath in your poor, sad body. You're no use to me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode has an eerily similar plot to that in the two-part "Time's Arrow£ episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In that episode, a couple dressed in fine clothes stole the life force of individuals they encountered in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. This episode featured historical authors Mark Twain and Jack London and represented the similar aspect of a time paradox.

    • International air dates:
      United States: March 29, 2008
      Sweden: September 7, 2008
      Canada: October 3, 2008
      Germany: August 12, 2009