So, during the normal US seasons of Doctor Who I add my thoughts on the eppy’s quite regularly, but during the hiatus I apparently have to fill some space with a brief Spoiler-filled discussion of Torchwood‘s five part miniseries; Children of Earth. I didn’t like it. Pretty much that’s it. Heh. No, really, there were aspects of the plot that I literally laughed outright when they hit me just right, and that was not the intention of the writers, I’m sure.
If any of you have read my Doctor Who articles, you know I’m amused and intrigued, as a Christian (and a conservative) , when some of the atheistic writers (such as RTD) throw in religious references and such…well, this time it wasn’t so much a religious aspect that got me laughing, but rather a political one.
Really simplified version of the plot; Aliens want some of earth’s children. The Aliens are using the kids in a symbiotic manner that gives them a high; yes, a drug high. The aliens can apparently kill every human on the face of the earth (which is never really even established), but are willing to trade earth’s overall safety for 10% of the children of Earth. Britain’s gov’t is covering up the facts, and they come to a point of sending the military out to take their populace’s share of the children by force. Captain Jack is at first pursued by the gov’t, not to help, but so that they can kill him if they can, and if not, so they can contain him. Of course, that doesn’t happen; Jack is freed, Ianto gets killed by the aliens and in turn…Jack kills his own grandson to stop the aliens from taking the children or killing off humanity. Yes, yes, RTD’s fingerprints are all over this ‘un.
So, I have to mention that RTD was interviewed about the plot and one thing he mentioned was that this is like the war on terrorism…no, not that he is in support of the war, but rather that our soldiers are basically over there fighting, doing who knows what to who knows who…hmmm…yeah, completely missed that intention (in fact I agreed with the bloke that labeled the aliens terrorists). What kept running through my mind was; This has got to be a big advertisement for the Second Amendment of the US constitution! For those of you who don’t know, that’s the one talking about the right of the populace to arm themselves.
Yes, the British military is shown with automatic weapons and body armor invading civilian homes and taking their children for sacrifice…I mean, to appease the aliens. The citizenry gets to “fight back” by running away and/or throwing things like bricks and rocks at the armed personnel…really effective. Seriously, I was distracted to the point of not caring about the actual plot so much as laughing and pointing at the TV, loving the support of the right to bear arms.
The next thing that had me laughing out loud was when Darwinism was on full display, and it was meant to be taken negatively by the audience! I love it, as this too seemed to be completely unintentional on the part of the writers. So, we need to trade 10% of the world’s children. How does the British gov’t decide which kiddies get a living death being crack for the aliens? The dumbest 10% of the young population! In a move that should make Darwin proud, and Hitler very happy, they go through the school records and prepare a sacrifice of the “weakest” members of the species. Flows right along with Darwinist thought, though the writers seem to be making it a point that we should be horrified over…yet, I’m laughing…
Morally that was a wrong and evil decision. From a Christian perspective that would never ever fly, and it is indeed horrendous. But, from the supposed position of an atheistic Darwinist, it’d be the “right” thing to do. Not only that but one of the “tree-hugging” members of the gov’t points out that this sacrifice…I mean trading of the Children, is actually a good thing; we get rid of 10% of the young population…think about all the disappearing carbon footprints both now and in the future!
Alright, now for general thoughts and commentary. First, shame on Jack. I’ve lost any respect for the character, and just with the Doctor was around to put him in his place. Let’s not try to come up with an alternate solution to the alien dilemma, such as engineering replacement drugs for them. Let’s not blow up the lone alien present on earth after we shoot a few rounds from two little handguns at the bullet proof glass protecting it and it doesn’t work. Let’s not figure out how to resonate something other than a child to send a return signal (the aliens did just fine with a pair of earth-manufactured speakers oddly enough). Let’s not ask the children for their help, or consent…No, let’s needlessly murder an innocent child that doesn’t even know what’s going on.
Was there any religious elements? Several; a mention of someone who had once had faith, but offed themselves when they found out aliens were real because the person felt so small and insignificant. Then there was the them of sacrifice throughout, and specifically human sacrifice. I kept thinking of: Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech… and, 2 Kings 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. At one point Gwen brings up the Doctor and how she used to wonder why he didn’t always show up to stop the evil happenings, and how she know realizes how he must look away because of the shameful state of humanity…how wonderful for us that the real Messiah hasn’t done that.
Anywho, I’ve seen a lot better. I also don’t know what this bodes for the future of Torchwood, nor the character of Jack Harkness…