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it's a sin

ok - I've been sitting on this for a few days and I really need to get it out. But brace yourselves people, this is going to be one internet-geeky entry.. of rage!

I finally started watching Torchwood. For those of you who aren't sci-fi fans, Torchwood is a BBC spin-off the latest Doctor Who series. If you don't know Doctor Who, then you aren't a sci-fi fan. Sorry, but there is no excuse. I haven't actually watched the new Doctor Who, but I loved old series (Tom Baker is my #1) and was turned off by the tv pilot/movie that came out in '96 (Doctor Who with a sex drive -ewwwwww!). SO understandably, I was a little reluctant to watch the new one. My loss - turns out BBC is awesome these days - just go watch their new Sherlock (it is to die for).

Anyways.. back to the point. So, looking for a new show, I decided to give Torchwood a go. And damn! Adult sci-fi with the welsh!! LOVE IT! And I really did, I invested in that show. But no one warned me, so I have to warn you ** Don't read this if you don't want me to ruin the show for you, much like my mother did when I was catching up on Bones and she goes 'Have you gotten to the part yet where her assistant turns out to be a serial killer?' Mom, you lose big time for that, because you did it on purpose **

One of the best things about the show is the raunchy yet understated romantic interest between the main man and one of the supporting staff. Two decently attractive men, good writing, and lots of fun action. I swooned - and so did the fanbase (from what I can tell). And yet, the man in charge of the show saw fit to kill one of them off (and consequently terminate the sci-fi gay romantic back story line that was nicely threading through the series). I'm am still so upset, words fail me. I cannot describe the awesome that this was, and the awfulness that resulted from this action.

As I watched via netflix, years after it actually aired, I remembered. I remembered reading about the acrimony between the fan base and the series producer. At the time, I thought it was ridiculous. People have to die in stories to create a richer experience, to make a point, sometime just as a plot device. You can't fight the creator. Fans need to know their place. but oh, in this instance, i was wrong... oh so wrong.

Now maybe I've missed it, but I haven't seen a tv show do a nicely understated gay romance with the main character, have it be well-written, and not have it be the main point. This was something rare, and in this case I have to agree with the fans. So even though he'll never read this, "Russell Davies - you killed a unicorn. That's why people got so mad."


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