History Series / TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth

29th Jul '16 2:01:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Agent Johnson.
** Need to destroy a secret base? [[spoiler: Kill the base's leader, plant a bomb in his stomach, let his ResurrectiveImmortality bring him back to life, and have him inadvertently blow the base up for you.]]
** Your enemy keeps coming back to life? [[spoiler: Capture his remains, place them in a prison cell. Encase them in ''concrete''.]]
31st Mar '16 9:13:48 AM Shaorai217
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* BittersweetEnding: Although it could have been far, far worse in the larger scheme of things, the series does not end well on a ''personal'' level for any of the heroes.


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* DownerEnding: Although it could have been far, far worse in the larger scheme of things, the series does not end well on a ''personal'' level for any of the heroes.
3rd Mar '16 6:34:47 AM Silverblade2
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* BittersweetEnding: Although it could have been far, far worse in the larger scheme of things, the series does not end well on a ''personal'' level for any of the heroes.



* DownerEnding: Although it could have been far, far worse in the larger scheme of things, the series does not end well on a ''personal'' level for any of the heroes.
19th Oct '15 1:07:18 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"''Children of Earth ''is an awful and angry parable about the world we have built and [[HumansAreBastards what it would take for it all to come crashing down]]. The answer, on the one hand, is clearly a lot - it’s not like alien invasions demanding 10% of the world’s children are what you’d call common. And yet the line between order and madness is still depicted as so thin as to vanish nearly overnight."''

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->''"''Children of Earth ''is an awful and angry parable about the world we have built and [[HumansAreBastards what it would take for it all to come crashing down]].down. The answer, on the one hand, is clearly a lot - it’s not like alien invasions demanding 10% of the world’s children are what you’d call common. And yet the line between order and madness is still depicted as so thin as to vanish nearly overnight."''
18th Oct '15 6:30:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Mr. Dekker. When the alarms go off to signify that the 456 have begun [[spoiler:filling Thames House with poison gas]] and sealed it off, instead of futilely trying to escape, he runs into an equipment room and quickly puts on a hot-suit. Incidentally, he's the only one in the building who survives.



* KryptoniteFactor: Johnson's people believe the Torchwood Hub is somehow linked to Harkness' immortality, and hope that by destroying it they will destroy him. They're GenreSavvy enough not to rely on this however, and make sure to throw his remains in a cell just in case they're wrong.

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* KryptoniteFactor: Johnson's people believe the Torchwood Hub is somehow linked to Harkness' immortality, and hope that by destroying it they will destroy him. They're GenreSavvy smart enough not to rely on this however, and make sure to throw his remains in a cell just in case they're wrong.
6th Sep '15 9:36:10 AM Sapphirea2
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* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Lampshaded by Gwen when she wonders why the Doctor doesn't come to help. The real-world reason is that this show isn't family-friendly the way ''Doctor Who'' is and they didn't want to attract the wrong audience by having him show up in it; in-universe the Doctor isn't all-knowing and generally can't control where/when he goes anyway -- also, he can't alter certain fixed points in time, which this may be. But Gwen isn't aware of all this, and she does her lampshading at the top of Day Five...so she believes the reason is that he's too ashamed of humanity when it acts the way it's been acting the previous few days to help.

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* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: PlayedForDrama and Lampshaded by Gwen when she wonders why the Doctor doesn't come to help.help as [[spoiler: the military starts rounding up the children]]. The real-world reason is that this show isn't family-friendly the way ''Doctor Who'' is and they didn't want to attract the wrong audience by having him show up in it; in-universe the Doctor isn't all-knowing and generally can't control where/when he goes anyway -- also, he can't alter certain fixed points in time, which this may be. But Gwen isn't aware of all this, and she does her lampshading at the top of Day Five...this...so she believes the reason is that he's too ashamed of humanity when it acts the way it's been acting the previous few days now to help.
6th Sep '15 9:32:50 AM Sapphirea2
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* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Lampshaded by Gwen when she wonders why the Doctor doesn't come to help.

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* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Lampshaded by Gwen when she wonders why the Doctor doesn't come to help. The real-world reason is that this show isn't family-friendly the way ''Doctor Who'' is and they didn't want to attract the wrong audience by having him show up in it; in-universe the Doctor isn't all-knowing and generally can't control where/when he goes anyway -- also, he can't alter certain fixed points in time, which this may be. But Gwen isn't aware of all this, and she does her lampshading at the top of Day Five...so she believes the reason is that he's too ashamed of humanity when it acts the way it's been acting the previous few days to help.
13th Jul '15 5:43:51 PM chizz
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* [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is For UNIT]]: Cabinet member Denise Riley, who says "what everyone here is thinking". None of the government big shots want [[spoiler:their own children handed over]], and if they're exempt, why not get rid of the ratbag element of society?

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* [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is For UNIT]]: SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Cabinet member Denise Riley, who says "what everyone here is thinking". None of the government big shots want [[spoiler:their own children handed over]], and if they're exempt, why not get rid of the ratbag element of society?
18th Apr '15 4:06:17 PM dawnmarie
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Most of the cast and crew felt that reducing the series to five episodes and moving it to what was widely considered a graveyard slot would result in it not being a major success. As it turns out, ''Children of Earth'' garnered ''very'' respectable ratings, is widely regarded as the best out of the four ''Torchwood'' seasons, and is considered by some to be one of RussellTDavies's finest works.



* PlayingAgainstType: Peter Capaldi is best known for playing MagnificentBastard AntiHero Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' -- a man with no scruples or shame over the corrupt government he works for. In ''Children Of Earth'' he plays John Frobisher, a ButtMonkey AntiVillain who is so ashamed of his governments' acts he [[spoiler:commits suicide after murdering his family]] to spare his family from [[spoiler:being turned over to the 456]]. The two characters are polar opposites.
17th Mar '15 4:22:12 AM ATK
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Agent Johnson.
** Need to destroy a secret base? [[spoiler: Kill the base's leader, plant a bomb in his stomach, let his ResurrectiveImmortality bring him back to life, and have him inadvertently blow the base up for you.]]
** Your enemy keeps coming back to life? [[spoiler: Capture his remains, place them in a prison cell. Encase them in ''concrete''.]]



* KnightOfCerebus: In Days One and Two, Johnson. [[spoiler: She kills Jack and Rupesh, blows up the Torchwood Hub, effortlessly tracks down everyone involved with Torchwood, and has Jack ''encased in concrete''. She has a HeelFaceTurn later, however.]]



* PaedoHunt: Johnny Davies goes PapaWolf on a couple of government surveillance officers doing suspicious monitoring in his neck of the woods. He rightfully accuses them as perverts and sics a posse of teens on the "couple of paedos", who swamp the ever-loving crap out of their car, blocking their windows as well. Actually a clever move of ObfuscatingStupidity- it's so Rhiannon can escape the neighborhood unnoticed by the government suits. And it's a ProperlyParanoid accusation in that type of slum, so no one will question his motive for calling out the wrath of the neighborhood watch.

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* PaedoHunt: Johnny Davies goes PapaWolf on a couple of government surveillance officers doing suspicious monitoring in his neck of the woods. He rightfully accuses them as perverts and sics a posse of teens on the "couple of paedos", who swamp the ever-loving crap out of their car, blocking their windows as well. Actually a clever move of ObfuscatingStupidity- it's so Rhiannon can escape the neighborhood unnoticed by the government suits. And it's a ProperlyParanoid accusation in that type of slum, so no one will question his motive for calling out the wrath of the neighborhood watch. watch.
* PaterFamilicide: [[spoiler: Frobisher does this on Day Five.]]
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