Recap: Torchwood S 1 E 10 Out Of Time
There's no puzzle to solve, no enemy to fight...just three lost people who have somehow become our responsibility.
— Jack finds Torchwood's latest problem quite simple, yet quite difficult
Jack, Gwen and Owen wait patiently at an airstrip as a prop plane makes its touchdown. The pilot and two passengers disembark and introduce themselves, although Jack seems to be more interested in what day they think it is. The pilot believes it's December 18th, 1953
The time-displaced trio are led into the Hub, where Jack explains to them that they've fallen into a "transcendental portal" triggered by the Cardiff rift. From here, we spend the episode following our fish out of water as they grow acclimated to their new surroundings. Pilot Diane Holmes aches to get into the sky again, but finds a confidant in Owen. Businessman John Ellis bonds with Jack and yearns to find his son, who may still be living. Proper young lady Emma-Louise Cowell is having a harder time, having lost the family she depended on, and realizing that the modern woman is a much different person these days — but even she finds companionship in two young chavvish girls living in her hostel.
Gwen takes Emma under her wing as if she were a little sister, and teaches her about the new world. It ends up grating things with Rhys as he begins to discover the lies she has had to tell him while working for Torchwood. Emma takes the decision out of Gwen's hands by accepting a job in London, which she had always wanted to do.
Owen and Diane hit it off and have a lot
of sex. They quite accidentally fall in love within the week, which terrifies Owen. In the end, the sky ends up being more important to Diane, and despite Owen's feelings for her, she departs in her plane for the wild unknown. Owen, very heartbroken while watching her go, is [brought to tears
when Diane flies back through the rift.
As for John, he's the one having the toughest time adjusting to The Future
, which is punctuated when he warns Emma not to, either
. He does finally find his son, now in his seventies and in a rest home with Alzheimer's. With no family and no place, he tries to kill himself
. Jack stops him and explains that, being a Fish out of Temporal Water
himself, he can promise that it gets better
. John won't have it and kills himself regardless, with Jack by his side out of sheer sympathy.
Three people come to Torchwood, and they each leave in their own way. As a result, three members of Torchwood learn more about themselves in the process. And, as we'll soon see, Owen's about to go off the deep end.