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S02E09: 'Something Borrowed'

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S02E09: 'Something Borrowed'
Let's face it - a Torchwood wedding was never going to be your average, run of the mill trundle down the aisle. Instead, it was an energetic romp that oozed with body horror that would make David Cronenberg proud, infused a type of family melodrama commonly seen on soaps, and exuded a huge sense of fun throughout.

The plot was stunningly bonkers, and unashamedly so. Sigourney Weaver never had an imminent wedding to contend with after a big bug got her up the duff in Alien3. Every potential dramatic and comedic moment that stemmed from Gwen's unconventional 'bun in the oven' scenario was fully maximised, with the cast largely playing it straight and letting the farcical situations speak for themselves.

At the forefront of events, Eve Myles delivered an outstanding performance as Gwen, given her chance to shine after the Burn Gorman domination of recent weeks. Myles effortlessly dealt with some potentially tricky material, provoking laughs with her attempts to deal with her pregnancy and explain it to her parents, while eliciting a strong degree of sympathy with a teary plea to Rhys about her refusal to cancel the wedding. An honourable mention goes to the 'guest artistes' who played the friends and family at the wedding, particularly small screen legend Nerys Hughes as Rhys's ghastly mother and slightly more tolerable shapeshifter.

Funny yet poignant, 'Something Borrowed' is far from blue. Make sure you keep your eyes on Gwen and Jack's interaction in the coming weeks, as there's plenty of evidence here that something is definitely simmering in their loins.

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