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Fridge Logic in “Torchwood Children Of Earth: Day One” 
20th-Jul-2009 10:08 pm
BK - Cannon
As promised, here’s what I had to say about “Day One” in the It Just Bugs Me Page for Torchwood at TV Tropes.


In Children of Earth, why did the government try to kill Jack by destroying the Hub?
  1. Why try to assassinate someone known to be (a) effectively immortal and (b) probably the person on Earth most experienced in dealing with aliens in general and the 456 specifically? It would make more sense to stick him in solitary confinement — that way he can’t spill the beans about 1965 but he’s available to have his brains picked if necessary.
  2. It was pointless to silence the witnesses to the previous visit of the 456 without knowing whether or not the aliens were going to keep the secret — which they didn’t.
  3. Those in power were ignorant of the Hub’s contents (hence the would-be infiltrator in Day One). For all they knew, somewhere in the Torchwood archives was a box labeled OPEN IN CASE OF VOMITING ALIENS WHO WANT TO SNORT OUR KIDS.
  4. Shhhh, we don’t want anyone to know aliens are coming! I know, let’s turn the subterranean headquarters of the alien-fighting organization that everybody in town knows about into a smoking crater! Nothing suspicious about that!
  5. What about the rift? Now the authorities have no means of tracking it or dealing with what comes through. It would serve them right if Nyarlathotep turned up.
Comments 
21st-Jul-2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you, glad to know I'm not the only one seeing plotholes big enough to drive a stolen SUV through!
21st-Jul-2009 07:19 am (UTC)
If they want to get rid of the old sets, fine, but they could have come up with a better rationale.
21st-Jul-2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Trust me, the plotholes don't stop there.

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21st-Jul-2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I know, but I’m waiting to discuss later developments to minimize the chance of spoilers.
22nd-Jul-2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to admit that most Torchwood episodes have plot holes big enough to drive the SUV through. But Children of Earth has big enough holes to sail the Queen Elizabeth II through!
22nd-Jul-2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh and one to add to your first item: 1c. and has shown himself to be really GOOD at keeping secrets.
22nd-Jul-2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Weeeellll...yes and no. Keeping his own secrets, sure. Keeping Torchwood a secret, not so much.
22nd-Jul-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
General "Bloody Torchwood!" sort of secrets, no. Specifics--well, apparently, if you consider that Gwen had never heard of TW in the pilot and Andy thought they were a CSI type unit. The odds that Jack would broadcast to the world that "Yes, Britain sold 12 children for a flu vaccine in 1965 and by the way I was the middle-man" were pretty non-existent, at least before they destroyed the Hub.
23rd-Jul-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
or all they knew, somewhere in the Torchwood archives was a box labeled OPEN IN CASE OF VOMITING ALIENS WHO WANT TO SNORT OUR KIDS.

that had me LMAO-ing for a good few minutes. Serously...I got Exorcist flashbacks with all the split pea soup.

although I still stand by my theory that they blew up the Hub only because they didn't want to pay them a shit load of money. It's the British version of a bailout. ;)
23rd-Jul-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
What I love is that the 456 are considerate enough to periodically wipe down the inside of the tank, because the vomit stains keep disappearing.
24th-Jul-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I know...that's so nice of them isn't it?
24th-Jul-2009 04:51 am (UTC)
At least they’re tidy Lovecraftian horrors.
25th-Jul-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
that is true.
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