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01 July 2009 @ 09:20 pm
Torchwood : Radio Play : Asylum  

The story of a teen runaway called Freda who is brought to the attention of Torchwood by PC Andy.
As Gwen, Jack and Ianto investigate where this troubled girl has come from,
Andy finds himself drawn closer than ever before into the world of Torchwood.


All the reviews on it so far have branded it as being a bit of a "snooze-fest"  and boring and in a way I both agree and disagree. By the time I got home from work and settled down to listen to the first of the radio plays, I was beginning to feel decidedly unwell and decided that I'd listen to the play whilst having a bit of a lie down. Asylum definitely wasn't the heart-pumping adventure that most of us were probably expecting, but for me it was just what I needed to be listening to in order to relax and recover for a bit. Something nice and calm, nothing too exciting or jumpy, but with an engaging story that kept me listening and intrigued enough not to fall asleep!

I loved that PC Andy not only got to find out about Torchwood, but that they decided against retconning the knowledge from him too. I think this actually makes him a proper member of "the club" now ;) and one hopes that this will lead to the use of his character in, say, the actual tv series? Most of us have been gagging to have PC Andy around a bit more, and after 45minutes of his quirky humour I'm even more up for it than I already was, heh.

I really liked the OC, Freda. And I loved her wacky way of speaking XD ....Jack came across as being a tad hypocritical/prejudiced (am I even thinking the right word here? :S) in regards to her being half-human, half-alien though. I mean after everything he's done (figuratively and literally) you'd think he'd have been a little more understanding of her predicament, especially considering it's neither something she could help nor change about herself. Still, didn't take Jack too long to come around to Gwen and Ianto's way of thinking, thankfully. Talk about tag-teaming the boss ;) heh.

Gwen was pretty awesome. Loved the banter between her and Andy. They're really quite hysterical together, especially without meaning to be. The part where she confesses to him that Freda may not be entirely human and Andy realises what she's going on about had me giggling just a wee bit ;) loff them so much!

And as for Ianto, well now... the riding on the motorcycle with Jack was sexy in an "omg I wish I could actually see them on a bike together!" way, and their banter in the SUV beforehand in regards to Jack pressing all the buttons on the gun (which, omg, how awesome would one of those be for shopping with?! You'd never have to stand in another goddamned queue again!) was nice, and I also loved their couple-y bickering, and his aforementioned tag-teaming of Jack with Gwen was pretty good too, but on a whole? Definitely not enough Ianto going around in this one!

...but that's okay. I just bet they're saving him all up in order to torture him senseless when "The Dead Line" comes round! fingers crossed anyway ;) tehehe.

And tomorrow Torchwood go to India in "Golden Age". Cannot wait! X)

mood: contentcontent
Joulez217joulez217 on July 1st, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oddly I agree with you on so many points in this review! Which is strange cause i normally like stuff the majority of folks don't! LOL.

I will 100% agree on the listening to it while relaxing, and cooling down! XD

I'm definitly looking forward to the next two and tomorrows I actually get to listen to when it airs!!!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.01 \\ XD stopwatch!cs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Yeah, I loved that I could just lie back and listen to the story without getting too worked up or bored or anything. It was lovely. ...I suppose if it wasn't so hot out and I'd been feeling more energetic I'd have expected something more from it, but I was quite happy with what we got :)

Jammy bugger! I won't be able to listen to any of them as they air. Stoopid work!
Joulez217joulez217 on July 1st, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ditto, it was nice!

I know, but if the shops MOR (Meeting for Managers) hadn't been changed three times (our DM is very indesicive at times!) I would have missed all three as well!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.03 \\ Janto kisscs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
lol, is this the only one you'll be listening to? Or will you be able to listen to the third one also?
Joulez217joulez217 on July 1st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I meant listening to "live" lol, i maybe should have added that part in. Friday's one will be waiting for me when i get in, so probably be this time friday that i watch it agian.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.12 \\ Jack; oh fuckcs_whitewolf on July 2nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
lol I mean "live" too XD

Did you enjoy today's one?
Joulez217joulez217 on July 2nd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
XD LOL fair enough.

I did and I didn't, I'm in two minds and may need a re-listen. The one thing that did grate on me a little was all the seemingly long pauses between each scene, sort of like they weren't sure what to add into it to fill the time. Otherwise it was good, I quite enjoyed it. Did you? Have you even listened to it yet?
galaxy_song: bertspockgalaxy_song on July 1st, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I liked it:) I did think Jack was a bit out of character when it came to wanting to lock up Freda because she was half alien.

I laughed alot at the random words Freda comes out with.

The motorbike part made me squee so much, would love to have seen thatXD

Can't wait for the next oneXD
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.01 \\ Ianto fucking Jonescs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he was really quite adamant about the whole thing which was a little disconcerting. I would have thought that he of all people would have been a bit more understanding (especially after finishing the novel "The House That Jack Built", you finished that one?).

Freda was awesome XD and I loved that PC Andy humoured her by starting to use some of her wacky words, heh.

Next one sounds pretty exciting, so def looking forward to that :D
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on July 1st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah I liked the House that Jack built, the love the triangle he had going on was funny at first but then just got really sad.

I did like the idea that is was Jack/Torchwood that sent Freda back as a sort of warning of the future of how it might be if they kept treating aliens that way.

LOL Andy going all Die Hard and driving through the parkXD

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Janto Snog!jemzamia on July 1st, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was a snooze-fest at all! Yes, it wasn't running around blowing stuff up and killing people against a huge ticky clock but if Torchwood was constantly like that it would be a drag and unrealistic. So I'm a bit WTF fandom on that. :S

I loved the pure emotion and humanity behind the story. PC Andy wins 200% at life and I've fallen even more in love with him. When I read Bay Of The Dead on the train to London last week I had to restrain myself from smiling, giggling, flailing and awwing so I didn't scare the middle aged business dude next to me. LOL

Freda is great! I love her weird language too! I thought that was a very intelligent detail in the story as well as it takes into account how language progresses, converges etc blah blah *is English Langauge geek*

I thought Gwen was rather harsh on Andy which made me unhappy. And I was shocked at Jack too at the end. It was very OOC :S

Moral of the story: PC ANDY OWNS TORCHWOOD
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ S3 \\ Jack hold Iantocs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! Honestly, all the reviews I've come across so far are all about how boring they found it. For me it was a refreshing break from all the "end of the world" drama Torchwood always seems to be caught up in. And like you say, it makes everything more realistic to have a bit of "quiet" every now and then :D ...plus it gives us time to hear from awesome characters like PC Andy who completely wins at life for his awesomness XD

...I think Gwen is maybe a little defensive of her position in Torchwood and sees Andy as a threat to that. I think Andy is def competent enough to be a member of the team and I wonder if Gwen doesn't see this too and uses bitchyness to keep him at a distance from what she does? ...they do have brilliant banter together though, so I'll forgive her the snark.

I've no idea what was up with Jack in this one (did you read "The House That Jack Built"?) It's like he's done some kind of 360 despite knowing that not all "aliens" are out there to destroy the world. Bad Jack. Report to Ianto immediately for your punishment! ;)

The only thing I'd be worried about with Freda's language was if that's the way everyone spoke. New, shiny words are great. Butchering grammar however just hurts XD ...either way though it was pure genius to show how language can and does change as we evolve.

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Janto Snog!jemzamia on July 1st, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Bah stupid fanbrats. Shaz said to be earlier that they're gonna be all whiny about not having much Ianto in it as well. Yes it's sad but THERE'S 2 MORE PLAYS TO GO AND IANTO ISN'T THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION ALL THE TIME GET OVER IT *headdesk*

*hi fives you for common sense* Exactly!

I think that her job in Torchwood makes her feel as if she's above Andy which is not nice :( This is what I hate when she does stuff like this but everyone goes on still saying she's the heart. She's alienated and patronising a once close friend D: She does has a right to be defensive, yes, but Andy has prove on many an occasion that he can handle this "spooky-do" stuff e.g. End Of Days, Adrift and Exit Wounds. Gah I'm still at war with Gwen. S3 looks promising on making me like her a bit more though so fingers crossed.

Maybe he wa just cranky coz he didn't get any sex last night LOL (No I haven't. I only recieved it yesterday *Amazon fail* and probably won't be able to read it till Spain) PLEASE SAY THIS PUNISHMENT INVOLVES A RIDING CROP!?

LOL I'm sorta used to hearing bad grammar when spoken due to Chav and various citizens of Doncaster. But yeah BUTCHERING NOT GOOD LOL.

Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Jack; all work no playcs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Fanbrats fail. I wish they weren't shippers in my fandom :(( they make us *real* Ianto fans look just as pathetic and crazy. UGH. Ianto doesn't need to be in the forefront of everything to still be made of win. The actual story of Asylum worked perfectly with the mix it had. Sure I'd have loved to see more of him but I'm not deluded enough to think this is "The Ianto Show" ;D hehe

::high fives::

I do like Gwen, but there are times when she's maybe "too human"? Jealousy/ect are some of our worst traits and I think she is made to show them (however subtly or not) more than the rest of them simply because she is meant to be our way into the show. I can sort of see why she'd feel defensive and why she'd want to keep everyone out of Torchwood, but at the same time she needs to take a step back and let people who know what they're doing/who could help actually play their part. ...she's getting there at least, however slowly! hehe


lol, very true! So long as there are still people who can speak "properly" in the future I'm sure I can put up with some butchered grammar here and there XD tehehe

You'll enjoy The House That Jack Built. I finished it today and I think it may well be a favourite, though I can't quite put my finger on why, lol.

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Janto Snog!jemzamia on July 1st, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
They fail so hard lately, and it's clear that there's a silent divide in torch_wood where the fanbrats run riot and us people with brains shake our heads, lose faith and write fandom secrets about it. Indeed.

In S1 I just constantly wanted to hit her LOL. In S2 she got a hell of a lot better due to Jack's abscene, taking charge, marrying Rhys etc. I only wanted to hit her in the ICKY KKBB OMG YOU'RE ENGAGED scene and when she nearly kissed Nostrovite!Jack. Yeah I think the writers focus too much on that idea still, even though I've read in interviews that most viewers relate to Ianto because his emotions are more in perspective. Ever so slowly LOL



Awww awesome! :D

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Janto Snog!jemzamia on July 1st, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
And the motorbike bit needs it's own comment:


Did you hear Ianto's little "Woo!" as they set off? XD
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ S3 \\ Ianto hold Jackcs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)

omg I totally thought I'd imagined that "Woo!" bit XD haha. Oh Ianto, you and your complete awesomeness will never stop amazing me X)

...also, now imagine them doing that in leathers. HUNGHUMANA.
__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Chekovjemzamia on July 1st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)

Nope! Me too. XD


*has flashbacks of Matt Rippy's arse in leathers*
Campaspe: RPS \\ John Barrowman&Matt Rippycs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
*has flashbacks of Matt Rippy's arse in leathers*

I did not just make a strangled yelping noise of excitement at remembering that same thing. Nope. Definitely not. ::sweatdrop::

...I suspect Ianto would have kept the bike. Cleaned it up a bit with the intention of returning it. Jack would persuade him otherwise... by turning up in a leather chaps and jacket combo. Mmmmmm....
__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Jack Is Sexyjemzamia on July 1st, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Pffft whatever woman! :P

Mmmmm I think I hear the bunnies calling you! XD
Campaspe: Original \\ Angsting Plot Bunnycs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Bunnies? What bunnies? O_o...

::runs for the hills::
__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__jemzamia on July 2nd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.10 \\ Ianto's unimpressedcs_whitewolf on July 5th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)

::continues backing away::
__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__jemzamia on July 5th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)

*pushes Ianto towards you*
_stolendreams_ on July 1st, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
I liked it. I wasn't too bothered by the fact that it wasn't all action packed and fast paced, because, well there are three radio plays it's okay if not all of them are like that. Plus, with this weather I'm more than content with something calmer!

Plus if it had been all action packed and running around with guns and blowing things up then we could never have had the awesomeness that was PC Andy. <3
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.03 \\ Ianto/Gwen & proud!cs_whitewolf on July 1st, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I was more than happy to just lie down and let the story wash over me. I'm pretty sure the other two are going to be a bit more hectic going by the summaries, so I take this as us being eased gently back into the swing of things, heh.

And yeah, very true! I'd rather we got PC Andy than having Cardiff under attack again XD he was pretty damn kick-ass <33
hab318princess on July 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
just a quick comment that PC Andy had the best line ever: Torchwood being outside the government and the police, but Jack needing a CRB check to take Freda because she's a minor - I have never laughed so much, even on second listening
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.12 \\ Jack; oh fuckcs_whitewolf on July 5th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
haha yes! I love how despite all their power and incluence they still have to follow some of the rules and regulations. Bless them!