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Just as 2005 was the Doctor Who entry, 2006 was always going to be the Torchwood one. I've heard all the arguments about why I shouldn't like the show, mostly centered around the Cyberwoman in high heels and a metal bikini, but I'm sorry, I just don't care. She may have been dressed in ridiculous clothing, but she had a fight with a Pteranodon. Just review that sentence, people. A cyborg in a duel with a Pteranodon. That lives in the roof of a secret underground lair. With an invisible lift. Some time in 2005, somebody poked around inside my head, and found all the things that I most wanted in a TV series, even if I didn't know it. Then they made it. And I know it's mad, and rushed, and sometimes badly put together, but at the same time, everything about it makes my brain squeak with happiness. And so I don't care that the hardcore sci-fi fans are still complaining because it wasn't Nu-Battlestar Galactica set in Wales. I don't care if everybody else thinks that it's silly. 2006 gave me Torchwood. I like 2006.

I probably shouldn't do, all things considered. I was made redundant this year (as it turns out, being made redundant is my great talent in life. We all have one, supposedly, and it's nice to know mine). And I can't say for certain whether it was a great year or not in any other regard, because - guess what! - I don't remember much about it. Except for Myfanwy the Pteranodon in her secret underground headquarters beneath Cardiff. Saving the universe with Captain Jack Harkness. Sorry. It's just so much fun typing some of that stuff. It's whole sentences that you just never get to write at any other time. I do know that Saddam Hussein was executed this year. I can't imagine anybody mourned him, but I'm still not sure if we killed him because he wasn't very nice, or if it's because we fancied his oil. And I wish I was a little more certain that it wasn't just the latter. There were probably some films at the cinema. There were some records, but most of them weren't very good.

Alongside Torchwood (did I mention that that started this year?), the Beeb also debuted Robin Hood and Hotel Babylon. The former... was not good. It could be at times, particularly in series two, but much of series one was dull and colourless nonsense. Whoever was playing Robin (I do know his name, I'm sure of it) was horribly miscast, although Patrick Troughton's grandson Sam was rather good as Much. Richard Armitage was terrific as Guy of Gisburne, and once the writers realised that we all much preferred him over Robin, things picked up nicely, for a while at least. But oh, the missed opportunities. And then Hotel Babylon was hilarious. I watched it largely for Martin Marquez, an actor who once spent the best part of three years stalking me across the UK (almost literally - he was in rep theatre, and when I was going to and from university in the nineties, he always seemed to be appearing in something just down the road) I knew the name from The Bill, so it stood out on the flyers. I've been stupidly fond of him ever since.

Oh, but Torchwood. *brain in happy place* Series two was all polished up and homogenised, but still good. Series three was terrific, but a different show entirely. Series four is best forgotten. But series one! With time-travelling aeroplanes, psychotic faeries, Captain Jack dancing with Captain Jack on a 1941 dancefloor - and, yes, a ridiculous Cyberwoman. Fighting a Pteranodon! That was 2006. Huzzah.

My Chemical Romance and Welcome To The Black Parade:

The Killers brought out their second album this year. It was called Sam's Town, and it wasn't bad at all. Much better, however, was this song from their previous album, Hot Fuss. It was a hit single in 2005, but I'm an idiot and forgot to post it yesterday. So you can have it today instead.

Five For Fighting and World:

The Fratellis with Chelsea Dagger:

And this, because *happy*:


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Dec. 23rd, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Loooove Torchwood. More than DW a bit, actually. <333

Five For Fighting was one of my very first modern groups! I loved their song "Superman".
Dec. 24th, 2015 05:07 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard that one, so I just gave it a listen on YouTube. Not bad! I don't know many of their songs, as we're heading into my no-longer-listening-to-the-radio phase now, but I heard "World" somewhere, and it really apppealed to me.
Dec. 24th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
I heard it the first time at the end of a Smallville episode and loved it.:D I got like 99% of my then current music from that show at the time. :P
Dec. 24th, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
Somebody's a big TW fan for sure ... :D

Made redundant ... did you find a job again quickly?
Dec. 24th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
No. It was difficult because I was looking after my grandfather, so couldn't work ordinary hours. C'est la vie!
Dec. 24th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, 'Hotel Baddy-lon' it was total cobblers, but I was sad when they axed it. They made out being hotel staff was the most glamorous and exciting job in the world with shiny camerawork and whizzy cutting. I can't say I was ever convinced. The blond bloke in it turns up in stuff regularly I think he was a politician in 'Mr Selfridge' last time I saw him.
Dec. 24th, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful nonsense, yes! I loved how sometimes they'd try to do something serious, in the middle of 200% stark raving lunacy.
Dec. 24th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, Hotel Babylon! I loved that. It took me a while to get used to Torchwood but I liked it.
Dec. 24th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
Given that Martin Marquez and John Barrowman are good friends, I half hoped for some sort of absurd crossover, but it never happened. *woe* :)
Dec. 26th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Torchwood had some dud episodes but also some brilliant ones - like the one with the facility for people who return from the Rift insane.

Also all the brownie points for (one of the?) first genre show with gay relationship written as explicitly as a het one would have been.

Children of Earth was brilliant. I think I drank a lot of alcohol and sobbed through most of it (I remember Bunny calling from her bedroom to ask if we were okay, yes Bunny, just watching a sad tv show, go back to sleep).

I found the last series so distressing I would have stopped watching if Dfly hadn't of been so keen. Would never rewatch, but am thinking it's time we started Bunny on the rest of Torchwood, she's old enough now.
Dec. 26th, 2015 05:19 am (UTC)
Good plan! Seasons one and two are mostly good knockabout fun. Season two especially is very family friendly. And yes, the even-handedness as regards differing sexualities was terrific. We could use another Captain Jack on the telly. And that's a good question. "Deep Space 9" nearly did it, but nearly isn't good enough. "Enterprise" was apparently planning to do it, but then didn't (gay and "Star Trek" are not friends, and never have been). I've always been surprised that "Babylon 5" never went there.

As for TW series four, there is that one good episode! I think it's #7, when Jack and Angelo are rushing about fighting aliens and having fun. I'll keep that one, and quietly forget that the rest ever happened!
Dec. 27th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
I don't remember that 'good' ep. I remember there were lots of good parts, but too much sheer horror.

oh, hey, the black parade - I really liked MCR, even though I felt I was probably not their target audience, ooops. Went to a concert in Melbourne (I live on the opposite side of the country, used it as an excuse to go for a visit with my BFF (or visa versa).
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with being outside the target audience! (I hope). I must be at least ten years older than the average McFly fan, but I find so much of their stuff irresistable. And I know MCR had a bit of an emo reputation, but most of what I've heard is pretty mainstream.

And yeah, TW4: some good ideas, too many episodes, one seriously messed up ending. Not a great postscript for a fun show.
Dec. 27th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
I actually don't mind when shows try new things and go in different directions - even if its not to my particular taste, it might appeal to new fans.

Disclaimer-does not apply if I'm super obsessed with said show/characters.

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