of Redemption takes
up the story the day AFTER Jack
was interrogated, when he was no longer a suspect in the murder inquiry,
but the truth was still to be known. Much of the story takes place in
the Hub, with a lot of exposition by Alun about what happened at the Temple. We never, in fact, actually go there
first hand. I originally intended that there would be scenes set in the
Temple, but this worked
better, as it allowed the story to come together much better, with everyone
knowing what was happening at once. Gwen being affected by the hypnotic
suggestion of Brother Nathaniel, singing Sunday School hymns, actually
reflects what Suzie said about her in the episode ‘They Keep Killing
Suzie’ “your theology never left Sunday School”. It
is probably true of a lot of people who never bothered with church after
they became independent adults. The hymns and prayers of school assembly
or Sunday school are what they know best.
But real Christian religion is nothing to do with what
is happening at the Temple.
This is in Torchwood’s ballpark. Jack
has been insisting on that all along. Finally he is vindicated by the
creature that is revealed to be behind the murders, Brother Nathaniel’s
The stakeout at Ianto and Alun’s
apartment introduced a problem in the writing. Both stories up until now
have been VERY dark, very emotional. But finally, there is a moment of
light relief with the question asked by DCI
Swanson – who owns the blow up sex dolls. Having written this story
and brought it to its conclusion I was concerned that it was TOO comedic, too much of a contrast to the darkness.
The one thing I would want to avoid in any of these stories is the ‘Brady
Bunch Ending’ with everyone laughing and grinning at a cheap pun
that vaguely reflects on the story that had unfolded. This came slightly
close to that, but feedback from those who previewed the story seemed
to find it works to just lighten the ending enough.