Meat

Roots: The idea of cultured meat. There are references to Scooby Doo and Moby Dick.

Goofs: It's repeatedly stated that the meat is being taken to an abattoir, when the destination is clearly a meat processing plant, rather than an actual slaughterhouse.

How does Jack plan to control the rift enough to send the creature back to where it came from?

How does Jack know it's from another galaxy or that it's sentient? [He doesn't, it's just rhetoric]

Is the meat operation really that profitable? The gang are renting a large warehouse, paying several wages, feeding the creature, and paying for sedatives for it - all off the profits of delivering just one lorry-load of generic meat per week.

Continuity: Rhys is the manager of [the Cardiff branch of] Harwoods Haulage and we see his secretary Ruth. He wrote the last bit of an advertising jingle for his company. Danish pastries are his favourite. He used to give Leighton a life to the football.

Torchwood have an alarm deactivator, but Owen prefers to shoot alarms. They have stun guns. Owen's usual pizza order is a Meat Feast.

Links: There are lots of references back to Everything Changes and Day One. Rhys is at the new job he got in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Extras: This episode of Torchwood has an episode of Torchwood Declassified.

Location: Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil. Arouund a year after Day One.

The Bottom Line: 'I love you, too. Now, stop fussing and get in the back of the van.' Whilst the main plot is fairly basic, the exploration of Gwen and Rhys's relationship as he finds out about Torchwood gives the whole thing an emotional core that – unusually for this series - actually works. Tosh's attraction to an oblivious Owen is also well done.

Discontinuity Guide by Stephen Gray

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