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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 4/28/18 2:54 pm
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In The Last Beacon, Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) are sent to the Welsh countryside to investigate a mysterious, alien signal. But Owen doesn’t understand the charm of the countryside or why Ianto is so insistent on finishing the mission on his own, and the results could spell disaster for the two. The Last Beacon is a strangely light Torchwood tale, but one that works out extremely well. Burn Gorman and Gareth David-Lloyd both deliver strong performances in their own ways; Gorman for his comedic one, and Gareth David-Lloyd for his at times earnest, comedic one and at other times for his quieter, more poignant performance. Guest star Ellie Darvill gives a strong performance as the central “villain” of the story, and surprises with a poignant performance. Gareth David-Lloyd handles double duty this story, as star and writer. He crafts one of the lightest Torchwood stories in recent memory; apart from a few, “fucks” and “bullocks”, and a scene featuring two kids jerking each other off, the story doesn’t really use it’s “contains adult material” warning, opting instead for an at times funny story, and at other times, a quieter, poignant one. David-Lloyd’s strength lies mainly in his hilarious script, as he crafts an excellent script not only for his own character, but for Burn Gorman’s as well. The plot is strong as well; it’s an interesting mystery that drives the plot, of a mysterious beacon, and the payoff in the end is a surprisingly poignant one. Overall, The Last Beacon is one of the lightest Torchwood stories in recent memory, but Gareth David-Lloyd proves with his script that you don’t need gratuitous murder or swearing or sex scenes to tell a strong Torchwood story. Instead, he crafts a light-hearted, slightly rompy adventure, with lots of great dialogue that, when brought to life by himself, Burn Gorman, and the rest of the guest cast, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, rompy adventure.