Ok, so I just finished watching this episode, and since the Dark Lord of Cute didn’t mention it, it possibly doesn’t bear too close a resemblance to Lost, but it still had some very interesting things in it.

First of all, try and watch this episode. It’s what I would consider the first really excellent episode of Torchwood. Secondly, I like this description of the Fae.

Jack: “They’re a part of us, a part of our world, yet we know nothing about them. So we pretend to know what they look like. We imagine them as happy. We imagine they have tiny little wings, that they’re bathed in moonlight.”

Gwen: “But they’re not?”

Jack: “No. Think dangerous. Think something you can only half see, like a glimpse, like something you can only see out of the corner of your eye. A touch of myth, a touch of the spirit world, a touch of reality all jumbled together. Old moments and memories that are frozen in amongst it like debris spinning around a ringed planet, tossing, turning, and whirling. And backwards and forwards through time.”

The actual designs they used for the Faeries in this episode I thought were superb. They looked very natural, but frighteningly so. They were clearly graceful, but also clearly monsters. They voices were pretty standard Doctor Who/Torchwood stock, but they worked for this as they were both otherworldly and temping in their own right. I can imagine that the Fae, once they have picked a subject for kidnapping beyond the Hedge, would use all the powers at their command to keep mortals from harming their chosen prize before it can be done. And I liked the sing-songy bit at the end, which I may have transcribed incorrectly because of the combination of Welsh accent and electronic voice distortion, but I’ll put it here so you might imagine a child being tempted by the Fae to return with them.

“Come away, human child, to the waters in the wild, with a faerie, hand-in-hand. When the world’s so full of weeping, then you can understand.”

I think the True Fae are the first creatures to enter to NWoD that are going to be entirely alien to us. Think about it, even Prometheans attempt to mimic humanity. Spirits are aspects of the things we know. All of the antagonists from the other venues are either a) a different kind of the same thing or b) formally human and still maintaining certain aspects of it. True Fae, from what I’ve seen so far, seem to be wholly inexplicable and very difficult for humans to understand because they simply aren’t human, nor have they ever been as far as we can tell before the book comes out. This will present interesting possibilities for STs to introduce them, as well as confuse attempts by PCs to think in their terms. It might also contribute to the “change” that one undergoes in Arcadia. Imagine having to learn to deal on a level that you not only haven’t before, but were never really meant to. It’s bound to do strange things to your mind.

Anyway, just some thoughts on this episode and how it might relate to/inspire for Lost concept.

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