Species 456 finally touched down on Earth to scare the crap out of civil servant John Frobisher -- and this reviewer -- in the third suspenseful hour of Torchwood: Children of Earth.
Day two was an action-packed thrill ride from start to finish, but day three (scripted by Russell T Davies and James Moran) was the most intense episode of the miniseries so far. For the second time this week,Torchwood had me on the edge of my seat with some truly chilling moments. But before the things got too creepy, there was some fun to be had with the team getting back together, finding a new Hub, and lifting a few credit cards and laptops from unsuspecting Londoners.
The humor was spot on in this ep. The silly but fun crime-spree montage had a lovely Doctor Who-like lightness to it, and the almost-love scene between Jack and Ianto ("bloody beans") made me laugh out loud. It was inspiring to watch the team shake off its wounds and build a new Torchwood Hub from the ground up. Even Jack's "I'm back" superhero moment felt earned, especially considering what he had to go through to get back.