Den of Geek recently posted another one of their Revisting Torchwood features and this time they’re focusing on the character Gwen Cooper.
Here’s a small snippet from the article:
Den of Geek – Fans’ appreciation oscillated wildly as Gwen veered between wide eyed innocent idealism and the pragmatic shagging of dickheads. Viewers’ brains processed her saving the world, or the life of one innocent, and categorised her as likeable. Then they saw her cheat, and cheat again, and then once more for luck, and then finally use sci-fi date rape drugs on Rhys, and brains started to wilt under the ever-expanding Olympic-logo of Venn diagrams her behaviour merited.
Motherhood sends her into full-on righteous Ripley/Mrs Weasley ‘Get Away From My Daughter (You Bitch)’ mode. But Gwen gets the same look in her eye when offering her friends’ and colleagues’ lives in exchange for others. Gwen was already unashamedly self-righteous, and having her family threatened exacerbates this, as does being Welsh in America.
This stubbornness is put to great use in stories that set up Gwen opposing Captain Jack, culminating in some of the show’s best episodes. Adrift, in particular, leaves the viewer with no easy answers that leaves Gwen questioning herself. Eve Myles is, as ever, performing with gusto and vigour, and willing to explore the ambiguous and amoral aspects of the character.