Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Eve Myles (Gwen), Burn Gorman (Owen), Naoko Mori (Toshiko), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), James Marsters (Captain John Hart), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Tom Price (PC Andy Davidson), Elspeth Morgan (Menna Trussler), Paul Kasey (Blowfish), Crispin Layfield (Mugger), Nathan Ryan (Mugger’s victim), Inika Leigh Wright (Woman in Hologram), Sarah Whyte (Miss Styles)
|Written by||Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Ashley Way|
|Produced by||Richard Stokes|
“Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” is the first episode of the second series of British science fiction television series TorchwoodThe episode features a guest appearance from James Marsters as Captain John Hart, Captain Jack’s former colleague and lover, who comes to the Torchwood team as part of a plan to steal a diamond from a woman who was murdered.
Chris Chibnall wrote the episode with the knowledge that Marsters wished to appear in the series, and has written the part of John Hart “absolutely” for him. The episode was filmed in Cardiff in July 2007. “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” was seen by four million viewers upon its original broadcast, with an Appreciation Index of 84, and was met with generally positive reviews in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) returns to his team in spectacular fashion, walking into the middle of a hostage situation involving his team and an alien Blowfish, shooting the intoxicated Blowfish in the head. At the Hub, his team question why he left them, and he simply responds that he had found his Doctor and that he belongs at Torchwood. The team is then alerted to a death near a multi-storey car park, where the team detect energy from the Rift on the corpse. Jack, to even his surprise, gets a hologram message on his vortex manipulator from a person he recognises, and leaves the team to talk to him.
The person is Captain John Hart (James Marsters), a fellow Time Agent and former lover of Jack. He is responsible for the death, and a public disturbance at a nightclub.
After a passionate kiss and brief fight At The nightclub, John tells Jack that The Time Agency was disbanded and he has since undergone several rehabilitation programmes, before the team catch up with Jack and are introduced to John. John accompanies the team back to the Hub, where he tells the team of three cylindrical devices scattered throughout Cardiff, which he explains are radioactive cluster bombs, and he requires help to defuse them. Thus, they split into three pairs: Jack and administrator Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) search an office block (during which Jack successfully asks Ianto out on a date), doctor Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and technical expert Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) search a warehouse, and police liaison Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and John search the nearby docks.
It is clear that John has an ulterior motive; first, he paralyses Gwen and locks her in a crate telling her that if she is not found in two hours, her main organs will stop working and she would die.
He then finds Owen and Tosh, shooting the former in the hip. After letting Ianto go, he finally confronts Jack, who realises that The bombs are an elementary 51st century confidence trick. Jack throws the device over the building, and John pushes him off the roof in retaliation.
John returns to Torchwood, where he takes a pyramid-shaped object from the Blowfish in the morgue. Gwen (who was saved by the rest of the team) and the others arrive, including Jack, who survived due to his immortality.
They hold John at gunpoint, where he admits that The “bombs” will simply triangulate the location of a diamond he stole off a former lover. However, by using the devices and the pyramid, he discovers there is no diamond; John’s former lover anticipated dying, and thus set a trap to kill her murderer. The device turns out to be a bomb which attaches itself to John and begins a ten-minute countdown.
Unwilling to be murdered, John handcuffs himself to Gwen and swallows the key. Gwen formulates a plan to use the Rift At The car park to contain the explosion, but At The penalty of her own life.
Jack and Owen catch John and the rest of the team At The car park where John arrived and inject him with the team’s DNA, thus confusing the device into detaching from John. Jack throws the bomb into the rift where it detonates. John then agrees to free Gwen and leave, but before leaving, tells Jack that he “found Gray”, visibly disturbing Jack, who just asks his team to get back to work.