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I wasn't going to do [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest because, well, I dont usually do that sort of thing but tonight was the last episode of Torchwood:Miracle Day and it changed my mind so, I'm doing one of the more disliked ladies in British TV fandom: Gwen Cooper. I'm probably just going to do a couple of caps from moments that were freaking awesome, possibly some meta and quotes where appropriate. Not the most original but I dont have the energy for fic or the talent for graphics.

Day 1: Working Mom

Gwen: So. I'm inside, on my own. It's midnight. Not a sound to be heard. When I looked up, and a woman came out of the sky. Ah! Shining, she was. Like moonlight. Her eyes white—blazing white. And then she started to sing. Like a thousand choirs. One woman with a thousand voices. And it was beautiful—
Rhys: That's enough, don't you think?
Gwen: Who's being paranoid now?
Rhys: You promised me we'd keep it away from Anwyn.
Gwen: Yeah, but be fair. She's too young. She thinks it all sounds like a fairytale.
Rhys: It was a nightmare, Gwen. Your life back then was a living nightmare. {there's a knock at the door}. There's someone at the door!
Gwen: Sh!
Rhys: What if—?
Gwen: Sh!
-Torchwood: Miracle Day - 1. The New World

Take your daughter to work day at Torchwood! Mama Bear's got a gun and she will use it. How awesome is Gwen right here? So fucking awesome that I could die. Anwyn looks like she's having so much fun too! *squeezes her cheeks* That, to me, is the ultimate woman. Baby in one arm, deadly weapon in the other. She's so impressive in this moment that I found it difficult to wrap my head around upon first viewing. On second and third, I just clapped my hands like a seal at the circus and made high pitched noises.

Gwen: I will— I will kill you for this and I am coming back! I am coming back, Rhys!
-Torchwood: Miracle Day - 2. Rendition

Try to separate her from her family involuntarily though? SHE WILL FIGHT YOU LIKE A RABID HONEYBADGER.

Gwen: Anyway, so how's my little girl?
Rhys: Don't call me that, Gwen.
Gwen: Very funny.
-Torchwood: Miracle Day - 4. Escape to LA

Throughout the rest of Miracle Day, it's not like her position is a parent is handwaved away. One of the sweetest scenes of the whole damn series is when we see her video-conferencing with Rhys so that she can see her child when she's a world away. Every phone call she makes to Wales is in part to check on the status of her little girl. But at the same time? She still does her motherfucking job like a BOSS. And I leave you of a reminder of what that means exactly and close out Day 1 :D

Date: 2011-09-10 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthemole.livejournal.com
I agree - Gwen's competence at saving the world AND being a mom is completely awesome. It's also unlike any other character I've seen.

Date: 2011-09-10 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sa-da-ko.livejournal.com
In the scene with Anwyn and a gun Gwen suddenly became my absolutely favourite person :D
I didn't like her before, but in Miracle Day she is so badass that I can't even :D

Date: 2011-09-10 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okvegascowgirl.livejournal.com
OK, so I wasn't aware of the Gwen hatred. Is that because I'm not in Britain, and because only one person I know IRL has any f*cking idea what Torchwood is?

Yes, I'm bitter about that. I'd love to share my Torchwood: Miracle Day watching moments w/someone, but I can't even get the DH interested. :(

OT: I think Gwen rocks balls!
Edited Date: 2011-09-10 12:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-10 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinbutterfly.livejournal.com
ME! YOU CAN SHARE THEM WITH ME! She does. She rocks all the ballz.

Date: 2011-09-10 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bibliokat.livejournal.com
I admit, I wasn't the fondest of Gwen during Torchwood 1-2. Wasn't thrilled with all her decisions (or Owen's). I've only seen the first ep of Miracle Day since it was free online, but I thought she ROCKED it! She's the only reason I actually want to see the whole thing. Is it worth it?

Date: 2011-09-10 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinbutterfly.livejournal.com
I actively disliked S1 and 2 Gwen. COE and Miracle Day Gwen are amazing. Yes. Yes darling, Miracle Day is SO worth it.

Date: 2011-09-12 03:02 am (UTC)


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