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"What if the rift doesn't just leave stuff behind, what if it takes?"

Series: Torchwood - TV Stories
Series Number: Series 2
Story Number: 24
Enemy: Cardiff rift
Setting: Cardiff, 2009
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Mark Everest
Producer: Richard Stokes
Sophie Fante
Chris Chibnall
Broadcast: 19th March, 2008
Previous Story: From out of the Rain
Following Story: Fragments



When a local teenager disappears, Gwen is drawn into an investigation that reveals a darker side of Torchwood. Hundreds of people have disappeared without trace, but Jack is obstructing attempts to find them. The answer seems to lie in the rift -- literally -- and as Gwen follows the trail, she makes a shocking discovery.


Jonah Bevan is walking home across the Cardiff Bay Barrage when a bright light appears over him. One second later he is gone. Seven months later, at the instigation of PC Andy Davidson, Gwen is investigating the disappearance of Jonah. Her research reveals there are more cases that resemble Jonah's disappearance. Toshiko discovers that these disappearances happen during a negative spike in the rift activity, which were previously discarded as background noise. Gwen is able to compile a list of all missing persons and informs Jack. However, Jack tells Gwen that nothing can be done and instructs her to stop the investigation, which she refuses.

The investigation slowly turns into an obsession and takes a toll on the relationship between Gwen and Rhys. When Ianto secretly gives Gwen a GPS device with a stored hidden location, Gwen finds a facility on Flat Holm. It harbours 17 of the missing people that the rift took and subsequently brought back, including Jonah, the boy she has been looking for. However, he has aged 40 years and is very deformed. Gwen also finds Jack there, and she demands access to Jonah. Jonah tells how he was stuck on a "burning planet" and how he was taken into a building that was actually a rescue craft, from which he witnessed the burning of a solar system. Afterwards, Jack reveals that he set up the facility when he first took command of Torchwood, in order to care for the victims of the rift, who had previously been locked away in the vaults.

Gwen brings Nikki, Jonah's mother, in to see him. At first she is horrified, believing it to be a cruel joke, but Jonah starts telling her things that only he would know. Nikki calms and they hug for a moment, but one of the staff tells Nikki to get away from him. She resists and says that she can take care of him. However Jonah starts screaming, a scream so horrible that everyone flees. In a voiceover, Gwen reveals that he screams like that for 20 hours a day because he looked into the heart of a Dark Star, which drove him insane.

A week later, Gwen goes to see Nikki, who implores her not to show the island to anyone else. Gwen takes down her notes over the missing and Nikki packs up Jonah's room. At home that night, Gwen prepares a romantic candle-lit dinner for Rhys, who lets her cry into his chest.


Production crew

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  • Positive rift emissions indicate the Cardiff rift depositing people, things, and objects in Cardiff, whilst a negative reading indicates the removal of such things.
  • People taken by the rift are sometimes returned. This has been happening more and more often recently, like the rift is trying to correct its mistakes.

Story notes

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  • There is belief among fans that the burning planet that Jonah was saved from was Gallifrey, the man who pulled him from the flames was in fact, the Doctor, and the destruction of the entire solar system was part of the Last Great Time War. As it was shown that Dalek Caan was able to break the time lock, but at the cost of his sanity, it seems possible that the Rift is able to bypass it also, affecting Jonah's sanity as well. However, there is no evidence to support this theory. And if the Doctor could have saved Jonah from the planet, he certainly would have saved other Time Lords (although, to be fair, the events of the Time War have never been elaborated upon, and it's possible that the Eighth or Ninth Doctor may have saved Jonah, be it intentionally or otherwise (such as, for instance, the TARDIS materializing around him).

Filming Locations

  • The Island seen in this episode is Flat Holm( Ynys Echni), 5 miles off the coast of Cardiff. Although the facility seen in Adrift is, of course, fictional, Flat Holm was for some years in fact the site of a similar "isolation hospital".
  • Llwyn Passat, Penarth Marina

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • The team (Gwen in particular) seem surprised that the rift can take people, despite it happening in Captain Jack Harkness, End of Days and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Perhaps it's because this is the first time we see it just happening, and not provoked by pre-existing rift activity, screwing with the rift manipulator, or a well-placed explosion.
  • Why in the world is Jack going to so much trouble to keep anyone else on the team from knowing that the rift takes people and that he helps those who make it back? Because of the state they return in.
    • And yet, Ianto is allowed to know, even though he hasn't been on the Torchwood Cardiff team as long as Tosh or Owen, and apparently the organization employs special doctors and caretakers for the people who come back. So why aren't Owen, Tosh, or Gwen allowed to know? Jack and Ianto had a special connection from the moment they met and it is heavily implied that they have a relationship and so Jack felt that he could trust the secret to Ianto. Many people would tell their boyfriend in that situation, esp. if he worked with you. Ianto is in charge of the archives, and knows all the codes and passwords, including the ones for Jack's secure archive in his office - therefore why wouldn't Jack trust him with the knowledge of Flat Holm Island?


DVD releases

  • This story along with the rest of Torchwood Series 2 has been released in a complete series boxset. It is on the same disc as Fragments and Exit Wounds

See also

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External links

Torchwood Series 2
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang  • Sleeper  • To the Last Man  • Meat  • Adam  • Reset  • Dead Man Walking  • A Day in the Death  • Something Borrowed  • From Out of the Rain  • Adrift  • Fragments  • Exit Wounds

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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28 September 2005
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"Adrift" is the second episode of Season 2 of Lost and the 27th episode of the series as a whole. Occurring at the same point as the previous episode, emphasis shifts to Kate and Locke's perspective, and what happened to them before Jack joined them down the Hatch. Meanwhile, Sawyer and Michael try to come to terms with what happened to them on the raft.



Previously on Lost


Michael insists on fighting for custody

Michael visits his lawyer about fighting for custody of Walt, but is not overly impressed by the professional's lack of interest and forgetfulness of details about his circumstance. He explains that signing Walt for adoption so Brian can become his legal father would mean Michael has no rights at all, literally the same as to any kid one might pass in the street. Michael is prepared to fight all the way, but the lawyer admits that the proceedings will take a large amount of money, with the situation being David and Goliath in nature. Michael is adamant, however, that he is going to get his son back.

A hearing takes place between the two parents, accompanied by their lawyers. Susan's staff begin to nitpick at Michael's history as a father, culminating in the conclusion that "for someone who wants to retain his parental right you don’t know very much about your son". Michael, however, stands firm that he is Walt’s father.

The father says his farewells to Walt

After the hearing, Susan requests to speak to Michael alone. She admits that she thinks Michael will win in court, but cannot understand why he is doing this when he does not even know Walt, and could never provide what she could. She pleads for Michael to let him go, and hands him the adoption forms.

At a park, Susan arrives to meet Michael, and with her is a young Walt, but a few years old. Michael neglects to introduce himself as his father, and tells Walt that he will have a great life with his mother and Brian. He also promises that "your daddy" loves you very much, and "I" always will. Before leaving, he gives Walt a toy polar bear, asking Susan to one day, at least, tell him who it was from.

On the Island

Locke is "forced" to push the button

At the Hatch, Locke shouts down the shaft for Kate, who has vanished completely. Tying himself a line of rope, Locke heads down after her. Locke manages to reach the bottom of the shaft, and wanders round to discover he is in fact in some kind of concrete bunker. He removes his shoes and tiptoes further inside. He finds a kitchen, before discovering Kate dazed on the floor. A man suddenly appears behind him holding a gun, and asks if Locke is "him"?

Claire finds the statue

Back at the Hatch, Locke decides to pretend that he is indeed “him”, if only to save their lives. However, when the man asks "what did one snowman say to the other" (presumably a password), he realizes that Locke is lying. The man orders Kate to tie Locke up, but Locke insists that Kate is more dangerous as a fugitive. The man allows it, and locks Kate instead inside a darkened room. Jack waits at the caves, deciding to head after the others down the Hatch. Claire and Charlie watch from afar, but Claire suddenly notices a Virgin Mary statue in his bag. He brushes it off as nothing important.

Kate finds a pantry full of food

Gagged with her hands tied tightly behind her back and her barefeet tied tightly together, Kate attempts to free herself, but the bindings on her hands and barefeet are to tight; She tries calling for help, but is gagged She begins wiggling her toes. Kate maneuvers her arms in front, allowing her to move about more easily. She then pulls out a flick knife that Locke had slipped into her jeans while tying her up, releasing herself. She finds a light switch, discovering that she is actually in a pantry, full of food. She also notices a ventilation shaft, but before she climbs up, she notices Apollo candy bars on a shelf, and cannot help eating one. Moving up inside the vent, she begins to crawl through. Not ten yards away, Locke is explaining to the man about the plane crash. He reveals that his name is Desmond, and asks how many of the survivors have gotten sick. Suddenly, a buzzer begins to sound. Desmond orders Locke up, takes him to a computer and tells him to enter the Numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. He is then ordered to press execute, and the buzzing stops while a timer on the wall reverts to 108:00. Jack can then be heard shouting for the others. Kate notices Jack through an air vent, but as Desmond sets off a record player sending out loud music, he is unable to hear her. Desmond confronts Jack, ordering him to drop his weapon, as in the previous episode, before Jack realized that he knows the man.

On the raft

Sawyer re-emerges from the water to hear Walt, Michael and Jin shouting after the attack of their raft. He manages to grab some wreckage, and get to Michael before he drowns. However, Michael is still not breathing.

Sawyer begins to perform CPR, and manages to revive Michael, but is forced to restrain him to stop his struggling for Walt. He refuses to give up shouting despite the fact that the boat the kidnappers used is long gone.

Michael and Sawyer on their rafts

Meanwhile, Sawyer screams for Jin, and Michael asks the conman if he feels guilty for making them fire the flare. The two argue, and Michael orders him to get off his raft, but not before they hear noises and are attacked. It would appear that Sawyer’s bleeding shoulder has attracted a shark. Sawyer decides to try and swim for another piece of raft wreckage after his argument, managing to hold on to a small piece. As Michael looks on, Sawyer tells him that he was trying to save Walt when he was shot, contrary to what Michael may think about him saving himself.

Some time later, Sawyer decides to pull out the bullet in his shoulder with his bare hand, as Michael insists he will not be able to do it. Nevertheless, Sawyer is successful, coldly asking Michael for a Band-Aid.

Still struggling at sea, Sawyer surmises that the kidnapping boat was small, so it could only be local. Rousseau had said that the Others were coming for the child, and while at the time they believed this meant Aaron, Sawyer believes they were after Walt all along. Michael splashes water at Sawyer for saying his son’s name, causing Sawyer’s piece of wreckage to break apart. He returns to share Michael’s section, and the two grudgingly sit together.

Michael and Sawyer find that the current has brought them "home"

Michael and Sawyer discover one of the pontoons from the raft, which is much sturdier than their current piece of wreckage, made up of virtually loose bamboo rods. Handing Michael the gun, Sawyer heads after it. The shark emerges from the ocean, and Michael unleashes a full magazine of ammunition, venting his rage. Both manage to get to the pontoon, and lie down exhausted. As the sun rises, Michael promises to get back his son as the two realize that the current has brought them back to the Island. “We’re home”, adds Sawyer. The two wash up on shore, but immediately hear Jin shouting. He runs out to them, shouting in Korean. They finally realize what he is saying, “Others”, as a group of strangers carrying weapons ominously appear, advancing on the three.


Octagon logo found on the tail of the shark


  • A DHARMA Logo can be seen branded on the tail of the shark that attacks Sawyer and Michael.
  • When Michael is talking to his lawyer, we get a very brief glimpse of the World Trade Center towers.

Production notes

  • The episode was originally going to be a Sawyer flashback. announced that Jolene Blalock had been cast and that some scenes were partially shot before being scrapped in favor of a Michael-centric episode. It is unknown if filming was completed, but some pictures surfaced online in July 2008. One of them has Kevin Dunn, who played Gordy, in what would be the eventual Sawyer flashback episode in Season 2, "The Long Con".
    • In an interview with Variety in April 2009, Carlton Cuse explained why the Sawyer flashback was dropped from this episode: "This happens all the time in both film and TV, scenes or storylines are shot that just don’t work out as you hoped. We’ve been fortunate to have a really high success rate on Lost. In fact, that was the only time we dumped an entire storyline. No fault of the actors — it just wasn’t properly conceived. We have no plans to put it on the DVDs because unlike most deleted scenes, which just don’t fit into the body of a particular show, this storyline was not at the quality bar we have for the show." Variety
  • This episode marks the first appearances of Eko, Libby Smith and Bernard Nadler (although Bernard's voice was heard over the radio in the drug smugglers' plane in "Deus Ex Machina").
  • Sayid, Shannon and Sun do not appear in this episode.
    • This is the first episode in which Sayid does not appear.
  • A deleted scene from this episode shows Sun confronting Shannon about her claims for seeing Walt. Shannon tries to tell Sun that she was tired and a disaster after Boone died and that seeing Walt was a result. Sun does not believe her although Shannon is adamant that she saw nothing.
  • A deleted scene shows Claire asking Sun if she and Jin ever talked about having kids.
  • Michael and Susan discuss matters with their attorneys in the same set where Claire was to sign documents relinquishing custody of her unborn child in "Raised by Another", though the set is redressed.
  • Bernard, Cindy, Libby and possibly Ana Lucia were portrayed by extras in the final scene when Eko attacks approaches the raft survivors. This could have been done for budgetary reasons as to not pay the actors for a full episode or because they had not been cast yet in the case of Bernard and Libby.
  • Eko, however, is played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who is billed as a guest star for this and the next episode before becoming a regular in "Everybody Hates Hugo".
  • A Lost: On Location for this episode is available on the Season 2 DVD.

Bloopers and continuity errors

  • Sawyer mentions that Rousseau said that the others were coming after the kid. Sawyer never heard this from her. He was on the raft when Rousseau revealed this information to Charlie and Sayid.
  • Several times a full moon is clearly visible in the night sky; it provides the light that Sawyer and Michael need to see what they are doing on the raft in the sea. Since this is Day 44, that would make it November 5, 2004. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, on that date the moon was in its last quarter phase, not a full moon! [1]
    • Time runs differently on the island.

Recurring themes

Recurring themes in Lost
Black and whiteCar accidentsCharacter connectionsDeceptions and consDreamsEyesFate versus free willGood and bad peopleImprisonmentIsolationLife and deathMissing body partsNicknamesThe NumbersParent issuesPregnanciesRainRebirthRedemptionRelationshipsRevengeSacrificeSecretsTime

Cultural references

Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
ArtBooksCarsGamesMovies and TVMusicPhilosophyReligion and ideologiesScience

Literary techniques

Literary techniques in Lost
ComparativeIronyJuxtapositionForeshadowing PlottingCliffhangerPlot twist Stock Characters:  ArchetypeRedshirtUnseen character
Story:  FlashbacksFlash-forwardsFlash-sidewaysRegularly spoken phrasesSymbolismUnreliable narrator 
  • Sawyer and Michael are brought back to the Island by the currents, and discover that Jin has been there for some time as his hands have been bound by "the Others". (Plot twist)
  • Despite the fact that the raft had been traveling for a day and half at night, the currents still carry Michael and Sawyer back to the Island, the place they were hoping to escape from, and the place that they now wish to return to, in order to rescue Walt. (Irony)
  • Michael, on the wreckage and in his flashback, spends his time alienating those around him (Sawyer, Susan) in his attempts to keep Walt safe and/or get him back. However, Michael realizes the error of his ways both times, and "lets Walt go" in order to mend his relationships with those currently around him. (Juxtaposition)
  • In keeping with the title of the episode, both sets of events shown in this episode present Michael at times when he is "adrift" in his life, with no sense of direction or purpose, other than "get Walt back". In his past, this spiritual emptiness probably continued until the events of "Special"; in the present, he finds his way back to solid ground, giving a solid direction and purpose again. (Juxtaposition)  (Symbolism)
  • Desmond asks Locke: "Are you him?" In Michael's flashback, Susan tells him to "let him [Walt] go." (Regularly spoken phrases)

This article uses material from the "Adrift" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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