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Review of Torchwood- From Season 1 to Episode 1 of Season 3

A lot of tv right now is comedy and I DO adore comedy but my true love is science fiction and fantasy, I like a little bit of monster with my drama you know.

Torchwood I’ve heard about somewhat partially because of Dr. Who. I love the concept of Dr. Who but sometimes I am not at all pleased with the actual show. The current Dr. Who is  a brilliant actor, bringing a lot of energy and eccentricism that makes him charming, however the show’s stories themselves are significantly lacking. 

I was introduced to the current season because my favorite (or one of my favorite) authors of all time Neil Gaiman wrote The Doctor’s Wife. It was absolutely brilliant by the way and I really recommend watching it, it brings a new depth of character and feeling to both the TARDIS and the doctor.

But anyway, I decided to take up Torchwood and so far I’m really happily surprised. It was supposed to be fashioned like American television shows, specifically with the same character driven spirit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (one of my favorite shows of all times). I personally think it has reached this level of character, giving the characters emotions that are realistic while also having the monsters and aliens theme.

Captain Jack Harkness is a very charismatic man, the sort you can tell right off the bat can lead you to hell with a wink. I like that aspect of his character and the underworld of shady uncaring they try to invoke in him, although I wished they would have made him a little less obviously weepy. Personally I believe his character should have a little coldness about him because he’s been around for a very long f’ing time, I’d be damn cold too personally. That’s what I truly wanted: charismatic as all hell but with a sneering coldness and uncaring only chipped by intense moments where I think it would be very understandable for him to cry or become caring. They were almost there but I just didn’t believe the transition of his character…

Owen was one of my favorites as far as acting and personality was concerned. He’s a cynical doctor with a very soft side, which I thing Ghost Machine really did a good job of showing when he [SLIGHT SPOILER] horrifyingly experiences the feelings of a dead rape victim.[END OF THIS SLIGHT SPOILER]. He’s moody like one would expect, but although he’s a right wanker sometimes he’s also very compassionate despite his temper tantrums.

Tosh I didn’t like at all at first. She was too whiny and clingy.The  character episode Greeks Bearing Gifts just made me hate her more. It wasn’t until later that her character became cuter. She has a nice soul, but is very awkward around people and wants to be loved. The clinginess was still a factor but she became honorable for me at the end. I just wished there was a little more of her like that in the beginning.

Gwen is kind of what we expect. She is on a moral high ground and bashes everyone with her stick of morality. It’s annoying but in a good way because it’s pretty believable.  She has some very well played acting scenes of anger and crying that I think she pulled of beautifully although sometimes her strange expressions are a bit clay animation reminding me of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, although that could just be a British thing. Of all the characters I think she was the most fleshed out, which is as it should be since she happens to be the main character.

There are some problems I have. Mostly story. Buffy was a great show, I loved it even when it got too cheesy.What I really liked about it was the pacing. There’s a build up to the Big Bad. An insinuation that begins and then ends and all the little threads are snipped and groomed.

Torchwood doesn’t seem to have that ability. There are a lot of baddies in this who are undeveloped and left out in the wind prematurely. I won’t spoil anything, but for myself there are random characters who appear-do something extremely sneaky for two episodes and then burst out with evil in some form of “finality”. But this “finality” is so rushed to me. If there’s an evil villain please tell me why all of a sudden he decides he’d like to unleash a demon on the city-I’m just saying.

Vampires, demons, etc, these obviously insinuated evil beings don’t need a reason because they’re-well-evil, but people with random unexplained alien artifacts who decide to destroy the world need to be explained. I’m sorry I just don’t believe that Maggie Sue who’s human and found a laser gun decided to blow up a nuclear power plant to destroy the world because she just felt like she had to since she happened upon a laser gun. Make her hungry for money or world domination or something understandable!

Just saying.

There are a lot of small things about the show that irk me but everything irks me, my own writing and creations included, so I never take mind of it really besides the major villains and their reason for evil not being explained. And the major villains of season one and season two who ended the show are really the only villains I’m talking about because strangely enough the other villains I believe were pretty well flushed out.

Anyway, Torchwood besides is very driven by the question of morals and the human condition, which brings up a lot of realistic horrors and emotion from encountering aliens. It’s a brilliantly made show in that regard.

Chris Chibnall was the most astounding writer. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang and Adrift were some of the better written episodes. (Although End of Days however was kind of a flop to me).

I’m on the first episode of the third season now and I’m hoping for some great things with its current Season 3 opener. It’s a miniseries apparently called Children of Earth. It was a very interesting opener and I can’t wait to finish and see the next one Miracle Day. 

In all it’s a very exciting show, one of the best to date. Now I’m off to watch more Captain Jack Harkness! I recommend watching this as well.

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