Torchwood, Series 1HDClosed Captioning
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Everyone who works for Torchwood is young, all are under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young . . . but why? The team, led by the enigmatic, ever-watchful Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman, Doctor Who, De-Lovely), uses scavenged alien technology to solve present day crime — both alien and human. From an underground base built on a rift in time and space, Torchwood sets its own rules. Part X-Files, part Angel, Torchwood is the team we'd all love to be part of, where excitement comes before morality and the rules are made up as you go along . . .
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEverything Changes||When WPC Gwen Cooper witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim, it begins her journey into a dangerous underworld of savage monsters and alien hunters. Her chance encounter with the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness will change her life forever.||51:06||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDay One||An alien addicted to sex is let loose on Cardiff’s nightlife, leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake. Captain Jack and Torchwood must track down the creature's new host, and in doing so confront a violent new form of love in the 21st Century.||47:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGhost Machine||When Gwen retrieves an alien object from a fleeing hoodie, she’s haunted by a vision of a lonely young boy. As the team track down the object's owner, the elusive Bernie Harris, Owen experiences an even more terrifying vision, and a long-buried crime resurfaces.||48:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCyberwoman||In the basement of the Torchwood building, Ianto Jones hides a terrible secret. As a Japanese doctor attempts to rescue the soul of a half-Cybernised woman, a quiet day in Torchwood quickly becomes a living nightmare. Has Ianto unleashed a force that will destroy his colleagues?||49:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSmall Worlds||Supernatural forces stalk the suburbs of Cardiff: but are they friendly or malevolent? And what do they want with the seemingly normal Pierce family? As nightmares of his past haunt Jack, can Jack's old friend Estelle Cole help him prevent the tragedy brewing in a suburban household?||46:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCountrycide||Concerned that a space time-rift is spreading, Torchwood investigates a series of gruesome deaths in an isolated village. What sort of creature could cause such shocking injuries? Stranded without communications or equipment, and isolated from each other, the team confronts a terrifying enemy.||46:51||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGreeks Bearing Gifts||Toshiko is given an alien pendant which enables her to hear other people’s thoughts. As the rest of the Torchwood team puzzle over a centuries-old skeleton, the pendant forces Toshiko to question her commitment to Torchwood.||49:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThey Keep Killing Suzie||Torchwood is linked to a series of brutal murders around the city. As Jack and the team investigate further, it becomes clear somebody wants their attention. What is Pilgrim? And how is it connected to Torchwood's past?||52:43||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRandom Shoes||When Eugene wakes to find himself (a) dead and (b) invisible to the rest of the world, he knows something has gone rather wrong. Eugene knows there is one person he can rely on to discover the truth behind his death: Gwen Cooper.||49:15||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOut of Time||When a plane from 1953 makes an unexpected landing in present-day Cardiff, its three passengers are shocked to learn that they can never go back to their own time. Torchwood helps them to settle in contemporary society, but this simple task has painful emotional consequences.||49:43||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCombat||Savage aliens are being kidnapped from the streets of Cardiff and Torchwood wants to know why. Owen is sent undercover to find out who is behind it and soon befriends the charismatic Mark Lynch. Beneath the veneer of normal city life, Owen discovers a shocking subculture. Can he avoid being sucked in?||47:49||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCaptain Jack Harkness||While investigating reports of ghostly music, Jack and Toshiko find themselves stranded in a packed dance hall – in 1941. As Gwen, Owen and Ianto work to rescue their colleagues, Jack and Toshiko meet a handsome young American squadron leader with a familiar name...||48:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEnd of Days||The rift has been opened, and time is splintering all over the world. The Torchwood team members are faced with fragments of their pasts – and terrifying visions of their futures. Can Captain Jack save the world?||46:41||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Spinoff takes charge and runs on it's own steam
As an american male who is aware of Dr. Who but never got caught up in the series I was surprised and gratified to find Torchwood an experience in Sci-Fi unlike any other I have come across. This show is fun, pure and simple. Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica have set a standard for me in my expectations of Sci-Fi but Torchwood came in and bent that structure considerably. The humor, wit, action and adventure all come together and basically let me just kick back and have a great time while watching. Capt. Jack Harkness allows bisexuality to enter into a broadcast series in a way I have not seen before or even entertained. Fundamental human reality smashed right into the middle of the the exceptionally unreal... brilliant. Kudos to Torchwood for brandishing that quietly burning torch. Scenes of men emotionally connected just allow me to realize that it's life and the truth of the matter is that it shouldn't be uncomfortable. So thanks for that Torchwood. I have only just started watching the 2005-2008 Dr. Who series so for those in the dark like I was... fear not. Torchwood stands and charges all on it's own.
This is a show that's not for everyone, but many (including myself) will love it. It's a spin-off of British sci-fi Doctor Who, starring John Barrowan, reprising his DW role of Captain Jack Harkness, who is now the leader of a small team of investigators, based in Cardiff, Wales; who specialise in extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. Gwen Cooper, a former police officer; Owen Harper, the team's medic; Toshiko Sato, a computer genius; and Ianto Jones, their tea boy/receptionist/Jack's plaything; comprise the rest of the team. Most of the episodes in this first series are solid and well-written (though there are a few exceptions), the characters are deeply flawed and quite often self-obsessed and incompetant, making them somewhat more realistic than those portrayed in Doctor Who. However, there is sometimes a lack of character development, (for example Owen doesn't really recieve any decent development until episode 10) and the characters of Tosh and Ianto are often underused, the latter not even leaving the base until episode 6. But overall, this is a good first series which is bettered by its second (also available on iTunes). My favourite episode of series 1 would be "Captain Jack Harkness", although I'd recommend every episode, even the weaker ones, like "Day One" and "Greeks Bearing Gifts", both of which, despite being silly, still have some excellent dialogue and many memorable moments to enjoy.
Refreshing, Addicitive Television
Torchwood is a breath of fresh air in an era of television bogged down with reality shows and self-aggrandizing dramas. Set in modern day Cardiff and adapted from the popular Dr. Who TV franchise, this sci-fi crime show is the most brilliant "B-grade" romp in quite some time. Infused with the same ability to poke fun at itself (and its genre) that made the early Bond and original Star Wars films so endearing, it doesn't require a science-fiction fanatic to appreciate Torchwood's value. Yes, the characters are not perfectly developed, but they are unique and compelling. We genuinely care whether or not they live or die, and if they'll get the girl (or boy, or both...). Yes, there are plot holes and missteps, but that's half of the fun. Everything about Torchwood is over the top, and that may be its greatest attribute. By avoiding the cardinal sin of taking itself too seriously, we as an audience have the rare opportunity to suspend our disbelief and just plain have fun watching television. It's true this show is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance, you may find it as deliciously addictive as I have. As they say, "I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me." OK, maybe not, but it comes highly recommended just the same.