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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 . . .

Customer Reviews

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.

Great Series

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.