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Torchwood: Children of Earth (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators, led by the enigmatic Captain Jack. Set in the UK in the present day, the team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime; both alien and human. Separate from the government. Outside the police. Beyond the United Nations. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young, under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young...]]>
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Previous incarnations of Torchwood were a mix of frivolity, political thriller, and science fiction while series three puts the political thriller aspect front and center with the jokes and scifi taking supporting roles. The tone is emotionally taut, psychologically upsetting, and decidedly dark--all perfect motifs for a show designed only for adults. If you are wanting a Dr. Who style trip into the imagination where you get a bit scared but return with a smile on your face this is not going to be to your liking at all because this time Torchwood takes us into a nightmare realm where many of the humans in charge seem more alien and threatening than the actual aliens, who are definitely scary themselves, and that insures you won't return from this journey with a smile unless you're a sadistic freak. Does the darkness overwhelm the show? Not at all! As I said the political thriller aspect is front and center and its pacing almost feels like this is Torchwood 24, especially seeing how each episode represents one day of time so that by the end of this series only five days have passed for the Torchwood crew.
Should you buy Torchwood series 3? Well if you are more of a fan of Dr.Read more ›
This is Davies creating a show with the safety wheels off. Where the previous two seasons often promised the characters would be pushed to their limits, this season really means it this time. A mysterious, seemingly unbeatable alien race makes contact with Earth by controlling and manipulating every child in the world, their demands as unfathomable as their threat to the human race, and the politicians are driven to both cover their own skins while committing a monstrous act in the name of the greater good. The question is whether Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood are up to the challenge of averting a worldwide tragedy without losing their lives and their souls, and how much they're willing to sacrifice. Davies uses the medium of Science Fiction to explore issues of government corruption and cravenness, complicity and moral failure. This is adult Science Fiction drama, not the silly, adolescent teases of previous series of TORCHWOOD.
As some reviews have already noted, this 5-part miniseries changes all the rules of the show, raises the stakes and suspense to an almost unbearable degree, and by the end, nothing will ever be the same again. The changes to the show are tragic, permanent, and leaves the continuation of the series in doubt. However, it is also the angriest political drama the BBC has produced in years, the story openly states that governments are corrupt and untrustworthy, and practically encourages class warfare. This is on par with classic Old School British Leftist series such as EDGE OF DARKNESS, BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF and STATE OF PLAY.Read more ›
Torchwood enlists the help of a simple (or so we are led to believe), office secretary named Lois Habiba to infiltrate the government and it's "deal" with the aliens known as the 456, to hand over 10% of the Earths population of children. Fans of the series will remember the famous contact lenses that act as a web cam with additional applications. Miss Habiba finally puts them on and knowing if caught, she could be tried for treason, goes ahead with Torchwood's plan to help save the children.
The five part mini-series is very exciting and as usual so brilliant in the way creators of the show bring so much humanity and realism to each of the characters. If this were an American production, we would marvel at the special effects, but leave not feeling much. Torchwood always puts a human face, human emotions, human relationships at the forefront of each segment. The alien stuff, things exploding etc. are just the icing on an amazing cake.
Without spoiling too much, there is of course the specter of death always looming around the members of Torchwood, their family and friends, just like it is in real life for all people.
This simple fact makes Torchwood stand out as completely unique in the world of Sci-Fi, Fantasy television and movie productions.
Adolescent boys everywhere would give the entire series moderate to low points. Why?Read more ›
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I loved the first 2 seasons of Torchwood and had this season not been attached to them I might have given it another star; however, they completely deviated from the ethos of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love Doctor Who and the first 2 seasons of this show. I was saddened by the finale in season 2. It really should have ended there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid Reader
Torchwood is an excellent series. Children of the Earth gives the most background on Captain Jack Harkness. Ianto, (did you know that means John in Welsh? Read morePublished 7 months ago by By CJs Pirate
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Of course there's a chance of them bringing Ianto Jones back. They brought Suzie back. They brought Rhys back. They brought Owen back. That said, there is a Save Ianto Jones Campaign to make sure that the BBC knows how important Ianto is.
Jul 23, 2009 by Becca | See all 17 posts
Okay, you are totally missing 30 years of Classic Who. Also, there is almost nothing "traditional" about Dr. Who as regards to American science fiction and that is part of what makes it so good. With a main character who doesn't even carry a weapon, it isn't anything like any other... Read More
Jul 21, 2009 by Pk1305 | See all 16 posts
|The campaign to save Ianto Jones||
Yes La Bomba, we do realize all those things. But if you actually watched TW since the beginning you will know that Ianto was and still is (even after his death) a fan favorite. And as we all know fiction especially sci-fi has ways of having characters come back from death. And as you should also... Read More
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