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Torchwood [Blu-ray]
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2011
Love this set. Is less expensive that buying the 3 seasons individually and is in Bluray! It has it in a nice box to keep it together. It has all the special features the individuals sets have. Season 1 has a bunch, Season 2 is a bit light and 3 is ok. But is great love it! They should make the Doctor who sets as a set as well. Althoght is too late for me because I already purchased some of the DW individually. But not TW. I was fearful it wouldn't play on my American player but it works fine !
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Note: DVD includes Season One, Season Two, and Children of Earth Miniseries

In Captain Jack Harkness, creator Russell T. Davies and actor John Barrowman created a truly unique warrior for the science fiction and paranormal set. The dashing bi-sexual hero was first introduced on Davies' "Dr. Who" reinvention and quickly became a fan favorite. So, it was with some amount of excitement that I followed Barrowman to his own show expecting some variation of the "Dr. Who" narrative. But no, the show is stylized in a very different way. The "Torchwood" spin-off plays like a high octane and oftentimes quite amusing cousin to "X-files." There is a fair amount of sexual content, of all varieties, within the new series that might frighten some of the purists--but, as a whole, the show exceeds as adult escapism at every level. Set ostensibly in contemporary Cardiff, Torchwood is a covert governmental agency designed to investigate and control unexplainable phenomenon. With a state of the art facility buried deep underground, on a rift in time and space no less, the team of specialists deal largely with an alien menace in its many variations.

The core team, aside from the invaluable and riotous Barrowman, includes awkward Owen (a winning Burn Gorman), industrious Toshiko (Naoki Mori), and guy Friday Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd). In the first episode, a position on the team opens up and Barrowman courts a local policewoman (Eve Myles) to fill the slot. Many of the early episodes deal with Myles' orientation and initial disbelief at the wonders confronted by Torchwood. Most of Season One is highlighted by stand alone and self contained episodes--kind of a beast of the week theme. As such, the show can be a bit inconsistent depending on how involving the particular case may be. But the humor and quirkiness of the team and their interrelations are always an appealing selling point. The creature effects and the show's look are top notch, but it is the irreverent and fast paced dialogue that further distinguishes this from the sci-fi pack. The show gets progressively tidier (although a late episode Random Shoes was the only episode I found actually painful). The 13 episodes of Season One are spry and entertaining, if not perfect.

Season Two, also comprised of 13 episodes, starts to really put all the great components of the show together into fascinating ways. A stronger mythology and a more continuing story line only amp up the dramatic elements of the show and give all of its actors real opportunities to shine. Whereas the primary relationship explored in Season One was the platonic bond between Barrowman and Myles--here, everyone gets a chance to play and to be developed in new and intriguing ways. While the team are still battling strange beasts, there is an unexpected gravitas to the proceedings that have long range repercussions to major characters (both good and bad). Appearances by James Marsters (Buffy's Spike) as a man from Barrowman's past and Freema Agyeman as her Dr. Who character Martha Jones add memorable dimension and even heartbreak. Everything is heightened for Season Two--where life and death is really on the line.

"Children of Earth," a five part miniseries, really redefines everything in the Torchwood universe. Still reeling from the aftermath of Season Two, the team must respond to an unknown threat that has Earth's children chanting forebodingly in unison. An alien force demands to be given ten percent of the children or they will destroy the planet. Not for the feint of heart, this is the darkest and scariest incarnation of the Torchwood mythology. With top echelon acting and huge dramatic moments, this was one of my three favorite programs of 2009. Telling this one harrowing tale over five episodes, the show reaches new heights in complex and emotional story telling. An absolute game changer, alternately loved and hated by series' fans, this miniseries is an absolutely incredible and unmissable event in my opinion--but it's not always pleasant!

"Torchwood" is not a perfect show, but it is a favorite of mine. Simple reasons: Barrowman's Harkness is an awesome character, loads of humor and incredibly smart banter, characters that develop, the show gets progressively deeper and more emotional, production values are terrific for a TV show. It can still be viewed as somewhat of a controversial show, however, especially for its open attitude about sexual pairings--I personally, however, found that aspect refreshing. Season One ranks about 4 stars, Season Two about 4 1/2 stars, and Children of Earth is easily 5 stars--but I'm rounding up overall for my personal passion. Next up: Starz has "Torchwood: Miracle Day," a new series with Barrowman and Myles premiering in July. I have my doubts, but my fingers are crossed! KGHarris, 5/11.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2010
From his first appearance on Dr. Who, Captain Jack Harkness (played with dashing bravado, humour and the eternal twinkle in his eye and irresistible smile) has been one of my favourite Sci-Fi characters ever, and when he was spun off into his own series, Torchwood, I was overjoyed. Mysterious, quirky, immortal, handsome, omnisexual (which overqualifies him for the title of Sexiest Man on Earth) and highly intelligent, he took on a crew of equally interesting investigators of the paranormal and alien activites near The Rift, that mysterious interdimensional crack which has opened between dimensions and sits beneath Cardiff, Wales.

And just when I was rollicking along with this wonderful show it mysteriously vanished after a race called the 456 tried to wipe out humanity, and nearly succeeded. But fear not! Althhough he is gone from the BBC, Captain Jack is on DVD and Blu-ray to keep us all safe for the 3 seasons (well, 2 1/2 seasons really) until they crop up again next year in a new place, on STARZ with new adventures. If you haven't seen these and might be interested in the new season of Torchwood to come, you might want to dig into the background for it by watching what has gone on in this previous incarnation of the series.

Can't wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
I started watching this a few years ago while I was laid up in bed in sick and became addicted right away! Wonderful series. And from this I went Doctor Who so reverses order. I just got this set on Blu Ray it a nice set, good price it you look on BBC Ameica they want almost 90 buck a season! Also amazon list a deal to buy this Children of the Earth and Miracle Day, Children of the Earth is included in this set. So don't buy it seperate. Only thing I wish this can with this came with was a book of sorts or photos. My luck they will release it like the new Doctor Who Blu Ray set with sonic screw driver remote. Time to sell everything=) Anyway looks awesome on blu ray set is nice except be nice to have a few extra for the devoted fans. But the introductions in the start oh each episode is a nice touch. Now if they just bring it back or a good movie=) and if I my name would change under this account be great since i'm a girl not a boy. oh well! BUY this and enjoy!! By the way Doctor Who fans especially Tennant fans there a gorgeous box set for all of his seasons out of print. I got mine 2 years ago its really amazing and dont listing to people about the cds they are in in the book snug none of mine scratched and I watched many times and art work alone it worth it tons of extra think there is 25 dvd or more dvds here is a link and since is not a review for it but I know die hard fans will love it! Here is the link for amazon. I got mine for 95. but at the price even and not blu ray still worth it!
 Doctor Who David Tennant Years

Thanks for reading my ramble=D
Jessie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
I was very pleased mostly for the price for the whole set because I checked the price at Best Buy and they wanted more just for Volume 1 and Volume 2. This set not only includes Volume 1 and 2 but also includes children of Earth which is more expensive just by itself.
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on October 7, 2014
Great Series - enjoying them now. I saw some of them on tv a while back, but I like watching a episode and then the ability to watch another episode without having to wait a week. Great cast, very good stories for the most part, and one of the few shows where I don't know exactly where the storyline is going, or know who the "bad" guy is within the first 10 mins. of the show. I have seen the "movies" of this series, and plan on getting those later on.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
This is a great set - however it ships from England so it takes longer - and SEASON three is Children of Earth -- this really isn't made clear -- So don't order this AND Children of Earth -- like I did :(
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on September 21, 2014
This Spin off of the BBC Doctor Who series is wonderful. It can best be described as a Sci-Fi CSI/Action show. Great writing and the cast works so well together bring each character to life. Captain Jack Harkness is a one of a kind and John Barrowman brings this complex persona heart and soul.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2011
Great product for Torchwood fans at a great price. This complete series cost about the same as only one season at the local brick and mortar store.
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on February 17, 2015
One of the best series to own and what a great deal it was on Amazon.
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