Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
Torchwood is a spin-off series of the legendary Doctor Who, focusing instead on the adventures of a former companion of the Doctor, a time traveler from the future, Captain Jack Harkness. Captain Jack is a walking anachronism, born in the 51st century, dressed like the middle of the 20th, and living in the 21st. Jack also has a little problem - he can't die. A handy feature in the dangerous profession of leading a semi-secret organization (The Torchwood Institute) and taking on the responsibility of guarding the Earth from the effects of a huge rift in the space-time continuum that runs through Cardiff, Wales. But as the years pass, it becomes obvious that Jack often looks on immortality as a curse. He's outlived just about everyone he's ever known or loved. He sends his friends into danger knowing that they can be killed by things he can walk away from. So he does the only thing he can do: Live out loud, and try to make a difference.Read more ›
After watching the first season on TV, we weren't horribly impressed. None of the characters seemed particularly likable, not even the absolutely delicious John Barrowman as Captain Jack. The character of Gwen Cooper, played by the stunningly beautiful Eve Myles, who is supposed to be a sympathetic character, is cheating on her devoted boyfriend, Rhys, with the crotchety and just plain nasty Owen Harper. Ianto, who could be likable, is so busy pining for his girlfriend turned Cyberman that he abandons all of his normal good sense and quiet capability, and Toshiko could easily become one of the original "Mean Girls." Rather than working together as a team to try to catch the aliens who constantly pop into Cardiff due to the interspatial rift upon which the city is situated, the Torchwood group snipes at each other and careens from one incursion after another, often causing more problems than they solve.
The second season, however, brings them together as a team, working together to resolve the alien situations. The first episode of the second season shows them slogging along without Captain Jack, who has disappeared. Gwen Cooper is leading the team and seems to have resolved her problems with Rhys because she has accepted his marriage proposal. Tosh is no longer the little snitch, dripping with jealousy if anyone so much as talks to Owen, and Owen, himself, has become likable.Read more ›
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I want MORE!!!! We need to get the show runner to make another season!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Michael J
I really love this series, however this is a complaint.
Season 2 Disc 2 had scratches on the disc that prevent about 1/3 of the episode "Reset" from being... Read more
This is an interesting show, but short on logic.
The plot presented are exciting and fresh, but then the illogical slips in. Read more
In excellent condition. Husband loved this. ThanksPublished 3 months ago by Suzy E Van Hien-Johnson
"Complete Series" as of 2011. No longer complete in 2015.
I really wish the studios would stop labeling box sets with ambiguous titles. Read more
Love Torchwood. Especially Captain Jack. Bought this for a friend who does not have access to watch Torchwood.Published 5 months ago by gin
Love, Love, Love John Barrowman and Eve Myles. I love every single episode that I have watched thus far.Published 5 months ago by Dishgirl
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|Region Free or Subtitles?||
Does it have any other kind of subtitles? Whatis it with producers making Blu-rays and not eve including multiple subtitles, that is just so 18th century at this point and cheap, very cheap.
Aug 18, 2011 by gagm | See all 6 posts
|Does this have all 4 seasons?||
According to blu-ray.com it only has season 1 and 2 and the Children of Earth.
Jun 22, 2014 by MoonUnit | See all 2 posts
|Do I need to watch Dr. Who first?||
There's an occasional reference to Doctor Who, but they are so minor you can disregard them entirely essentially. This show, while a spinoff, stands quite strong on its own from episode one of season one through present. It's basically "same Earth, same universe, our fictional equivalent in... Read More
Aug 24, 2011 by Spider-Scorn | See all 8 posts
|Hi , Can someone please confirm that it does in fact include seasons 1...||Be the first to reply|