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Torchwood: Season 2 (2008)

John Barrowman , Eve Myles  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013GS3WW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Torchwood: Season 2" on IMDb

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13 episodes on 5 discs

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Torchwood: Complete 2nd Season DVD

The following are included in the second season of Torchwood: repeated bouts of unrequited love, homicidal ex-lovers, monsters from space and impending doom for major characters. Now, that's how a series' second season should play out! But what makes Russell T. (Doctor Who) Davies' sophomore set of adventure for Torchwood so engaging is that he bundles them together in a tight and cohesive package that remains dramatically involving while maintaining the proper level of science fiction adventure. John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness is back, having materialized in the final episode of Doctor Who's third series ("Last of the Time Lords"), and with him comes one of the show's most inventive characters: fellow Time Agent and former lover Captain John Hart, played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters. Hart wreaks considerable havoc in the series opener, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," and returns several episodes later in "Fragments" to reveal Harkness' long lost brother Gray, who brings the series to a close in "Exit Wounds" with a horrific rash of violence that rends the Torchwood team permanently asunder. It's a finale that will leave fans agape by the final frame, but it's not the only stunner in the second season. "Reset" should also raise eyebrows with both the introduction of Doctor Who companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) in a three-episode arc, but also the shocking death and resurrection of a Torchwood member. Other highlights include "From Out of the Rain," which introduces one of the series' most intriguing villains, the Ghostmaker, and the alien "Adam," who throws the team into chaos with his power to suggest false memories. But the season's key storyline is the conflict between Jack, his brother Gray, and Captain Hart, which brings emotional heat and weight to the show's complex science and fantasy elements. Extras include all 13 episodes of Torchwood Declassified, the 10-minute companion series which explores elements of each episode, as well as "The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack Harkness," a 22-minute featurette (narrated by Freema Agyeman) about the character's immortal status that includes comments by Barrowman and Davies. Nine minutes of amusing outtakes and 18 minutes of deleted scenes bring this satisfying set to a close. --Paul Gaita

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108 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For its flaws, still unmissable September 26, 2008
It's yet another season of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" for adults. Now in its 2nd season, we meet a team of professionals who battle aliens and try to protect us from all sorts of cosmic anomalies. Based in Cardiff - centrally located on a rift in time and space - "Torchwood" stands ready to do the job. With plenty of foul language and, you never forget the seriousness of the situation, or the fact that the end of the world never means having to forego a good "snog".

"Torchwood" remains a pretty controversial show. Everything that made the 1st season both fun and frustrating are ramped up in S2.

But first, the ep.s themselves.
"Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" (I wonder how many British shows have come and gone wishing to use that title.) Remember how S1 built up the anticipation to that same sex kiss in "Captain Jack Harkness"? Well, subtlety goes out the window in the first few minutes of the season opener, returning Jack from his adventure in the "Doctor Who" season 2 finale. Here, Jack introduces the team to his thrill-kill former colleague and not-so-former lover, Time-Agent Captain Jon Hart. What is Hart's agenda? And how much lip-lock will the team be forced to watch before Jack takes any action?

"Sleeper", an obvious idea nevertheless not given the treatment until now. The team must confront deep-cover terrorist insurgents from another planet. They look like ordinary people - husbands, wives, lovers, parents - but when the signal starts, they become indestructible agents of mass destruction.

"To the Last Man", a pretty good episode in which the team finds a breakdown in time barriers between the present and WWI era threaten the space-time continuum.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dr. Who Spin-Off! March 6, 2011
Wonderfully entertaining British TV series. Torchwood's main character, Captain Jack Harkness, got his start on an episode of Dr. Who, and the new series took off from there. If you ever wished that Dr. Who was grittier and sexier, this is the place to be.

Yes, Jack is bisexual, so if that disturbs you, then Torchwood is probably not the best viewing choice. The handling of sexuality in the series is matter-of-fact, and certainly a lot less graphic than, say, True Blood. Given some of the language and the dark tone of the stories, I wouldn't recommend this show to very young viewers; they would enjoy Dr. Who more anyway. I DO recommend the show to anyone looking for adult science fiction. Why is it that British television can handle this type of show so well compared to us?
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better and more cohesive than season 1 July 11, 2008
Season 2 of Torchwood was a definite step-up from the first season. The show is better written and organized. The first season was a bit too messy in terms of ending and putting together the episodes. The episodes and stories of this season 2 make more sense and a clear and consistent mythology has emerged. Many questions have been answered and even more have come about. The show also makes more tie-ins with Doctor Who.

The first season was all over the place, stretching and sending each character into a million and one places. They were testing the waters and finding out who each character was and how far he or she would go. Now, the show has found its soul (corny I know...). Each episode of this season was darker and edgier as each explored an aspect of each of the characters and the interactions between them. Each character is more consitently written and the show itself shows more consistency.

We learn more about the creation of Torchwood and how Jack came to be where he is now. We also get Freema Agyeman reprising her role of Martha Jones for a 3-episode arch. She is such a good character!

The show is definitely better, definitely worth watching.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 is fantastic! March 20, 2008
By JiJi
Honestly, the only reason I started watching the show was because I thought John Barrowman was hot lol. Even though I heard negative reviews about it, I decided to watch it and judge for myself. I was pleasantly surprised with the show. Granted season 1 wasn't perfect but it had a lot of great moments. It had a lot of hits and misses but it was highly entertaining for the most part.

Now season 2 is absolutely fantastic! Much better than season 1. The show's dynamic has changed noticeably and the characters have become much more likable and fun. The story lines are more mature and interesting. Everything has been taken to a new level and the result has been great!
I can't wait to get my hands on the Season 2 DVD. The first season DVD was loaded with special features and I'm hoping this one would be the same. Every episode had commentaries, it's own behind the scenes look and miniature interviews with the cast and crew. It also included many deleted scenes and bloopers. But honestly, I would buy the DVD even if it didn't come with any extra material because the episodes this season have been really good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Torchwood is Ready..." October 14, 2010
In my review for the first season of Torchwood I concluded that the show had plenty of potential in regards to its setup, actors and production values, but which was obviously struggling to find its feet. A reliance on shock value, some sloppy scripts, and the inclusion of several unlikable main characters weakened the final product, though not so much that I wasn't intrigued by the possibility of these mistakes being rectified in the following season.

And for the most part, they are. Season two is aware of its past faults and makes an effort to fix them. The stories are less predictable and manage to be more fun and more serious at the same time. Characters are better developed, and the annoying qualities of Gwen and Owen have been toned down (though not eradicated). And rather than relying on singular episodes there is more of an overarching plot at work that allows for more depth in the storytelling.

A spin-off of Doctor Who that purports to be more "adult", Torchwood is the name of a not-so-secret organization that deals with the aliens, time-travelers and other anomalies that emerge through the Rift in space and time that it situated right over the city of Cardiff, Wales. The team is lead by the charming, enigmatic and impossible-to-kill Captain Jack Harkness, and made up of policewoman Gwen Cooper, computer-technician Toshiko Sato, medical doctor Owen Harper and faithful butler Ianto Jones. Making a pseudo-family of sorts, the colleges deal with the strange occurrences that threaten the city and its inhabitants.
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Really loved this show in the beginning, some of the last ones are a little harder to follow.
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I loved this show was sad it only had four seasons,but I enjoyed it very much.
Published 15 days ago by CATHERINE
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and witty BBC series
If you like Grimm, Lost Girl, Firefly and similar shows you'll love this series. Can be a bit quirky at times, but it's hard not to get attached to these characters. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Michael J. Cresci
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your time and don't bother.
Honestly... it's getting worse. I am SO ANNOYED at programs who fail to provide continuity. There are so many holes in the entire series that it has become a running joke to... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mrs. H
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it and you will love it!
As a spin-off from Dr. Who I was grateful to have more of John Barrowman's Captain Jack. The show stands very well on its own, however. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loooove Torchwood
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season 3?(contains spoilers for ppl who havnt seen dr who finale)
I think that the plan was for Martha to join Torchwood, but the Beeb is mad at her because she is taking a job on an ITV show. The word now is that she is out of Torchwood. I hope this rumor is incorrect, though.
Aug 5, 2008 by Charles Harris |  See all 5 posts
Season 3 of Torchwood?
I don't know when exactly it will be out but yes season 3 is coming.... I saw them filming late at night on October 9th 2008 in Cardiff. I read in my local paper South Wales Echo that it will be aired in the UK early 2009 with BBC America a little behind. There was something mentioned about it... Read More
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