Torchwood - The Complete First Season (DVD, 2008, 7-Disc Set)
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- drriggApr 26, 2013by
Torchwood: Men In Black with an accent, a pterodactyl, and better writing.
When I first started watching Torchwood Season One when it was broadcast I didn't get it because I had never seen the revamped Dr Who so much of the back story was lost on me and I quit watching after just a few episodes. But now, after becoming a Whovian, I get it. Seasons two and three are often played on BBC America but I have yet to see season one which is why I purchased the box set. I love that, like Dr Who, Torchwood is a character driven show with engrossing story lines that delve into the personalities of the characters. You get to know the members of the Torchwood team and their motivations for doing what they do and you really miss them when they die (oh yeah, spoiler alert!) There are strong female characters that actually take part in the stories and are more than just eye candy or a love interest. Speaking of love interest, homophobes need not apply because there is an abundance of dude on dude smooching. Capt. Jack swings both ways and one of the other guys at Torchwood is gay so, if that aspect of the story bothers you, then watch something else. I felt that it was an integral part of the story and wasn't bothered at all by it. Besides, Jack is kind of dreamy. In summary, Torchwood is good to watch on the heels of the new Dr Who series and might stand on its own although I had trouble following the premise (Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who by the way) without a background in the Whoverse. It is well written with comedy, intrigue, love, heartache, and good ole bad ass aliens.Read full review
- on_behalf_ofSep 06, 2011by
As close to perfection at they come.
Torchwood is one of the most innovative shows on TV. It certainly can be a challenge to watch if, as I did, you have values that conflict with those of the writers and the characters, but I think the honesty of the show is a rarity.
Superbly written and acted, Torchwood's first season is peppered with wry humor, startling revelations, and story lines that will make you think, not just go along for the ride.
As it moved into its subsequent seasons, Torchwood lost most of its humor and became a much darker show, but its quality never waivered.
You'll find yourself talking to the TV, urging the characters along, whooping at some of the gruesome surprises, and wondering why American TV can't be as worthwhile.
It's not for the faint of heart, though. If you're looking for light fare, choose something else.Read full review
- unicorn3unicornNov 07, 2011by
Torchwood: Season 1 is fantastic!!!
Initially, I was forced to watch Torchwood on Netflix with my best friend, much to my dismay, but by the time we were nearing the end of Season 1 I was anxious to find out what happens in Season 2! In most cases I am not a fan of spin-off shows, or sequels, etc. but Torchwood is the exception. It's much darker than its more family-friendly sister show, Doctor Who. Now I love Doctor Who (Tennant and Smith), but I find it really interesting to delve into the character of Captain Jack and how he sees Earth through his eyes and through the eyes of his "companions", for lack of a better title. Great series!!!
- joannesjourneyOct 03, 2011by
Sci_fi that keeps you wanting more,,outstanding
This is adult-oriented science-fiction...some of these episodes deal with the DARK side..so I might advise be forwarned.LOL.However..it is shot in Cardiff. Wales,,and the accents are very sexy. There is a little sexual-orientation fluidity going on..but not to an extent that it will schock or take anything away from the stoies..quite the contrary..it adds to the excitement. And..boy..there sure is excitement...the 5 characters mix well..there is a good dose of Britisj (welsh) humour served up as well..My favorites of the thirteen episodes were Day 1..Gifts from The Greeks..Small Worlds..but..it's all excellent..simply spellbinding.I highly recommend..
- bridgespatSep 02, 2010by
It only took one episode of this show to win me over completely. It moves fast and pulls no punches. They aren't affraid to offend or hurt a feeling by killing off a character or putting them in an awkward, uncomfortable situation. It's drama without the wimpiness and wailing that most American dramas seem to include. Issues are not wrapped up nicely at the end of the show. The characters represent real people; flawed and scared but not willing to back down from livng. Maybe it's that British "stiff upper lip" we've heard so much about over here. Some face their fears head on and some hide. As for the writing... Russel T. Davies is off the hook.(That means fantastic) The subject matter is usually brilliant. The actors are very good and don't seem to let the fact that they're on a TV show get in the way of their lives. There really is nothing that I don't love about it.Read full review