December 21, 2007
I'm here to talk about my love/hate relationship with the sci-fi series Torchwood, but first I need to get something out in the open. It's no secret that I'm no fan of bangs. I don't know where I got ruined on them but, I suspect, if I were to be put under deep hypnosis, someone might hear me mutter something akin to Juliette Lewis. That being said, Torchwood has two big strikes against it from the outset. It is made by the folks who keep renting out my mother's basement to film episodes of Doctor Who and it has some big ass bangs.
Torchwood, the series, gets its name from the super-secret-we-answer-to-no-one alien hunting agency based in Cardiff, Wales. Being based in Cardiff is Torchwood's first eyebrow raising element. I mean really, how much of anything is based in Wales? Show me a map and I'm pretty sure you'd have to slide my finger over a few inches to hit the target. Also, it never gets old hearing the gap-toothed, bang afflicted, yet somehow adorable Gwen Cooper say "That's naught foony Ohwen!"
Torchwood is not Firefly, it's more like a high school production of some Firefly fan-fiction. Everyone is romantically involved with everyone, the set pieces range from Star Trek-esque colander as Alien Mind Melter to full-on CG pterodactyls, and it seems like family and friends are used for all the roles outside of the core five actors. So why did you bring up Firefly again? Well, the writing and dialogue is actually pretty decent, the dialogue more so than the plot.
The natural dialogue helps sell some of the more ridiculous sci-fi elements. One episode in particular finds the Torchwood staff in danger of being destroyed by an android that looks more at home serving food at Cafe FemBot than delivering inescapable death.
So should you check it out? Sure, why not? The first season just wrapped up on BBC America, and will be available on DVD in January 2008. While it's not the greatest sci-fi series, it's got some of that charm that made early Star Trek episodes so endearing, just with a little more Kirk on Spock action.
Posted by MostlyForMe at December 21, 2007 1:50 AM
C'mon now! How could I possibly respect a series that tries to put that "android" into any kind of serious context? That's just downright silly.
Posted by: Kyle C at February 19, 2008 11:21 PM
Just thought I'd drop some info-knowledge, not much though.
Torchwood is not only made by the same people as Doctor Who, it's an actual spin-off of the show. The 2nd series of Doctor Who featured Torchwood quite heavily, infact, the corporation was the big baddie throughout the whole series... though not in the same guise as the actual spin-off series.
Basically, Torchwood boobed and let a whole bunch of Cybermen invade Earth, and, as a result also allowed the Daleks to invade Earth aswell. Obviously the Doctor saved the day and Torchwood as an organisation was all but destroyed. That is, until Captain Jack started it back up again in an effort to resume contact with the Doctor who had left him behind at the end of series 1 (hope this isn't too hard to keep track of).
To really "get" Torchwood you've got to watch Doctor Who aswell, the 2 are basically sister shows, each referencing the other and with storylines weaving back and forth... think Stargate SG1 and Atlantis. Oh before I forget, that weird cyber-lady was made during the Cyberman's invasion of Earth, an event which happened on Doctor Who... see... weaving.
It suddenly occurs to me that you may already know all this... erm, yeeeeeeah... If that's the case then sorry ^.^;
-From the bored and sleep-deprived mind of GaZZuM
Posted by: GaZZuM at January 12, 2008 2:33 AM
Tourchwood is the highest profile program to be shot in Wales and cardiff for many generations. Dr Who is predominately shot in Swansea & Cardiff and then mascaraed for London.
Kind of like a cheap and cheerful version of LA pretending to be NYC in Heroes!
Posted by: MACacd at January 11, 2008 7:45 PM
I believe you're already aware of my strong pro-bangs stance, which means I may have to check this out next month.
Posted by: Jeff at December 31, 2007 12:02 AM