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DVD TV Show Reviews
Torchwood - The Complete Second Season
by Suzanne 9/11/08
Torchwood is a great show. The guy who writes it, Russell T.
Davies, also writes the new "Doctor Who", one of my very faovrite shows.
Torchwood is just as excellent. Both shows have fabulous characters, great
action, mind-bending twists, touching, often tragic moments, and lots of humor.
Scifi just doesn't get any better than this.
The hero of Torchwood is Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman.
Captain Jack is from the future, where people don't have the sexual hang-ups
that they have today. He is unabashedly bi-sexual and likes to flirt with
everyone and everything. This was all established when he first appeared in
Doctor Who. Thanks to his experiences with the doctor, Captain Jack cannot die.
This makes him a great hero because he can often sacrifice himself to save the
day, and keep coming back.
John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack, has amazing charisma and
is fun to watch. He is handsome and obviously enjoys his role.
Although Barrowman is British, he puts on a great American accent. Captain Jack
is always front and center in the story, but the other cast members are very
good as well.
From Doctor Who, we know that there are many aliens races and planets out there,
and many time-traveling creatures as well. Torchwood was created to deal with
the ones that visit to Earth (when the Doctor is not around to do so). Torchwood
is centered on Cardiff, which is supposedly built on a rift in the time and
space continuum (meaning they get more aliens coming through there than anywhere
else on Earth).
Captain Jack has a few other people in Torchwood helping him out, and besides
chasing aliens, they have inter-office sex and romance. Since Captain Jack can't
die, he has to try to protect these people, who are very dear to him, even as
they help him fight the bad guys.
This season they have a guest star that is one of my favorites, James Marsters.
He played Spike the vampire on both Angel and Buffy, as well as Brainiac on
Smallville. He is a great actor and does a wonderful job here playing Captain
John, Jack's old friend, lover, and nemesis.
The DVD has all of the great episodes of season two. You can just watch this
season and not really know much more than what I've told you, but I would advise
that you watch season one first, as well as every season of Doctor Who (trust
me, you'll enjoy them all).
Also on the DVD are some special features, of course. It has all of the
webisodes called "Torchwood Declassified", which go behind-the-scenes of every
episode. If that wasn't enough, it also deleted scenes and humorous outtakes
from the episodes. Then on top of that, there is a great special called "The
Life and Deaths of Captain Jack", which goes into great detail about Jack's
history, his deaths, and some other things like the stunts and music of the
show. It's well worth watching for any fan.
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