Some weeks ago I watched an episode of Torchwood on TV, and it attracted my attention in a way that I decided to find and watch the whole series.
Original title: Torchwood.
Spanish title: Torchwood.
Season: First Season.
Year: 2006 – 2007.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama.
Country: United Kingdom (UK).
Episodes: 13 x 50 min.
Color or B/W: Color.
Creator: Russell T. Davies.
Script: Russell T. Davies and others.
Photography: Mark Waters, Ray Orton.
Music: Murray Gold.
Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Indira Varma.
Gwen is a police constable in Cardiff, who during a case encounters a special ops team called Torchwood. This Torchwood Institute really is an independent cover agency whose purpose is to investigate incidents that can be related with extraterrestrial life forms.
Comment without spoilers
This series is a spin-off from the famous series Dr. Who (I haven’t seen a single episode of it), and it’s linked to it primarily through the Cardiff Rift and the appearance of Captain Jack Harness.
The scripts for each episode are not great, and in fact they could be much better, as you can find many flaws, incoherences and stupid facts in them, but looking at them as a whole story, I find it attractive and interesting.
The actors most of the time are inexpressive (except Barrowman) and very artificial. Despite this, they fit very well in their characters, which are quite stereotypical and sometimes annoying.
The soundtrack is mainly present in the thrilling scenes, trying to emphasize them and sometimes achieving it, but in general it’s not very brilliant, except the main theme cut, which I find nice.
The general atmosphere is not very believable, mostly because of the small details (as the incredibly worthless and stupid security system of the Hub), but also due to some events and reactions of the secondary characters that simply could not fit in the real world.
The special effects deserves their own comment, because thanks to the low budget (that you can appreciate in every detail), they use some computer animations that are more appropriate for a series from the mid nineties than for a 2006 one.
So, looking at each aspect separately, you could think that I didn’t like Torchwood, but the fact is that despite every flaw (or maybe thanks to them), I liked it, so I’m thinking about watching the new seasons from Dr. Who series (the ones from 2005 till now).
As an interesting fact, a second Torchwood season is confirmed for January 2008.
List of episodes:
- Everything Changes.
- Day One.
- Ghost Machine.
- Small Worlds.
- Greeks Bearing Gifts.
- They Keep Killing Suzie.
- Random Shoes.
- Out of Time.
- Captain Jack Harness.
- End of Days.