Adam, an alien in the guise of a personable young man, is a 'memory manipulator' who implants false memories into the Torchwood team, leading them to believe he is an old friend. Gwen is ... See full summary »



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Jack's Father
Lauren Ward ...
Jack's Mother
Jack Montgomery ...
Ethan Brooke ...
Rhys Myers ...
Young Adam
Murdered Woman


Adam, an alien in the guise of a personable young man, is a 'memory manipulator' who implants false memories into the Torchwood team, leading them to believe he is an old friend. Gwen is induced to forget Rhys and Jack recalls painful memories of his brother before he exposes Adam. The team take tablets to restore their memories, in the process 'killing' Adam, who fades away. Written by don @ minifie-1

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13 February 2008 (UK)  »

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This is the first time we are privy to some of Jack's backstory and who Gray is (we heard mention of him in 2.1 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). See more »


Adam tells Jack that if Jack chooses to forget Adam, he will not only lose the memory that Adam made himself a part of, but that he would lose all memory of his father. "Your father will cease to have existed." Why would losing a single day's memory wipe out all memories of Jack's father? And, obviously, Jack still remembered later how he lost his brother. See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [to the team] Our memories define us. Adam changed those memories, he changed who we are. Now I have to help you all go back. Find a memory that defines you, rediscover who you are. If I'm wrong, he'll still be here when we've done this.
[turns screen off]
Captain Jack Harkness: Let me take you back to before we all met.
[dims lights]
Captain Jack Harkness: Feel around for anything that makes you what you are. The hidden and the forgotten. Tell me where you are.
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Scenes from the episode that have Adam interacting with the team are inserted into the opening montage as if he has always been on the team. See more »


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A tremendous installment - gripping, intelligent entertainment
13 February 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Adam" sounds like an episode of "Stargate SG-1" on paper with familiar faces under the influence of an alien being and acting out of character. However, it's a welcome direction for the series and it shows the cast's talent.

There are some particularly dramatic moments in this tale and the normally restrained Gareth David-Lloyd is splendid as a guilt wrapped, borderline-psychotic Ianto. It's taken me a while to warm to Ianto but there's more to him than meets the eye.

Unmissable British science fiction on a shoe-string. 9 out of 10. This series of "Torchwood" is proving to be a great improvement on the (still entertaining) original.

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