Torchwood (2006–2011)
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When the villainous Captain John Hart returns to abduct Captain Jack Harkness whilst unleashing a wave of destruction and terror upon an unsuspecting Cardiff, it's up to Gwen, Ianto, Owen ... See full summary »




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When the villainous Captain John Hart returns to abduct Captain Jack Harkness whilst unleashing a wave of destruction and terror upon an unsuspecting Cardiff, it's up to Gwen, Ianto, Owen and Tosh to save the day. Meanwhile, Captain Jack Harkness is forced to face some demons from his past. Written by The_Sandheaver

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4 April 2008 (UK)  »

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By the end of this episode Jack is over 2100 years old. See more »


Jack Harkness is not Captain Jack's real name, as we all know; as he's from the Boshane Peninsula in the 54th century; his real name has yet to be revealed. Yet when his brother Grey finds he and Captain John Hart (in the year 27 AD in what will one day be Cardiff) Grey calls out "JACK!!" As his brother, Grey would certainly know his real name, and would not call him Jack. See more »


Cowled Leader: Devils! Blasphemers! Pray to your heathen god, while in the Lord's name, we cast out!
[Ianto and Tosh look at each other, pull out their guns, and fire. The three cowled figures fall to the floor dead]
Ianto Jones: There we are, then.
Toshiko Sato: Sorted.
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Season 2: Solid sci-fi that improves greatly on season 1 without itself being brilliant
5 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Torchwood was infuriating in its first season. The story of the shadowy group investigating and controlling the alien presence on earth was clearly meant to be a Dr Who spin-off for adults but for some reason it decided that adults wanted to see lots of girl-on-girl kissing and sexual playfulness. Now, this may well be true but we have other media to provide such material – sci-fi dramas on BBC2 not really being where I'm looking for titillation. Anyway, while not completely removing this aspect of it, the writers seem to have realised this and as a result season two is a more assured affair.

The stories are better and, within these the characters also stand-up as more interesting and engaging. I particularly liked the themes that the stories explored as these are what makes it more interesting than just a simple sci-fi about aliens and guns. This is not to say that it is brilliant of course, because it is not. We do still have a touch of silliness about the whole thing, with perhaps a bit too many Eastenders scenarios for my liking across any specific story. That said it is darker and more interesting than season one, with death, loss, love and other themes handled pretty well.

The cast are given more to work with as a result and they respond by mostly improving their performances. Barrowman keeps his camp larger-than-life character but has more material in his dark streak – it doesn't feel like he is flicking it on or off like a switch. It is the rest of the cast that improve through. Mori and Gorman in particular both have more to do and produce characters that I cared for and was moved by – particularly in the key moments of the final episodes. Myles is less annoying than before although I still found her grating at her worst. David-Lloyd is better (but still not great) while Owen has more to do and adds the fresh eyes that usually helps this type of thing. Dr Who's Martha Jones makes a welcome and enjoyable appearance as well.

Season two is not brilliant then, but it is a lot better than I had expected. The biggest problems with season one have been at least partially addressed and it does mean that it feels like it is presenting to an adult audience rather than just sexually teasing them. It is not good enough to win over those who were horrified by season one, but for those returning to it, the good news is that the weaknesses have been partially addressed and the potential has been realised a bit more.

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