Torchwood (episodes 1-3)

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Posted by Sulkyblue (30th Oct 2006, 16:27)

What do people think? I kind of like the first three episodes, but don't actually think it's very good.

Some of my issues:

  • It's trying too hard to be grown up - "ooh, look at me, I can swear and show sex" just comes across a bit like a 14 year old.
  • Dear god Gwen is annoying! And I hate her hair.
  • Owen seems a little bit of a worthless, slimy twerp. He did better this week by at least showing he had some heart... now he just needs the brains. What's he supposed to be a doctor of?
  • Stop pissing about! If you're professionals, stop pressing the buttons like you're in the Science Museum!
  • Do these people not learn?! "Ooh, this is a fun device, lets shove it in my handbag and take it home, I vaguely recall a colleague doing this and it resulting in her threatening me, shooting our boss and then herself... but I can't quite see the lesson I should learn from that."
  • Give the other two (Tosh and what's his face the office manager) more to do. It strikes me they should be plotting to take over the world, they seem to have all the brains.
  • So Jack can't die and doesn't need to sleep - where's the peril for the hero? Presumably the can't die thing extends to can't be hurt (or it fixes itself pretty fast) so there's no real risk to him in any of the situations. He was also a lot more fun before he died.
  • There just doesn't seem to be much coherence and attention to detail. The magic device this week was just a plot device, there was just no consistency in how and why it worked.
  • Enough with the running!

Things I do like:

  • The cut scenes of the helicopter views of Cardiff, it's really rather pretty.
  • Umm... the credit splash screen is kinda cool (stretching a bit here)
  • It's sometimes funny

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 Siberman ( 31st Oct 2006, 17:47, Rank: Mentat )  reply

like Lorna, I kinda like it but it's wrong. it shoudl be justifying it's post-watershed slot by being nasty and evil (i.e. they run around grabbing teh alien tech before UNIT or anyone else can - it should be all higher purpose and end-justifies-the-means stuff). instead it's silly, pointless swearing/innuendo that you could see in any low-grade US drama.

ideally it would be a dr who / Ultraviolet mix.

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 Dan ( 7th Nov 2006, 11:54, Rank: Cylon Centurion )  reply

I think that the series is improving over time, episode 4 was (IMHO) the best so far, with a lot more of the aftermath of Dr Who (What happens to the poor sods once the tardis disappears). I think that I can continue giving it hte benefit of the doubt for a couple more episodes, and hope it improves.

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 Dan ( 13th Nov 2006, 23:59, Rank: Cylon Centurion )  reply

Torchwood does appear to be shaping up nicely, episode 5 was (Without giving anything away) Definitely not a Dr Who episode, but is still good sci-fi. Still no sign of UNIT though, thats odd.

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 karne ( 21st Nov 2006, 12:49, Rank: GSV )  reply

It's certainly getting better.

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 gaspode ( 25th Sep 2007, 00:00, Rank: Killer Rabbit )  reply

Oh well. It never did improve much. :-)

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