Captain Jack Harkness to the rescue! (sci-fi)
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« on: August 21, 2009, 01:24:51 am »

Hi all,

I was curious to know how many of you have watched the TV series "Torchwood"? If not, I really recommend it to sci-fi fans.

My partner decided to buy Season 1 on DVD when finding it at a low price, and he ended up buying the rest of the series including the very dramatic last part "Children of the earth".

One of the things that makes Captain Jack Harkness interesting is, he's bi. Okay, that is not a reason good enough to watch the series, so please continue reading  Grin

"Torchwood" is a spinoff series derived from the very popular "Dr. Who". If you enjoyed it, you probably noticed a Captain Jack Harkness appearing a few times throughout the series? Same guy.

"Torchwood" is a special ops team operating an underground base located in Cardiff as part of the "Torchwood" institute. They study extra terrestrial occurencies and fight off evil aliens. Even though it sounds like another cliché, I assure you that Captain Jack Harkness, being quite handsome if I may say so, has his share of dark secretes.

I usually do not shed tears over what's happening in a relatively low-budget sci-fi show, but there were times when my partner and I did. Unlike most Hollywood movies / series, "Torchwood" is much more.. human. Despite crazy things happening with our heroes, they are just humans and they experience extreme pain and horrible losses, which is reflected in their emotions and makes you feel their pain. At least with a little bit of imagination; honestly they are not great actors, but they deliver well in my opinion. Want to see bad actors? Try "Farscape"  Grin

The acting is fairly good on average. There are some less talented actors involved, although most do a decent and even good job. "Torchwood" offers sharp and ironic English humor, and I love it! Things will happen that you have probably never seen on your TV before, and the storyline is better than "Dr. Who", in my humble opinion. Especially the last DVD-box, "Children of the earth" is amazing! It was such a thrill to watch, we finished the last three episodes in a row because we simply couldn't wait until the next day.

"Torchwood" is definitely worth watching if you like sci-fi with sometimes rather unpredictable plots, sharp and ironic English humor sprinkled with juicy sarcasm. Add to this a couple of actors who knows their job and the stage being a city with (mostly) normal people, something which adds a bit of creepy realism to an otherwise anything but realistic setting.

If you have already seen this series, I also suggest "Firefly". You can buy the complete series for only £9.99 at Play.com. Fox TV killed the show after the first season, and I have signed at least one online campaign to give others the rights to pick it up and continue with it. "Firefly" was directed by Joss Whedon, who created the "Buffy" (the vampire slayer) and "Angel" series. He did an excellent job with "Firefly". Summer Glau stars in the "Firefly" series, as well. Most of you probably know her from "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Terminator series).

Anyway, I just wanted to share my opinion on "Torchwood". If I could rip and share it I would, but please consider buying. It is absolutely worth paying for in my opinion. Either way, I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as we did!  hugging

T.C.

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 10:38:34 am »

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My partner decided to buy Season 1 on DVD when finding it at a low price, and he ended up buying the rest of the series including the very dramatic last part "Children of the earth".

You have that wrong.

There are 3 series of Torchwood.  Children of Earth is the 3rd series. 

For some reason, the BBC decided to make Torchwood and Dr Who differently, than in past years, for 2009.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 05:16:34 am »

i love torchwood.

i have seen seasons 1 and 2 but i haven't seen the last (3rd) season yet.

i love ianto and jack.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 04:23:09 pm »

Rob and I are fanatical fans of BBC America and the Torchwood Series is but one of our favorites.

Captain Jack  <---> 
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 01:50:21 am »

i love torchwood.

i have seen seasons 1 and 2 but i haven't seen the last (3rd) season yet.


I found series 1 and 2 to be hit and miss, partly due to the regular characters Owen and Tosh being irritating and bland respectively. But series 3 - Children of Earth is a superb piece of tv drama.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 03:08:45 am »

I loved this show, so much so that I went into withdrawal between the second and third series. Ianto was the hotness! I love his name, his Welsh accent, his odd-looking head, his sense of humor, his loyalty .... everything about him is sexy Cheesy. I agree Owen and Tosh started out as yawners, but as their characters were fleshed out more, I came to sympathize with and even admire them. As time passed, I actually cared less about Jack than the other characters!
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 03:12:49 am »

oh, and random fact: Gwen's in those tight jeans captivated me. I mean, I'm gay, but her legs and ass are works of art.  drool
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 12:43:55 pm »

Luckily, Torchwood series 4 is in the making:

hxxp://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/torchwood_new_series/
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 02:50:36 am »

Luckily, Torchwood series 4 is in the making:

hxxp://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/torchwood_new_series/

Sounds interesting. The global setting would seem a natural progression after the last series, I doubt they could go back to having them based in a (rebuilt) hub  explode in Cardiff
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 02:54:02 am »

oh, and random fact: Gwen's in those tight jeans captivated me. I mean, I'm gay, but her legs and ass are works of art.  drool

You're welcome to Gwen, I'll have her big sexy lump of a husband, in and out his tight jeans
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2010, 02:16:10 pm »

hxxp://www.examiner.com/sci-fi-in-orlando/torchwood-the-new-world-brings-back-captain-jack-and-gwen-spoilers

Here's a recent update and a bit of new info on Series 4
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2014, 06:01:07 pm »

Yes - Torchwood is amazing.

There is a very real drop about mid-way through Season Two - but it recovers relatively well.

And the makeout fight between John Barrowman and James Marsters at the beginning of Season Two borders on being porn.

But, the series does pan out well.

The romance between Jack & Ianto is great.

Season Three (a mini-series, called "Children of Earth") is both clever & heart-wrenching.

Season Four is the one that runs on Stars & takes place in America - and get's very sexy & hot.

And, yes, Reese - Gwen's husband - is hot as Hell...  Love those chubby guys - and, yes, you do get to see his ass.  Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2015, 12:30:54 am »

Harkness is immortal and travels freely through space and time, apparently, rather like The Doctor. He is not bisexual so much as pansexual. Men, women, aliens, whatever. Actor/singer John Barrowman is openly gay and has done a documentary on what it is that makes people gay. Very out.

In the series, Capt. Jack's lover is str8, queer only for one man. There's a story where Gwen (?) gets picked up in a bar and the next day says that she doesn't know what her parents would be more horrified by-- her having sex with a (non-terrestrial) alien, or having had sex with a woman.

The first couple of seasons could easily have been The Monster of the Week but were much more creative and variable than that. The stories were often very dark, written over a background and personal issue colored with pain and sometimes truly unspeakable suffering. And there are v tender, v moving episodes, as when the Captain travels back in time and meets the doomed soldier -- Jack Harkness -- whose name he later adopts.

Then, although it looked like the series had come to a pretty definite end, the cast was relocated in the US and the show was produced in California. If anything, it got even more grim those last two "seasons," really each a self-contained miniseries.

Fans of Barrowman and his dimple currently can see him as a villainous influence on hunky actor Stephen Amell who plays the title role in "The Arrow." Brother Robbie Amell, who looks a lot like him, is a regular on "The Flash," another comic book story now on the US television machine, Both shows are set in the same "universe" and there have been crossover episodes where characters from one show or the other appear in episodes of the other series.

Only that last paragraph is actually new(ish), but the series is so smart, with such clever and often moving storylines, that I had to chime in to support the original commentary. There may be more gay characters and plotlines in Torchwood than in any other general series on broadcast TV. It ain't QAF, Looking, or Cucumber, but for a show where the gay content is ever present but usually not the point, it sure makes a statement. Also, though it is easy to overlook the significance of such a thing now in these allegedly modern and up-to-date times, but the conspicuous level of homo acceptance and tolerance as just one more natural (I almost said "human," but it can also be inhuman for these guys) phenomena equally present and emotionally valid across space and time.

In a century starting out with Science being jettisoned in favor of Superstition in its most ignorant, bigoted, and maliciously repressive forms, it is good to know that 'twas not ever thus, and that even in Modern Times, there were amazing shows like Torchwood in its various incarnations.


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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2020, 08:26:13 am »

I love this series
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2020, 12:46:11 pm »

Captain Jack is back in the new Doctor Who series.  Crazy?
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