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Episodes 10 to 13
on 21 October 2009
This thirds and final set of episodes from Torchwoods first series finishes off as it started with four good but flawed episodes.
Of the four episodes on this set episode ten `Out of Time' is my favourite. It is about three people from the 1650s who find themselves thrust into the modern world. The episode is quite funny, if corny in places, and it does have a nice emotional heart to it as the three characters try to adjust to their new situation.
Episode eleven, `Combat', is a basic sci-fi Fight Club knockoff but does give Owen some character Development. The episode is basic and predictable but is otherwise okay to watch.
The penultimate episode, `Captain Jack Harkness', sees Jack and Toshiko transported back to the Second World War. This episode is interesting and sheds a bit of light onto Jack's past. The episode also introduces the really interesting character of Bilis Manger who in typical Torchwood manner is never properly utilised.
The series finale `End of Days' is something of a letdown to be honest. Like many Torchwood episodes the finale has some really nice ideas and sets up the plot very well only to fluff it towards the end with a rather poor CGI baddie and something of a reset button.
Overall I would say that this first series of Torchwood is terribly flawed but still enjoyable to watch. It did get off to a shaky start but by the end it was definitely deserving of a second series.