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on 8 May 2009
The Torchwood team spring into action once more, investigating alien activity in Cardiff and looking damn cool while they do it. Opening episode `Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' sees the team floundering without their charismatic and immortal leader, Captain Jack Harkness; furthermore, Jack's old sparring partner Captain John (Buffy's James Marsters) is in town, and looking to humiliate his old mucker in any way possible. This fast-paced if slightly uneven story provides a brilliant introduction to the second series of the smash hit Doctor Who spin-off.

Second episode, `Sleeper' is arguably the weakest story here. A young woman finds herself committing acts she never thought she was capable of, and is horrified when she subsequently learns, with the help of Torchwood, that she is part of an alien invasion spearhead. The story has an interesting premise, but is too disjointed and contradictory to be really effective.

Next up is `To the Last Man', a poignant character-based yarn about a cryogenically frozen First World War Soldier, Tommy, who is woken up once a year in preparation for a future catastrophic event that only he can prevent. Providing the lovelorn Toshiko Sato with yet another doomed relationship gives actress Naoko Mori a chance to shine; and shine she does, with a powerful performance that foreshadows tragic events later in the series.

`Meat' has some good moments - not least when Gwen Cooper's dull fiancé Rhys inadvertently discovers what she really does for a living. The story is unfortunately let down by its CGI space creature, a giant whale of sorts, but there is pathos aplenty, Ianto gets some of his best lines, and Gwen's tangled relationship with Jack begins to rear its head once more.

Story five, `Adam', has a great premise: What if your memories had been tampered with; some removed and some new ones added? Adam has been part of the Torchwood team for three years, he's Toshiko's lover, Gwen's best mate, and Jack's closest confidante - or is he? A loose story arc, hinted at in episode one, begins to take shape here, as Jack's past comes back to haunt him, and he faces the biggest challenge of his life - all 180 or so years of it.

`Reset', `Dead Man Walking' and `A Day in the Death' are a trio of linked stories that deal with the death and resurrection of one of the team. `Reset' sees former Doctor Who companion, Martha Jones, arrive at The Hub as a member of UNIT; The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce; and represents a shift in tone from dark to even darker, whilst the other two stories see the team battle a manifestation of death and deal with their colleague's demise.

`Something Borrowed, Something Blue' is as droll an episode as this series will see. In some welcome respite from the doom and gloom of the preceding three stories, the team attend Gwen's wedding, however the blushing bride has to deal with being impregnated by an alien shape-shifter, subsuming her feelings for Jack, and nearly being ripped apart by her mother in law (Nerys Hughes as you've never seen her before!)

Attending the opening of a refurbished cinema in the episode entitled `From out of the Rain', Ianto is taken aback to see Jack appear on screen as part of a Nineteenth Century travelling circus. What's more, the nefarious `Night Travellers' have begun to escape from their celluloid prison and are determined to wreak vengeance on a society that consigned them to oblivion. Julian Bleach (Davros in Doctor Who) plays the sinister leader of the travellers, and is deliciously wicked, as he steals peoples' breath and leaves them for dead, so that he and his troupe may exist permanently once more.

`Adrift' has Gwen Cooper determined to uncover the truth behind a glut of missing persons in the Cardiff area. But why is Jack so insistent that she let it go, and what is going on underground on an insignificant island in the Bristol Channel? A powerful and emotive story, `Adrift' addressed the issue of what happens when the rift takes people rather than spewing them out, and successfully treads that fine line between pathos and mawkishness.

Penultimate story `Fragments' shows how the current Torchwood team came together, and offers some insight into the personalities and backgrounds of Tosh, Ianto and Owen. Meanwhile, the anarchic `Captain' John Hart returns to Cardiff to wreak more havoc, and Jack discovers that there is someone far more dangerous pulling John's strings.

Series Two climaxes with a story entitled `Exit Wounds'. In a typically end of season finale from writer Russell T Davies, the story arc reaches its conclusion and the Torchwood team are shattered as two of their members become history.

DVD extras include out-takes, deleted scenes, and a short feature on the character of Captain Jack Harkness.

Whilst Series Two certainly builds on its predecessor, there are some inconsistencies in tone and pacing, particularly early on in the run. However, from fifth story `Adam' onwards, Davies shows the audience exactly where he's going with the story, and the series is ultimately a triumph. It remains to be seen how the depleted team will cope with the loss of their friends, as Series Three looms.
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VINE VOICEon 12 March 2008
I have to say it is disappointing that some people are still criticising Torchwood for the gay scenes - dear me I think it is time to join the rest of us in the 21st Century where (gasp) there are same sex relationships.

Still: to the res. This is a massive improvement on the occasionally uneven first season, the writing is sharper and wittier and because they are easing up on the SFX it is not over-reliant of CG (which occasionally marred the last season). Even better then that there are some real laughs in this series.

The 'special guests' have also fit in well - like it's sister show Doctor Who - they are not simply wheeled in for the sake of it. Alan Dale is nicely sinister (how far he has come from Ramsey Street) and James Marsters looks to be having enormous fun as Captain John.

So ignore the naysayers and enjoy!
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on 16 September 2009
This series is absolutly brilliant, after purchasing the first series on box set i just had to buy this one too. I love all the characters especially captain jack. I love the way it is written to appeal to the adult audience and funny and sad moments make you want to watch it over and over. Highly recommend this series.
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on 4 March 2008
Torchwood's great: it's a good mix of semi serious 'dark' (their word!) sci fi and fluffy fun with a generous dose of sheer humanity. ('tho those who bring this out aren't always human!) The much maligned (and celebrated) snogging between same/opposite sexes and aliens is a part and parcel of the whole series aim to present the bizarre within a very normal (Welsh) world. The snogging, the cameraderie, the Cardiff backdrop are the normal bit and I strongly recommend you allow your kids to watch it because guys do snog guys and gals gals and the sooner they accept this, the sooner the world will become a more pleasant place to live in. Torchwood Series 2 has been pre-watershed-ed to make it more watchable by kids and they've taken out some of the violence. I'm pre-ordering despite being only part way thru the series on TV because I applaud Russell T Davies and his team for making ground-breaking, mould-breaking TV within the genre least likely. Oh, and let's face it, JB IS eye candy!
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on 3 September 2013
Great episodes in this series 2. Wonderful acting by John Barrowman especially. The interaction with Eve Myles is very touching at times. Worth watching over and over.
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on 24 October 2013
Got into the Torchwood series on the telly a bit late & have since purchased all the DVD's. Brilliant characters & story lines. Great escapism.
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on 29 October 2011
A must have for any doctor who fans and Torchwood fans. Full of action, thrills and spills with great special effects. Highly recommend
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on 2 October 2008
Well, here it is
Torchwood Series 2, heres my review.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 9/10: Jack and the team investigate a suspicious death, Jack thinks he knows what it is, his old friend (well, boyfriend), Captain John Hurt who appears to have knolledge about a boy called Gray.
Sleeper: 8/10: Burglars become scared after they try to burgle a house and the residents come home only to discover that they are aliens. Torchwood investigate them and discover a horrible truth.
To the Last Man: 9.5/10: I gave this wpisode 9/10 because it made me a bit happy to see Tosh find true love with a WW1 soilder but there's a catch, he has to be cryogenicaly frozen after 3 weeks and go into hibernation for a year. But, Gwen sees a ghost at the hospital where Tommy (the soilder) was placed after he was blown up. Only he can save Cardif and the world but, that means Tommy will have to go back to 1913 and never see Tosh again.
Meat: 7.5/10: Rhys gets supicious about Gwen and Jack so he goes undercover to find out what she does, he befriends the local "Mafia" who sell him alien meat what Rhys believes to be beef but when Torchwood get suspicious, they place Rhys under arrest for lying to them, Rhys has to do the most dangerous thing of his life. Can Gwen eventually give Rhys the amnesia pill or does she choose not to destroy her relationship again.
Adam: 8/10: Newboy Adam joins Torchwood, only to make them belioeve that he has been their for 20 years causing everyone to forget their love ones. Tosh falls in love with Adam and Owen does as muchs as he can to convince Tosh that he is a nice person.
Reset: 6.5/10: The Doctor's companion Martha Jones has joined Torchwood following murders in Cardiff. The aliens turn out to be wasps who are not related to the Vespiforms in Doctor Who. While Owen dies after being shot.
Dead Man Walking: 10/10: Owen gets resurected after Jack finds the final glove (as Ianto siad "Gloves always come in pairs) and Owen realises he can't die like Jack, even after the last glove is destroyed. While Jack remembers what a fortune teller once told him about Death. Death comes to Earth to find 13 victims for his feast abd theirs only one man fit to kill him, Owen Harper.
A Day in the Dark: 9.5/10: Owen tells his most recent adventure to a girl who is going to jump off a building. This story however is a happy one where Torchwood meet an alien collector who ahs something called the Pulse which Owen trys to blow up because he thinks it's evil!!
Something Borrowed: 9.5/10: It's here! Gwen and Rhys big day, except one slight problem, following the events of Gwens last night, she gets bitten of an shape shifting alien which gives Gwen the baby and the Mother is back to claim what is rightfully hers! Can it be a happily ever after for Gwen and Rhys after all?
From Out of the Rain: 8.5/10: One of the local cinemas in Cardiff is hosting a opening film night but why does the tape show footage of the mysterious Night Travellers and where are they dissapearing to??
Adrift: 9/10: Teenagers are going missing in the heart of Cardiff and a mother has phoned Gwen Cooper to help but why does Jack not want Gwen to find the truth.
Fragments: 10/10: Gwen has been given the day off and the rest of Torchwood hae gone missing. The result is that a bomb has blown up in a warehouse which causes them to remember how they joined Torchwood. But after they all escape, Jack gets a hologram on his vortex manipulator saying that Captain John Hurt (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) has kidnapped Gray who turns out to be Jack's Brother.
Exit Wounds: 10/10: The Series Finale!! Captain John destroys most of Cardiff and it turns out that Captain John is a good character while Gray wnats revenge on the Earth and Jack for losing him. But this episode has some horrible moments like the death of Toshiko Sato after Gray shoots her and Owen Harper after being disintegrated by Nuclear Power beacuse of the radiation going around Cardiff.
So that was my review on Torchwood, Series 2 but if you are into Sci-Fi, YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!
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on 3 March 2008
I loved Series 1 but series 2 (so far) has blown s1 out the water! The fact I'm pre-ordering this even though the series aint finished tells you really what I think of it. There have been a couple of....dull episodes good but not brilliant and then there has been some fantastic ones. Some really good writing. I hope the extra's on this DVD boxset are better than on the previous one.
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on 30 May 2008
simply the best season yet...and by far the steamiest.
i enjoyed series one but this multiplies everything by 10 and has maximum pleasure all round all of this years eppies are great while last year had a couple duds.
the episodes and my opinions-
kiss kiss, bang bang-10/10-a sharp intro episode with james marsters :P
sleeper-8/10 a good eppy
to the last man-10/10 go Tosh...amazing
meat-9/10 fun
adam-9/10 intriguing
dead man walking-10/10 great entertainment
a day in the death-9/10 bye bye Martha
something borrowed-10/10 great episode
out of the rain-8/10
adrift-9/10 shows the best of Gwen's depth as a character
fragments-10/10 fantastic episode (great origin story)
exit wounds-10/10 dazzling and very of the best episodes i have seen on television ever(destined for awards)...james marsters is awesome again as captain john/bye bye tosh and owen:(...hope they come back for series three...or bring martha back as a prominent character...can't wait for it to be back:):)!!!!i'll be pre-orderin it soon...can't wait...needs to be a tad cheaper though.
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