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Getting better with each episode,
This review is from: Torchwood - Series 1 Part1, Episodes 1-5 (2 Disc Set)  [DVD] (DVD)
Like many other fans of dr Who, I wondered just how good (or bad) Torchwood would actually be. The first episode was anything but poor, however, it had the not so easy task of setting the scene for the rest of the series, and that it successfully did. The first episode sees the introduction of Gwen into the Torchwood team of Owen, Toshiko, Ianto, and Suzie. Heading the team is the enigmatic Captain Jack, again played by John Barrowman who reprises his role from the first series of Dr Who.
Gwen finds out that Torchwood's role is to investigate any signs of Alien activity on Earth and that researching such activity is anything but boring....
Since then we have had a sex crazed alien entity wreaking havoc in downtown Cardiff... Then a piece of alien hardware which shows ghostly scenes from the past which have a very deep impact on those who possess it. Following that is a story concerning a partly constructed cyberwoman who survived the Cyber/Dalek war at the end of the last episode of the second series of Dr Who, and who now wants to start upgrading humans again...
However, in my opinion the best episode so far is the most recent as of the date of writing, and that is titled 'Small Worlds.'
Here we see the team investigating the sightings of 'Faeries'.... However, they turn out to be anything but nice and in fact are ancient, malevolent, and powerful beings that bitterly resents the encroachment of mankind on their territory. Into this mix come an ostracised and bullied little girl and an elderly lady who turns out to be a former lover of Captain Jack. This episode packs an emotional wallop too reminiscent of fine episodes from Dr Who such as The Girl In The Fireplace and Father's Day.
Also as the show has progressed, viewers are finding out more about the personal lives of Captain Jack and his team. Each episode so far seems to have given an insight into a different individual, including Captain Jack, and in doing so is increasing the interest level of the viewer in this team of people. Being more adult orientated means that there is a quota of sex and gore, not on show in Dr Who eg the graphic depiction of a Cyberman upgrade having gone wrong.... However, it is not gratuitous and works well with what is happening on screen.
I give the series as a whole four stars so far but tonight's episode 'Small Worlds' is a five star winner, no doubt about it. Therefore, I am no looking forward to the rest of the series and the entire series dvd which will be released later. This is turning out to be a really good Sci Fi series, and shows that UK tv really can produce the goods when it puts its mind to it.