Torchwood: Complete BBC Series 2  [DVD]
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All thirteen episodes of the popular Doctor Who spin-off series set in Cardiff. Captain Jack, from Doctor Who is in charge of Torchwood - a disparate crew of investigators, each an expert in his chosen field, searching desperately for alien debris that has fallen to earth. They're beyond the rule of law - hired by the UK government and in a race to find the technology before the UN does, so that they might use it to fight crime here on earth. Episodes comprise: 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang', 'Sleeper', 'To the Last Man', 'Meat', 'Adam', 'Reset', 'Dead Man Walking', 'A Day in the Death', 'Something Borrowed', 'From Out of the Rain', 'Adrift', 'Fragments' and 'Exit Wounds'.
In many ways a far more experimental and variable series than the show it spun out of, Torchwood demonstrates many of the qualities of Doctor Who, but has certainly developed a tone all of its own.
Season two finds the Torchwood team still under the pavements of Cardiff, and still led by John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. But there’s a lot going on this second series, with a variety of guest stars--including Alan Dale (yup, Jim Robinson from Neighbours), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Richard Briers--along with the arrival of Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones. There are also a variety of intriguing threats that the Torchwood team face, and while the tempo is often uneven, at worst it’s always interesting.
What’s more, Torchwood isn’t afraid of pulling its punches. Unpredictable at times, right through to the explosive final episode, this second season is an improvement on the show’s already-impressive debut. And while it sometimes makes familiar mistakes as it tries to play to a more mature audience, it nonetheless feels riskier than before, and better for it. Furthermore, where they take it now for season three is a fascinating proposition: fortunately, there’s plenty of rewatch value in the show’s second series to cover the wait to find out. --Jon Foster
Special Features included:
- Deleted scenes
- The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack
- Torchwood Declassified Cut-down
- English 5.1 Surround Sound
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