Torchwood - Series 1 Part 2 (Episodes 6-9) [DVD] 
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The second installment of 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 included are: 'Countrycide', 'Greeks Bearing Gifts', 'They Keep Killing Suzie' and 'Random Shoes'.
There are many reasons why Torchwood is unlikely to ever match the appeal of its parent show, Doctor Who, and this collection of episodes from its maiden series ably demonstrates why.
Firstly, the show is blatantly aimed at an older demographic, both through crude and clever means, and thats already lost it as many fans as its won. Secondly, theres a real sense of risk-taking to some of the writing, and thats why those who wrote the show off after just a couple of episodes should perhaps give it another whirl.
On this disc are four more shows from the first series, the highlight of which is the first: Countrycide. The following three arent too shabby either, although Greeks Bearing Gifts, They Keep Killing Susie and Random Shoes arent as consistent or engaging.
But heres the thing about Torchwood. Even on an off day, its still interesting. Sure, its a muddled sci-fi programme, with plenty of peaks and troughs, but its also a grower, a programme thatll gradually win you over should you give it a reasonable chance to do so. This particular DVD release is worth it for the one episode alone. Treat the others as an added bonus, and youll have little quarrel over the value you get from the disc. --Jon Foster
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Even run through a state of the art sound bar, and a 7 level graphic equalizer, I could not cure the mind numbingly loud background sound which overcomes the dialogue totally!
this DVD can only be understood if watched withsubtitles on!
the sound mix must have been done by someone with no interest in clarity or comprehension, and exhibits the BBC`s usual arrogance
Countricide was a fantastic episode, probability the best on this release - a good dose of scariness and gruesome scenes!
Greeks Bearing Gifts (Episode 7) was a great too. We got to see more of Toshiko, but some of the early scenes seemed a bit contrived just for that episode to make sure we knew that she felt like a bit of an outsider. Still, it was nice to see her 'bloom' as a character. Daniela Denby-Ashe was brilliant as Mary. Another sexually charged episode, and it worked in this episode - it didn't feel as though it was there just for the sake of it like it had in others.
We saw a reference to the first episode in "They Keep Killing Suzie" (Episode 8) and this was not as strong as the first two on this release, but still a good yarn. An ex-colleague is brought back to life, unfortunately for the TW guys, she has a few issues and goes a tad mental.
Random Shoes (Episode 9) had a weird feeling to it. It was a bit like the "Love and Monsters" episode from Doctor Who (new series 2) as the Torchwood team weren't as involved, it focussed more around the character of Eugene, the young guy who found the Alien Eye. Some dislike this episode, I enjoyed it - but the ending seemed a bit rushed.
We get to understand the characters more and Captain Jack becomes more compelling to watch as you long to find out more about him.
The stories are dramatic and emotional driven by strong characters and relationships. I highly recommend "Torchwood" and for some enlightening reading try "Nexus" by Deborah Morrison & Arvind Singh.
I initially got drawn into this series because of John Barrowman but I found myself loving it more and more the further the series went on. It's fun scinece fiction that shouldn't be taken too seriously, you don't have to have seen a single episode of Doctor Who to enjoy it because Torchwood is very much its own series and it's very character and relationship driven, which is the main reason why I like this show so much.
Some reviews have said that Torchwood has too much sex. Well it doesn't. It does have a fair amount of sexuality in the form of kissing - whether hetrosexual or homosexual - but most of this seems appropriate for the feel of the series.
There is also violence, swearing and a few plot holes but non of them are ever over used. Countrycide is probably the most violent of the episodes on this DVD but the violence is never graphic.
If you normally don't like science fiction but want to try something different and you're just as interested in character relationships as you are aliens and alien artifacts, then this could be the series for you.
Episode six, `Countrycide', is an odd one, while it is probably quite a good episode I personally cannot stand it and consider it one of the worst in the series. I don't know why dislike this episode so much as it has a good, if predictable plot and some nice dramatic moments but it just seems to do nothing for me.
Episode seven is `Greeks Bearing Gifts' and it is an episode focusing on Toshiko. This is quite an entertaining episode that could probably have been handled a bit better but was still good. The CGI is reasonably good compared to some in the series and the story itself is interesting.
`They Keep Killing Suzie' is probably one of the better episodes of the first series but it does still have some problems. The episode has a very interesting plot but it does seem to loose momentum in the last third of the story as if the writers had a good idea but couldn't figure out where to go with it. This is pretty much how I would describe the entirety of the first series of Torchwood, a good idea that the writers were a bit unsure what to do with.
The final episode of this set is `Random Shoes' and it is probably the most emotional episode in the series as Gwen investigates the death of a geek. Again this episode is somewhat hit and miss with some very nice parts and others that are quite poor but overall is a very well made episode.
Overall there are some good episodes in this second set of episodes but even at its best the first series of Torchwood was only ever as good as the average episode of series two and is far worse than `Children of Earth'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this as a gift for my daughter and she was delighted with it. A very interesting series indeed.Published on 17 April 2014 by Lee Hazelwood-Pike
I've always loved watching Torchwood but since it hasn't been on TV recently I decided to buy the DVD's. It's fantastic to watch when there is nothing on TV.Published on 16 Mar. 2014 by Jonathan
I have enjoyed watching every episode in this series. It is a pity they only made 4 seasons of this.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Mikael Simmons