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5.0 out of 5 stars a great spin-off...THE CAPTAIN JACK SHOW!!!, 17 July 2008
This review is from: Torchwood: Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
i thought that this was a great debut series and much prefered it to Doctor Who(as only the first two seeries had aired)when it was on BBC3 for the first time,and series 2 maintained its pace...but this series had lots of originality and won TV awards here in the uk including best genre actor(JOHN BARROWMAN)best actress(EVE MYLES)and best drama.
now for the episodes-
Everything Chances-5/5-a great introduction to the show and it really lures you into what the characters are like...and it has a stable storyline for it to stick to,and my god it is a very dark and gritty show,fab performances all around.

Day One-5/5-a very raunchy episode of the show,and again very violent carrying on from where the previous episode finished.

Ghost in the Machine-5/5-a dark and brutal episode that gets viewers into the head of Gwen Cooper,and it is a very good storyline for her character.

Cyberwoman-4/5-weak in some places but nevertheless it is very enjoyable and there is action,but mainly a character driven episode that doesn't require the imagination whatsoever,what it is is what you get.

Small Worlds-5/5-a fantastic episode and very entertaining...and those faeries are horrific...certainly not for lil' kiddies.

Countrycide-5/5-a very eerie episode and very,very intense...who or what is killing the residents of a local village?it feels like a slasher flick...and is certainly more fun than the recent The Cottage.

Greeks Bearing Gifts-5+/5-finally we get a great Tosh episode that gets inside her character and the episode is still one of the shows best.

They Keep on Killing Suzie-5+/5-possibly out of the two series this is my all time favourite episode,basically because the acting,scenes and plot is just incredible and it not only gets us in the mind of mr Harkness it shows us just what he is capable of and how dark and gritty this show can be...without the use of CGI monsters but relies on character and witty dialogue to make it a triumphunt episode and why it stands out as being my favourite,the pace is plain intense that it really does push you to the edge of your seat...and i love that 45 minutes of great television has the power to do that.

Random Shoes-4.5/5-a light episode that by now we have understood what the characters are like we now are introduced to Eugene...and the episode is almost a direct focus on him and the viewer sees right through his eyes it isnt a perfect episode but it is still very good.

Out of Time-4/5-a character episode that doesnt require any monster nor does it need to it develops characters without the need of brutality or cgi isnt anything like 'They keep on...' nor does it come close...but it is character driven which is what i is nevertheless a good episode.

Combat-3/5-possibly the weakest episode of this series but it is still focuses mainly on Owen and pushes the plotline on further for series 2.

I'm Captain Jack Harkness-5+/5-my second favourite episode of the show and well what can i say...its brilliant all the way through to the kiss and then it ends on a great cliffhanger of sorts,but this episode really shines and develops Capt.Jack as a character...god John Barrowman is a fabulous actor...the action is little and far between but it is a genuine classic episode and why the show had beaten its daddy (doctor who)series...series three of doctor who founds the shows feet...but this is the only time i have found a spin-off to be superior to its parent series and this episode shows off why it is.

End of Days-5+/5-a perfect finale that balances everything the show is about...with a great terrifying beastie for the team to face...the son of Satan...a perfect finale for the first series to bow out on...series 2 may be less effective but it is a great follow on and has James Marsters for 3 episodes,so make sure you purchase both of these series immediately!!!and then buy series 3 and 4 of Doctor Who which(in my opinion)bettered this show,nevertheless this first series beat dr who's first two series because of its power and its fabulous acting...luckily Doctor Who writers used this as a lesson and improved the parent series for its future seasons.
worth your time and a great spin-off,watch for John Barrowman.
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