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The latest news about Captain Jack Harkness possibly coming to the U.S. might come to fruition. However, there is a chance that the character itself may change its sexual orientation. I, for one, disagree with this possible change if Fox does go ahead with this US version of Torchwood.

Over on my fan page on Facebook, I’ve posted a discussion thread. I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

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Jack is forced to confess how he helped broker a deal in 1965 when the 456 aliens offered an antidote against a deadly universal flu virus in exchange for twelve children who would ‘live forever.’ Clem and the team watch via Lois’s laptop as the aliens tell Frobisher they will ‘wipe out the human species’ if their request is not met, and a camera reveals the apparently zombic Scots victims, said by the aliens to be unharmed. Frobisher rejects Jack’s offer of help in return for Alice and her son’s release. He attends a Cabinet meeting which agrees that the Cabinet’s children will be spared and that lower-class kids should be sacrificed instead.This is recorded by Lois and sent to safety with Rhys,giving Ianto and Jack leverage to talk to the aliens but the latter’s’ response is to unleash a virus which kills dozens, including Clem and,seemingly, Ianto. The government feels forced to capitulate.

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Now we get to the very heart of the Children of Earth story. I want to say that Jack’s admission to this unspeakable act was on some level understandable and yet not forgivable. Yes, the small sacrifice of the 12 children in exchange of an antidote to the flu virus might have sound great on paper when you think about the numbers 12 versus millions saved. Even the government in this episodes even refers to the term Unit instead of using the word children. This leads them to believe that by devaluing the human term that we could all live with acceptable losses. This type of justification sickens me and to some point Ianto’s feelings does turn as he is conflicted over Jack. The image of the child with some type  alien breathing apparatus was truly horrific as me being a parent. Jack is a good man but committed the wrong action but what else has he done as Ianto pointed out just barely scratching the surface.

Moving forward, Jack has to make amends and the confrontation he has with the 456 is brilliant. We have Torchwood back in action and leading a counter-force against the alien threat. Jack spouts his philosophy about how an injury to one is an injury to all. Ianto counters with enough of the philosophy that the 456 will not get a single child. Jack quietly comments to Ianto how much he likes the philosophy. This little bit of humor really brightens up the moment even when death is on the line.  However, I was just hoping against all hope that Ianto and everyone else in the Thames House would have survived the killing from the 456.

Just when things could not get any bleaker, there is still another episode that will you an emotional wreck.  What has surprised me more about this series is how its driven by the characters in reaction to this story. This series has the monster of the week but does not rely heavily on the creature to drive the conflict. 456 is the catalyst but the real conflict is between the government officials, the Torchwood team and everyone involved. For a short lived 5 show story arc, this is a seriously condensed full season which delivers more bang for the buck rather than a dragged out season which have 18-24 shows. This series has marked themselves in my book as one of the must see scifi series before we all die. Not to be morbid but you get the point.


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The bomb explodes, blowing up Torchwood. Gwen escapes and goes on the run with husband Rhys, with an army detachment under tough female Captain Johnson in pursuit. Dekker gives Frobisher cryptic written plans for a mysterious edifice the aliens – the 456 – want building though not even the P.M. knows what it is. Lois, Frobisher’s new temp, accidentally finds secret information on Torchwood in her computer and is curious but Frobisher tells her Jack was the terrorist who caused the explosion.Gwen and Rhys hide in a lorry bound for London, where she discloses her pregnancy. She is keen to get an explanation from Frobisher,unaware that he is out to kill her. Ianto escapes separately, seeking help from his sister, whom he meets in a park where children chant “We are coming. Tomorrow.” Clem, on the streets, takes up the chant. Lois, now mistrustful of her boss, takes a call from Gwen and Rhys, meeting them secretly to tip them off that they are in danger. They infiltrate a ‘funeral’, saving Jack, whose body has regenerated, and are in turn rescued by Ianto. Frobisher and Dekker, having obeyed instructions, await the aliens.

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The bulk of this review will be the proverbial Monday morning quarterbacking. After mulling over some time, certain questions came up as to certain parts of the story.
Let’s start with the 456. We understand there was a set of instructions the 456 sent down to Earth. This reminded me a bit of the movie Contact with Jody Foster. The Vega space signal sent to Earth contained instructions to build a new type of ship to transport to their system. With the 456, the signal has the reverse intention. We had to build some type of housing unit for the 456 which was kept at the Thames House. The 456 tank was then filled with poisonous gases which was the environment the 456 needed. Which also reminds me of David Lynch’s Dune where the mutated Guild Navigator was brought before the Emperor in a similar tank filled with gases. The glass casing has to contain the aliens and the gas but was this not used as leverage to our benefit. We had home field advantage where as the aliens were the visiting team. We know the 456 have been where before and now they are back for more. There should have been some type of plan to counter their threat like shutting off the gases or nuking the Thames House from space; it’s the only way to be sure. (hint, hint). Alas, we play the scared weaklings who succumbed to the scary alien voice.

The bulk of this review will be the proverbial Monday morning quarterbacking. After mulling over some time, certain questions came up as to certain parts of the story.

Let’s start with the 456. We understand there was a set of instructions the 456 sent down to Earth. This reminded me a bit of the movie Contact with Jody Foster. The Vega space signal sent to Earth contained instructions to build a new type of ship to transport to their system. With the 456, the signal has the reverse intention. We had to build some type of housing unit for the 456 which was kept at the Thames House.

The 456 tank was then filled with poisonous gases which was the environment the 456 needed. Which also reminds me of David Lynch’s Dune where the mutated Guild Navigator was brought before the Emperor in a similar tank filled with gases. The glass casing has to contain the aliens and the gas but was this not used as leverage to our benefit. We had home field advantage where as the aliens were the visiting team. We know the 456 have been where before and now they are back for more. There should have been some type of plan to counter their threat like shutting off the gases or nuking the Thames House from space; it’s the only way to be sure. (hint, hint).

Alas, we play the scared weaklings who succumbed to the scary alien voice. This may sound as nitpicking but this is something as a writer you can’t overlook this obvious point. For example, I really liked ID4 but the invading aliens could have easily taken over the Earth but not taken so close to Earth but rather nuke it from space; it’s the only way to be sure. I will stop beating up on this oversight as there are still other things to rave about. Although, I don’t care to see Captain Jack’s naked butt, I thanked my stars that I did not have to see Rhys arse but we see Ianto’s brother in law Johnny and I wanted to claw my eyes out. I will say he is an ass of a man but he does step up to the plate in the coming episodes.

The regineration of Captain Jack was one of the darkest and yet brilliant highlights I’ve seen on tv in a long time. While we see a body bag which kept parts of the Captain, we saw the bag move eerily as Jack was slowing coming back to life. Captain Johnson ordering the shacking of Captain Jack as he was forming was on unintended laugh but she was taking not any chances. The agony Jack goes through is utterly horrific and the sealing of him a block of cement was beyond a living death.

Rhys and Gwen have a great deal more screentime than the previous series. What I love about this relationship is how Rhys is not so much whipped by Gwen but rather understands how strong of a woman Gwen is and fully respects her and her work with Torchwood. I truly love this couple and them having an upcoming family is nicely tied into the crust of the story with the children of earth.

From this point on, the next 3 episodes will be one of the best Torchwood moments which I am truly a big fan of and I can’t wait to discuss them.


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At 8.45am, every child in the world suddenly stops, chanting the words “we are coming” again and again. Whilst investigating, the remaining Torchwood team face greater personal and professional challenges than ever before, having to work with their numbers depleted.

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Let me begin with this comment, having seen the first two series, I was worried about the reduced Torchwood cast down to just a trio. Rest assured, seeing them again, Captain Jack, Ianto, and Gwen, they carry the Torchwood mantle just fine. With just five episodes, everyone has their fair share of screentime to pull on our emotional heartstrings which feels very genuine and not forced.

When we see Gwen arrive into Torchwood, we see her say good morning to pictures of Owen and Tosh. Those who followed Series 2 will know of their demise. I found myself quite surprised and sadden by their loss. Gwen is our way into the Torchwood organization from Series 1 and allowed us to experience this hidden world through her eyes. Gwen is the heart of Torchwood and as such she will always care about the people closest to her.

Captain Jack and Ianto, “the couple” will be a running theme. Ianto enjoys the idea whereas Jack is in the relationship and yet not in the relationship. In fairness to Ianto, he loves the idea of being with someone of Jack’s stature. Aside from the homosexual aspect, if you look at the actual feeling between them I can totally see Ianto’s side. Have you ever wanted to be with someone that when you are together you can’t believe you are? In fairness to Jack, he has been more than around the block. While Jack is not giddy as a schoolgirl, we know Jack cares for Ianto very much. However, he has to wear the Boss hat when they are at work and their personal lives have to be put on hold. Ianto knows this deep down but wants to have his love be acknowledged 24/7 and wants the world to know.

Encountering Dr. Rupesh Patanjali at the hospital where Jack and Ianto removed the alien hitchhiker was a fun scene. They planted enough seeds of curiosity for the Doctor to track down Torchwood’s base of operation. I was really looking forward to this see this new doctor join the group. I loved the pseudo interview Gwen had with him which she recognized the same energy and drive she had when she first joined the group. At times, I was reminded how similar Dr. Patanjali was to Dr. Bashir when he first arrived on DS9. Later no my surprise, he was dispensed off by the very government he was working for as an infiltrating agent.

The hidden back-story of Jack and his daughter Alice and grandson Steven is quite a major reveal. More importantly, his past history will come to light on the current situation with the 456. Those two situation collided in a way I did not want to see. Most of the time, as a leader, we are to believe Jack, being immortal and from the future, has seen it all and is aware of the big picture. We may not understand why he does certain things but we have to trust him. A perfect example is the “Adrift” episode from Series 2 where Gwen was investigating on what happened to the people who came back from the Rift. She thought that Jack was hiding something from her until she realized that Jack was doing the right thing by not notifying the next of kin to these found people and that there were better off as being seen as missing. From that moment, Gwen and us as an audience will now believe Jack when he says something that maybe off kilter, there is a reason. However, during the course of this series, we find ourselves perhaps not liking Jack after all.

I remembered reading in the Torchwood magazine Barrowman (Jack) gave his impressions reading the script.

At first I was a bit taken aback by some of the things that happen in the story, and how they reflect on Jack. It seemed to be a return to the darker, troubled Jack from Series 1, and I thought: is he still going to be likeable after this?

When Barrowman said this I understood this sentiment until after the series was over. I am mixed about my feelings about Jack as this series was a real rollercoaster ride of emotions. In the context of real life, we do keep secrets from friends and family. If those secrets were to be revealed would those around us see us in a different light? Yes. Over time we may be forgiven and relationships altered but we will always be reminded of those hidden secrets. Jack’s secret and his actions are so huge that he may not be able forgive himself even if the world forgives him. This is a tough pill to swallow.

Since there was a great deal of set up in this episode, the pace at times was very slow but I was fine with this. The reveal of the 456 is very minimal but effective using the children to broadcast their arrival. Kudos to the kids for delivering an unnerving and unemotional performance while being under the influences of the 456.

A minor disappointment was the lack of Martha Jones. While we hear Jack relay the news that Jones was unavailable because she was away on her honeymoon, I seriously doubt she would not be aware of the situation back home since this will become a global issue. At least on Dr. Who we had seen in Series 4 Sarah Jane, Torchwood, and Martha with the UNIT group. Again, this is minor and just me griping  as a fan; nothing more.

The ending of this episode as to what happened to Jack was huge. This also reminds of the Angel series where the lead character was encased in an underwater coffin for a true horrific living death. In the next episode, what happens to Jack would rival Angel’s imprisonment several times over.