I have been a Torchwood fan since the day the series launched. Captain Jack Harkness is such a strong character and the twists and unexpected turns this series has taken have been a joy to watch. It quickly became television I not only sought out but considered destination TV anytime a new episode aired.
I’ll even go so far as to commit the ultimate sacrilege and share the fact that, when faced with a new Dr. Who in the DVR cue at the same time as Torchwood, Captain Jack always came first in my home. That’s saying a lot as Dr. Who has been a part of my life since the Tom Baker years back in mid-to-late 70′s.
Children of Earth was a five day mini-series that replaced series/season 3 for the show. Over the weekend, Katie and I were able to take time out and watch it. Not to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, but the mini takes place over five days as an alien race, known as the 456, attempt to invade and threaten the entire human race for the sole purpose of taking the children of earth.
This story was one part Torchwood, one part unwinnable moral dilemma and an all-hands-on-deck emotional ride for the viewer. The stage was set in day one and this story did not quit until the very end once that ride started. Within these five days, we’re faced with the emotional rush of a good, fast paced Torchwood episode. There was also the unquestionable sadness of unexpected heartbreak. Add to that the eerie feeling that an end of the world dilemma could, in many ways, break down society and its moral code in a very short order and you have a heck of a Torchwood event.
To say I enjoyed this mini-series would be an understatement. In my eye, Torchwood has never been better than it was in these five episodes. Here each of the characters were humanized through the introduction of family in ways that made perfect sense within the story. That said, each situation was a bit unique to that character. I felt depth within the story that isn’t always here for this series. Along the way, some especially adult themes were explored. I’m not talking “sexy” adult as much as morally grey, intellectually interesting storytelling. At many points, the viewer is left wondering how they would handle these situations? In this series, everyone has their own personal flaws and the story doesn’t hide those weaknesses, but rather builds on them in some appreciably relatable ways.
Simply put, this was great television.
As society came apart, so did the team in many ways. It’s a deconstruction that was fascinating to watch and ranks up there with Battlestar Galactica and Tudors as some of the most enjoyable television I’ve sampled in a long while. I did not want this mini to end and ABSOLUTELY wanted to know what comes next for these characters I’ve followed since the US television introduction last year.
At the end, Russell T. Davies teased that this may be the end for Torchwood as a series. He explains that he has more stories to tell and knows exactly what is coming next, but if the BBC doesn’t pick the series up for series four, it would be a fitting end to the story. I’ll admit that if this is the end, it was a satisfying one and the series has gone out on a high note.
… Oh, who am I kidding? …
I WANT MORE TORCHWOOD and of course I already went digging to see what the net is saying about the likelihood of series 4. Kai Owen (aka Rhys Williams in the series) has been quoted as saying, “Torchwood is very popular – in the US even more so than Doctor Who – and I am 100 percent confident another one will go ahead” (ref). Also, a rep at Comic-Con 09 for BBC America said that Torchwood has been picked up for a forth series by the BBC (ref / ref).
Okay. Happy now!
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