I’m in the process of (very slowly) going through series 1 of Torchwood on iPlayer. I don’t intend to review every episode but will highlight a few of what (to me) are the more important ones. In this post I’ll either link out to a full review or just put a sentence or two. It’s a work in progress…
Torchwood series 1
First thing to note is the banner from the BBC Three site linked above. No Ianto Jones! Not having Suzie is one thing, but no Ianto?! I’ve put a different picture here to compensate.
Scarily this went out in 2006 and don’t the cast all look young!
Meanwhile, here’s the Red Rocket Rising Guide to Torchwood series 1. It will evolve.
|Everything Changes||RTD launches Torchwood with a bang and demonstrates how to do science fiction that isn’t Doctor Who. Full review here|
|Day One||Chris Chibnall wrote a story that started well but then I couldn’t face rewatching after about fifteen minutes. I may be prudish but I found it trying too hard not to be Doctor Who and I’ve no interest in rewatching so no review. I also found the opening scene with Gwen, Jack and the army unit rather clunky|
|Ghost Machine||I’d forgotten just how good this story was and said as much in my review here|
|Cyberwoman||Wasn’t too keen at the time and nothing has changed. Review here and no mention of the Cyberwoman outfit Barbarella would think twice about wearing|
|Small Worlds||I wanted to like this story by PJ Hammond (creator of Sapphire and Steel) but it missed the mark for me. My reasons: read here|
|Countrycide||In 2006 I found Torchwood hit and miss and this is the episode where I nearly gave up on the show. It’s also an episode I came close to not finishing at the time. It’s just too awful for my tastes. I’d forgotten it was another Chris Chibnall episode until I looked it up|
|Greeks Bearing Gifts||I nearly didn’t rewatch this, but gave it a couple of minutes — next thing I knew I’d watched the whole episode again! A few (very few) thoughts here|
|They Keep Killing Suzie||Possibly my favourite episode of series 1. Apart from Random Shoes. And Out of Time… I reviewed it here|
|Random Shoes||Possibly my favourite episode of series 1. Apart from They Keep Killing Suzie. And Out of Time…|
|Out of Time||Possibly my favourite episode of series 1. Apart from They Keep Killing Suzie. And Random Shoes…|
|Combat||The first rule of Combat is nobody mentioned Combat…|
|Captain Jack Harkness|
|End of Days|