If you didn't watch the Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries, you are seriously missing out. You should also not read this very spoiler-filled review that is below. Just know that the DVD is in stores now, and even if you aren't a fan of the show you should go buy it right this very minute, because this is one of the best things I've personally seen on television in a while. And it's an easy series to jump into for newcomers. It's just a show about three cops working at a very underground agency called Torchwood, specializing in alien crimes. Do yourself a favor. Buy it. Now. Trust me.
For those who did watch, you will probably also want to pick this up so you can view it over and over again. I know that I have to sit through at least the last two hours again very soon, because my eyes were all clouded with tears while watching it the first time. I'm not sure exactly when this show that I always thought of as a sexier version of Doctor Who or The X-Files, which I mostly only tuned into for my undying love of John Barrowman, ended up having such emotional impact, but the last two season finales have left me in a weepy heap in front of my television. That's saying a lot, because I don't get super teary at TV very often.
I know there are a lot of fan complaints about the death of a major character, and I miss him already too, but I also loved Owen last year and thought I wouldn't like this season as much, but I did. For this show, losing another person is just par for the course and now that I've picked my jaw up off of the floor, I mostly just want more episodes and more of this world. And not just the leads, but also the twisted global government who honestly thought they were doing the right thing by sacrificing children to an alien species.
For me, the death of the aforementioned sweet major character was sad, but the thing that really did me in the most was Captain Jack himself. After he looked around at the cost of his job, the cost of saving people, the relationships he'd destroyed, the lives he'd outlive... those watery eyes made my own fill up with salty tears. His love for Ianto, his love for his other lost Torchwood soldiers (both recent and old), his conflicted feelings towards his daughter and grandchild... wow. It was just the beautiful capper of a well-done, well-paced miniseries, and I can only sit and hope that they get another season, do it in miniseries format, and that it is very soon, and has this standard of quality.
I've got a feeling that this DVD set is one that I'll be passing around to my friends (like the BSG miniseries), forcing them to watch it and then having them come beg to borrow the rest. For those who like extras, there's the Torchwood: Declassified feature that goes behind the scenes and such, and it is a nice change of pace to see the cast smiling.
Torchwood is available now.
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