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Torchwood Returns [Jan. 17th, 2008|10:56 am]
Tony Grist
Torchwood is back. I'm surprised it got a second series. But I suppose what Russell wants, Russell gets.

They've drafted James Marsters in. Essentially playing Spike- only without the bleached blond hair. Does he worry about typecasting?

This first episode was pretty slick. The title Bang bang, kiss kiss says it all. Captain Jack and the Marsters character have a history. They meet in a bar, smooch passionately, then proceed to knock seven bells out of one another. Nice.

The dialogue is wittier this time round.

But I'm in it for the sci-fi and I'd like cleverer stories, really. 

The characters are still pretty charmless.  I don't care for any of them.

And that ongoing storyline where Captain Jack is romancing the office boy. I dunno- bad business practice- sexual harrassment- all that sort of thing. Leaves a sour taste in the mouth. 

Torchwood is a good idea- quite brave too what with all teh gay- but I'm don't think they've got the recipe right.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2008-01-17 12:02 pm (UTC)
They've drafted James Marsters in. Essentially playing Spike- only without the bleached blond hair. Does he worry about typecasting?

I suspect that, at some point, he worries about putting food on the table and paying the rent just like we do and if it came down to playing "Torchwood Spike" or nothing, he took the job.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-17 12:47 pm (UTC)
Fair enough.

And he's the best thing in the show.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2008-01-17 01:10 pm (UTC)
I don't watch Torchwood, but that wouldn't surprise me.

It's something of a shame that our artists today (no matter what field they are in) have to put mundane concerns over art, but that's how the world works.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-17 02:06 pm (UTC)
You're not missing much. It's slick and heartless.

Actors have always had to contend with type-casting. Marsters probably has fun. In Torchwood he gets to wear a braided military jacket, flourish automatic weapons and fire off witty one-liners. I wouldn't mind being paid to do that.
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[User Picture]From: dakegra
2008-01-17 03:21 pm (UTC)
There seems to be a thing about leading actors and nifty coats. Barrowman has his flowing army greatcoat. Spike has his jacket. The guy in Primeval (does anyone watch that?) has a funky coat too.

I'm sure there are more examples. There were when I started typing this, but they've gone...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-17 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'd like a coat like Barrowman's.

And I've always fancied a duster- like they wear in the spaghetti westerns.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2008-01-17 01:26 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the first series but missed last night's episode. I thought the first series was very strong on dealing with morality, ends justifying means (or not) and the treatment of those we consider to be alien. However Capn Jack is a very naughty boy and often lets his hormones get the better of him. He is a great action man but a very poor boss! Not really a hero or a role model.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-17 02:09 pm (UTC)
I have my doubts about Barrowman. I'm not sure he has the weight to carry the series. I preferred him in Dr Who. I think he's a supporting actor not a star.

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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2008-01-17 06:36 pm (UTC)
The first series has been playing here on cable, and I just can't get myself to sit through an entire episode. The writing lacks wit, the characters all seem desperately shallow and cardboardy, and Captain Jack was a much, much more interesting character on Dr. Who. It's all a bit of a colossal disappointment, really.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-17 08:48 pm (UTC)
I found series #1 terribly disappointing. If I didn't love Dr Who I really wouldn't have bothered with it.

The first episode of series #2 shows signs of improvement. Russell T Davies is on record as saying that the new secret ingredient will be humour. If nothing else there were some smart one-liners last night.

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[User Picture]From: seaslug_of_doom
2008-01-19 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to download the British version rather than watch it on BBC America because I always fear that the Puritans, over here, will censor.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-19 03:21 pm (UTC)
That's wise. I believe the versions shown on BBC America are around 4 minutes shorter.
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