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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: 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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