I didn’t have much time to watch any of the shows last week. So I’m terribly behind on almost everything (on a side note I know I was complaining a few weeks ago there is nothing to watch but now all of a sudden I have trouble keeping up. Which although annoying is a welcomed change this summer).
I did manage to catch up on Torchwood. And it seems Torchwood fans have some strong reactions to the storyline so far.
I thought the best would be to just list the pros and cons.
- the premise. No one dies. NO ONE. And as Captain Jack Bollocks said himself it’s not so much that no one is dying but it is the fact it is happening on the global scale at the same time
- John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose
- it still has it’s funny moments. That guy that got blasted in the explosion and his head was not connected to his body but he was still alive? I know it was gross and horrible but it was also funny.
- Eve Moyles still looking normal (unlike her American counterparts who all wear stilettos with what look like at least 5 inch heels and not a hair out-of-place).
- the pace of the storyline. It picked up a little bit in the third episode but still, come on! And I know there are 10 episodes this time around but that’s no excuse.
- crisps/chips, I mean whatever, I get it Torchwood is in the US now but there is no need to harp on about differences between American and British English
- little to no introduction into the character’s back story
- repeating major story points time and time again. We got it the first time around – big pharma is bad. And global. Thankyouverymuch I don’t need it repeated in three consecutive scenes.
- Rex Matheson’s hole in the heart or whatever injury he has sustained. It looks gross. Really gross. And I don’t get grossed out easily. Also aspirin for pain management? Hm yes, good luck with that.
To sum it up – is Torchwood watchable? Yes. Is it good? Yes. Is it exceptional as it was last season? No. Not yet anyway.
On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 would be major drivel and 10 would be exceptional telly I’d place Torchwood somewhere around 6. Maybe it would help if we considered it as a spin-off or a reboot rather than original series? Although to be honest when I look at the list above it makes me miss Weevils, you know what I mean?
So what you do think dear readers, did Torchwood get better or worse?