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Torchwood: Children of Earth [Blu-ray] [Import]
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After two engagingly frothy seasons of action-packed science fiction TV, the Russell T. (Doctor Who) Davies-produced Torchwood takes a decidedly dark and thoughtful turn in its abbreviated third season miniseries, Children of Earth. Here, Captain Jack Harkness and the Torchwood Three team, still reeling from the deaths of two of its key members in the previous season, investigate a outbreak of hypnotic chanting by children across the globe. The phenomenon heralds the arrival of an invading alien force, the 456, who plan to destroy the human race if 10% of the Earth’s children are not given to them. Captain Jack and his cohorts must find a way to stop the 456’s plan, but encounter formidable obstacles along the way, including enemies in the British Home Office and Jack’s own past, which is intertwined with the 456. Penned in part by Davies, Children of Earth does an impressive job of bringing the Torchwood characters and mythology into a more complex and mature storyline (which borrows and elaborates pleasantly on John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos and its film adaptation, Village of the Damned). Dedicated fans of the series may decry some of Davies’ decisions regarding some of the show’s characters (and new ones are introduced here), but most should enjoy this attempt to bring weight and suspense to the Torchwood universe. The Blu-ray release contains all five episodes of Children of Earth (which were broadcast on consecutive nights on the BBC and its affiliated stations), as well as a 31-minute episode of its companion series, Torchwood Declassified, which addresses the season’s production (and under no circumstances should be viewed prior to watching the episodes). --Paul Gaita
However, Children of Earth, the third series is shorter and more emotional. This series fixes what I did not like from the first two runs. It is better. It is remarkably better. I like how the emotional stakes and moral questioning are improved in this series.
I do not know if this run would make any sense at all without first viewing at least some of the earlier episodes. Although it might, central team that knows something no one else knows and can save the day is fairly straight forward. Jack might take some back ground knowledge, and his relationship to the mysterious Ianto might take some background knowledge. It might work.
This is worth the viewing.
Here's where the spoilers come in so stop reading if you want to remain oblivious. This is the first set I began watching where I felt like I actually really liked Gwen. I never disliked her, it just took more time for me to appreciate her character. Ianto was still my favorite. Jack doesn't quite seem like the Jack I'd come to know in the first 2 seasons or in Doctor Who. But I overlooked this because Gwen and Ianto were still cool. I could deal with the demented premise and all of the ridiculousness. What bothers me is episode 4, Ianto dies. I went into Torchwood knowing Ianto, Tosh, and Owen, do not survive the series. When Tosh and Owen died it was sad but it made sense in the context of the story. You could deal with it, they died fighting. Ianto's death was unnecessary. It's like they threw it in there merely for shock value. And he dies because of a poisonous gas? Really?! It was sudden, uncalled for and ridiculous. Part of me didn't even want to watch the last episode. I watched anyway, I liked the ending, it was an appropriate series finale considering everything that happened. It's a better ending than Miracle Day.