Torchwood is the Benny Hill version of Blade Runner. Jack's character is spun off from Doctor Who, the long-running British-TV equivalent of Star Wars, Star Trek, and H.R. Pufnstuf all rolled into one. Torchwood, set in the present day, is both more dramatic and even campier. In Jack regalia, Barrowman looks like Tom Cruise with suspenders, but minus the Scientology. (Except for when he starts musing about alien intervention, mind probes, and sleeper agents...ready to take over.) Captain Jack tracks down -- and occasionally beds -- ETs with the help of his quartet of bedazzled groupies -- slash -- Experts in Their Fields: One's a doctor, one's a cop, one's a scientist, and one...makes tea piping hot. It's like the Justice League of Extended-Pinkie Nerds. Torchwood can be jolly, if winceable, fun, but it's also tonally weird.
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