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I have been a big fan of the show from the beginning... One I really like BBC America. I find the Brits have my kind of sense of humor... I loved Benny Hill and many other show coming out of our Mother Land... This is one more show to love... Big fan of John Barrowman!

Torchwood: Children of Earth - Review

Crafted as a limited series that owes as much to the sci-fi classic "Village of the Damned" as to its two prior seasons, "Torchwood: Children of Earth" is a crackerjack, fabulously entertaining thriller. Although John Barrowman reprises his role as Capt. Jack Harkness -- the mysterious, seemingly immortal head of a team founded in the 19th century to thwart extraterrestrial threats -- the project makes like any good politician, catering to its base while inviting the uninitiated to join the party. Spread over five nights, it plays like an expanded version of what "The X-Files" movies should have been. Spun off from "Doctor Who" (a property whose charms, I freely confess, have always eluded me), " Torchwood " quickly forged its own personality around Captain Jack and his loyal minions. The latest volley begins with a deliciously creepy premise, as all the children on Earth simultaneously come to a trance-like stop and later begin droning, "We are coming." What's controlling the kids? Why is that strange old man (Paul Coply) affected, too? Who's behind an elaborate plot to ensnare and neutralize Jack, whose secret relationship with the government is jeopardized by the fast-unfolding events? And just how far will the government go to save the world? Series creator Russell T. Davies and director Euros Lyn keep you hanging on every well-calibrated beat, spicing up each hour with bold dashes of comedy and playful sexuality. Smart, tense, intellectually provocative and, perhaps most of all, unpredictable, this is popcorn TV of the highest order -- even if the final act doesn't entirely measure up (albeit not for lack of trying) to the splendid opening installment. Each chapter runs about 75 minutes, and the first closes on such a powerful note it's hard to imagine that anybody who tunes in won't be completely hooked. Once again, Barrowman plays the ageless Harkness with an Errol Flynn-like swashbuckling brio; he's a modern hero if there ever was one. Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd are equally fine as his trusted lieutenants -- a tenuous career, by the way, given the mortality rate for key players in "Torchwood" (an anagram for "Doctor Who") in seasons past. BBC America is cleverly presenting "Torchwood" as a five-consecutive-night event prior to a scheduled DVD release that will come mere days later. The Brits have generated their share of cultish sci-fi offerings, but if one ever warranted bursting those confines to widespread popularity in the U.S., it's "Torchwood," a show with the kind of spark for which it genuinely warrants carrying a torch. If You Missed Torchwood: Children of Earth Episodes Watch them Here Online Now. Source Here

Torchwood: Children of Earth - Variety Review

From Variety: "Crafted as a limited series that owes as much to the sci-fi classic "Village of the Damned" as to its two prior seasons, " Torchwood : Children of Earth" is a crackerjack, fabulously entertaining thriller. Although John Barrowman reprises his role as Capt. Jack Harkness - the mysterious, seemingly immortal head of a team founded in the 19th century to thwart extraterrestrial threats - the project makes like any good politician, catering to its base while inviting the uninitiated to join the party. Spread over five nights, it plays like an expanded version of what "The X-Files" movies should have been. Spun off from "Doctor Who" (a property whose charms, I freely confess, have always eluded me), "Torchwood" quickly forged its own personality around Captain Jack and his loyal minions. The latest volley begins with a deliciously creepy premise, as all the children on Earth simultaneously come to a trance-like stop and later begin droning, "We are coming." What's controlling the kids? Why is that strange old man (Paul Coply) affected, too? Who's behind an elaborate plot to ensnare and neutralize Jack, whose secret relationship with the government is jeopardized by the fast-unfolding events? And just how far will the government go to save the world? Series creator Russell T. Davies and director Euros Lyn keep you hanging on every well-calibrated beat, spicing up each hour with bold dashes of comedy and playful sexuality. Smart, tense, intellectually provocative and, perhaps most of all, unpredictable, this is popcorn TV of the highest order - even if the final act doesn't entirely measure up (albeit not for lack of trying) to the splendid opening installment. Each chapter runs about 75 minutes, and the first closes on such a powerful note it's hard to imagine that anybody who tunes in won't be completely hooked. Once again, Barrowman plays the ageless Harkness with an Errol Flynn-like swashbuckling brio; he's a modern hero if there ever was one. Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd are equally fine as his trusted lieutenants - a tenuous career, by the way, given the mortality rate for key players in "Torchwood" (an anagram for "Doctor Who") in seasons past. BBC America is cleverly presenting "Torchwood" as a five-consecutive-night event prior to a scheduled DVD release that will come mere days later. The Brits have generated their share of cultish sci-fi offerings, but if one ever warranted bursting those confines to widespread popularity in the U.S., it's "Torchwood," a show with the kind of spark for which it genuinely warrants carrying a torch." Source

Children of the Earth was fantastic...

I loved these 5 episodes!!! Most moving and thrilling alien invasion ever. I cried all through episode 5 and I hate the fact that Jack leaves the series. It will not be at all the same without him. I wonder how they will mend this huge loss. As far as I am concerned Jack Harkness "isss" Torchwood. For the record, I don't mind the gay kissing and his bisexuality at all. I think since he comes from another time where values and morality are different, one has to accept him as he is... and quite frankly just admire his great looks. I'm a girl, what do you expect...

He "turns away in shame."

Yes, he certainly would. Then again, the Doctor is usually anti-big wig, be they politicians, CEOs, military, or some other force he's always on the side of the little guy. As for the episode itself. I was crying most of the way through it, and I almost couldn't finish it for sheer disgust. I'm a political science major. I know that sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good of all. That's perfectly fine. However, when you cold heartedly plot out how to avoid getting the mucky fallout on yourself and onto others, well that just makes my stomach turn. I was really hoping that Frobisher's secretary would kill the Prime Minister. Hhowever, her revenge was much sweeter than that. As for why she had to take revenge. I didn't know that you could requisition a suicide/homicide kit from the British government; Requisition 31 good to remember. As for the hard hitting bits of the episode. I had to distance myself before I could even start writing this. I was in tears. I was disgusted. The fact that the 4-5-6 are simple drug users makes their interstellar (maybe intergalactic) evilness seem so human. It was chilling, and terrifying, and pushed home the point that no sentient is ever free from the danger of things like that - addiction and vice. It was a brilliantly done piece of work. It was frightening and moving, and terrifying. Watching the scenes where they take the kids, watching as Frobisher finds out that PM Greene is willing to sacrifice another's children (his kids) so casually and the terror in his face and voice made the scene heart-wrenching. Though I knew almost at once how it would end. Of the three series in the Doctor universe this one is the best done for acting and moving the audience. The Doctor has his moments, but he's so happy go lucky that they don't come often. This was three years in the making as Jack listed the dead at the end. If they must end Torchwood, do it here do it now. If they carry on, then they'll have to wait for another climax like this (which is hard to imagine) to kill it off again. Otherwise the series will look like the actresses past their prime trying to pull off the hottie in the piece, and failing miserably.

Awesome!

This episode was gut wrenching to watch. I can't believe that he's really gone, so sad. I wanted to cry but I was so fearful for the children that I couldn't imagine the decision they all had to make. I say kill the 456, fight to the death!

"If one is injured, we're all injured" Or "One live to save a thousand"? (3.04)

Well, the action is certainly on the rise. I really like how Torchwood worked out the plan. It didn't end well, but I liked the plan. I also liked how they blew holes in General-lady Johnson's belief system. They just showed her the truth. Another favorite sequence was when Ianto gave a shout-out to the guy listening. I wish we knew what he does about it though. From the words of the alien "the remnant will be disconnected," it sounds like they may have left him there on purpose to gather intelligence, they obviously knew he was still there, and still alive. Maybe they'd planned to only take 11 along and always to leave behind one so that they could watch the planet. From the fact that they could kill him just like that it shows that they had him hooked into their system somehow. So how is the team going to get out of this? And how is the world going to go back to ignoring aliens now?

A Slightly Better Cliffhanger, but still not great (3.03)

Yay! I love it when we get to see into Cap'n Jack's past, and admittedly this is still far too recent for anything that I would go absolutely gaga over, it's still starting to hint at some of the horrid things he did in the past. However, the aliens are not that impressive. They are the classic aliens that sci-fi has shown us before - think Independence Day in particular. At least that's what they kept reminding me of. Did anyone else get that impression? My big question is what are the children to the 4-5-6? Do they eat them? Do they do strange experiments? Also, how did Clement McDonald get such an advanced sense of smell? Any speculations? Also if they are sending out signals that only children can hear why can Clement McDonald pick up on it? If they aren't doing that then how are they doing it? So many questions, and only two episodes left. Spoilers below: Twelve? They're jumping from twelve children to ten percent? Doesn't that seem a bit excessive to anyone else? I thought someone else said something about 128 or so children during the show. I remember the number because I remember thinking it was one of the computer numbers. Am I remembering it wrong? Or was 128 in relation to something different?

not much of a cliffhanger?

its obvious that gwen isnt going to die, ianto is a maybe, but jack most defintinely cant because he lives to become 'the face of Bo' in a few million years, as revealed in Doctor Who. the real question is what is going on trying to kill them? there may be a second underlying plot that is using the distraction of the kid controllers to eliminate torchwood. is the reference to 'back' meaning 60 years ago, or to some much further time in history? but i reckon one or more of the characters will eventually die in the last episode.

2.12 Fragments - Oddly Reminiscent

This one felt sort of like the Firefly Episode "Out of Gas." It served the exact same function, with a lot more lives in danger. Did anyone else catch the similarities of the episode? Does anyone know of any other similar episodes in other television series?