Torchwood end of term report
With the first season of Torchwood now finished I’m still in two minds about the series. Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed it and haven’t missed a single episode but I can’t help feeling that Torchwood has yet to deside what it wants to be, a fully fledged serious Sci-Fi drama, adult teen friendly light entertainment or some kind of hybrid mutant mix of everything in between. As Karen pointed out to me it’s a bit a curates egg in that respect…it’s good in parts.
Firstly with 13 episodes to play with I’m surprised more time wasn’t spend on filling us in on the background of the characters. How did they get involved with Torchwood? None of them apart from Gwen seems to have a social life. Toshiko and Ianto seem woefully underdeveloped, Ianto particularly is still paper thin character wise…yes he had a Cyberwoman for a girlfriend but then he hardly said anything for the next half dozen episodes. Oh and where’s the empathy between the members of Torchwood Three? No wonder they keep things from each other when they all think the others to quote Gwen are ‘tossers’.
However for me the character that needs sharpening up the most is Harkness who is frankly all over the place. I know Russell TD is trying to make Capt Jack come across a complex and somewhat troubled character but I’m not sure we should mistake randomness for complexity, sometimes he’s a man or should that be alien of action the next he couldn’t organise piss up in his local. A leader he isn’t, no wonder they all seem to ignore him when the shit hits fan and whilst indestructability worked for Capt Scarlet it removes any sense of danger for Capt Jack. I know the Doctor won’t die but I know he could.
So here’s hoping Season Two sees the scripts and the characters tightned up because as it currently stands if these guys are our last line of defense against the scum of universe we’re f*&%$d!