SEASON ONE: EPISODE 1: “Everything Changes”
A brutal murder leads WPC Gwen Cooper to Torchwood, a journey that will change her life forever.
This is definitely Gwen Cooper’s episode, all the way. Essentially it’s the story of an ordinary police officer who accidently stumbles into the world of Torchwood, and by the end of the episode proves she has the right stuff to join the team. I watched this episode with an eye toward how well it stands on its own: quite nicely, I think. Although technically a spin-off of Doctor Who, I think of it as more of a “parallel” series, such as CBS’s various CSI shows. That is, they occupy the same universe and may occasionally cross over, but remain independent of each other.
That’s not to say the Doctor Who references aren’t there, merely that they’re not integral to the enjoyment of the show. For example, the Doctor’s hand (from “The Christmas Invasion”) is seen in the Torchwood headquarters, but it’s no more necessary to know the story behind it in order to follow the story at hand (no pun intended) than it is to know the history of a trophy seen in the background of the Batcave to enjoy a Batman story. The story differentiates four different versions of Torchwood, and unless I haven’t been paying close enough attention to Doctor Who (always a possibility), more than one of these versions have yet to be fully explained.
While still told from Gwen Cooper’s point of view, about midway through the first episode the spotlight of attention is thrown on Jack Harkness, a character with a mysterious two-year gap in his history which I look forward to seeing revealed. Gwen learns the secret of his longevity in this episode, but apparently his teammates remain unaware at this point. The next episode is titled “Day One,” which makes me glad “Everything Changes” isn’t listed as “episode zero.”
Perhaps I read too many comics books.
BIG FINISH AUDIOS:
ALIENS AMONG US - Part 1
1.1 Changes Everything - p14
1.2 Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy - p14
1.3 Orr - p14
1.3 Superiority Complex - p15
ALIENS AMONG US - Part 2
2.1 Love Rat - p15
2.2 A Kill to a View - p15
2.3 Zero Hour - p15
2.3 The Empty Hand - p15
ALIENS AMONG US - Part 3
3.1 Poker Face - p15
3.2 Tagged - p15
3.3 Escape Room - p15
3.3 Herald of the Dawn - p15
Cavalier said:Five WEEKS? Are they trying to kill you, Figs?
You said it!
Fair play to RTD for coming up with something that just had to be viewed back-to-back. That's original TV, but those ABC programmers are Goons. It's like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa, man!
I'd be interested in the next season after COE because after the events of COE I just can't see many countries not going through internal turmoil and riots after the events. I can't imagine many would stay in the military after being blackmailed into doing what they did, I'm sure Gwen's friend Andy would leave the force, it should be a near total societal meltdown.
Yea, but they've given that up. Everyone knows that there are aliens now. The ship hitting Big Ben, the other ships over London, as Martha said to the Dr when they were on the moon things have changed. And you have soldiers blackmailed into breaking into peoples homes and stealing their children. What person stays loyal to a country that does that to his children? What honorable man stays in the military after being told to do it to other men's children or we will do it to yours? And as the dots are connected and it is realized that the government specifically targeted the poorest people what stops a revolt other then more and more force? Where does all that anger go?
Doctor Hmmm? said:Mark S. Ogilvie said:I'd be interested in the next season after COE because after the events of COE I just can't see many countries not going through internal turmoil and riots after the events. I can't imagine many would stay in the military after being blackmailed into doing what they did, I'm sure Gwen's friend Andy would leave the force, it should be a near total societal meltdown.
"Do you remember the Zygon gambit with the Loch Ness Monster? Or the Yeti in the Underground? Your species has an amazing capacity for self-deception." -- The Seventh Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks