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30-10-2006, 16:42:05
The 'adult' Doctor Who (Torchwood is an anagram thereof) set in Cardiff.

Quite enjoyable so far, though mainly from a 'spot the Cardiff landmark' POV. The stories are definitely darker and grittier than Dr Who, for example the second episode featured a gaseous 'sex demon' that fed off male orgasms - it possessed a young woman who proceeded to shag her through half the population of Cardiff...

Kind of like the average Valley Girl, really. :D

Quite good so far, hope it gets better and grows on me the way the new Dr Who did.


30-10-2006, 17:15:31
so this is a porn of some type?


Lazarus and the Gimp
30-10-2006, 19:11:20
It's rubbish. Unbelievably silly, and the "Captain Jack" character is a cartoon, acted by a git.

31-10-2006, 07:03:01
So it's really just like Doctor Who, then?

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-10-2006, 09:45:06
Imagine Dr Who, only with more slappable characters, no memorable plots as of yet, and loads of "Look! Isn't bisexuality daring!" posturing, and you're about there.

31-10-2006, 11:43:09
I agree with Laz, utter shite. I have watched the first three episodes and they have all been vacuous nonsense.

It fails to be gritty, because you will have all the same luck at making Dr Who gritty, as you would with the Care Bears.

The acting is very poor indeed. Captain Jack is a pillock, there is a weasily guy who is totally unconvincing, the female lead just keeps on disappointing; opening her eyes amazingly wide, speaking in what sounds like a fake Welsh accent (though I presume it's real), and the relationship with her boyfriend doesn't look even vaguely real.


31-10-2006, 12:56:35
Whoa, easy boys!:D

OK, I admit it's not the best and I am probably biased because it is set in Cardiff and I get to 'sightsee'. Indeed I admit that I have been blinkering my eyes to the fact that it could be miles better.

But, I did the same with Dr Who as well which IMO started in a similar manner. Maybe 5/10 is more realistic with 'Good idea, must try harder'. And yes, Jack is a bit of a pillock - but he was in the Dr Who episode.

I think the intention is to portray all the characters as deeply flawed in their own particular way, and remember that until the policewoman came on the scene they weren't particularly trying to solve crime or even be the 'good guys'.

31-10-2006, 13:24:46
From Wikipedia :

Torchwood deals with LGB themes, specifically bisexuality. Jack Harkness was established as bisexual or pansexual in his first Doctor Who appearance, and each of the main characters in Torchwood will have same-sex encounters at some point in the series,[30] with the The Sun describing all of the characters on Torchwood as bisexual.[31] Series creator Russell T. Davies has said that he hopes to defy audience expectations of monosexual characters:

"Without making it political or dull, this is going to be a very bisexual programme. I want to knock down the barriers so we can't define which of the characters is gay. We need to start mixing things up, rather than thinking, 'This is a gay character and he'll only ever go off with men.' "[30]

Basically, just using it to rile up some controversy... Don't think that will help disguise it from being the steaming pile of donkey do that it is...

31-10-2006, 13:40:03
It's not that bad.

31-10-2006, 13:55:19
Pffft, the acting is so poor...

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-10-2006, 14:04:20
It's going to get compared to Dr Who, inevitably- and it suffers. The actors just aren't the same calibre (with the exception of Indira Varma, but she was killed off in the first episode).

The plots could save it, but it's come nowhere near the heights of Dr Who (I rate the episode "Dalek" as one of the best sci-fi plots ever). You're better off thinking of it as a British Buffy, on a tighter budget.

And, as with every sci-fi show these days, it utterly pales in comparison with the mighty "Battlestar Galactica".

31-10-2006, 14:12:59
BSG is so good I think many people even manage to ignore the fact its sci-fi. My girlfriend wouldn't normally touch sci-fi with a bargepole but is hooked on BSG. :)

31-10-2006, 14:19:06
BSG is awesome.

31-10-2006, 15:37:57
Damn right it is. Now don't you want to go read the BSG season 3 thread?

31-10-2006, 15:44:20
No. I'd rather shoot you in the head.

31-10-2006, 15:46:33
Feel free to try.

31-10-2006, 16:40:33
As soon as bullets can hit you from this distance I will. I'm too lazy otherwise.

01-11-2006, 08:11:06
Man, BSG has hijacked my thread...:cry:

But I don't mind because it is so fucking awesome!!!

I know what I'll be doing between 11pm and 1am tonight...:D

01-11-2006, 09:43:00
Masturbating furiously?

01-11-2006, 09:45:28
Six isn't that hawt...

01-11-2006, 09:54:45
Six? Was there a Blossom marathon on?

01-11-2006, 11:15:04
Originally posted by Funko
Masturbating furiously?

That all depends on whether tonight's BSG double bill on Sky features any hot sexy porn action...:D

01-11-2006, 11:22:10
Ah, a BSG double bill...

New series has started then?

01-11-2006, 11:29:02
Yes. As in BSG2

I was waiting for the DVDs to come out for BSG2 and quite by accident stumbled across a late night showing of BSG on sky on wednesdays. It's weird because the late double bill time slot suggests it is a repeat, but surely you have to wait till the DVDs are on general release before even showing it on Sky?

Has BSG2 already been shown on Sky? I wouldn't know cos it's only the last few months I've had it oweing to staying at a friend's.

01-11-2006, 11:34:36
BSG2 dvds have been out for ages, I got the boxed set weeks ago.

Current BSG 2 shows are repeats. New season is starting soon. (I thin November...)


01-11-2006, 11:36:53
And sky are co-producers, so they show it almost simultaneously with the US version, but in the US there's a mid season break, which we don't have here, so sky start showing it later.

01-11-2006, 11:45:04
Well, yes I have been watching them for weeks - I was just about to buy the DVDs when I saw the repeats on Sky

06-11-2006, 13:37:35
Torchwood last night.... Painfully bad acting, though the storyline was much better this time.

Lazarus and the Gimp
06-11-2006, 17:21:24
Isn't it convenient how a sexy black Cybergirl can hold 200lb men off the ground one-handed with ease, and punch through armoured glass, and yet be overwhelmed and torn to shreds by an 80lb pterodactyl?

Next week- an army of daleks gets bummed to death by a 2lb guinea pig.

07-11-2006, 08:18:51
Damn, I missed that one!

07-11-2006, 09:14:08
No loss. It made almost no sense. (Again.)

I swear, Eva Myles is a one trick "look at my eyes go all wide with fear or excitement" pony. She is best suited to playing supporting roles in pantomime.

07-11-2006, 11:13:25
It's repeated weds nights on BBC2 MOBIUS.

07-11-2006, 12:20:03
And Saturdays as well, hence my not bothering to watch it the other day...

Lazarus and the Gimp
13-11-2006, 17:55:05
Slight improvement in last night's episode, but I wish they'd stop trying to cram in big emotional scenes. "LOOK! IT'S MY TURN TO CRY THIS WEEK! LOOK AT ME WEEPING CONVINCINGLY!".

I'd love to see at least one major character who just doesn't give a shit, to balance things out.