A five night miniseries event, Torchwood: Children of Earth may as well be called ‘Threesomes are Always the Answer”, because despite the losses to the cast at the end of season two, the remaining three members of Torchwood Three give stellar performances in a tightly written, action and suspense packed piece of television brilliance.
This review will be, for the most part, spoiler free.
In part one, all of the children on the planet suddenly stop in their tracks, eerily repeating the phrase “We are coming.” Who or what is speaking through the children is a mystery, but there’s not doubt that it’s creepy and intriguing as hell. A parent’s fear that there’s nothing they can do to protect their children is a truly terrifying one, and Children of Earth gets the point across in the best way possible.
It’s a suspenseful tale of intrigue and government conspiracy mixed with the dubious Torchwood morality that we know so well from the past two seasons. Suddenly finding themselves on the run, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Ianto Jones (Gareth David Lloyd) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) are all pushed to their limits both physically and mentally. It’s a treat to watch.
Presenting Children of Earth successively over five nights works well, as each part ends on a cliffhanger even worse than the last. Each night left me eager for more, and I’m extremely glad that I didn’t have to wait weeks for the next piece of the puzzle. Be prepared to laugh, to cry and to shout at your television when you get to days four and five.
Get ready for a wild ride, folks. I just hope Russell T. Davies is prepared for the fan onslaught to come in San Diego next Sunday.
Torchwood: Children of Earth premieres tomorrow, July 20th, at 9/8c on BBC America.
‘A vampire, a ghost and a werewolf rent a house in Bristol’ sounds like the set up to a bad joke, but as a television show, it’s original, smart, funny and highly addictive.
Mitchell, George and Annie are three twenty-somethings trying to find themselves and their place in the world. Sounds a bit like every other sitcom, doesn’t it? But throw in the fact that each of them has their own special supernatural ailment, and you have a formula for something truly unique.
True, with the recent Twilight and True Blood crazes, it seems like pop culture is being inundated with vampires and werewolves, but Being Human offers a new perspective on the classic lore, putting the supernatural characters in a very normal environment and blending them together in a way that television likely hasn’t seen since Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The first season of Being Human, like many BBC shows, is only six episodes long. With most Americans used to seasons that give us nine episodes at the very least and somewhere around 24 at the most, six episodes might not seem like nearly enough time to get to know characters and how they interact with each other and their environment, but it actually works well in this case. The first season is one tight story with few deviations along the way.
The cast, two-thirds recast from the original BBC pilot are in their element: Aidan Turner as the conflicted vampire Mitchell, who’s ‘on the wagon’ and off of blood, Russell Tovey as George, a werewolf who still can’t reconcile his own identity with his ‘time of the month’ and Lenora Crichlow, the ghost who haunts their house and can’t stop making cups of tea. They bring the witty and original writing to life, and even though you’re watching a show about supernatural beings, they all bring a life and a warmth to their roles that gets you quickly invested.
Being Human premieres on BBC America Saturday, July 25th at 9/8c.