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Thoughts & reviews about the science fiction series Doctor Who.

Torchwood Episode Review: Everything Changes

“Everything Changes”
Written by Russell T. Davies, dir. by Brian Kelly
Torchwood – Series 1 – Episode 1

Rating: B

Aside from the fact that the show featured Captain Jack Harkness and that Torchwood was sort-of-like-but-not-really UNIT, I didn’t know a damn thing about the show before watching it. In anticipation of the newest season, I thought it was about time I caught up on the three series that have already aired, so I have a bit more knowledge going into the new stuff.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed “Everything Changes.” I think Russell T. Davies and director Brian Kelly do a great job of making Torchwood a show of its own, not only in terms of story lines, but in overall feeling. There is a distinctly different mood to the stories than to Doctor Who, and I enjoy that it is a bit more edgy and adult oriented.

The story itself was solid, if not all that original. It sort of reminded me of the first episode of The X-Files in a way, in that someone who is completely ignorant of what is really going on is introduced to it by another character. It makes sense; introducing a character to Torchwood the organization within the context of the pilot episode is also the perfect way to introduce a viewer to the show. It helps to make Gwen Cooper a likable character right off the bat, as we can sympathize with her having no idea what is really going on.

Combining the strong plot with a few likable characters and some really good direction, I have to say that I’m excited about the show. It may have been a little on the slow side, but not so much that it detracted from my enjoyment. It helps to have a familiar face in John Barrowman as Captain Jack, who has always been one of the highlights of every Doctor Who episode he has appeared in. We often dream of a likable recurring character getting a spinoff. Luckily, in the case of Torchwood, this has actually come to pass. Looking forward to digging deeper into this series.

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