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Old August 7 2013, 05:02 AM   #47
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Re: How do you feel about Torchwood Miracle Day

I'm going to go against the grain and state that I really enjoy the first season of Torchwood.

Oh, don't get me wrong. It's flawed as heck. There's some mind-bogglingly stupid storytelling in there. And the series confuses sex with maturity and, as a result, ends up being rather immature.

But underneath, there's actually something very compelling. The first series of Torchwood who are raging against the oblivion of human existence and who are desperately trying to feel something in an uncaring universe. The team is a group of damaged nihilists, ranging from Jack who longs for oblivion to Gwen who has an anchor in the world but becomes unmoored.

It doesn't always work, and the final episode of the first season has problems because Chibnall isn't sure how to end it. But when it does work, it works well and is compelling and moving.

I think of Torchwood series 1-3 Jack as the real Jack Harkness. I pretend the "End of Time" Jack doesn't exist.
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