Torchwood: Children Of Earth Review from Cinema Static on Brusimm

by on November 17, 2009

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Torchwood: The Children of Earth with John Barrowman

This is a spoiler free review of the Torchwood special titled Torchwood: Children of Earth.  (In a word, the best television I’ve ever watched.)

I have never, in my life, ever been so moved or drawn into a television show like Torchwood: Children of Earth.  It was a truly compelling and shocking series that still came off as incredibly entertaining.  Russell T Davies brings an incredible story to the viewers where civilization snaps and we turn on ourselves.

The Children of Earth itself are used like tools all over the planet.  It starts with a creepy scene where all children on Earth stop in their tracks and as one, say “We are coming.”

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) return in Torchwood: Children of the Earth where global fear creates distrust, decisions are made by people and dark deeds need to be done.  Morally questionable and undeniably necessary decisions are forced on humanity and our heroes.

When all was said and done, the emotional conflict created by the story stuck with me for hours.  I didn’t want to turn on another television show for quite some time because I needed time to digest what I just saw.

Even if you’ve never seen Torchwood, they bring the new viewer along nicely and by the end of day 1 of the 5 day (5-hour) mini-series they’ve weaved enough info and details that you feel pretty comfortable with the history of the group / show and what they do.

In every episode I thought the story would pan out and pace itself to the end, but I was so wrong.  It just kept getting better with every scene.  The tale developed and revelations are tossed at us right up until the end.  My damn adrenaline just wouldn’t quit.

Torchwood: The Children of Earth hit on dark themes I’ve never seen on American television.  It was impressive how they presented story facets and how at times, scenes were so riveting that they drew me in completely.  I have never in my life ever had such a strong emotional empathy for a story or its characters.

Schedule The Time

If you already watched it on TV on BBC America, I’m betting you didn’t budge from your couch.  I hated it when my DVD ended.  I didn’t want to wait the time it took to swap DVD’s.  I couldn’t imagine waiting until the next day if you watched the Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries.

I’d recommend planning a chunk of 5 hours to take it all in at once if you bought the DVD’s.  If you see it coming on the air, RECORD it!  Trust me, you might just be popping back in to say thanks.

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