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Torchwood: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
BBC Warner Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001WAKUP2
Date: 24 August 2009 List Price $79.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /

More than a year after Season 2 of Torchwood aired on BBC Two and BBC HD, later in the United States and Canada, it is finally available on Blu-ray and DVD. Good things come to those who wait...

Creator:
Russell T. Davies

Cast:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman ... Owen Harper
Naoko Mori ... Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams

1. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Captain Jack returns, as the Torchwood team reunites to fight a rogue Time Agent.
CM: This was one of my favorite episodes from Season 2 since it featured James Marsters as Captain John Hart, a one time colleague of Captain Jack at the Time Agency. Marsters hasn't been this over the top since he played Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer - he was mellowing in Angel and was a completely cerebral villain as Brainiac on Smallviille. He is at his best when combining physical and cerebral villainy.

2. Sleeper
When a burglary turns into a slaughter, Torchwood suspects alien involvement. Who is Beth, and can she be as innocent as she seems?

3. To The Last Man
Toshiko falls for a handsome soldier, trapped out of his time, who unwittingly holds the key to saving the world.
CM: While Owen Harper chases after potential lovers like a dog chases passing cars on the street, it really is quiet little Toshiko Sato who gets the action.

4. Meat
Rhys discovers the truth about Torchwood and joins them as they battle to save an extraordinary creature.
CM: Rhys Williams - Man of Action. Who knew?

5. Adam
An alien with the power to change memories infiltrates Torchwood, can the team save themselves before it's too late?

6. Reset
Captain Jack calls in Martha Jones to investigate mysterious deaths, and one of the team members has a life-changing experience.
CM: It was wonderful watching Martha Jones team up with Owen Harper as they combine their medical skills and knowledge in this story.

7. Dead Man Walking
Still in shock, Torchwood faces a force from the darkness when Jack takes matters into his own hands.
CM: If you haven't watched this excellent story, don't let me spoil it for you.

8. A Day In The Death
Owen Harper must track down a reclusive millionaire and retrieve a mysterious alien artifact before it vaporizes Britain.
CM: It was different seeing the sensitive side of Owen Harper.

9. Something Borrowed
As Gwen Cooper prepares to walk down the aisle with Rhys, something has hitched a lift inside her.
CM: Another of one of my favorite episodes from Season 2 as we see Gwen's wedding to Rhys become a disaster, Torchwood-style.

10. From Out Of The Rain
An old cinema re-opens and killers from the past emerge to stalk the streets of Cardiff.
CM: Let's send all those cans of old black and white film to Hollywood where they will be nice and safe.

11. Adrift
When Gwen investigates the disappearance of a local teenager, she discovers a side of Torchwood that shocks her to the core.
CM: At the end of this episode I wondered if this story was the one that push Gwen to quit in disgust over Torchwood's actions.

12. Fragments
When a booby-trapped building explodes we learn how each of the team was recruited to Torchwood.
CM: Not all background stories are interesting but these are, probably due to their fast pacing.

13. Exit Wounds
Captain John returns to have his revenge on Torchwood. But who is he really working for? And how great a price must Torchwood pay to save the city?
CM: If you don't know who died and who survived, you'll have to watch it yourself.

Please note that the the single sentence story synopses above came directly from the liner of the Blu-ray disc and are copyright of BBC Video.

CM: While I certainly can't say that I liked every single episode of Season 2 of Torchwood, watching Torchwood Declassified for all 13 episodes gave me a much better appreciation of each story.

The Life And Deaths Of Captain Jack
CM: I loved this featurette since it gives a scattering of glimpses into Jack's background, but leaves you wanting more since it raises more questions than it answers. It's the electronic equivalent of a giant jigsaw puzzle or scattered pieces of an ancient mosaic recovered from a wreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean.

Outtakes
CM: Call them outtakes or call them bloopers, but I call many of them hilarious. They left me wanting more.

Deleted Scenes
CM: Some of these were deleted because they didn't work or were inferior to the scenes the producers did use. Others were obviously cut because they failed to advance the story at a proper pace and I'm glad they made it into the Special Features on this 4 Blu-ray disc set.

Although it has been about a year since I watched Season 2 of Torchwood, it certainly feels like it was a lot longer than that. The first season of any new show normally is like the shakedown cruise of a new ship - each one has its own distinctive character and the people involved need time to become comfortable with their new roles. In Season 2 we see how the producers, cast, and crew are becoming more at ease with each other.

I wholeheartedly recommend Torchwood: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray to any diehard fan of the show, but I'd be even happier if they had put even more goodies in the set.

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