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Torchwood: Children of Earth [Blu-ray] by Director: Euros Lyn
Review by Charles Mohapel
BBC Warner Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002BVYBK6
Date: 24 August 2009 List Price $34.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com - Torchwood: Children of Earth / Wikipedia - Torchwood: Children of Earth / Show Official Info /

I admit to being shocked when I found out that Season 3 of Torchwood was "only" 5 episodes and that they would air on five consecutive nights, specifically July 6th to 10th in the UK. Getting in touch with a number of friends on that side of the pond, I discovered that a good number of them were quite upset with this decision.

Even though I heard that BBC America and Space (in Canada) would be airing it on consecutive nights from July 20th to 24th, I was still eager to get my hands on the Blu-ray version released on July 28th.

Director:
Euros Lyn
Writing credits:
Day One:
Russell T. Davies (creator) and
Russell T. Davies (written by)
Day Two:
Russell T. Davies (creator) and
John Fay (written by)
Day Three:
Russell T. Davies (creator) and
James Moran (written by) and
Russell T. Davies (written by)
Day Four:
Russell T. Davies (creator) and
John Fay (written by)
Day Five:
Russell T. Davies (creator) and
Russell T. Davies (written by)

Cast:
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams

CM: When Executive Producer/Writer Russell T. Davies talks about making Season 3 of Torchwood, aka Children of Earth darker, he wasn't kidding. Beginning with a very nasty alien species we named "456" in 1965, we discover that Captain Jack was present and bought them off by giving them 12 children - or so he thought. Now they've come back and the price will be much much higher.

The completely unexpected return of the "456", sets off a chain reaction of events including a group of British bureaucrats who have been guarding this secret closely. These latter decide to kill off anyone still alive who had been present in 1965, beginning with Captain Jack and including Torchwood Cardiff since they are beyond the control of the bureaucrats. Worst of all is Government assassin Agent Johnson, the cold sociopath who "kills" Captain Jack and cold-bloodedly guns down Doctor Rupesh Patanjali, before planting a small powerful bomb in Captain Jack's stomach before he comes back to life.

Children of Earth Declassified
This featurette is packed with clips from Euros Lyn (Director), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Gareth Skelding (Assistant Location Manager), Russell T. Davies (Executive Producer/Writer), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Manager), Nick Briggs (Rick Yates), and Danny Hargreaves (Special Effects Technician).

One thing I've observed in the most recent featurettes is how much fun the cast and crew have during the process of making the show, through good weather and foul.

I got a chuckle watching the segment showing how the alien species named "456" was powered by servomotors part of the time and at other times it was old school "monster head-on-a-stick".

Having heard James Blunt's song "Goodbye My Lover" on a British Internet radio station when his first album came out, I appreciated that it was the moving piece used as background for the discussion of the death of Ianto Jones.

Captain Jack ends up losing his lover Ianto, his grandson Steven, and the love of his daughter Alice - is it any wonder he leaves?

While I would have preferred a Season 3 of Torchwood that lasted more than 5 episodes and aired on consecutive nights, I have to say that Torchwood: Children of Earth was high quality and the Blu-ray version is worth buying for the quality of the audio and video, plus the Children of Earth Declassified featurette.

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