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07 June 2008 @ 02:47 pm
Torchwood questions  
So, fellow Who fans, I put the first season of Torchwood on my Netflix queue. I do like Captain Jack, so I'm wondering ... if I'm a such a big fan of Doctor Who, would I enjoy Torchwood as well?
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WynterWolf47: Jack Mmm... Coffeewynterwolf47 on June 7th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
It's... impossible to say. ;-D They are two very different shows, and S1 of Torchwood was a bit hit and miss in the quality department. They had some issues behind the scenes that impacted a lot of what we got on screen, and the writing and continuity is pretty dodgy in places... but, I still enjoyed quite a lot of it. And I was able to ignore the things that I didn't enjoy.

S2 was much better, all the way around.

As for Captain Jack, I think a number of fans had a problem with Jack's character because he is different to what he was on Who. This Jack has come back to Earth from the Game Station and has been stuck living in real time since 1869 so he's a bit more... jaded, I guess, than the carefree conman, turned hero we had last seen on Who. But if you can understand why Jack is different, I think you could enjoy it.

Where I think you may have some frustration, especially as things progress in S2 is the relationship between Jack and Gwen. I don't want to say too much beyond that though, unless you're interested in being spoiled. ;-)
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on June 7th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I totally get why Jack would be frustrated, so I could see that point. I'll probably watch the first eps and see how I feel.

Thanks for the input.
lavender gooms: dw: omg charadesthe_spin on June 7th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely hard to say. I love Who, but am not a huge fan of Torchwood. It's definitely watchable, but it's certainly not a show I get really excited about.
Arabian: Donna Noblearabian on June 7th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm, interesting because based on your comments in my long DW post, I think we mostly agree on why Who is a show to get really excited about it.

Eh, as I said above, I'll check it out; I'll just keep my expectations low.

ETA: Dude, that charades bit was the funniest thing. I was DYING laughing.

Edited at 2008-06-07 08:58 pm (UTC)
marikenobi: doctor time!marikenobi on June 7th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's ok. It has it's moments but it's not as awesome as Doctor Who.
la_tante: interpretive dancela_tante on June 8th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
well you've gotten enough input but here're my two cents...i really like torchwood even though it's patchy and odd. because although it's in the same sort of whoniverseish space, it is very, very different and hence not really comparable. plus, i really adore john barrowman (so i can forgive all sorts of missteps and frustration) though i think i'd almost rather watch him do muscial theater.....he's incredible. all in all, it's largely a silly bit o' fluff that's fun to watch (with occasional moments of angst--i did say patchy and odd, right?) but i'm not fannish about it the way i am about doctor who.
eolivet on June 9th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Pretty much what everyone else said. It's a very hit-or-miss show, IMHO. I think, if you don't love Gwen, you won't like it (especially in S1). S2 was better, but still uneven.

If DW can be a wholly satisfying meal, TW is a snack. Some days, it's an apple, some days it's cotton candy, some days it's pork rinds. ;p You watch an ep, and you could be hungry for more TV as soon as it's done. It can be fun and entertaining, but it just doesn't "stick with you," IMHO. :p