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Torchwood: Everything Changes

In the premiere episode of Torchwood, a spin-off of Doctor Who, the audience finds themselves in Cardiff on a rainy night. A fresh corpse is being cordoned off and examined. Police constable Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) arrives to see the forensics team being sent away as "Torchwood" arrives to take over the scene.

Curious, Gwen makes her way up a parking lot to peer down at the Torchwood group. There's Suzie Costello (Indira Varma), Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori), Dr. Owen Harper (Burn Gorham) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)– the leader of the group.

Suzie, one of the members of Torchwood, pulls out a metal gauntlet and puts in on. It suddenly lights up and she places it under the victim's head and he is brought back to life, much to Gwen's astonishment. The vic is John Tucker. They question him about his death, but freaked out that he has just died and is still talking. They only have two minutes to question John but they get no new information and he dies again. As Gwen watches, Captain Jack suddenly turns to look at her and asks her "What do you think?" Startled, Gwen takes off.

She returns home to her normal life with her normal boyfriend, Rhys, but the night's events keep her awake.
The next day, at the station, Gwen asks a co-worker to look up "Captain Jack Harkness." After the morning debriefing, Gwen and her partner, Andy "I'd like to see CSI: Cardiff. They'd be measuring the trajectory of a kebab." go to break up a brawl at a pub. Gwen is injured. After she is examined at the hospital she exits the examining room to see Captain Jack racing up the stairs. She follows him but finds herself at a floor that has been sealed off. She questions a porter in the stairwell who thinks it was a chemical spill. Gwen enters the sealed off area and see a figure down the hallway. She asks him questions as she walks towards him and sees a face that isn't human. Thinking it's a mask, she tells the man to stop the prank when the porter enters and sees the man. "That is brilliant!" he says of the man's mask – he moves to touch it when the "man" sinks his fangs into his neck – blood spurting everywhere. A shocked Gwen is suddenly escorted out of there by Captain Jack while the rest of the Torchwood team immobilizes the creature.

Gwen finds herself outside catching her breath when she sees the Torchwood team leaving. She jumps in her police car and gives chase. She calls in the license plate and finds no match. Her co-worker tells her that the only Captain Jack Harkness on record disappeared in 1941 during the height of the blitz. Gwen follows the team to the Wales Millennium Centre but when she turns away to address a security guard and turns back toward the team, they are long gone.

Curiosity getting the better of her, she lies to her Rhys and tells her she picked up another shift at work. Instead she heads back to the Millennium Centre and roams around, hoping to catch a glimpse of the team again, but nothing. She spots a pizza delivery guy and heads to the pizza joint. She's asks the clerk to search for Captain Jack Harkness – but nothing. She starts to leave and turns to ask if they have ever delivered to "Torchwood" and the clerk eyes pop up at the name. "Oh yeah, we deliver to them all the time. They're good customers." Gwen buys a couple pies and heads toward the address. She enters and a man in a suit, Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), is behind the counter. She tells him she's delivering for a Mr. Harkness. Suddenly the front door bolts close and another secret entryway opens. She walks down a dark corridor, down an elevator and through a gear-shaped doorway.

As she enters, she sees a severed hand floating in some gel-like substance in a jar, Suzie welding, and the others busy at their workstation. She starts to walk toward Capt. Jack when Owen bursts out laughing. "I'm rubbish," he says. They knew Gwen was coming all along. She asks about the porter and Toshi tells her that Torchwood has covered up his death. A pterodactyl flies in the rafters.

Jack takes Gwen down to the holding cells, where the creature is being held. They call it a weevil. Jack tells her it's alien and doesn't communicate very well. He takes her back upstairs and introduces everyone. Jack sends everyone home and takes Gwen through the scenic route – a flat stone that rises up in front of the fountain in the main square. She wonders aloud why no one can see them and he tells her that there and just on that stone slab seems to be a perception filter that makes the invisible until they step off the stone.

Jack buys Gwen a drink at a local bar and tells her about Torchwood. Not only do they catch aliens, they also scavenge the stuff they leave behind – using the technology to arm the human race for the 21st century. They are separate from the gov't, outside the police and beyond the United Nations. No one government has control over Torchwood because in the wrong hands it could be deadly. He goes on to tell her that this is Torchwood Three and was set up because there is a space-time rift going right down the middle of the city, where all kinds of alien debris washes up. He assures her none of the technology leaves the lab but they cut to Suzie taking the gauntlet out of her purse at home, Toshi taking a silvery device, and Owen with a iridescent spray.

Gwen thinks that Torchwood should liaison with the police but Jack disagrees. In fact, he figures she won't remember any of it in the morning. He tells her he's slipped an amnesia and sedative pill in her drink. Gwen, pissed, takes off. She makes it home, still awake and begins typing on her computer about everything she has seen that day. Just as she is about to fall asleep, Ianto intercepts her computer and deletes everything she has just typed.
We see Suzie resurrect a dead fly on her windowsill with the glove, Toshi scans a entire book in a matter of seconds with the silver device, and Owen ends up taking a couple (man and woman) home after he uses the spray.

With no memory of the night before, Gwen returns to work. She sees a sketch of the murder weapon used to kill John Tucker and others. It's an odd shaped knife with three blades. She can't stop thinking about the knife and gets flashes of images but can't quite put everything together. She notices a note she wrote "remember" on the brochure from the Millennium Centre. She returns to the square and tries to remember. Suzie starts to walk toward her and Gwen looks at her – how does she know this woman?

Suzie tells her that she's the only one that thinks Torchwood should liaise with the police. She pulls out the three-blade knife. Gwen takes a step back. Suzie tells her that the amnesia pill can be overcome if it's tripped by a specific image – in her case, it's the knife. Gwen recalled Gwen working on the knife when she first entered the lab at Torchwood. She confesses that she's the killer because the gauntlet needs violent deaths to work properly – the more violent, the better the glove works. All Suzie wanted was to learn to control it better so she could resurrect people permanently.

Suzie pulls on a gun on Gwen. She figures she has nothing to lose now. She can't go back to Torchwood as they'll soon find out. Jack rises between them on the stone slab but Suzie knows too much and shoots Jack in the head. Gwen is shocked when a dead man appears before her. She starts to cry as Suzie point her gun at her. Jack stands behind Suzie, the bullet wound to his head disappearing. Suzie, knowing she has nowhere to go, shoots herself. Gwen falls to her knees – "I remember. I remember everything."

Down below, Jack puts the gauntlet and knife away as Toshi and Owen return their stolen goods. Suzie's body is placed in a vault within Torchwood.

Later, Jack tells Gwen he died once but was brought back to life and since then he can't die. As there is now an opening in Torchwood, Jack offers her the position. Gwen accepts.


I'm already in love with this show. I swear, I was a Brit in a past life. I love almost every show on BBC America.

I got the same vibe from this show as I did when I first watched X-Files. This is definitely a sexier version of Doctor Who meets X-Files. I was never into Doctor Who but I'm starting to get into more now that David Tennant is the Doctor.

If you didn't know, Captain Jack Harkness appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who when Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor. He was an American pilot flying for the British in World War II, died at the hands of Daleks but was brought back to life by Rose after she looked into the heart of the Tardis.

Barrowman reminds me a lot of Tom Cruise, but better looking and openly gay.

What did you think?

Posted by Connie on September 17, 2007 1:09 PM
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I've been wartching a lot of BBC-America lately, too, and on "Weakest Link" it was ponted out where the "Torchwood" name came from"


-- Posted by: Cecil Rose at September 18, 2007 10:02 AM

Yes - I forgot to mention that. The producers of DOCTOR WHO interchanged the letters to come up with TORCHWOOD. Pretty snazzy!

-- Posted by: Connie at September 18, 2007 1:57 PM

Found the blog by mistake. Already a fan on the site because of LOST and HEROES. Now I can come here for my post TORCHWOOD fix. Luving this show. Fell in love with Capt. Jack from Doctor Who. Can't wait to see where this show goes. Thank you!

-- Posted by: Landa at September 27, 2007 8:56 AM

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