tv series

Review of Torchwood – and other similar TV series



This started out as a review of Torchwood, but has evolved into a review of all TV series that share the genre.  The reason for this is simple – they always make the same mistake.

Now, I loved Torchwood, just as I loved X files, Haven, Stargate SG1, Primeval and all the others like them, (apart from Dr Who, I hate that one.)  The first couple of seasons are fantastic; the team consists of likeable, real characters with enough charisma to look good on TV, without being too ‘made up,’ and the storyline consists of interesting adventures, with a new and exciting episode each week.  There is enough danger to keep you on the edge of your seat, fantastic effects, and no bothersome sub plots to get in the way.

And that’s the problem, that last one in the list – the sub plots.  It’s always the same with every series.  The first two seasons are great, but then they can’t help themselves, they have to make it all political (in the case of the American ones) or introduce complicated and unnecessary intrigue between the characters.  Why do the programme makers always do this?  No one likes it when this happens, and in my opinion, this is why series’ tend to fall apart after the first couple of seasons.

The only series I’ve seen that hasn’t yet made this mistake, is Supernatural.  They almost did, almost.  The first couple of seasons that Crowley was part of, became laborious and boring with his constant fucking things up.  It was predictable and I worried that I might go off the series.  Thankfully though, the programme makers must have had a moment of enlightenment, because they quickly got over that and the series is still wonderful.

I loved the first season of Torchwood, I loved the first two seasons of X files, the first two or three of SG1, the first season of Primeval and the first of Haven, and I look back on them with a mixture of fondness and disappointment.  They could have been fantastic, they could still be popular now if they had just kept it the way we like it.  Simple and enjoyable.  Science fiction is about escapism and I don’t want government cover ups in every single series, or double agents within the team, or bosses with different agendas.  I want to be entertained.

Please, programme makers, give us a series we can enjoy without all that crap.

A New Take on Zombies

I watched the second episode of In The Flesh last night on BBC3.  There was nothing else on and even though zombies have never been of interest to me, I watched it.  I was pleasantly surprised too.

This show is a totally new take on the zombie theme and one that’s very relevant and plausible (sort of).  It centres around a boy who is a zombie, although they are known as Partially Deceased Syndrome Sufferers.  After what they often refer to as The Rising, which apparently happened years before, all PDS sufferers have been medicated and rehabilitated so they are  no longer raving, brain eating savages.

The plot is all about how PDS sufferers are accepted once they go back to their own communities and their experiences with those around them.  It’s a 3 part series, the final part being next Sunday evening.  I’m hoping they either all revert back to proper zombies and kill everyone, or they take over society so that ‘normal’ humans become the victimised minority.  We’ll see.

It’s worth a watch and it’s on BBC iplayer on catch up.