Set after season two of Torchwood, Children of Earth once
again reunites the team in a devastating battle to save our planet
and this is probably one of the best stories from the entire
Directed by Euros Lyn who is no stranger to Doctor Who, his
talents have created an almost movie-like experience for the series
with this current tale. This story revolves around 11 Scottish
children who were given to an alien race called the "456" in the
1960's and now in the present, the repercussions are finally being
For the children of Earth, they are now being used as vessels to
transmit the return of these "aliens" which causes shockwaves across
the globe and those investigating the mystery are "mysteriously"
silenced. With war brewing on Earth, Children of Earth is more of a
political drama that works quite well with this genre (ala
Battlestar Galactica), however the Torchwood Institute is more
engaging than Battlestar could ever be.
This my friends is where the team of Torchwood come into play and
once again John Barrowman (Jack), Eve Myes (Gwen), Garth David-Lloyd
(Ianto) and Kai Williams (Rhys) reprise their roles in this
thoroughly entertaining mini-series.
Although these are the core members of the team, Children of Earth
also feature some strong performances by Nicholas Farrell as the
Prime Minister and Katy Wix as Ianto's sister. Unlike other science
fiction shows, Torchwood is quite realistic due to the political
backdrop and social climate of the world plus each character has a
story to tell, even as season two just finished. The story questions
the viewer and what they would do if they ever faced a threat from
the stars and no matter what choice they make, it will inevitably
effect someone or something.
Once again the BBC create an outstanding transfer to Blu-ray and the
attention to detail is quite realistic and looks superb in high
definition. Thankfully the special effects have taken a back step in
this story which makes the story more believable.
Matching the spectacular video quality is also high definition
sounds that does make use of a surround sound system quite well,
especially in certain episodes from this mini-series. When it comes
to extras, it comes with a Behind the Scenes featurette and an audio
clip by Eve Myles, nothing great but nonetheless, interesting.
Definitely a must have Blu-ray for your Torchwood collection!
Torchwood Declassified: Behind the Scenes
Torchwood in the Shadows: Audio Clip read by Eve Myles