Torchwood season two arrives on Blu-ray and the excellent British
sci-fi series that spun right out of the latest incarnation of
Doctor Who has found a firm standing among its fans, including
strong stories by its creators.
Once again, the diverse personalities of the Torchwood Institute
return that include Captain Jack Harness, an immortal who also
happens to be their commander in chief, technophile Toshiko Sato
(Naoko Mori), medical officer Dr. Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and "Mr.
fix it", Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) and finally Gwen Cooper
Some of the social commentary in the series such as the sex scenes
and relationships have been toned down and this shock factor is now
firmly part of the story which assists in progressing the stories
and characters. The creators have also upped the ante for the
characters as this season is more dangerous than before and unlike
other science fiction series, people actually die in Torchwood,
including main supporting characters which makes the experience that
just more nail biting and realistic, especially for a science
From alien terrorists to a very heart wrenching story about a
soldier from the First World War, season two of Torchwood
easily surpasses the original season and it even contains a touch of
sophisticated humour along the way which makes the characters that
little bit more relatable. The episode with the memory thief is
definitely one of the highlights of this season who has the power to
draw out the secrets from the team.
On Blu-ray, the video quality is quite sharp with vibrant colours
and realistic black levels, making this a very impressive transfer.
Seeing realistic skin tones, you automatically know that the quality
is generally going to be good and Torchwood the complete Second
Season is no exception to the rule. The audio matches the video
quite well and the battle scenes sound phenomenal, especially with
the use of surround sound. Add in crystal clear dialogue, good
levels of sound and some great background music and for a TV series,
the Blu-ray version cannot be faulted.
For fans of the series or those interested in the behind the scenes,
Torchwood contains commentaries, the Torchwood: Declassified
episodes which are behind the scene featurettes, delete scenes and a
great outtake reel. Our favourite extras was the documentary
entitled "The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack" which is narrated by
the Doctor's companion, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).
In conclusion, Torchwood: The Complete Second Season
really finds its feet in this season with stronger characterisation,
better stories and even some improved special effects which work
better with an adult orientated sci-fi series. Another great series
has arrived on Blu-ray!
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
To the Last Man
Dead Man Walking
A Day in the Death
From Out of the Rain
The Life and Deaths of Captain Jack