Torchwood – Children Of The Earth Review: Taming Of The Who

July 6, 2009 by  
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TORCHWOOD – CHILDREN OF THE EARTH: Monday 6th July, BBC1, 9pm Alert Me

When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?

John Barrowman and his virility-destroying tight trousers, apparently.

When Torchwood first appeared on BBC3, it was like a hot 19 year old; free, uninhibited and willing to please.

Season 2 played on BBC2 and it turned into a recently married couple that had ironed out the flaws in each others characters; but inevitably the sex was less frequent and just wasn’t as interesting.

Children of Earth feels like the couple has been married for 40 years; they’ve changed beyond recognition and half of them are dead.

While the first episode of the 5 part run isn’t exactly tomb-worthy, it’s definitely a horse of a different colour. The characters, well the three that are left after last year’s cull, have at least developed and grown up a bit. Ianto and Jack are more subtle this time around as a couple. Not so in your face, so to speak. While Gwen, the leading lady, is much more at ease on the screen and makes a much more confident impression.

The plot revolves around the fact that at the same time all around the world, children stop in their tracks and suddenly utter “We are coming.’”

For once, thankfully, Torchwood leaves the apparent innuendo alone, and we suddenly cut to busy Government people trying to patch things up, unknown military groups shooting people and Captain Jack swaggering around like a pantomime prince.

In place of pants round your ankles, legs in the air sexcapades there are happy couples playing house. Unsurprisingly though, it’s not like a show that’s going to be aired as the BBC1 mainstream flagship banner is going to go all out celebrating the homoeroticism inherent in the script.

On the whole it’s lacking friskiness in the dialogue and playfulness between the characters. Russell T. Davies has a firm grip on this script and it feels more 24 than Buffy.

What it’s lacking in humour it makes up for in well crafted drama and the anticipation of action in episodes to come.

Emily Moulder

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