Friday, February 6, 2009

"Torchwood" Returns

And so, back to the silliness. My beloved BBC series "Torchwood" is still several months away, but I know it will be worth the wait. Smart, funny and oh-so-sexy, "Torchwood" may be a spin-off the the Beeb's eternally silly "Dr. Who," but it's so much better.
Created by Russell T. Davies (the man behind the original "Queer As Folk"), "Torchwood" concerns a super-secret British agency which has been put in place to protect HRM's citizens from whatever aliens, demons, ghosties and ghouls might pass through rifts in the space-time continuum. Set in Cardiff, Wales (apparently known as one of the most boring places on Earth), "Torchwood" concerns a band led by the charismatic and enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness (the very yummy and openly gay John Barrowman - who reminds me of none other than former People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive,' Mark Harmon) and his team. Harkness, like Dr. Who, is a Time Lord, immortal and living through time out of sequence. The past, present and future are all one to Jack, who seems to have had more paramours than the great Casanova.
There's Gwen (Eve Myles), a former Cardiff PD who was recruited in the series first ep, and is probably in love with all the members of the team, despite being engaged (and now married) to her hapless spouse, Ryhs (Kai Owen). Then there is Owen (Burn Gorman), a roue who recently became a member of the Living Dead. IT specialist Toshiko (Naoko Mori), has been in love with Owen forever, despite her lesbian daliance with an alien in season 2, though she's apparently kicked the bucket (though with this show, one is never sure). Finally, there is Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd), the adorable go-to guy who is now Jack's lover (after the only woman he truly loved was turned into a killer cyborg).
Silly, smart and more than a little sexy, "Torchwood" is the BBC's so much better answer to "The X-Files." It may not be the best Sci-Fi on TV ("Fringe" has usurped that title), but it sure is the hottest.
Here is the Season 3 trailer:

More of this, anon.


Anonymous said...

I think I have to disagree with you. Jack is not a timelord, he is human but can't die and doesn't know why. On Dr. Who we learn that he lives for millions of years.

The Dr and Martha travel to New New New New York and are in a hospital run by cat women and meet the Face of Bode (sp). The face is a huge face living in a tank and tells the Dr that they've met before and will meet again but the Dr can't place him. In the season finale where the Master (the only other timelord) took control of the earth, Jack asks the Dr how long he'll live and about aging. The Dr doesn't know and Jack says he know it's vain but it's because when he was a kid he became the first poster kid on this tiny island he lived on and they loved him and called him the Face of Bode - the Dr and Martha look at each other and laugh in disbelief.

Anonymous said...

Hey Brian, here's one for the Gayist thing you've seen all week - from Failblog - I was checking it out for the first time. Very funny blog.

Anonymous said...

there's the link - sorry I forgot it.

Prospero said...

Thanks for the correction. I've never been a Dr. Who fan, though friends of mine are, and have explained the Face of Bode to me. But I'm confused... wasn't the Face played by a woman?

And yes, I've seen the video of the weatherman and the cockroach before. I have a friend who is a meterologist and trying to get a job on the news. I tease him about this video all the time. Here in Philly, we had an openly gay traffic reporter (he's since moved on to another market), but no other local celebs have come out publicly.