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@Team_Barrowman CongaRats, JB, on Torchwood Ssn 4!

Per John Barrowman’s own tweets from this afternoon: “TORCHWOOD IS COMING BACK! I am on cloud nine and thrilled with this news… I hope all of you will come on this exciting journey with Captain Jack and the Team. I AM OVER THE MOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

(Yes, all the exclamation points are his. And if you know anything about the man, you know that when he gets excited about something, he’s like an exclamation point with feet. He tends to get absolutely giddy. LOL)

Gimme a W-O-O-T! 😀 I was HOPING that the show would come back, so I am thrilled to hear the news. They left “Children of Earth” in such a way that it gave the show closure if it didn’t come back. But open ended enough that there are plenty of places for it to go if they DID bring it back. Sounds vaguely Dr. Seuss-ish: “Oh the places they’ll go!” 😀 I was just fortunate that I actually just finished watching CoE last week, so really only had to wait a week or so to find out the show’s fate. Sometimes being a latecomer to a series is a good thing. :)

(Scenes from Children of Earth – Day 5. Be sure to click the pics for wide screen versions of all of them, screencapped tonight just for the occasion. :) Nice bit of green-screening there, folks!)

Torchwood Children of Earth 1 - Jack1Torchwood Children of Earth 2 - Jack 2 Torchwood Children of Earth 3 - Gwen and Jack1

Torchwood Children of Earth 4 - Jack3 Torchwood Children of Earth 5 - Gwen and Jack 2

I know a LOT of people took the demise of so many of the main characters (Tosh and Owen at the end of Season 2, and especially Ianto during Season 3) very personally, and as a result apparently have no interest in watching the new season 4. (One went so far as to say that they hoped – paraphrasing here – that the new series failed dismally. Nice. NOT.)

Not sure when those shows originally aired, Season 2 is showing a date of 2008, and Children of Earth was last summer sometime, I think. IMHO, that’s kind of a long time to hold a grudge against someone for someone killing off, well, a few fictional characters, even beloved fictional characters. And this is coming from someone who JUST watched Ianto get killed off in the last couple of weeks, and Tosh & Owen a month or two before that (I’m a latecomer to the whole Torchwood franchise; I only discovered it last summer when TV Guide raved about Children of Earth on BBC America, and was all set to watch it – via Netflix, we only just got BBCA about a month ago – when I found out that it was actually the third season in the Torchwood saga. So naturally had to rent/stream all of the first two seasons first. Was hooked on it immediately!). And admittedly, I don’t think I’ll EVER be able to watch “Exit Wounds” again without getting all snivelly over it, but I sure don’t hold any grudges against the writers over it.

But to each their own. Still remember the brouhaha over when they killed off Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1. The fallout was so extreme that they ended up bringing him back on the show again. So it happens.

What will be interesting in Season 4 is that they’re taking it out of Cardiff and taking it in a more international direction. AND putting together a new team, whom you just KNOW the die-hards will hate before they even meet them. But look at how the series started, right off the bat, they killed off Susie (twice, even, right? LOL) and brought in Gwen. And look how many people Captain Jack has teamed up with in all his many many many many MANY MANY years with Torchwood. 😀 So this is a team that’s always in transition anyway.

Still trying to work out the fact that it’s going to be on Starz instead of BBC America. Gotta love it. Here I finally just last month get digital cable (including BBC America) in the house, and now I find that Yay, Torchwood is coming back but BOO, it now will NOT be on BBC America, lol. Love having BBCA anyway, I just discovered Doctor Who this year, and got BBCA in just in time to start watching Season 5. I however do NOT get Starz, not through the cable box anyway. But as part of my Netflix plan, in addition to being able to stream a lot of current Starz series episodes through the Roku box, they also include a Starz live feed on my PC. So assuming that stays the status quo with them, if I haven’t added Starz by next summer, I’m thinking I SHOULD be able to watch the new Torchwood season via the Roku or via the live feed on my PC.

The good thing about it being on Starz, vs say *cough cough* Fox, which is what was originally being bandied about is that since it’ll be on a premium channel, it won’t have the limitations that you know it would have had being on a regular network or even a basic cable network. So I believe JB when he says that they’re not going to be watering down the show for any reason. So it sounds like Captain Jack will be able to continue to “sleep with anything with a zip code” if he wants to. LOL. 😀

So conga-rats to John, Eve, the writers and producers for coming back for a Season 4, and to Starz for picking it up. Can’t wait for the new shows next summer!

Only one ep of Season 2 of Torchwood left to watch…

Just got done streaming the second to last episode of Season 2 of Torchwood, “Fragments”.

Some great one liners in that one, as we discover how each current member of the group joined up. Whereas all the other member flashbacks started with title screens that said “5 years earlier” or “21 months earlier”, “1,392 deaths earlier” was the title screen for Jack’s flashback. Loved that.

“I don’t exist. And for a man of my charisma, that’s quite an achievement.”

And forget “hello”, Ianto had Jack at “pterodactyl”. 😀

Although still don’t quite understand how the whole building went “kablooie”, in some cases with the explosives looking them right in the face, and they weren’t all blown into itty bitty (to borrow a term from a Moonlighting episode) “bits o’ guy” . But that’s Torchwood for you…

But I’m sensing the demise of one or two major characters in upcoming episodes (either the next ep, or in “Children of Torchwood”), so am kind of dragging my feet to finish up the show… Hate when main characters on favorite shows get knocked off. While Stargate SG-1 was on, the episode when they killed off Daniel Jackson had me going through some serious Kleenex that night. I’m such a wimp, lol.

Season 2 of Torchwood finished!

“The end is where we start from…” – Captain Jack Harkness

Waaaah. “Exit Wounds” ended pretty much how I thought it would. Not QUITE as sad as Daniel’s demise on SG-1, but then, by then I’d been watching that show for a good 5 seasons, vs just the two seasons for Torchwood. Not quite as much time to get attached yet (and well, Owen had been a wee bit of a butthead – whether he was dead or undead – for many of the shows 😉 ). Still, between the demise of two main characters, and Jack’s “reunion “with his missing brother, twas a pretty emotional way to end the season.

‘Course, with my warped brain, for some reason, the phrase that kept coming to mind after watching it was “come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth.” LOL. Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog? Or Weevil of Cardiff? In any case – Run away! Run Away!

Got several screencaps from the episode here. (Mostly just to see if I could actually get a shadowbox gallery to work on the blog. Yes, she apparently can be taught! 😀 )

Already have “Torchwood – Children of Earth” cued up and ready to watch via the Roku box next chance we get. Although given the grumblings that I’ve been hearing about what happens to ANOTHER major character during THAT series, I’m kind of dreading that one now too. Oh well.

Still thinking about getting the three series dvd set. Would love to watch a lot of the shows again, there’s some really great one liners throughout (even in this last one, as sad as it was, they managed to throw in several good lines), and it’s just a great sci-fi show all together. Not in a huge rush though, as long as I can stream them via netflix, I can hold off buying them.

Great show, even if it did get a little dark during the second season.