Torchwood Episodes

2007, TV Show

Torchwood Episode: "Everything Changes"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The series premieres as Welsh police officer Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim by a mysterious organization known as “Torchwood.”
Original Air Date: Sep 8, 2007

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"Everything Changes" Season 1, Episode 1

Good evening, Torchwood watchers, and welcome to the blog of this BBC show's American premiere. Let's get right to it and meet the cast of characters: The star, of course, is Captain Jack Harkness ( John Barrowman), whom some of you may know already from his appearances on Doctor Who. Charming, handsome and unabashedly bisexual (or perhaps more aptly "omnisexual"), he's the head of a group of investigators out to solve crime of the strangest sort in Cardiff, Wales. His team consists of Owen Harper ( Burn Gorman), a scientist who apparently enjoys the nightlife; Toshiko Sato ( Naoko Mori), the technology gal with a penchant for classic literature; Ianto Jones ( Gareth David-Lloyd), Torchwood's "cleanup man," who makes sure the team has all they need; and Suzie Costello ( Indira Varma), Captain Jack's No. 2, who, as we'll see, has a hand in the evening's serial killings. Oh, and let's not forget Gwen Cooper ( Eve Myles), the cop with a seemingly ordinary life who finds herself swept up in the mystery of Torchwood. She's at the site of a murder, in the rain, wearing a funny checkered Brit police hat, when Torchwood rushes on to the scene, pushing back all the regular crew. When they first appear, the investigators are all in long black coats (very Neo-esque). Annoyed that she's been dismissed, Gwen finds a good vantage point from which to watch all the action, and she gets a bit more than she'd bargained for when Suzie takes out a metal glove that zaps the poor murder victim back to life - for two minutes. The crew asks him who killed him, but he was stabbed once in the back and didn't see anything. We actually see a softer, more vulnerable side of Captain Jack early on, as he asks the man to tell him what he saw at the moment of his death ("nothing" was the terrified response). The next day Gwen can't get Captain Jack and his crew out of her mind, and when she ends up in the hospital after a bar brawl, she's treated to a glimpse of his coat running up a set of stairs. She ends up at a sealed-off wing, which an orderly explains has some kind of bio contamination. Of course, she walks in and finds an odd figure ahead of her; it's clear that this is not your average fella. Convinced that he's just wearing some kind of mask (man, I wish I could get me one of those for a Halloween costume), Gwen approaches him. After the orderly blusters in and gets a little too close, the Weevil (that's no mask; he's in fact a blood-sucking alien) attacks him and Captain Jack rushes her out of the hall. The team speeds off, but Gwen follows and later discovers their headquarters. A cross between the bat cave and 24's CTU facilities, the Torchwood HQ is a sight to behold. For one thing, it's full of alien technology (which, Captain Jack eventually explains, has been confiscated in order to help arm Earth for the future, because "the 21st century is when it all changes"). Cardiff is the perfect place for just such an operation, he says, because there's a space-time rift smack-dab in the middle of the city. Oh, and did I mention the pterodactyl flying around the office? Guess that's where the "time" part comes in. Alas, Gwen is not meant to remember all this, as Captain Jack slips her an amnesia pill; before it kicks in, she types out what she's seen, but Ianto "cleans up" by removing the file from her computer. When she sees an image of the murder weapon at work the next day, though, it triggers a flash of a memory, leading her back to the Torchwood headquarters area. There she encounters Suzie, who admits to the killings and threatens to off Gwen as well. Turns out Suzie was using an alien dagger to kill folks around Cardiff, just so she could use the resurrection glove on them to gain more control of it. But just before she can attack Gwen, Captain Jack appears to save the day. Except that Suzie shoots him in the head. But wait - he's not dead! It seems that Captain Jack can't die, which likely explains his earlier fascination with what happens at the moment of mortality. Suzie, however, can die, and when she turns the gun on herself, that's the end of her. After seeing what can happen when good technology goes bad, Toshiko and Owen hand over the alien swag they'd been hording: for Toshiko, a super-scanner reader device, and for Owen, an alien pheromone spray that makes him sexually irresistible. With a position now open, Captain Jack offers Gwen a job, and she doesn't take very long to accept it. Who can blame her? Looks like fun already! So what do you think of the show? For me, it took a little getting used to the pacing at first, some of which I think is peculiarly British (and thus generally unfamiliar to those of us who watch mostly American TV). But as the story progressed, it definitely picked up, and by the culminating scene, it was very wham, bam, thank you ma'am! I can't help but like Captain Jack, and I'm curious to see how the series takes off. For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. Till next week! show less
Good evening, Torchwood watchers, and welcome to the blog of this BBC show's American premiere. Let's get right to it and meet the cast of characters: The star, of course, is Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), whom some of you may know already from his appearances on Doctor Who. Charming, handsome and unabashedly bisexual (or perhaps more aptly "omnisexual"), he's the head of a group of investigators out to solve crime of the strangest sort in Cardiff, Wales. His team consists of Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), a scientist who apparently enjoys the nightlife; Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori), the technology gal with a penchant for classic literature; Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), Torchwood's "cleanup man," who makes sure the team has all they need; and Suzie Costello (Indira Varma), Captain Jack's No. 2, who, as we'll see, has a hand in the evening's serial killings.Oh, and let's not forget Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), the cop with a seemingly ordinary life who finds herself swept up in th... read more

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Premise: A top-secret team of investigators use scavenged alien technology to solve crimes---both human and alien---in this sci-fi adventure series from the producer of 'Doctor Who.'

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