Torchwood Episodes

2007, TV Show

Torchwood Episode: "Day One"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: On Gwen's first day with Torchwood, a sex-crazed alien is on the loose in Cardiff and leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake.
Original Air Date: Sep 15, 2007

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"Day One" Season 1, Episode 2

From the moment that "TV-MA" popped up on the screen at the beginning of this episode, I had high hopes for the second installment of Torchwood. And I'm pleased to report I was not disappointed! I gather from some of the comments made by those of you who've seen the unedited British version of this show that it has, as I'd hoped, a real edge to it. Tonight we definitely saw that. It all started with Gwen and her boyfriend bowling and having a date night to celebrate the start of her new job in "special ops" (aka Torchwood) the next day. As they're dining alfresco, they see a hurtling ball of fire heading toward Cardiff, and she gets a text message that's pretty clear, despite its brevity: Torchwood. And just like that, she's off on her first assignment. The team arrives at the crash site and displaces the authorities who've already moved in (it's pretty impressive how an organization that's completely outside the government hierarchy can exert such influence, making police and military men alike scatter at will). Owen moves in to inspect the crashed object, and he cheekily asks Gwen to hand him a tool, which she promptly "tosses" toward him - gouging a hole in the space debris in the process. Out comes a cloud of alien gaseous life form, which takes off toward hopping downtown Cardiff. There it finds what it's looking for in the form of Carys Fletcher, a girl outside of a nightclub leaving an angry, desperate voice mail for her fella. The alien enters Carys and takes over her body with a single mission: to seek out sexual encounters. In the club, she finds a willing victim, drags him into the bathroom and at the moment of, um, climax, inhales his energy; he leaves behind only a pile of dust. Or, as Jack put it the next day when the team arrived on the scene, "He just... came and went." Ha! Oh, and the whole scene was, fortuitously, caught on tape. Back at Torchwood HQ, the team is trying to match the girl on the video to their extensive databank and finally come up with a hit. They arrive at her house just in the nick of time - she's about to ravage the delivery man. "Put your trousers on and get out, now!" says Jack when he discovers the scene. And then, as an aside,"It almost breaks my heart to say those words." Another ha! They capture the girl and get her locked up next to the Weevil, and Gwen's put in charge of getting the truth out of her. This critter, she learns, has traveled all the way to Earth because it feeds off of orgasmic energy, and we, apparently "taste so good." Gwen ends up in the cell with Carys, and next thing you know, they're "having a good snog," as the Brits would say. The little scene (which is being enjoyed on screen upstairs by the team) only comes to an end when Carys tears open Gwen's shirt, somehow notices for the first time that she has boobs, and declares that it's no good, that it has to be a man. (We discover later that Gwen was the victim of superpowerful alien sexual pheromones, which is a good thing, because I was kind of wondering what had gotten into her.) As Gwen tries to put a human face (Carys', to be precise) on the situation, Owen goes to take some readings and ends up naked and locked in the cell (oops). As Carys tries to escape the building, she grabs the hand in a jar that's on one of the tables, causing Captain Jack to sort of lose it - after she tosses the jar, he runs to save the hand, letting her walk out in the process. Should be interesting to see what the semi-animated hand is all about. Carys, meanwhile, goes straight for her ex-boyfriend, who really does seem like a plain old lout. He's never going to leave the woman he's with to be with Carys, he tells her, and what's more, he never really loved her. This after she'd just admitted that he was her first. Bad answer, pal: Next thing we know, he's a pile of dust, too. Next stop for Carys is her place of employment, which seems to be an all-night fertility clinic, full of "donors" at all hours. The team arrives to find room after visual-aid-filled room containing only piles of dust, and finally they come across Carys herself, who's quickly losing her struggle with the alien parasite. She wants to feel alive, she says, so Captain Jack, who has aliveness to spare, kisses her. Gwen then offers herself as an alternate host for the alien, and it vacates Carys and heads for her - only to be captured by the portable alien cell that Captain Jack tosses at it. Without climactic energy, it grows weaker, and when it dies it leaves behind a pile of pink dust. In her gratitude, Gwen kisses Jack (not as hot as her earlier kiss, but still - she kissed her boss... on her first day on the job!). Though she called it the "worst first day ever" early on, I'd say Gwen redeemed herself as the case played out. Apparently what she offers the team is perspective, normalcy and an appreciation for humanity, something the others seem to have lost along the way. Oh, and for those keeping count, that makes three people Gwen kissed in one episode (including her boyfriend), and two for Captain Jack. Yeehaw! Let the games begin. For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
From the moment that "TV-MA" popped up on the screen at the beginning of this episode, I had high hopes for the second installment of Torchwood. And I'm pleased to report I was not disappointed! I gather from some of the comments made by those of you who've seen the unedited British version of this show that it has, as I'd hoped, a real edge to it. Tonight we definitely saw that.It all started with Gwen and her boyfriend bowling and having a date night to celebrate the start of her new job in "special ops" (aka Torchwood) the next day. As they're dining alfresco, they see a hurtling ball of fire heading toward Cardiff, and she gets a text message that's pretty clear, despite its brevity: Torchwood. And just like that, she's off on her first assignment.The team arrives at the crash site and displaces the authorities who've already moved in (it's pretty impressive how an organization that's completely outside the government hierarchy can exert such influence, making police and militar... read more

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