Torchwood

9:40pm Thursday, November 10 on Prime

Drama

The Blood Line

The battle lines are drawn. As Torchwood take their places in a final attempt to find the mysterious Blessing, the enemy is waiting for them. Traitors take action at the CIA to leave Rex stranded and alone, while Jack and Gwen must strike a bargain with the devil himself in order to survive. But as Jilly Kitzinger rises in the ranks of the Three Families to discover the truth behind Miracle Day, it seems that the Torchwood team will have to make a terrible sacrifice for the sake of the entire human race…

9:40pm Thursday, November 3 on Prime

Drama

The Gathering

As the stock markets collapse, the world is plunged into recession, and the Torchwood team is splintered, defeated and scattered across the world. In Wales, Gwen must take fierce action to fight for her father’s survival, while far away, Jack and Esther stay in hiding, to prepare their last, desperate weapon. Rex uses the might of the CIA to fight the Three Families, but the team soon realizes that Oswald Danes holds all the cards. A terrible alliance begins, which will send them all on a final mission to save the world.

9:35pm Thursday, October 27 on Prime

Drama

End of the Road

In a mansion in Montana, the Torchwood team makes an amazing discovery. But as Olivia Colasanto explains her family history, and the origin of the Miracle, the CIA is closing in – with Brian Friedkin determined to stop Rex before he can expose Brian’s corruption. In Texas, Oswald Danes finds that his media empire is short-lived as Jilly activates Category Zero. And the Montana mansion swiftly becomes a trap – when Section Chief Shapiro arrives, Gwen finds herself thrown out of the USA, leaving Jack alone and in terrible danger.

9:35pm Thursday, October 20 on Prime

Drama

Immortal Sins

Gwen is faced with a terrible decision – she must choose between her family and Jack. When the assassins strike in the UK, to hold Rhys and baby Anwen hostage, their demand is simple: Bring us Jack. Gwen has no choice but to deceive Rex and Esther, and make Jack her prisoner. She then travels through the night with him, on a long, dark journey of the soul, during which both have to face terrible truths about themselves. But if the key to these events depends on Jack’s history, then what part of the Captain’s long life holds the key..?

9:30pm Thursday, October 13 on Prime

Drama

The Middle Men

Gwen is trapped inside the UK Overflow Camp, with her father’s existence hanging in the balance. And across the Atlantic, Rex is determined to get his secret out – but when Colin Maloney’s men capture him, only Esther can save him from a fate worse than death. When Jack tracks down and confronts PhiCorp’s Chief Executive, he discovers that the conspiracy is more vast and complicated than he ever imagined.

9:35pm Thursday, September 29 on Prime

Drama

The Categories of Life

Vera travels to Los Angeles to join the Torchwood team, as governments across the world swing into action with the new Category System. Gwen flies home to the UK, to save her father and infiltrate the UK healthcare camp, while Rex, Vera and Esther go undercover at the San Pedro Facility. But a deadly trap is closing around them all – while Jack tries desperately to make Oswald Danes change his message to the world, the other members of Torchwood discover the awful truth behind the Category System. But are they too late..?

9:30pm Thursday, September 22 on Prime

Drama

Escape to LA

The Torchwood team arrives in California, to plan a major raid on PhiCorp headquarters. But a lethal stranger known only as the Gentleman is following them. Oswald finds his freedom threatened by a new media rival, as Ellis Hartley Monroe’s ‘Dead Is Dead’ campaign gains strength. But when Esther’s intervention in her sister’s life spirals out of control, she sets in motion a chain of events which threatens to expose Torchwood, and puts Jack and Gwen’s lives in danger, as the Gentleman takes immediate and violent action…

9:35pm Thursday, September 15 on Prime

Drama

Dead of Night

The new Torchwood team of Jack, Gwen, Rex and Esther swings into action – and they discover that an international pharmaceutical company called PhiCorp had advance warning of the Miracle. But when the team splits up in acrimony, Rex turns to Vera for solace, while Gwen finds out more about Esther’s family history. Oswald succumbs to Jilly’s charms and is taken in to meet the PhiCorp executives – at the same time as Gwen enters the building on a secret mission. And Jack’s focus on Oswald precipitates him towards a deadly meeting…

9:35pm Thursday, September 8 on Prime

Drama

Rendition

Rex takes the Torchwood team back to the USA. But when Esther reveals to her Section Chief, Brian Friedkin, that she’s part of Rex’s rendition, she finds the CIA turning against her, and has to go on the run. Oswald tries to enjoy his newfound freedom, and meets the mysterious Jilly Kitzinger. Rex’s surgeon, Dr Vera Juarez, joins the Washington D.C. medical panels, to investigate the Miracle, where the scientists discover that mankind is immortal but still ageing. And on the plane, Captain Jack is poisoned – it’s a life or death struggle to save him, but who can be trusted?

Lucky for everyone living in Canada and close to the border, Space TV has screened Torchwood:  Children of Earth all week and will show the final part tonight, in 48 minutes! 

This third season of Torchwood, and first season to be shown on BBC1, is a tight, suspenseful thriller with a disturbing moral dilemma and a gruesome and unimaginable alien.  It also has stunning character development for the remaining members of Torchwood, with storylines that change everything for everybody.

It reminds me of Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clarke in the way it builds up an alien menace which is revealed in staggering sequence after staggering sequence to reveal… I’m not exactly sure yet, and I wouldn’t write it here anyway.  The people in the most peril in this story are indeed the children of earth and no matter how high the stakes get for the other characters it always brings you back to the biggest story. 

I highly recommend that anybody who wants to watch this avoids spoilers before watching it.

Spoiler:  (kinda):  The government of UK & Northern Ireland is depicted in an entirely different light than the US government were in Independece Day.  They are shown as scheming and corrupt while they go about their D Day diplomacy.  The American general is not particularly nice either.