Producer/Writer: Russell T. Davies
Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Peter Capaldi, Paul Coply, Liz May Brice, Cush Jumbo, Colin McFarlane, Susan Brown and Nicholas Farrell.
North American Premiere Date: July 20-24, 2009
Network: BBC America HD
SoSF Rating = 5 out of 5 Stars
“…in ‘Children of Earth’ Davies is not only at the top of his game, but surpasses all expectations.”
In “Torchwood- Children of Earth,” the five-part TV miniseries on BBC America, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and what remains of his team are challenged with their fiercest threat in Torchwood’s 700 year history.
What happens this time not only has devastating results in Great Britain, but also causes explicit hardship and pain across the entire planet. However, instead of uniting the world against this global catastrophy from without, it unites all national leaders in the worst and most hideous of ways.
Russell T. Davies, the series producer and lead writer, has often taken well deserved slaps for his hits and misses during his tenure as head-honcho for the revamped “Doctor Who,” but when it comes to his “Torchwood,” particularly this latest entry – “Children of Earth” – Davies is not only at the top of his game but has surpassed all expectations.
The story is important, contemporary, very human and entertaining. Davies weaves a beautifully conceived whole-cloth from various pieces comprised of a patchwork of ethics, philosophy, political intrique, familial bonding, all tied together with that cohesive element called science fiction.
Davies’ writing, perhaps for the first time for “Torchwood” reveals a Captain Jack that will startle most ardent fans and leave them gasping for breath. Jack will pay the ultimate karmic debt for an unforgiveable 40-year old sin.
Whether there will be a season four of the series or not is irrelevant as it pertains to “Children of Earth”. It stands on its own while still lending itself as the perfect jumping-off point for either one of two directions — Jack’s continued story — or, bring this fantastic series to a sad but understandable end.
Kudos to Mr. Davies. You have yourself a real winner with “Torchwood – Children of Earth” and have gained the renewed respect of this reviewer.