My favorite sci-fi series of all time, #4: Torchwood

We are getting into quite a Farscape here; we’ve nearly reached my top three! Torchwood is a spin-off of another show that will appear here, and it’s easily the most adult show here. The main character is Jack Harkness (played by John Barrowman), an omnisexual human being who, for reasons that are not entirely clear, cannot die. He is charged by the British government with running a secret organization called Torchwood, which monitors alien activity.

Favorite character: Gwen Cooper (played by Eve Myles; another DA veteran, although from the second game). Jack is the main character, but she’s the focal point, as she’s an ordinary police detective when the show begins. We can relate to her, as an audience, where we cannot always relate to Jack.

Favorite secondary character: Featured in the show’s most recent season, Miracle Day, Jilly Kitzinger (played by Lauren Ambrose) takes corporate evil to a new level. When plans are even bigger than she anticipates, she is very unpleasantly surprised.

Favorite moment: The entire last season. Miracle Day has a very simple premise: nobody can die. Not one single person on the planet can die. How the UK deals with this is a fascinating piece of social commentary, and while it is at times hard to watch, it is an exemplary piece of storytelling.

Why it’s here: Miracle Day (and to a lesser extent, Children of Earth). The first two seasons serve to set up the characters, but it’s the last two that deliver in a big way. It is, to be blunt, must-see television.

Why it isn’t higher: It starts slow, and is frankly disgusting at times. It is written for an adult audience, almost excessively so.


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