After the tragic events of Torchwood season 2, the remaining Torchwood team regroups and begins piecing their lives back together but the peace is short-lived when all the children in the world begin repeating the same phrase, “We are coming.” Before the team can address this new mystery, The Hub is blown up, Jack’s obliterated body parts are taken into custody and Ianto and Gwen become fugitives. Without Torchwood standing in their way, the British government prepares itself for the return of an alien species with a twisted agenda, deliver 10% of all the children on Earth or perish. Can Torchwood rise once more from the ashes to save the world or will a mistake Jack Harkness and the British Government made in the past doom mankind’s offspring?
If you’re a Torchwood fan, you’re going to watch this so this review isn’t really for you. Those of you that have never seen Torchwood or you’re on the fence about checking it out, this is one of the best sci-fi shows currently on television. It’s almost impossible to not immediately enamored with the concept, and quite specifically the mysterious and immortal Jack Harkness. Unlike the lighthearted Doctor Who (Torchwood is a Who spin-off), Torchwood takes a more serious, adult tone and pulls not one single punch when it comes to eliminating beloved characters when the storyline calls for it. While the series does occasionally have some comedic moments, usually revolving around Jack’s penchant for women, men and aliens, this is more of a straight forward sci-fi thriller show; you’re not going to get a lot of colorful, planet-hopping, swashbuckling adventures here.
Children of Earth, though broken up into five long episodes to make season 3, is more of a Torchwood film and, like the season before it, once again shows no favoritism to beloved characters nor does it flinch when showing some of Jack’s shady dealings in the past. This season may destroy the team even further but it solidifies two characters, Gwen & Jack, and really sets up some prime drama and back story, as well as a possible romance angle, for future seasons. If you’re a sci-fi fan, Torchwood – Children of Earth is a must-see miniseries. The aliens and their motives are absolutely chilling and the response from the governments of the world is even worse, we’ll definitely see repercussions from this miniseries later.
Torchwood – Children of Earth was a wonderful miniseries and it receives a high recommendation from me. It’s one of my favorite shows so I’m biased but I’m sure once you give it a shot, you’ll find yourself hooked as well. There hasn’t been a character like Jack Harkness since James T. Kirk, Doctor Who or Fox Mulder, he just embodies a whole new sci-fi hero that’s gotta be experienced to be believed. Rent if you’ve never seen it, purchase if you’re a fan.