‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ (TW) (TV)


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Captain John Hart Has Arrived

“The 21st Century is where everything changes…and Torchwood is ready!”

Series 2 of ‘Torchwood’ is my favourite season out of the TV series! I found it to be a much better season than Series 1, in terms of storytelling and character development. I had the pleasure of watching Series 2 of ‘Torchwood’ in early 2008 during my first year at Cardiff University. Time flies! 😀

I found Series 2 to be a bolder season and I enjoyed seeing the locations filmed in the episodes set in my home town of Cardiff. ‘Torchwood’ of course is a spin-off series from the well-known science-fiction show called ‘Doctor Who’. It’s meant to be for adults with mature themes unsuitable for children.

The show stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, who was a companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctors from the new series. It also stars Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Dr. Owen Harper; Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones. This was ‘Torchwood’ gold! 😀

I’ve had the DVD box set of Series 2 of ‘Torchwood’ signed by the lovely Eve Myles as well as Kai Owen who plays Rhys Williams, Gwen’s boyfriend in the TV series. I had the DVD box set signed by them when I saw the two at the ‘Cardiff Film and Comic Con’ in March 2014. Series 2 is a 5-disc DVD box set.

N.B. This is 15-rated TV series, as it’s suitable for persons of 15 years and over. It contains adult themes; sex references; violence; swearing and supernatural themes.

The first episode of Series 2 of ‘Torchwood’ called ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ is very impressive. I enjoyed watching the episode on a Wednesday night at 9pm after seeing ‘Master Chef’ on BBC Two beforehand.

I really love the opening sequence where the Torchwood team of Gwen, Owen, Toshiko and Ianto are chasing a Blowfish alien driving his sports car. That car chase scene was filmed close to where I live. 😀

‘Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang’ is by Chris Chibnall, the head-writer of the series. It has Captain Jack return to his Torchwood team after he mysteriously left without any word at the end of Series 1 in ‘End of Days’.

The team are unhappy with him coming back as they wonder where he’s been. Jack found ‘his Doctor’ when he joined him in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV story ‘Utopia’/’The Sound of Drums’/’Last of the Time Lords’.

Jack has come back for his team, knowing that they would need him. It’s interesting how Jack comes back for his team and yet they are not sure whether to trust him considering he left without any word.

In this episode, we meet an old flame of Jack’s. It’s a Time Agent named Captain John Hart, played by James Marsters of ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’ fame. I found it so interesting meeting another Time Agent here.

Captain John is like Jack, although he is a very unpredictable character. He’s a killer and an anti-version of Jack in many ways. John wants Jack to help him find something in Cardiff once he reunites with him.

This is an episode where we get to learn more about Captain Jack’s past. It’s interesting that Jack never revealed his past to the Torchwood team and that he was once a Time Agent before he met the team.

I found this to be a really gripping episode to watch. I enjoyed the character drama going on between Jack and his teammates and how he interacts with Gwen and Ianto on his return home to Torchwood.

In this episode, Jack discovers that Gwen is going to marry to Rhys. It’s interesting how Jack reacts to this revelation as it dawns upon him that he’s missed much the time he’s been away from Torchwood.

The DVD special features on this episode in ‘The Complete Series 2’ of ‘Torchwood’ are as follows. On Disc 5, there’s the ‘Torchwood Declassified’ episode ‘Home and Hart’.

‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ (TW) rating – 8/10

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