It’s been a while since we last have seen Jack Harkness in command of Torchwood and its resources. He helped the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) battle Davros and the Daleks at the end of 2007’s season of Doctor Who, challenge his former lover, rival and rogue time agent John Hart (played by James Marsters) in the second season of Torchwood in 2008 and lastly, confront his past and a deadly alien in the mini-series Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009. He’s done a lot to save Earth, perhaps as much as the Doctor and his companions. With his farewell at the end of the mini-series, it would have appeared that the spin-off series was done for.
Move forward a couple of years, and this series has been picked up in the United States, by Starz nonetheless. Much of the stellar cast returns as well as Russel T. Davies as the executive producer of the show. Of course, John Barrowman returns as the charming Captain Jack Harkness. Gwen Cooper (played by Eve Myles) and Rhys Williams (played by Kai Owen) return as the now-married couple caught in Torchwood from the first season. Mekhi Phifer plays former CIA agent Rex Matheson who is running from the CIA which he was formerly employed. Perhaps the most intriguing character is played by Bill Pullman, Oswald Danes, child-killer who will be saved on Miracle Day and seek redemption for the world. By his side is Jilly Kitzinger, played by Lauren Ambrose, who is his PR officer. It doesn’t appear Bill Pullman will orate another “Independence Day” speech, but he has the charisma to pull it off. I hope John Hart (played by James Marsters) will return to this series. Perhaps by the glimpse of the trailer, it will become true. Or perhaps Ianto (played by Gareth David-Lloyd) will also resurrect during this Miracle Day. Both would be nice additions to this series.
This may be the optimal time for a science-fiction series like Torchwood to dominate television, with Stargate Universe being the only real competition (aside from Doctor Who) as Fringe is struggling. So far, it has the feel of Fastforward but with more direction. I hope this series lasts more than a couple of seasons.