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Torchwood: Children of Earth (Miniseries Spoilers)


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#1 OFFLINE   wrightejw

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 01:26 AM

All i can say about TorchWood 5 part mini so far is WOW! to damn bad it's not in HD.

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#2 OFFLINE   djlong

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:53 AM

I second the "wow". Granted my copy is HD but still... I reserve comment on the final episode until more have seen it.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:51 AM

I'm waiting for the weekend marathon.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 11:45 AM

Watched the last half of Day One and Day Two yesterday. Awesome.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 01:03 PM

Torchwood was supposed to debut in HD on BBCA Monday - what happened?

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 01:29 PM

Torchwood was supposed to debut in HD on BBCA Monday - what happened?


Many other threads about BBCA-HD... Basically, while BBCA is now available in HD, there are no service providers carrying it yet.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:23 PM

I'll hold comment until the BluRay comes out next week. Its hard to view Torchwood in SD, no matter the provider.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:31 PM

The crawling message on the bottom of the screen in Day 2 was annoying, irritating and very distracting. Whoever decided to do that during the premire event should be shot! By now, almost everyone knows that BBCA HD is available. I don;t need a crawling message telling me to contact my cable provider as a reminder. It was on several times in that hour. Is more than once really necessary?
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:12 PM

Merg,

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:21 PM

Stewart,

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I almost didn't look at your post thinking I might ruin something from Day 3 until I saw it was posted before Day 3 had aired.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:32 PM

I too wish Dish and BBCA had their ducks in a row already. But, Torchwood in SD is better than no Torchwood. And since I don't have a BD player...
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:39 PM

Yeah - we should preface spoilers with the Day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) so as not to confuse anyone. I will say that I am PISSED that I read an actor's bio on Wikipedia and found out a significant event from Day 5 ... did I say PISSED???? No spoiler tag on Wikipedia! :mad:

Avoid any news, web sites, IMDB, Wikipedia and anything else related to this show until you've seen all 5 days ... that's all I can say. :(

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:58 PM

Yeah - we should preface spoilers with the Day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) so as not to confuse anyone. I will say that I am PISSED that I read an actor's bio on Wikipedia and found out a significant event from Day 5 ... did I say PISSED???? No spoiler tag on Wikipedia! :mad:

Avoid any news, web sites, IMDB, Wikipedia and anything else related to this show until you've seen all 5 days ... that's all I can say. :(

At my age my CRS would let me wait a week or so and it would be all new to me :P
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:52 PM

Oops... sorry about that. I should have clarified before my spoiler that I was responding to Merg's spoiler at least so people wouldn't think I was spoilering anything yet to come.

I'm watching these for the first time as they air new... so if I forget to mention, at least everyone can be sure I'm not spoilering the next episode yet to air.

It has been pretty good so far. I guess they couldn't do this grand of a story with a normal once-a-week schedule because it would drive people nuts waiting a week to see what happens next...

But maybe this bodes well for the next season, as maybe they can carry the sensibilities they are establishing here... of course I am assuming there will be a normal series 4 in 2010. I haven't heard one way or the other.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:54 PM

Last year? whenever the last season aired, I watched Torched in HD on HDN? UHD? HDTH? about a month later. Anyone remember which network that was and kmow if that will happen for the mini-series? I'm recording the SD BBCA version just in case.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:39 AM

I believe I watched it in HD on HDNET..306

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:25 AM

Torchwood did air last season on HDNET in HD BUT I have seen no indication that they will air the current mini series.

Frankly, it would be a mistake on BBCA's part. They just made a very poor and ill advised attempt to use the mini series to pick up quick carriage agreements and failed. No one is carrying the HD signal yet.

After I fired the exec responsible for this idiocy, I would task his/her replacement with securing the carriage agreements and then do a "re-boot" with hat in hand and do everything in my power to make disenchanted fans happy.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 11:19 AM

Torchwood did air last season on HDNET in HD BUT I have seen no indication that they will air the current mini series.

Frankly, it would be a mistake on BBCA's part. They just made a very poor and ill advised attempt to use the mini series to pick up quick carriage agreements and failed. No one is carrying the HD signal yet.

After I fired the exec responsible for this idiocy, I would task his/her replacement with securing the carriage agreements and then do a "re-boot" with hat in hand and do everything in my power to make disenchanted fans happy.

I agree with you completely. Since BBCA has an HD feed now, there is absolutely no incentive on their part to show anything further on HDNET. It would be a very bad decision to supply what is now "the competition" with prime material.

The promotion of BBCA HD, and the tie in with the Torchwood miniseries has been intense. If it hasn't produced results, I can only assume one of two things. 1) Most carriers are seriously bandwidth limited and adding another channel would be difficult. Or 2) the revenue stream from BBCA HD would not justify the expense and effort of adding it. Maybe both. They really need to do business in a business-like manner, as you suggest.
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:29 PM

Really liking this Mini-Series......

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:30 PM

Looking forward to the New season of Doctor Who...:)

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 11:47 PM

I agree with you completely. Since BBCA has an HD feed now, there is absolutely no incentive on their part to show anything further on HDNET. It would be a very bad decision to supply what is now "the competition" with prime material.

The promotion of BBCA HD, and the tie in with the Torchwood miniseries has been intense. If it hasn't produced results, I can only assume one of two things. 1) Most carriers are seriously bandwidth limited and adding another channel would be difficult. Or 2) the revenue stream from BBCA HD would not justify the expense and effort of adding it. Maybe both. They really need to do business in a business-like manner, as you suggest.


Actually if the priceis right it is in their interest to sell programming to the network that will pay the most for it and gereate more in advertising than what would be possible on BBCA. These BBC shows are funded by a "license fee" by all UK households with a TV. Their first priority for outside the UK is to sell to the highest bidder.

What you see on BBCA is not only content from the BBC but also from commercial broadcaster ITV (Primeval) and Channel 4.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 12:08 AM

To be honest... BBCA HD launched on Monday in conjunction with the Torchwood special and the Doctor Who episode this weekend. According to Wikipedia (reliability questionable, always), no provider has BBCA HD up and running yet. I would have hoped that at least the two major sat providers had done so, but guess it's still in the works.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:24 PM

Yeah - we should preface spoilers with the Day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) so as not to confuse anyone. I will say that I am PISSED that I read an actor's bio on Wikipedia and found out a significant event from Day 5 ... did I say PISSED???? No spoiler tag on Wikipedia! :mad:

Avoid any news, web sites, IMDB, Wikipedia and anything else related to this show until you've seen all 5 days ... that's all I can say. :(


Wikipedia had the entire 5 day plot up.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:30 PM

Merg,
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I couldn't help but wonder... they gathered an arm, a shoulder, and part of his head... and he regenerated from that. What would have happened if they hadn't gathered those parts together? Would Jack just have grown from the head and the other remaining parts died? or what.


It would have been an interesting plot if he had regenerated into three separate Capt'n Jacks. Of course the missing parts of him would have regenerated into many Capt'n Jacks if that was possible.

The one plot hole in the regeneration idea is that his mass wasn't constant. There needed to be a source of raw materials to make up for the loss of body mass. Although there is a lot of carbon in the air, I don't think his body could possibly regenerate in the time frame shown if he pulled carbon from the air. Especially while in the body bag.

Edited by V'ger, 01 August 2009 - 04:26 PM.
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:47 PM

Day 5 Spoiler

I felt the ending was too contrived and too fast. They needed a solution to wrap things up and took an easy out. I didn't feel a sense of satisfaction. Although the 456 left, there was no indication that they won't return.

I wanted the classic hero returns to Thames house and surprises the 456 that he survived their virus and reveals to them that he is immortal. Bring his feedback device to them and play it there. As it is, the 456 doesn't have a clue who did it to them.

The decision to use Steven was not played strongly enough because they ran out of time. What did Jack tell Steven? Was he honest? Did Steven volunteer to die? His mother's anguish was only briefly shown. In a way, she was indirectly responible for her son's death by telling the female militray agent to get Captain Jack. There needed to be a final statement from Jack's daughter about how she feels that he used her only child - whether she never wants to see him again or not.

The real hole in the total plot is why abduct children using the government? Their transportation technology would allow them to abduct children all over the world at will. Just focus on schools and beam and grab!

Also, why don't the 456 just take a few kids off to space and grow/clone their own? It might take a little time, but they could make as many as they want. They took 44 years to come back as it was. If they are technologally advanced as they seemed, cloning shouldn't be an issue.

Edited by V'ger, 01 August 2009 - 04:25 PM.
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