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Published:October 31st, 2008 15:27 EST

Torchwood S2 DVD Review

By Garrett Godwin

Torchwood: Outside the government, beyond the police.  Fighting to protect the future on behalf of the human race.  The 21st century is where everything changes, and Torchwood is ready.
                                                          -Captain Jack Harkness



After a very dark and very sexual first season, Torchwood starts to lighten up a bit in its second season of 13 episodes, which consists of outtakes, deleted scenes, a look at Captain Jack, and "Torchwood Declassified" that gives viewers a behind the scenes look of each episode.

After been gone for a year to help the Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) save humanity from the Master, Captain Jack returns to Torchwood a changed man.  His team has learn to function well without him thanks to Gwen (Eve Myles). 

Torchwood starts with a "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" with the introduction of fellow Time Agent and con artist Captain John Hart (James Marsters), Jack`s former lover.  Meanwhile, Gwen`s fiancee Rhys finally learns the truth about Torchwood, and becomes an unofficial member of the team.  Martha, now with UNIT, crossovers to Torchwood to help her friend Jack, whose past memories to start resurface, and it starts with Gray.  And what happens in the finale will change Torchwood forever.

Season two starts focusing more on the main characters as well as undergoing new themes.  To illustrate, the writers are developing the bisexual Captain Jack as a Christ-like figure.  For instance, the episode "Adam" is similar to the Last Supper, where Jack is helping his team rediscover their true identites by helping them remember memories that are real.  "Take this and remember who you are" he said.  Jack`s love for his team as well as sacrificing himself and forgiving them for their sins are also characterstics of Jesus Christ.  The theme of redemption is also explore this season, when each of the team starts to learn from their mistakes and become better people than they once were. 

A show worth watching on Saturday nights, see why with Torchwood`s second season, available on DVD.