(I'd like to point out that this post was written before I watched CoE, which I have now seen.)
Torchwood was on the front page of the NY Times Arts section this Saturday (( Article title has spoilers for villain, and article has fairly major spoilers for CoE )
). This is what baffles me about this article:
America these days gets its televised science fiction in a narrow spectrum, from serious to grim. (Hello, "Battlestar Galactica.") Even relatively lighthearted fare like the "Stargate" franchise strives for a certain level of surface plausibility.
Which may explain why the British series "Torchwood"...has been such a success with American audiences and critics. Maybe we have a hankering for aliens who appear to be wearing our old Halloween costumes and for stories of such giggly impossibility that we’d be embarrassed to watch if we had a second to stop to think.
Wait...Torchwood is the lighthearted antidote to serious sci fi like BSG? Uh...I do not think this person has been watching the same show as me. Because Torchwood has such a complex about being angstier/grimmer/more "adult" than thou.
I think the reviewer has mistaken poor execution (schizophrenic writing, hammy acting) for earnest, intentional farce. I just...don't think "giggly" is ever a word I'd use for Torchwood. Except maybe for the cyberwoman/pterodactyl fight. But make no mistake. I am laughing at
them, not with