Will this be a worthwhile spin-off? I believe it will. Think of a cross between X-Files, Men in Black and Doctor Who then you will have a good idea of what to expect. Torchwood is a secret British government organization but this series follows the branch in Cardiff. We go along for a ride with a group of five investigators, all with varying talents and skills, tasked to keep the Earth safe. They do so by collecting alien technology, thus ensuring the Earth will be protected from future alien (or otherwise) threats. As of today I have only seen about five episodes. Within these episodes there has been everything from an alien coming to Earth to subsist on orgasmic energy to fairies to cannibalism. Torchwood’s characters are not super heroes nor do they come close to being supreme in any way. They are ordinary folks making bad decisions and showing weaknesses that are easily exploited. Their leader, Captain Jack, is a different matter. He seems to process super human abilities. First and foremost, he can not die. While every episode sheds a little more light on Jack I am unsure if he knows the origin or is unwilling to divulge the cause of his immortality.
Torchwood is very graphic and very sexual. Everyone’s sexuality seems to be in a constant state of flux. Jack even admits to being pregnant in the past. There is a heavy emphasis on women “snogging” (read: kissing). And then there are plenty of weapons to be had. They are stockpiling them like an American Militia. A comment made by one of the characters saying "I'd like to see CSI Cardiff” was quite tongue in cheek. No doubt CSI would have a hard time dealing with the rift in space and time running through Cardiff as there is all matter of bad creatures and events coming through this crack.
While this overall concept that has had its time again and again, I am finding Torchwood enjoyable. After all, it IS British, there is lots of humor AND it’s sci-fi! I can get behind that. You may also notice Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who. Those astute brits! And because I like this show and hope to see it air here in the States one day, I am adding a Torchwood section in our links.