I read the IGN review and saw the picture - nothing like having multiple angles on the shadows there. Here's a direct link if anyone into photography wants a closer look. What is going on in it?
Huh? Putting aside all sexual innuendo for just this once, just what the hell *is* Cap'n Jack doing down on one knee? Is he about to run the 100 meter dash? Is he trying to coax an aloof Suzie into a game of leapfrog? Has he just been on his hands and knees vomiting? That picture has the four long-time Torchwood drones all posing like fashion models while Gwen looks like she's really, really cold and Jack..., is in a deep crouch for no apparent reason. Very odd.
To those who have been asking if you can Follow Torchwood without having seen Doctor Who, the short answer is yes, easily. There is *some* additional background information about who Cap'n Jack is & where he comes from established in Who S1, but it's far from complete. Jack is supposed to be a figure of mystery, an enigma, and there are many things about him, such as how he ended up at Torchwood and why he can't die, that are at this point unknown even to those who last saw him at the end of DW's first season. It could be claimed that one is better off coming to Torchwood with Jack as a complete mystery and letting this show unwrap the puzzle by revealing whatever hints & revelations about him that it decides to, at it's own pace. Some would go so far as to strongly insist that we shouldn't even pay attention to some of the things that might be claimed or suggested about him on Doctor Who.
But there is one minor little detail in the episode, not about Cap'n Jack, that directly refers back to DW. When Jack is trying to explain how it is that they go unnoticed when standing on the elevator platform in the middle of Millennium Plaza, he says "If I had to guess...", and lets loose a stream of technobabble including the mention of a "Chameleon Circuit" which was once there and somehow "tapped into the rift". The Chameleon Circuit is what enables the TARDIS to alter its appearance to blend in with it's surroundings (when it's not broken). In the S1 Who episode Boomtown the TARDIS was plopped down right in the middle of Millennium plaza to "refuel" by tapping the special energy being churned out by the rift. So that residual spot of quasi-invisibility there now is an after effect of the TARDIS being there.
Now, if you'll permit me to seriously get my geek on, there's an interesting point hidden away in all this. In Boomtown, Mickey asked the Doctor why no one seemed to notice this blue box suddenly sitting right there in the middle of the plaza, and Nine just gave an evasive non-answer about how humans just don't notice unexpected things like that. This was not the first time people have wondered this about the TARDIS and been frustrated by the lack of a concrete answer, and had been much speculation, but as far as I've been able to tell, this bit of convoluted dialog on Torchwood is the first definitive, canonical onscreen confirmation of the long-suspected belief that the Chameleon Circuit not only changes the shape of the TARDIS, but affects the perception of anyone looking at it so that they tend not to take any notice of it. This was one of the major unanswered questions about the TARDIS, finally offically confirmed, but hidden under a pile of technobabble on a seperate show.
All right, so maybe I was lying when I said this was interesting. YMMV.
ETA: We have not yet seen enough of most of the staff of Torchwood for me to officially have an opinion about them here. But rest assured, when the time comes I will have some strong opinions. Although I will say I am not now feeling the dislike for Gwen that some here have already expressed.
The aerial shots of Cardiff are a very handy place for BBC-A to trim the show without sacrificing meaningful content, so I'm thankful for them for that reason if nothing else. And I really don't need all those establishing shots to get a feeling for what Cardiff is like, I've lived in New Jersey.
Edited by Flaregun, Sep 9, 2007 @ 6:02 PM.