We've only had one release so far so really difficult to say. The story of the first relase was quite intriguing though I don't think Barrowman was terribly good as the main reader. John Sessions was very good.
It's shaping up to be a conspiracy piece involing extra trrestrial infiltration but the fat the next 5 releases jump around in Torchwood history mean it could end up being something quite differnt.
I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.
I think it was great. I was riveted and couldn't move for the whole hour. And I didn't have a problem with Barrowman as the main reader/narrator. I thought he was full of energy and really good. Well worth the money.
I thought the Radio 4 plays were a mixed bag (a bit like the TV series, I guess). I'd say The Conspiracy stands up quite well against them. Although it's a bit different, in that it has only got one member of the team and it involves narration, it is fully dramatised (the narration is an artistic choice, rather than to cover the absence of another actor). Without going in to spoilerific plot detail, I felt the ending was a little weak, but overall a good start. Pleased I subscribed, but hope we get to hear the interplay between the team at some point in the future, too.
Post by Audio Watchdog on Jan 18, 2016 16:53:32 GMT
I agree with David that the first episode suffers a little bit from Barrowman, that said the script was strong, as was the supporting cast. Every episode since that has been stronger than the one that came before it. As someone who was generally on the fence about most of the TV Torchwood, I glad I trusted BF and bought this.
Post by davygallagher on Jan 18, 2016 17:26:51 GMT
I'm in agreement with Nathan that everything after the first has been either good or great. Torchwood never had a singular tone or vision on TV due to changing channels every year. What was acceptable in Series 1 on BBC3 at 10pm was not acceptable on BBC1 at 9pm in THE prime time slot. Which I was fine about because much of what made the first series in particular "adult" was actually quite puerile. Swearing and sex are not anything I have an issue with on TV in the slightest but I hate when a show uses them just to be "edgy". Children Of Earth managed to be exactly what the show should have been all along without being juvenile. It's teling that the worst series, the first, was the one RTD had the least day-to-day involvement with and it shows because his big thing in every show he's ever made is character and that was not on show in the 2006 series. Only the next year in the improved but still not great Series 2 did we really get to know who these people were.
On audio, I know what Mucky is saying about the scale but honestly, I think BF have knocked it mostly out of the park so far. I feel like a Ianto fan after hearing Fall To Earth despite NEVER getting why people loved the character. That's purely down to BF. They made me care about him the same way they did about Mel or Tegan. Similarly Yvonne Hartman feels like a real character to me now. I'm not joking when I say I'd buy a series of her stories! Again - purely down to BF.
The one with Rhys and Gwen was probably closer to what we know as TV Torchwood (maybe because we've got two regulars) and I thought that was weaker than the Ianto and Yvonne stories but still solid. My issue with The Conspiracy, as Nathan said, is Barrowman himself. He's just quite lacking as a dramatic lead. His background lends itself to the fun, vibrant Jack but he just fails to convince as the more intense, brooding version. I think there's a reason he's in Arrow, for one. His acting style is very "CW". He's not a bad actor but not every actor has what it takes to be a lead, and not every lead could be a character actor.
But, Ive not heard Uncanny valley yet so I'm hoping Johnny B knocks me over in that one. I've perhaps known his work longer than just about anyone given I grew up with him hosting early Live and Kicking and The Movie Game nearly 25 years ago so I've known him, oddly, longer than probably anyone in the Whoniverse bar Sylv.
It's been interesting reading this thread because I'm thinking of picking up some of these audios. In fact, I've already pre-ordered April's Zone 10 - not because I'm a massive TW fan, because I'm not - but because I'm a fan of Naoko Mori. I saw a couple of episodes on TV (including PJ Hammand's 'From out of the Rain', which has recieved mixed reviews - I thought it was excellent) and ... well, should I buy more of these (judging by the positive reviews on this series, I have a fairly good idea of the answer)?