Torchwood: Season 2 (2008)

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Torchwood's sophomore outing delivers on the series' potential by crafting a perfect balance of tone, deeper character moments, and thrillingly intrepid storytelling.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 95

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Air date: Jan 26, 2008

The team have plenty of questions for Jack when he returns from a mysterious absence, but first they must deal with a more pressing issue---the arrival of Jack's old partner, Capt. John Hart (James Marsters), whose agenda is unclear.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2008

The team responds to a deadly burglary and Jack suspects the seemingly innocent victim isn't who she says she is.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2008

Tosh falls for a handsome soldier---from World War I---when parts of 1918 make their way through the Rift and land in an old hospital.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2008

Rhys finds out the truth about Torchwood and becomes involved in the investigation of a suspicious alien meat supply.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2008

Torchwood is infiltrated by an alien with the power to change memories.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2008

Jack asks Martha Jones to help investigate a series of mysterious deaths, which they trace to a medical testing center. She decides to go undercover to see what's really going on there.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2008

The team faces their darkest hour as a deadly force wreaks havoc across the planet.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2008

Owen feels he needs an absolution following recent events and embarks upon a dangerous mission to retrieve a mysterious alien device.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2008

An alien shape shifter shows up in Cardiff the night before Gwen's wedding, threatening to ruin her big day.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2008

Soon after an old movie theater reopens, bodies trapped between life and death emerge in the streets of Cardiff.

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The second season of Russell T. Davies' popular "Doctor Who" spin-off begins with the return of Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Torchwood's enigmatic leader, who mysteriously vanished in the Season 1 finale. The team has plenty of questions regarding his whereabouts, but they'll have to wait. There's a more pressing issue at hand---the arrival of Jack's old partner Capt. John Hart (James Marsters), a rogue Time Agent with an unclear agenda. Season 2 finds the Torchwood team encountering people from the 51st century and World War I, including a handsome soldier whom Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) falls for; a memory thief who reveals hidden secrets about each of them; and an entity that may actually be Death itself. There is also a "Doctor Who" crossover with the Doctor's companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), who arrives in Cardiff to help investigate a series of mysterious deaths. A darker side of Torchwood comes to light later in the season when Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) probes the disappearance of some local teens and Jack demands she call off her investigation, obstructing her attempts to find them. And it's finally revealed how Capt. Jack, Toshiko, Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) came to join the Torchwood team. On the relationship front, Gwen's fiancé Rhys Williams (Kai Owen) finally learns the truth about her day job. They eventually tie the knot, but not without an alien shape shifter threatening to ruin their big day. And it's revealed that Tosh has feelings for Owen, which may not be reciprocated, and the relationship between Jack and Ianto runs deeper than a friendship.

Critic Reviews for Torchwood Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

The stakes can still get heavy, and the characters still have runaway libidos, but the execution is more assured and self-aware.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Torchwood can be jolly, if winceable, fun, but it's also tonally weird.

Jan 16, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Even the mildest fan of outer space adventures should enjoy the return of the cheeky British series "Torchwood."

Jan 16, 2008 | Full Review…

This is probably the best sci-fi show currently on television.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

How this season ends is one of the more daring directions I've ever seen an ongoing series turn in.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The Torchwood writing staff have truly come into their own, adding plots with deeper philosophical substance, developing relations between team members, and even writing wittier one-liners.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

If the freshman season displayed promise, then its sophomore outing delivers on that potential in a big way.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The actors do a superb job throughout the series, both the main characters and the numerous side characters who come in for one or more episodes.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

A definite improvement over its first season, Torchwood season two features more ambitious and emotionally involving stories.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"Torchwood" gets off to a lighter, more rousing start in its second season premiere. There's a better balance between the darker and lighter elements, a mix of relationship drama and character comedy.

Jan 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Torchwood: Season 2

  • Jan 23, 2020
    Surprisingly Dark cousin to Dr.Who. Much more adult, much more grabbing. Bumps into actual horror at times. Loved it.
  • Jan 22, 2020
    You will laugh, you will cry, you will love every second of this wonderful second series. Utterly amazing and tragic.
  • May 31, 2018
    This is the good climactic version to the sires and i would recommend it to people in the us, uk, ca, and Au
  • Mar 07, 2016
    Honestly this is my favorite show, and my favorite season. The way RTD writes never fails to amaze, confuse, and bring laughter to me. The side characters get more depth in this season– mostly Ianto and Toshiko more than the last season. The show as a whole is pretty diverse, and features casual LGBT* relationships that arent just there for viewer count. It's really an amazing show and I completely recommend it if you're in to half comedic, half existential and creepy scifi themes.

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