3 A Hit and Miss Series But Worth Watchingstarstar1 | 08/11/2007 | See all starstar1's reviews (1)To be balanced, as other reviewers have stated, Torchwood's first series is hit and miss. A lot of it is unoriginal... so here's the good and the bad:THE BAD:Lack of originality: The opening credits which are frighteningly similar to that of series one of Supernatural as are a couple of the stories... especially 'Countrycide' which I am suprised hasn't got the writer into copyright lawsuit! Random Shoes was just a Doctor Who 'Love & Monsters' rehash and Torchwood's 'Day One' is another decescendant of the X-Files 'Gender Bender' which was done over ten years ago and with a lot more panache.WELSH ACCENTS: sounds mad, (and I love the Welsh) but it does take some getting used to - although as the series progresses they seem to hold back on casting Welsh sounding actors.Characterisation: in addition to what has been written by others I would like to add that none of them seem to like each other and all seem a bit miserable with their lot in life. The only thing that they have in common is to stop alien interference... and they don't all seem to agree on that!THE GOOD:Episode One is a strong enough opener (pteradactyls aside!)(but you have to wait for it to get better for a bit after that). Episodes 3 and in particular 5 are really worth a look... even episode 4 Cyberwoman is worth it for a laugh. Lots of alcohol, snacks and friends to have a giggle with are recommended for that one (the episode hasn't decided if it is Dr Who or not so it just does Dr Who post 9pm and hopes no-one will notice).The series gets better as it progresses and the final two episodes feel as though the production team are just starting to get a feel for what they are doing.The commentaries etc might help to liven up otherwise dull episodes whilst PJ Hammond's episode you can just sit back and revel in.So, to some up:Torchwood is: Supernatural, Pteradactyls (when they remember they have one), The X Files... Doctor Who it is not!