Because it followed the Doctor Who series my hopes were high that this would be an exciting alternative while waiting for the next Doctor Who installment. Just as the Tardis is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside, so is the disappointment I feel inside greater than what my mind could possible contain. Torchwood might as well burn - I wouldn't miss it. I'd be thankful for not having endured the filth of the series and the agony of the let down.
Torchwood is less about science fiction and more about liberal drama. All of the actors pursue sexual relationships with each other and the highest sense of accomplishment and purpose for living is to not be alone. Sure, Gwen comes on the scene as a compassionate heart who wants to help everyone but that is soon replaced with a character who is empty and seeking physical contact to fill that emptiness. I don't even want to admit to having watched some of the eipsodes. I'm sorry, episodes like "Day One" and "Countrycide" were just too raunchy and grotesque and should have been a clear indication the rest of the episodes weren't worth watching.
I'm a sucker and wanted to give it one last chance so I started watching the "Children of Earth" season 3 miniseries. <rant>I can deal with time travel, regeneration from the dead, crazy inventions, but what is REALLY unbelievable is the gun fights in day 2. Torchwood explodes, Gwen and Ianto crawl from the wreckage and each manage to evade a well placed sniper who is watching for survivors. First of all, the sniper wouldn't use a laser sight for a distance shot thus revealing his position and allowing the characters to notice the marker and realize, 'Oh, look, a light dot, someone is pointing a gun at me, Duck!" Second, a few minutes later Gwen manages to shoot the front AND back tires out of an oncoming vehicle from a free hand position over 50 yards away. Really, I thought this was SCIENCE FICTION not FANTASY!</rant>
Don't waste your time with Torchwood. If Doctor Who gets as raunchy and grotesque I might shed a tear.