During the “Children of Earth” mini-season, John Barrowman’s Capt. Jack Harkness had to make a few very difficult decisions — one ultimately leading to the death of his young grandson.
But just because “Torchwood” has moved to the United States, it doesn’t mean life will get easier. In fact, it will be Gwen Cooper — the Welsh cop-turned-Torchwood agent — that will be faced with a situation she never thought she would have to deal with.
“Gwen Cooper has to make the biggest decision of her life this season,” actress Eve Myles told reporters, including one from Airlock Alpha, during a press session at San Diego Comic-Con in July. “It is absolutely massive. It’s exhilarating. It’s so complicated and brilliant.
“Gwen gets pulled back for a while and things start to unravel.”
Putting more focus on Gwen has been one of many highlights this season, including an iconic visual of Gwen shooting at a helicopter with a gun from one hand, and holding her infant daughter in the other.
Starz, a premium cable channel in the United States, decided to run with “Torchwood” when Fox passed. But that may have been a good thing, because there is something about “Torchwood” that screams cable and shuns network television.
“We would have to change our tone,” series star Barrowman said if Fox had indeed picked up the series. “If they had changed Jack’s omnisexuality or bisexuality, or whatever you wanted to call it, I probably wouldn’t have been a part of it.”
But it’s still not clear if that would’ve actually happened. In fact, Fox’s top-rated scripted television show is “Glee,” which features a few prominent gay characters and some significant gay themes.
“We have to move on and move things,” Barrowman said. “American television has the most gay characters in the world. They may be stereotypes, but at least we have them. There are a lot of places you can’t have that. People aren’t represented like that, and it was really important” for “Torchwood.”
“And yes, Starz is the place for it. They said to us, ‘We don’t want you to change anything. And we want you to make it bigger and better.’
“I”m glad we’re there.”
You can hear more from Myles and Barrowman as well as co-star Bill Pullman in this week’s Alpha Waves Radio show, which airs Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. PT at TrekRadio.net. The weekly radio show from Airlock Alpha will air an expanded 90-minute version of the show, and will have many audio highlights from San Diego Comic-Con, including an in-depth and personal conversation with Eugene W. Roddenberry, the son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, and the head of Roddenberry Productions.
“Torchwood” airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Starz.