Gwen Cooper is part of a Police team investigating a dead body in Cardiff. Suddenly their investigation is interrupted when a large black van with four people appear and surround the body. As one of the cops says to make sure we know we're watching an adult program 'it's a f*ing disgrace!'
Gwen rushes up several levels in the nearby carpark to have a good look at what the team is up to.
Using a glove, like something from Witchblade, Susie resurrects the corpse while Toshiko asks him questions. He didn't see his attacker and there's nothing more to ask so Jack asked him what he saw when he died. "I saw nothing. Oh my God there's nothing."
The team can't work out what to say to resurrected corpses. Jack looks up at Gwen peeking from the upstairs carpark and yells "What do you think?" She runs off, surprised.
Gwen goes home to see her boyfriend but doesn't tell him anything about Torchwood.
There's a lot that goes on during Gwen's day and rather than doing the boppy J-pop introduction that was done for Rose, this one is still quick but gives a measured amount of information for adult viewers. We get to see a day in the life of Gwen from meetings to pub fights to visits to hospital for a scalp wound.
Huge spoilers which will completely destroy any surprise you will have by watching Torchwood are following. You have been warned.
As Gwen goes to leave surgery she sees Jack run up a flight of stairs to the top of the building. She follows him and finds a sealed off door. She walks through and finds the floor deserted. A guy that she'd asked about the sealed floor follows her through and goes to investigate with her. Unfortunately they meet with a weevil which quickly rips the neck out of the guy and causes fountains of blood to gush everywhere.
The Torchwood team appear and grab the alien as well as ushering her out of the secured zone. She chases after the van while calling HQ for information on Captain Jack Harkness. They could only find one record. A Captain Jack Harkness was stationed in London but disappeared suddenly... January 1st 1941 at the height of the blitz.
She chases after them but after the van drops them off in the centre of Cardiff they disappear. Her Police partner takes her back to her home.
She says that she's got an extra shift to work so she heads back out to where she last saw the van and tries to work out where they must have gone. Then she spies a pizza delivery van and guesses that this could be a lead. She goes to the shop and asks them to look up Captain Jack Harkness. No match. As she was leaving she mentioned Torchwood and the guy said Aye, they're good customers.
She takes some pizza to the Torchwood address.
Remember Twin Peakes? Remember how, to add to the sheer weirdness of the show, backwards talking and backwards music was used? Well, backwards sounding music is used throughout this episode of Torchwood to great effect.
She's let in quite quickly, they've been waiting for her. Jack takes her on a tour of Torchwood and introduces her to the Weevil who is sedated and behind bars.
After introductions, Jack takes her to a pub and gives her all the information she needs to know about Torchwood.
"All alien technology stays on the base. No one is allowed to take anything outside"
Which of course leads to scenes of everyone using alien technology outside.
Jack tells Gwen that he put an amnesia pill in her drink. Extremely angry she runs home to type up everything in her computer.
Owen uses alien hormones to get laid very quickly, gets in trouble with the boyfriend, then uses the hormone to get him interested too, Toshiko uses a 3D scanning device to scan the contents of a Tale of Two Cities into her computer in seconds, and Suzie plays with her glove - resurrecting a fly.
Unfortunately for Gwen, her computer is intercepted by Ianto, via the power lines, and her Torchwood file is deleted.
She goes back to work the next day not remembering anything but sees an alien looking knife drawing as the murder weapon. She's also asked about Captain Jack Harkness but doesn't remember who he is. But she spends the whole day thinking about the weapon in her off times.
She suddenly realises that she saw someone with it recently, and a pamphlet about the Millenium Centre which has 'remember' written on it causes her to go there.
Susie meets her and admits that it was her doing the killing. She tries to kill her as well just as Jack appears in the perception field lift. Susie shoots Jack through the head, dead. The she aims for Gwen.
Do you really want the ending spoilt for you? Really? Well, before the ending, here's the BBC blurb about this story.
Torchwood - Everything Changes
Created by award-winning writer Russell T Davies, the high-octane sci-fi thriller follows a team of modern-day investigators as they use alien technology to solve crime both alien and human.
Separate from the Government, outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations, the Torchwood Institute sets its own rules. Based in Cardiff, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown, battling against the impossible in a highly volatile underworld of savage aliens and monsters whilst trying to maintain their everyday lives.
Enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness is the ever-watchful leader of the Torchwood team. Gwen Cooper is initially an outsider, whose first, chance meeting with Torchwood at the scene of a brutal murder sparks within her a burning curiosity to get to the truth. She is intrigued by Torchwood and her life changes when she is catapulted into an unfamiliar and exciting world.
Second in command to Captain Jack is Suzie Costello, the hard-working hardware specialist who catalogues and strives to understand the alien devices the team comes across. Owen Harper is the arrogant, brilliant medic and Toshiko Sato specialises in all things computer, surveillance and technical. Ianto Jones, meanwhile, cleans up after the team and gets them everywhere on time.
Torchwood is written by Russell T Davies and Chris Chibnall, with contributing writers including Peter J Hammond, Toby Whithouse, Noel Clarke, Cath Tregenna, Jacquetta May and Helen Raynor.
The executive producers are Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. Torchwood is filmed in HD (high definition).
Captain Jack Harkness is played by John Barrowman, Suzie Costello by Indira Varma, Gwen Cooper by Eve Myles, Owen Harper by Burn Gorman, Toshiko Sato by Naoko Mori and Ianto Jones by Gareth David-Lloyd.
Okay, now here's the ending.
The bullet wound in Jack's forehead disappears and he gets up and tells Susie that it's all over. She puts the gun below her jaw and blows her brains out.
Hmm, I really don't think this is for kids, do you?
After everyone hands in their alien technology and Susie's body is put away, Jack offers her job to Gwen who accepts. They also discuss the fact that Jack can't die.
"I can't die. I can't. Something happened to me awhile back. Long story and far away. But I was killed, and then I was brought back to life and ever since then I can't die. One day I'll find a doctor, the right sort of Doctor, who can explain it but until then..." - Captain Jack