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Please don’t read if you have not seen final episode of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

At end of last weeks episode Jack, Gwen and Oswald Danes were in Shanghai following a trail from Jack’s blood, which seems to be homing in on the Blessing. Meantime, Rex  and Esther, were in Buenos Ares trying to track down the other side of the Blessing.

Anyway, Gwen goes off and locates the Blessing. While getting ready to leave to meet up with Gwen, Oswald asks Jack who he is. Jack reveals he’s from the future. Oswald wants to know if they survive the day, but Jack says the future can change.

In the meantime Gwen checks in with Rhys, who has a way into the camp, where her dad is located, thanks to Andy. Gwen’s torn because if the miracle ends, her father dies, but Rhys just wants her to come back alive.  Anyway, he’s able to get into the camp where Gwen’s dad is located pretty easily. He has some last words for the old man (who is still unconscious), before he dies.

In Argentina, Rex and Esther are all ready to launch an assault on the building where the Blessing is located. The Families, of course, have their mole in the CIA and she knows someone who is apparently willing to die and kill a lot of other people in order to prevent Rex and Esther from reaching the Blessing. Santos (from the army) has arrived with some soldiers to help Rex and Esther. Charlotte takes out her phone as they prepare to move in.  They load up a truck, and Esther goes to Rex’s side when he’s obviously in pain. But one of the soldiers opens the briefcase with the blood before pulling out a detonator. Another soldier shoots him, and the truck blows up. Rex and Esther have to make everyone think they died in the explosion.

Shapiro knows someone betrayed them and tells Noah to run the trace.  Charlotte takes her bag and walks into an office, pulling something out of a file cabinet. Once it’s inside her bag, she returns to the others and sets her bag on the desk before walking away. That’s when they realize Charlotte’s the mole, too late! as her bag explodes.

Jack and Oswald join Gwen, who has found out about the Buenos Aires explosion. The only blood they have left is in Jack, and he could die. On both sides of the Earth, they break into the areas of the blessing.

Jack and company have a merry time going through the building where that end of the Blessing is, cheerfully snapping many necks along the way until Danes points out that isn’t exactly a moral way to do things :).

Jack recognizes lettering on a box and tells Oswald he’s glad he’s there. The woman and Jilly see Jack and the others on their monitors, and she says they’re about to meet the creator. They go to meet them at the elevator. Oswald steps forward and reveals they’ve strapped bombs to him. His plan is to make sure the woman’s still inside when the place explodes. However, the Families have the advantage still because Buenos Aires has Rex and Esther in custody.

Jack explains he has the most powerful thing of all and walks over to the blessing. He cuts his finger and his blood is sucked forward to the blessing. The blessing wants him because he has mortal blood. The woman asks them what they see, and Gwen says she sees guilt. Jack sees all the lives he’s lived and it’s not so bad. Oswald says it feels like sin.

Jack says the blessing is the gap in between, the nothingness, the space, mentions something the doctor said but finally concedes that he doesn’t know what it is. Gwen can feel it’s been there since the Earth began.

In Buenos Aires, the man explains the blessing transmits a morphic field  around the planet, binding them together. It turns out they fed it immortal blood. The blessing absorbed the blood and copied it, changing its setting. Jack thinks they hurt it so it made it into a gift. They’re preparing for a new world  where only the strong and rich survive. They’ll be able to decide who lives and for how long.  Jilly says the Families want to make the worlds more disciplined and she likes the sound of it. Jack has the only mortal blood on the planet and he thinks if it gets into the blessing, life switches back. That’s not going to work, as he would need to introduce it in Shanghai and Buenos Aires at the same

However, that’s when Rex reveals that he has Jack’s blood running through his veins, they transfused his blood when they got to Buenos Aires (what a surprise). They now have blood on both sides of the world, but they’ll both die. Gwen’s not going to let Jack commit suicide and pulls her gun. A men shoots Esther to stop Rex, and says that she will die if the miracle dies.  Then Gwen shoots Jack, while Rex takes off his chest bandage, and their blood goes into the blessing. Death is bought back around the world, and everybody who should die (including Esther and Gwen’s father) dies.  It is described as the last breath.

Rex collapses in Buenos Aires, as do both places.  Gwen joins Jilly on the elevator as Jack comes back to life who is immortal again. Rex gets up and throws the man over the edge in Buenos Aires before collapsing again.  Jilly wants to leave Jack there, but Gwen fights for control of the elevator knocks Jilly out, blows the hair out of her face (pure class) and returns for Jack.

Oswald tells them to run, as he’s taking the place and the woman with him. Jack, Gwen and Jilly get outside just as the place explodes. At the same time the army arrives (better late than never) to rescue Esther and Rex.

Suffice to say everything returns back to normal as if nothing had happened.

Sometime later, after all the dust has settled, Jilly is sat on a park bench as she is joined by the man (a representative of the families). She’s been waiting for him.  She has lost everything and doesn’t know what to do. He tells her to start again with them because they nearly succeeded. The trial run for Plan B was good. He asks if she’s interested before walking away. She runs after him.

In the meantime Rhys, Gwen, Jack, Charlotte, and Rex attend Esther’s funeral.

Charlotte offers her condolences before walking away. Rex asks what’s going to happen next for Jack and Gwen. Is Jack staying? When Rex learns Charlotte was the mole, he calls out to Charlotte, who turns and shoots him before being taken down herself. Jack says there’s nothing they can do for Rex. However, that’s when he comes back to life with a gasp and heals. It was Jack’s blood (did anybody see that coming? I did to be honest).

Anyway, I thought on the whole this episode was actually pretty good. It answered a lot of questions and left the opportunity for Torchwood to return.  But it didn’t answer the question of who the families actually were.  But overall I was satisfied.  It was action packed, emotional and fast paced.

But what did I think of this series of Torchwood? Well to be honest It has been good in places, but painfully slow.  Oswald, Jilly, Gwen and Jack have been excellent characters.  Rex, I didn’t see the point of and has been a waste of time in my opinion. And I hated the fact that he has become immortal too. In addition, there should have been more of Shapiro, who was also a great character and under used. But the main problem, in my humble opinion, is that it should have been only 4 or 5 episodes involving the miracle, not the 10. It has been way too slow. some episodes were irreverent, some characters and story lines were irreverent too.

Therefor I do not think a joint production (BBC and STARZ) works as it looks as though were trying to please too many TV executives and trying to put too much stuff (most of it pointless in my opinion) in the series which dilutes the story and it plainly doesn’t work. In addition I don’t think having it set both in Wales and the USA works either. The best bits were when it was set in Wales.  This to me shows that the American setting just doesn’t work for Torchwood.

If there is a future in Torchwood I personally think it should be a BBC only production and set in the UK, but that’s my opinion.  What did you think?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 9 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

This penultimate episode starts with the words ‘Two Months Later’. mmmm I wonder where we have seen something like that before? (Doctor Who’s Series 3 finale ‘The Last of the Time Lords’ ).  Anyway Gwen has become a dark lonely figure stealing drugs from chemists and caring for her ‘Category One’ father in a dark dank basement so that the authorities can’t get to him.

Borders are closing all around and the entire health care system is in shambles. The government, worldwide, has taken a much more aggressive role in collecting the Category 1s and the countries have all gone paranoid bat-poop crazy. So much so that when Gwen does a smash and grab for prescriptions to help out her friends and neighbors, an old man states how worried he is to let anyone know
his wife suffers from arthritis lest the local police drag her away to the ovens.

Jack is also being cared for, but by Esther in a remote Scottish location as he recovers from being shot in the previous episode.

Rex and his chums at the CIA  are trying desperately to get information but are being blocked at every turn because they have a Family spy in their midst, Charlotte.

And Sexy Jilly Kitzinger has found herself promoted, moving to Shanghai (in the process to meet another mystery man who tells her about Three Families who once took over politics, finance, and media. There’s a story about to come, and they want her to write history. He says he hopes she survives because the blessing kills some people. He then asks her to wait in a hotel room for further instructions.

If you remember from last week, Kitzinger had a ‘spat’ with Oswald Danes and we find the kiddy-killer popping up in the most unusual of locations. He poses as a delivery man and enters Gwen’s ‘safe’ house. He wants to see Jack, and he says she’ll do as he asks because he has the name of the man who created the miracle.

Gwen then calls the man who’s been watching her (by the way who is this useless guy watching Gwen working for? It can’t be the three families as I would have thought they’d hire someone much more competent) and tells him Jack won’t be showing up there.   That’s when Jack appears behind him and makes him drink retcon-laced water. Jack and Esther enter Gwen’s house and go to talk to Oswald, who reminds Jack that he asked him for help. He knows Gwen’s hiding something in the cellar (her dad) and therefore won’t be so fast to call the police. He tells them about PhiCorp and Jilly and says he has her laptop. He’s been following her, but as of yesterday, she doesn’t exist. And that’s because she’s in Shanghai under a new identity.

Oswald tells him one name kept recurring: Harry Bosco. Esther tells them that’s a process that involves mistranslating to influence the public.   On further investigation Esther finds video clips online originating in Shanghai,which have been mistranslated.  The word “blessing” keeps popping up; however, the real translation is “The Blessing saved my life”.  Esther finds another connection to blood. There’s information about blood banks being burned down in both Shanghai and Buenos Aires.

So they need to get to Buenos Aires and Shanghai, but they’re going to have problems getting into China as all borders have been closed.

Rhys seems to have found something and was just about to reveal it when the police suddenly burst in. They have a thermal imaging app to check the cellar. The police then find Geraint (Gwen’s dad), but Gwen says he’s not dead and begins begging. It’s in vain, as they take him away. This was a particularly sad scene.

After the police have left Jack reveals he may have a way in to Shanghai via a route for arms dealing. Rhys shows them on a globe that Shanghai and Buenos Aires are opposite sides of the world, balanced on either side of the planet. The PhiCorp logo shows a line through the world. They need to go to both, and they don’t have a choice but to take Oswald with them.

So Rex tells Shapiro he’s going off-grid and he’ll contact him if he needs back up. And while Jack, Gwen, and Oswald have a way into Shanghai, Esther meets up with Rex in Buenos Aires. Back in CIA HQ, Charlotte sees that Rex is in Buenos Aires and takes out her phone with that triangle on the screen (presumably to warn the families that Rex is on their trail).

Meanwhile Jilly meets a woman, who is going to show her the blessing.  She brings her down in an elevator and tells her that some people  have looked into the blessing and taken their own lives from the damage it does.  Jilly looks at the blessing and stands in awe. It is revealed that blessing goes all the way to the other side of the world.

A the end of the episode Gwen notices that Jack’s wound is not healed and helps him lie down. He says it got worse when they arrived. He complains that his mortal life hurts. Oswald then notices a drop of his blood moving across the floor, and Gwen realizes it could be showing them the way to the blessing, which is somehow calling him.

Anyway, I thought this episode was actually pretty good. It could have been better, but then again it could have been worse. But it has started to pick up pace again and we are finally getting lots of answers to the many questions we have been getting.  In fact, quiet a lot takes place in this episode and I liked it.  I just hope next weeks finale is the climax that Torchwood deserves. What did you think?

Here is a look at next weeks final episode.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 8 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

At the start of this episode Angelo’s granddaughter (played by Nana Visitor, from star trek deep space nine) takes the torchwood team to meet  Angelo, who is now a very old man indeed.  It is revealed who The Families are and that they have a hand in the Miracle. We are told about the Blessing and that the families wanted Captain Jack so they can get the secret of his immortality. It is also revealed that Angelo has loved and watched Jack his whole life (in the mean time going off and having a family). But, more importantly, he’s also kept himself alive naturally.

However, the moments of revelation are interrupted by the intervention of the CIA with the return of Friedkin who has tracked our gang down. To further complicate matters, the head of the CIA, Shapiro is also on his way only to find the Friedkin’s seedy connections. Shapiro is played by John De Lancie (Q from Star trek – The next generation) and his contribution is a very pleasing one.  In fact Shapiro stole the show in my opinion as he shows he is a very hard man to deel with, it looks as though Jack has met his match here.  Anyway, Friedkin is discovered to be a traitor (thanks to Rex) but before he his taken to headquarters for questioning he blows up the car with himself and Angelo’s granddaughter inside, thus killing every body in the car.

But during the course of the episode there is a shock as Angelo dies on the bed, the only person on earth to die.  Unfortunately Shapiro orders Gwen to be deported so that Jack will reveal what has caused Angelo’s death.  Jack and the rest of the team discover that an alien technology is being used to dampen the morphic field causing the miracle which is why Angelo died.  This morphic field allowed Angelo to remain alive for so long, and as soon as Jack entered the zone, Angelo’s mortality got triggered (I think, I am no expert!).  However, Jack doesn’t want this alien technology to get into government hands and so attempts to take the control panel.  But during his escape Jack is shot.  At the end of the episode Esther drives away with an injured Jack in the back seat.

At the same time there are some disturbing scenes with Oswald Danes and Jilly Kitzinger. The paedophile has requested that his PR guru procure him a prostitute (of legal age), which leads to some deeply unsettling moments with a lady of the night. It is revealed that a new Category Zero is going to be put in place which means that any other people like Oswald or other moral undesirables are going to be incinerated just as Category Ones.  After attacking Jilly, Oswald runs off into the night.

Jilly is approached by a representative of the three families and promoted and is then requested to meet the three families. I wonder what they want with her?

The ending of the episode was incredibly dark and sombre as we are left with Captain Jack and the Torchwood team demoralised, alone and well and truly beaten.

Anyway, this episode was alright.  As I have said before its not as good as the old Torchwood, but if we forget its Torchwood for a minute then its ok. However, it was not as good as last weeks fast paced entertaining episode but we do get some answers. And with only 2 episodes left its looking as though its buidling up to a big climax, hopefully. What did you think?

Here is a look at next weeks episode.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 7 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

The episode starts with pick up pretty much where last week left off, as Gwen has to decide what to do. Her predicament is that her family has been taken, and that she needs to deliver Jack in order to get them back. She’s ordered to keep the lenses in, so she’s constantly been watched, and this inevitably puts her under all kinds of pressure. So Gwen kidnaps Jack and is takes him to whoever has kidnapped her family.  We are left with Gwen and Jack in the car as she drives him to their destination.  There is some good dialogue here and we have a great moment where Gwen tells Jack in no uncertain terms that, if killing him meant saving her family, she would pull the trigger herself and not think twice. Jack retorts, however, by telling Gwen that he will adamantly and jealously defend his life.  But I am not sure Jack would ever take up arms against Gwen to defend himself with her family’s lives in the balance.  Anyway when the situation is resolved (which, of course, it is), the two hug and make up and no harm is done.

In between we are taken back to (via flashback) to Jack’s time in America in 1927. Coming through Ellis Island, he meets a man by the name of Angelo Colasanto. The two of them become close friends (and much much more, I guess my wife will be pleased though seeing so much more of jack :)).  Anyway soon Jack is taking him along on his Torchwood mission. And guess what there is an alien involved, finally! HOORAY!

Jack is running booze during the Prohibition in New York City in order to get to the mobster who has a cryo-frozen alien he doesn’t realize he has and it must be destroyed. But Everything falls apart, however, when Jack is killed during the mission and he comes back to life.

Angelo, who has spent time in prison thinking Jack is dead, is shocked to see him alive on his release. He is so shaken by this revelation, he kills Jack again, believing him to be the devil. This leads to a particularly brutal sequence of killing jack over and over again.  It starts with the landlady seeing the death and resurrection, and it suddenly expands into a crazed group of religious fanatics who drag Jack down into a basement and kill him repeatedly. It is unclear as to whether they revere him or fear him, but the one thing they seem intent on doing is brutally killing Jack every time he comes back to life. Some fanatics are even bottling Jack’s blood, believing it to be the key to immortality.

During a brief respite from the constant murder parade, Jack is confronted by three men (got to be aliens) who seem to be coldly negotiating over ownership of him. The three men agree to a joint ownership and seal it with a clasping of arms that forms…a triangle! Is this the green triangle gang? When it was revealed last week that whatever conspiracy led to the Miracle was very long and subtle in the making, we now see that it probably goes as far back as the 1920s.
During this murder spree, we hear a few people refer to Jack as a “blessing.” So now we know what the mysterious Blessing from last week is all about. Eventually, Angelo sees the error of his ways and breaks Jack out. Jack leaves Angelo by killing himself one last time, and he never sees him again.
Anyway, thanks to Rex and Esther, everything’s sorted out in the blink of an Eye-5 ( :)).  Thankfully, Rex and Esther had so little to do in this episode (hooray) outside of showing up at the last minute and thus saving the day. Gwen’s family are freed and – finally – we get what looks like some sort of explanation. Is it Angelo who is behind the Miracle?  “He’s been waiting for such a very long time,” we are told by a anonymous women at the end.  Really! I cant quite believe it to be honest???

And again there is no sign of Oswald Danes….

So what did I think…. Fantastic, Finally, Hooray!!!

This has to be my favourite episode so far and that’s because it’s the old Torchwood team that are doing most of the work in this episode here and it makes fantastic viewing.  It’s not the americanized generic rubbish that we have been getting so far.  This could quiet easily been a one-off episode in the old Torchwood series.  It’s a shame that we have had to wait nearly 7 weeks for something like this to happen.

But I have to say what got me smiling the most in this episode is when the Doctor was mentioned.  And that Jack also mentioned he is fixed point in time in space.  I was beginning to think this Americanized Torchwood wouldn’t go anywhere near the Doctor, but it was very nice to hear.  It shows the long-term impact traveling with the Doctor has on his companions. It shows how important the doctor was in his life. And it’s also interesting to see that Jack was actually jealous of the Doctor, that he has companions to share his life with. I don’t think the Doctor will be mentioned again though :(.

The mob killing Jack over and over again was my favourite scene. It was a trully gory and horrific scene, and a uniquely Torchwood.  I dont think we would see this on any other show, and that’s something else we haven’t gotten much of in Miracle day so far.

But there are a couple of minor gripes.

1)  I really can’t see Gwen turning over Jack to anyone so easily, even with her family at stake. And then they’re friends again right after that, as if nothing has happened.

2) And I’m a bit confused with the timelines. I’m Sure Jack hadn’t yet acquired his WWII coat in 1927. I thought that was something he wouldn’t get till when he first met the Doctor and Rose during the Blitz, before he was immortal.  I thought he picked it up when he transprted back in time (when he was first made immortal) and lived through WWII on Earth, which he hasn’t yet done yet in 1927.  And on his second pass through the 20th century, he was in cryosleep at the Torchwood Institute so he wouldn’t cross his own timeline. So this can’t be that Jack. Is this another Jack in a different timeline?  Confused? I am :).

Apart from that I thought it was very good and I just hope that the foot isn’t taken off the peddle and that this is a sign of great things to come.  What did you think?

Here is a look at next weeks episode.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 6 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

The episode starts with an introduction to Stuart Owens (played by former Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson) who is PhiCorp’s chief operating officer. He appears not be comfortable with what the company he works for is up to and has been investigating it for some time. He phones a contact in Shanghai to investigate a land purchase made by PhiCorp. The contact investigates the land and what he sees drives him to commit suicide. Well we say suicide, but what we mean is he jumps from a big enough high buidling so that he is in effect brain-dead and loses consciousness (the 45 club!). We don’t actually see what he saw, but I do not think its nice.

When confronted by Captain Jack, Stuart Owens (who by the way I think has been wasted/under used in this part) stays pretty close to the fence. His protests that “I’m not a bad man, but i’m not a good man either”.  But he does indicate that PhiCorp isn’t controlling the miracle, but is just profiting from it. And that there are larger forces at work here, and the bread crumbs seem to be leading back at least five years.  He leaves Jack with a phrase “The Blessing” that he has heard in the past.

Gwen spent pretty much of the whole episode trying to get her father out of the overflow camp, yawn!

In the meantime Esther and Rex confront the person responsible for Esther’s death in last weeks episode and exposes one of the overflow camps for what they are.  And finally Rex accepts he is a member of Torchwood, yawn again!

And we end the episode with somebody contacting Gwen and who is demanding that she deliver Jack in exchange for her loved ones? Is this the force above PhiCorp, that hasn’t been seen yet? Or is it somebody different? I guess we will find out next week.

But for some strange reason there is no sign of Oswald or Jilly this week, there isn’t even a snippet in the background on the news. Which seems really silly as they have been centre point to the story so far.

So what did I think if this weeks outing?

Well, what can I say.

Oh dear, this is has to be, in my opinion, the worst episode of the series so far. It was so boring! Nothing happened! We get no new answers and very little action in this episode. The most exciting part, which woke me for a couple of seconds, was when Gwen blew up the modules in the Welsh overflow facility.

All the undead are being put in camps, yes we get it.

All the category 1’s are being burnt, yes we get it.

These overflow camps are like concentration camps, yes we get it.

Do we really need a whole episode for them to tell us this, which we already found out at the end of episode 5.  Are some viewers that stupid in that they need to have a whole episode for them to grind the message in for us to understand this.  We get it, move on!!!

It feels like that after last weeks ok episode we have taken a huge step back , in my opinion, which is a shame. What do you think? Do you agree?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 5 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

At last, some (but not a lot) answers are finally revealed in the course of this episode.

At the star of this episode Vera arrives for the latest medical panel in Washington D.C. only to find out that the panels have now been canceled.  Did she not read the email? 🙂 In addition it is found out that a new category system has been put into place that ranks people according to injury. The three different Categories for which people fall into are:-

Category 1. Nearly dead

Category 2. Alive but sick and not getting any better

Category 3 all the way alive

The system will go into effect at midnight worldwide.  Outraged by the idea Vera flies out to California to join the Torchwood team.

Then we shift to the U.K., where Gwen has finally gone back to Wales (hooray!), to not only reunite with her husband and child, but to get her father out of the overflow camps that seemed too sprung up overnight. And as we have suspected all along, Miracle Day is no Miracle but instead something someone or something has instituted. But for what purpose? What Gwen finds out in Wales, as she and Rhys infiltrates the overflow camp is that when attempting to take her father away, he starts to weaken and seems to be dying in her arms which in turn puts him into a Category 1.

Back in the USA, Rex along with Ester and Dr, Juarez infiltrate the overflow camps in Los Angeles and Rex finds out where all the Category 1’s are being housed. Dr. Juarez is on a guided tour of the facility and finds that the man running it is not doing his job correctly. She confronts him. Why oh why did she have to do this, big mistake! And before she realises, the man shoots her twice, and then takes her to the module, where the Category 1’s are being housed, and locks her in. Rex, finds her trapped inside. And at that moment they both find out what the modules are for as the man who shot Dr. Juarez fires it up and poor Dr. Juarez is burnt alive.

Maybe the modules/furnaces are using humans as some sort of fuel for something bigger, I don’t know. But the big question here is what is going to happen to the Category 2’s and 3’s still left?  Are they probably there for food or enslavement? Either way it doesn’t look good.

Then there is Oswald Danes who gets everyone in a frenzy at a “Miracle Rally”.  Although Jack tries to reason with Danes, it falls on death ears, as Danes does exactly what PhiCorp wants, and that is to get people accepting of the Miracle.

And last but not least and a stranger confronts/chats to Jilly and says she is doing a good job. Everything about him, in my opinion, screamed alien in a human suit. And he played right into what makes Jilly tick. And it looks as though Jilly is just a puppet (like Oswald).

So what did I think of this one?

Well, we get some answers, some action and another gruesome climax where one of the main stars is killed off.  Which shows us no body is safe. But we are yet to find out who the hell are PhiCorp and the triangle? Maybe next week!

This episode was ok as at least some of it was set in the uk (Wales) but it’s still not anything like the old Torchwood. The series is getting darker and scary but it seems more like an action conspiracy thriller more than anything else, which is a shame as it’s not Torchwood any more.   And I have to say that the big problem I have with this series is the lack of aliens.  Although we don’t know for definite yet I think there is definitely an influence of some sort of alien involvement. But why is there is no sign of them yet, I mean we are half way through the series and I would have thought we would have seen some sort Alien by now, would’nt you think?  Where are they?

And if there isn’t alien involvement I think it would be a huge let down and very disappointing.

What do you think? Do you agree?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 4 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

Well at the start of this episode of Torchwood Esther makes a very silly/stupid decision and visits her sister, an excessively paranoid woman who wont let her children out of the house. Worried, Sarah contacts the authorities.  But, on the way out of the neighborhood, she is spotted by a mysterious man in black who then follows Esther. He later tells the Green Triangle gang (Who are they? I wonder) in a husky fashion, “The path to Torchwood is open and clear.”

Anyway,  Jack, Rex, Esther and Gwen end up on a beach in LA, where PhiCorp’s main headquarters just so happens to be located. So the Torchwood team makes plans to break in and learn what they can.  Esther is able to hack into the system, but the classified information is held inside a sealed harddrive that can’t be broken into indirectly.  The only option is for them to break into the building itself and replace the harddrive with a fake so the company believes its been destroyed.

In this episode Rex acts like a real arsehole and argues with everyone about everything.Rex comes across a wall of fliers bearing the slogan “Dead is  Dead,”which has become something of a phenomenon, apparently. There’s a  growing movement to quarantine the people who should have died, and the appearance of Ellis Hartley Monroe, who doesn’t spend enough time in this episode in my opinion.

In addition a detainment facility (referred to as Plague ship hospital) has been set up for those who should have died. And it appears they are being set up all over the world, probably by Phicorp.

And speaking of accommodation, the Torchwood team manage to get a house, mostly on virtue of  Jack’s charm with the real estate agent who seems quite smitten with him. “Do you make everyone around you  gay?” Rex asks incredulously. “That’s the plan,” Jack replies with that devilish grin. Displaying once more the unprofessional tendencies that  boil Rex’s blood, Gwen pops out to take a call with Rhys, and we see  that she is under the surveillance of the mysterious man in black.

Next, we see Oswald being pestered by his redheaded publicist, a woman whose  allegiance and intention is still foggy, maybe deliberately. But, then,  maybe not. He tells her that he’s done some research into Phicorp, and  hit nothing but dead ends, since apparently all it takes is a Google  search to unearth how shady they are.

Elsewhere, Rex visits his father  with the intention of stealing painkillers, which is a totally bizarre thing to do because I didn’t see the point of this scene at all.  It made no sense as nothing comes of it, and it’s never mentioned again.  Once he returns to the hideout, they begin to plan an Oceans 11/mission impossible type heist. Firstly Jack and Gwen ambush/meet Nicholas Frankun (the only man with access to a special part of Phicorp’s infrastructure that is accessed  by his voice, hand print and retinas) while he is walking with his wife and baby (that was lucky) to get a copy of  his voice, handprint and retinas. Then Jack and Gwen use what must be “impossible technology” to imitate these biological functions.

Back  at the plague ship hospital the doctor girl that’s inexplicably involved in every medical crisis everywhere in the world always, stresses  just how insane this is. The whole thing spirals into a pundit war,  with Hartley-Munroe, the spearhead of the “Dead is Dead” thing getting  outshone by Oswald Danes, who regains his media spotlight by uttering some hollow sentimental platitudes. Mrs. Hartley-Munroe sips on some drugged coffee at the end of the scene and falls unconscious.

Meanwhile Nicholas Frankun, the man that Jack and Gwen ambushed earlier, has his biology circumvented  in a much more grisly way by the mysterious man in black. His voice, his hand,  his eye. Ouch.

So finally Torchwood & friends put their heist into action. I must say at this point that Gwen looked pretty sexy in her business suite.  But the whole thing is interrupted when Gwen is assaulted by the mysterious man in black, who subsequently manages to  subdue Jack. He gives a long talk about life, death and something about his employers meeting Jack a long time ago . But before he can reveal his employers name Rex bursts into the room and fills the guy with bullet holes, one of them being in his throat so he can’t talk.

The episode concludes with Ellis Hartley Monroe awakening in the back of a car.  The people behind PhiCorp, the green Triangle gang now revealed to be The Family, have decided that she needs to be taken out of the picture.  It seems that with Oswald Danes as their pawn, she is not necessary.  The car is crushed in a compactor, leaving her un-dying like so many of those she decried, unable to die, and trapped inside a claustrophobic space. We are left at the of the episode with a glimpse inside the wreckage of the car and her eye blinking, pretty gruesome :).

So, what did I think of this one? Well its slightly better than the rest.  It’s not great, but it’s really not bad. We get some action and the climax is pretty good.  We even get some answers but it’s still slow/dull, in my opinion.  However, if the story speeds up and we get more action I may have to change my overall opinion of Miracle Day. So, Russel T Davies please speed the story up and give us the action Torchwood deserves.

But still no sign of aliens, yet!

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 3 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

Well at the start of the episode the Torchwood team are on the run from the CIA, FBI and Police; and go into hiding.

The Torchwood team then begin to investigate the causes of Miracle day and what is behind it and come across Phicorp, the large pharmaceutical company that Kitzinger works for.  On investigation of a warehouse owned by Phicorp they discover tons and tons of painkillers and other drugs, all made by Phicorp. Then they discover that there is more than they first thought as they discover an entire sub section full of them (“It’s bigger on the inside,” comments Jack).  Well, it appears that PhiCorp appeared to know that Miracle Day was coming, and had, thus, stocked up accordingly. Well, last week I hinted it might be something to do with drug companies and pain management.  Am I right or is there something else behind Phicorp. I really do hope it is some sort of alien interference :).

Every body tries to cope with the crisis as best as they can.  Even Captain Jack copes in his own way by getting drunk and with some good, hard sex with a stranger he meets in a bar, showing the new audience another side to him. As he has no real friends to unload his problems he has to seek solace with a stranger.

In addition Dr Juarez is continuing to try to sort out things on her end, giving us another view of what’s happening.  She attends another meeting where there’s talk of birth control being put into the water supplies of India and China, bringing up something I’d wondered about last week. We also learn that normal miscarriages aren’t happening, so babies that would normally die are born malformed with severe disabilities.  And then she attends a conference arranged by Phicorp where it is revealed that pain killers and other drugs can now be sold over the counter without the need for a prescription.

Meanwhile, Oswald Danes is continuing the chat show circuit and has a secret meeting with Phicorp followed by a confrontation with Jack, I wonder what that is all about.? And finally we see the beginning of a new cult forming, called the soulless, who march along holding candles and wearing masks.

So, what did I think? To be honest I really did not like this episode of Torchwood what so ever.  I really struggled with it and found it painfully slow.  There was very little action and the episode seemed to be concentrating on character/story development rather than anything else. Although there were some remnants of the old Torchwood, for example we got some hints as to some of Jack’s adventures through time and space and some mentions of what happened with Torchwood before, but that’s it, it just doesn’t feel like Torchwood.  I don’t feel satisfied at the moment and am eagerly waiting for something exciting to occur.  Maybe after all this story development things will start to happen and we will get back the old Torchwood, I hope :).

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 2 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

So at the end of episode 1 we see Captain Jack, Gwen, Rhys and their new baby being extradited, by CIA agent Rex Matherson, to the good old USA. One quick question, Would the CIA be allowed to kidnap British citizens on UK soil?

Anyway, back in America, Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins), gets more to do as she continues her investigations and tries to help out Rex. Her supervisor, Brian Friedkin (Wayne Knight), appears at first to want to help the investigation, but then seems to have a different agenda.

And in the meantime, Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman), is out of prison and doing the talk show circuit with a police officer in tow just waiting for him to screw up. After an apologetic break-down during his first interview, he’s approached by Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose), a PR agent who
thinks he could be doing much better for himself.

We have Doctor Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur). She’d treated Rex when he came into the emergency room and now is working on revamping hospital procedures and changing medicine as we know it, while also providing Rex with a bit of over-the-phone assistance when “you know who” gets poisoned. She also crashes a medical conference and, interestingly, gets a visit of her own from Jilly Kitzinger

And finally then there is the continuation of examining the logistics of exactly what would happen in a situation like this. Mandatory birth control has not been discussed, but we do see discussions about the fact that the entire medical industry would have to change from a life-saving  position to one that’s more about pain management.

And we are still left with the question of what will happen when this is solved. Will everyone who was supposed to die just suddenly die.

To be honest I really did not like this episode. In my opinion, it was slow, boring and wasn’t exactly action-packed or anything like the “old” Torchwood.  And at times it felt as this episode was just a little filler to make up the episodes.  Im still yet to be convinced whether this series of Torchwood is any good yet. I really hope to proved wrong in future episodes.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 1 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

I was really looking forward to this as it has been a very long time since I have had my last Torchwood fix. I am a huge fan of Torchwood and, like my wife (although possibly for different reasons), I love John Barrowman in it. I think its a shame he hasnt been in the new series of doctor who, but that’s just a minor gripe. Anyway where was I :), Oh yes Torchwood. I don’t know if you remember but at the end the last series of Torchwood a powerful and emotionally wrenching storyline left the ranks of our Cardiff-based alien-hunting Torchwood Institute decimated. They were left so battered that Torchwood could do nothing but disband and Captain Jack (john barrowman) was seen to disappear into space to roam through the galaxy and find a new life for himself.

And this is where exciting new series , “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” starts.  But for some strange reason the action has (unfortunately in my opinion) moved to the United States, where Torchwood is just a rumor and the world, has Something Big to worry about. Anyway this series begins with the botched execution of child murderer Oswald Danes, and soon it becomes clear that death has taken a permanent holiday. And no matter how dire the disease or gruesome the accident  no one on the planet can die. For example, in a particular gruesome scene, the remains of a body is examined after an explosion has blown him to loads of pieces and he appears to still alive.  Captain Jack innocently asks “Will he still be alive if you cut off his head” and the answer, we gruesomely find out, is YES.

What at first appears to be a blessing soon becomes a numerical nightmare. Because we find out as the population increases exponentially, the planet’s resources will dwindle and we are told that everything will be gone in about 4 months.

The only group equipped to find the cause, and thus the solution, is …Torchwood. But is there a connection Torchwood and this phenomenon!

So The CIA attempt to track down Torchwood with the aid of CIA agent Rex Matherson, who has spent most of the episode in hospital after a fatal car crash.  Well, it should be fatal as he had a hug pole in him but, like every one else on the planet, he survives. So, whilst badly injured, he goes off to Wales to track down Gwen (the last remaining survivor of Torchwood). In the meantime Captain Jack comes from his self-imposed exile.

So we  end the episode with Captain Jack, Gwen, Rhys and their new baby being extradited, by CIA agent Rex Matherson, to the good old USA.

There is twist….Captain Jack, who has been indestructible for much of his character’s span, can suddenly be injured and killed; while everyone else has gained mortality, he has lost it. But with this twist it does open up another question for me. If Jack’s suddenly not immortal, despite being a “fixed point in time.”  according to the Doctor how does he become the Face of Boe now?.  Did the makers think the new american viewers would be too confused so they just removed it with no explanation. This isn’t the only twist. Pullman’s Danes, having technically served his sentence, is released from jail and looks as though he is going to become a major character in the series.

Miracle Day seems to race past with big and impressive action sequences.  There are some funny moments too.  Gwen holding the baby, who is wearing ear muffs, whilst shooting at the helicopter was particularly amusing.  In addition, Miracle Day has already begun to explore the  philosophical questions regarding its premise.  How does a person deal with not  dying?  Is an impossibly-alive person still a “victim”?  Is he even still a “person,” and, if so, does he still warrant the same rights and care as a  healthy person?  Does he heal or will he continue to feel pain forever?  The fighting in Somalia  stops because the army cannot bear to continue a pointless fight against an  unkillable opponent;  meanwhile North Korea sees its population as immortal  soldiers and takes up arms.  What will happen when food stores are depleted?   And, most importantly, what happens when the “miracle” stops?

But I have to say I am bit annoyed that most of the action has moved from Wales to the USA. I’m just worried it will lose touch with its roots and turn into an american action series. It seems, in my opinion, far too americanised.  The American cast members seem to be outnumbering the British first of all. So, at this moment I am really not sure I am going to enjoy it as I fear it is going to move too far from the original Torchwood series. And finally why isn’t the Doctor (Dr Who)  involved to save the planet? There is no mention of him at all.

Overall I did feel that Miracle day has tried to make an effort to remain faithful to the original series. But failed.  The tone and pacing appeared similar to the previous series and I think there were several moments in the episode that are sure to make current fans of the series smile.  Even viewers who have never seen the series should be able to jump right into the episode and enjoy it. But I think the die-hard Dr Who/Torchwood fans, like me, will be left a bit disappointed.

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