Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 1 Review

Torch­wood: Mira­cle Day

A New World

Last night I had the oppor­tu­nity to sit down undis­turbed and watch the first episode of the new season of Torch­wood. A co-produc­tion of Stars and the BBC, it’s taking some­thing from the format of Chil­dren of Earth in running a single story over multi­ple episodes.

Going Hollywood

Inevitably there was a lot of concern amongst fans about how an Amer­i­can trans­la­tion of Torch­wood would work. But the truth is this isn’t an Amer­i­can trans­la­tion. Not only are several of the lead char­ac­ters still here, but the show runner hasn’t changed either.

Russell T. Davies has always had a Holly­wood aspect to his writ­ing, now however the part­ner­ship with Starz allows that to really shine through with­out the limi­ta­tions of a a BBC budget. That became obvi­ous within the first few minutes of Torch­wood: Mira­cle Day.

And that’s a good thing. The first couple of seasons of  Torch­wood really felt like they were trying to be this big action series but hampered by a shoe­string budget. Chil­dren of Earth got around the prob­lem, but then we only got 5 episodes. So I feel that Mira­cle Day is what Torch­wood was always intended to be.

Acting

While the plots have been of mixed qual­ity, the acting on Torch­wood has gener­ally been good. And the series regu­lars still hold up their end of things (Eve Myles and Kai Owen in partic­u­lar). I have a more mixed reac­tion to the new Amer­i­can char­ac­ters though.

Alexa Havins does a solid job with what is so far a pretty generic female agent and I liked Arlene Tur’s doctor. But Bill Pullman’s Oswald Danes seems like a bad Hani­bal Lecter imper­son­ation at the moment and I’m not at all sold on Mekhi Phifer’s Rex Math­eson. He seemed perpet­u­ally bug eyed and over-react­ing.

Story

I can’t say very much about the plot at this point. As anyone who’s watched the trail­ers knows, suddenly no one on earth can die (a fact they explore in grue­some detail) and some­one seems to be trying to delib­er­ately impli­cate Torch­wood.

This first episode was mainly aimed at re-intro­duc­ing or intro­duc­ing the char­ac­ters and then getting them all on the same conti­nent, which it managed to do.  It’s set up the basic mystery well, but we haven’t got much flesh on the bones of the new char­ac­ters yet. Still, it’s early days.

Worth Watching

So it’s fast paced, excit­ing. It features old favorites. It’s got a sold sci-fi concept. It’s what Torch­wood was always intended to be. And above all else it’s fun. I’m in for the season.

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