The Season Finale of ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ – A Quick Review

by on September 10, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Cinema Static - TV News, Movie News and other Entertainment news and opinionThis is a TV review of the Starz TV show Torchwood: Miracle Day season finale.  There’s a spot where there are some mild or potential spoilers, and the latter half of this article doth contain a spoilerific bit of prose.

You’ve been warned, and there are warnings just before the deed of vile spoilers.

The season finale episode started out fast and hard, a nice change of pace from the previous 9 episodes of the season and it did answer almost all the questions viewers of the TV show may have come up with.

Torchwood Miracle Day

We revisited many of the themes we were presented with throughout the season… and though unlikely, learned who and how the miracle was formed or shaped.  Everything led up to this season finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day nicely, even if it was grudgingly slow, as if the writers were doing what they could to stave off the resolution until as late as possible.

I’m mixed on this season of Torchwood.  It was lengthy for what it was and I was expecting so much more after CoE.  And maybe that was my failing in my experience with this season.  My expectations of the show were wrong.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS after the break

I loved how they back-linked the origin of creating “the miracle” to many years ago when Jack Harkness had visited New York.  If you’ve seen the episode, you know it wasn’t a very fun visit for Jack. (Played by John Barrowman.)

Up until the next to last episode, we were more or less totally kept in the dark about “the miracle” and who was really behind it. (Hell, we still don’t know everything.)   When we do hear about why they started this world-wide immortality thing, it was for the three families behind it to be able

DEFINITE SPOILERS Coming up and throughout the rest of this article…

Story Spoiler Alert

[spoiler]to take control of financial institutions and to be able to eventually decide who lives, who dies and who lives for how long.[/spoiler]

As the episode wound down, I had my suspicions and hopes as to how Jack would deal with stopping the miracle and how he would get through it.  Then we discovered a sneaky move on Rex Matheson’s part (played by Mekhi Phifer) to enable his part of Jack’s plan.  I then started to have my suspicions and hopes as to what that would do to him.

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' season finale

I have to say that the ending was more talk and less action than I had anticipated.  When will the bad guys just quit talking and start shooting?  Seriously?  With the miracle stopped, the obvious happened as we listen to an internal monologue by Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), those who should have died during the miracle, did pass on.

In the end, that last traitor got hers and the scene after that, well, met my hopeful expectations.

The episode ended with enough open-ended moments to let the TV viewer of Torchwood come away from this series KNOWING there’s another one coming.  No, there was no cliffhanger, just a few open ended moments.

Bill Pullman in 'Torchwood: Miracle Day'

Torchwood: Miracle Day was not as satisfying as I had expected it to be, though the blatant vulnerability of Jack Harkness was a great tension factor in the overall story line.  I also loved John DeLancie’s appearance in the TV show.  It was a refreshing appearance.

And if anything, Bill Pullman may not have stolen the show, but wow, he delivered a perfectly serious bucket of talent in portraying the convicted child molester and murderer, Oswald Danes.

John DeLancie in 'Torchwood: Miracle Day'

Everything else throughout these ten episodes seemed overly done to fill out the ten ep order.  This could have been done in say, six episodes and possibly having the shorter season would have made it more impactful.

If Torchwood comes back to Starz, I’d love to see them be Torchwood once again, with the tech and alien threats to the world, working in or around world governments to defeat the threat.  To have their toys back, to see The Doctor again.  And though it was a touching attempt at connecting to the family theme, I’d think that when you’re in the middle of saving the world, personal family calls would be kept to a minimum.

Gwen and Baby in 'Torchwood: Miracle Day'Though I must say, in the first or second episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, when Gwen Cooper’s house was attacked by a mysterious black helicopter, I loved when she picked up her baby, slapped ear muffs on the little tyke and then started shooting.  All the while, the child seemed to enjoy the conflict.  (Come on, a future Torchwood member for sure!)

Don’t be fooled by my stern seeming words.  I’m glad the show came back for another season.  I just wanted a bit more than what I got.

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