Torchwood Miracle Day, Fourth Season Plot Twist (Spoilers?)

by on January 8, 2011

in Entertainment

Torchwood Miracle Day [season 4]

Today details were announced concerning the fourth season of Torchwood, titled Torchwood: Miracle Day, starring John Barrowman as Jack Harkness.  There is also some new exciting cast coming into the fourth season…  Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phfifer & Alexa Havins.

The underlying plot for the fourth season is pretty interesting as Torchwood tackles the question “What would happen if the entire human race became immortal?”  The idea that no one dies, but continues to age seriously complicates the cycle the human race has depended on for all of time.

It’s been said that this plot will make Torchwood: Children of Earth seem like a simpler story.

I’m finding that hard to believe because to this day I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything on television better than the presentation of Children of Earth.  It moved me to the point of making all television rather trite for a week or two after watching the screeners.

John Barrowman in Torchwood

But it is an interesting premise where all of humanity is immortal… like Jack.  What does that mean?  We live our lives with the fear of dying.  What would happen if we all no longer had that fear?  Will this be part of the plot, as humanity starts to understand that?  I could foresee all kinds of chaos breaking out as the less civil of humanity start to take advantage of the situation.

For now, we just have to wait and see how Russell T Davies does with the story line.  He made an impression with CoE… I”m sure he’ll do it again.

Starz Entertainment Press Release for Miracle Day:

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next,and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

Torchwood: Miracle Day Cast Descriptions

REX MATHESON (Mekhi Phifer)
He’s the golden boy. The embodiment of the American dream and has been all his life. Harvard education, Rex is destined for success and could make a fortune in Wall Street or Hollywood, but he chose the C.I.A. because he believes in justice and will fight for it. He can talk his way into anything, then charm his way out, fast. This may be just what he needs as he joins forces with Jack and Gwen to fight a global mystery behind “Miracle Day” that has them racing from one crisis to another, dodging assassins, blackmail, corruption and conspiracy, from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai.

CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS (John Barrowman)
Jack looks like a hero. He’s handsome, witty and subversive with a killer smile. But there’s a reason for that glint in his eye. His dashing style hides a secret. Truth is Jack Harkness is immortal, the only one of his kind. He once ran the Torchwood Institute, a British organization dedicated to fighting the strange and bizarre. But Torchwood closed down, and Jack disappeared, to start yet another of his many new lives. When a new, epic danger affects the whole planet, Jack finds himself back at the center of events, fighting not just for his own life, but for everyone on Earth.

GWEN COOPER (Eve Myles)
Eve Myles in Torchwood

Gwen once lived the ultimate double life – the funny, salty, earthy woman who loves home and family, combined with the tough, ruthless warrior, who loves the thrill of the fight. She was the heart and soul of an organization called Torchwood. She was a defender of the human race. But now she lives in seclusion, with her devoted husband Rhys and baby Anwen, knowing that one day trouble would come calling again. When events surrounding “Miracle Day” push Gwen to the limit, she’ll need to call on resources she never knew she had and make the most terrible decisions, on behalf of all mankind.

OSWALD DANES (Bill Pullman)
Well-educated and a former school teacher, Oswald’s a convicted child killer, both guilty and unrepentant. The most infamous man in the world, he becomes the most provocative figure in modern media. He’s a flare, reviled yet mesmerizing, whose very existence embodies how the
world changed on “Miracle Day”.

Alright, I’m pretty jazzed and looking forward to the 4th season of the franchise, Torchwood: Miracle Day.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm

That’s awesome Paul!!! I’m about to try and wrangle a discount for myself with my cable provider… now the trick is to not get so addicted that when those six months are up, that you keep it! That happened to me with HBO… got sucked in with TRUE BLOOD and never went back! Sigh… LOL.

Paul July 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

We do not have Starzz, I was going to just wait for it on Netflix but today we called to cancel Direct TV (can get another service $25 cheaper)..

They reduced the price down to within a dollar a month of the other company for a year (no new contract) and gave me this month free ..Sweet
Then he asked about my accent, asked if I was a Dr Who fan and then we chatted about Torchwood..

He gave us starz for free for 6 months..
So on Friday night I shall be watching Torchwood!

No one else I know has a clue about Torchwood so you and your readers are the only ones I can share my excitement with..

Paul Forcey January 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

A sci fi story that isn’t 100% realistic..wow!

I like Torchwood (I am a Brit in the USA so maybe it keeps me in touch with reality). I enjoyed children of earth, I will watch this one when it comes on.

Surely the idea is to let go of reality for a bit and just enjoy the what if?

Bruce Simmons January 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

Andi, I think you’re splitting hairs and looking for something to rip into. I can’t judge an outline by its sentence. I’m not that good yet!

Most science fiction can be torn into… just about any story out there these days is just an old tale told with a different wrapper. It’s difficult to find something truly original, and I’m not faulting the present-day creative forces, it just is. Once the model A and model T’s were made, every other car is a rip-off. That’s kind of where I’m coming from. So what we can do is just focus on the good pieces & parts that appeal to whatever part of us and take it from there.

But… I do get where you’re coming from. I’m not slighting that. I’m just sayin’.

Thanks for coming by Andi.

Andi January 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

This plot is total crap. As with COE already the basics aren’t working. And again it’s nothing you can explain away with the SciFi object of the show, given that there still is any I didn’t read anything which indicates that’s still a SF-Show. Population would not rise over night. Even if no one dies anymore it still would take around 14 years till one gets fertile, nine months till a child is born. And woman would stop to be fertile around their 50. As the survival would mostly mean that older people do not die, population would indeed grow but not in such a quick time to such an amount. It would take years till this results in such a huge growing of population that it would be a problem.

Besides it would take at least weeks if not months till governments will have made the write connections. Most countries of this world don’t have a functioning registration system with deaths and newborns. A lot of countries don’t even know the real amount of their citizens. And even if realisation finally hits look how long countries debating about natural preservation – since years. They never would be able to come up with any solution like camps in a couple of days?

RTD really needs to see a psychiatrist for his paranoia towards governments. And he should stop writing immediately because this is not only a totally illogical plot idea it’s stolen again. Classic Star Trek already dealt with the question what happens if people do not die and other movies/books did as well.

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