‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ Season Premiere Review

by on July 8, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

As advertised, Torchwood: Miracle Day is about a day when no one on Earth can die, but that’s not the fantasy, healthy and strong kind of not-dying, but rather, the “you live with your mortal wound and continue to live” kind of immortality.  Whether you’ve been blown up, skewered, had a heart attack…  Folks aren’t indestructible, just undying.  So you don’t die and it turns out, that’s not good.

In this first premiere episode of Torchwood, the scene is established, characters are introduced and the premise of the problem is presented to the TV viewer.

Our first victims of not-dying are CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) and pedophile and murderer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman).  Matheson has a car accident that should have ended him and Danes was given a lethal injection via execution for his crimes.  Well, that was the plan.

As humanity becomes slowly aware of the problem, we then meet Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), whose now a mother and the little tyke she lugs around is the cutest little button.  Always seeming to be having a big smile on her face when guns are in play.  Don’t worry, mom puts ear-muffs on the litte one before shooting at things.

And of course, there’s Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman).

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This show takes place some time after COE, where Torchwood was destroyed and no longer exists as an entity, but only in Gwen Cooper.  Jack tries to step in and keep Gwen out of the situation, but that doesn’t seem to help.  They also realize that with the number of non-fatalities, the population will burst at the seams pretty soon and the food supply should run out pretty fast on the planet.

Aside from people now being immortal of sorts, the other ironic affect is that Jack would seem to now be mortal.

The tone of the premiere episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day is slower than what we’re used to from previous Torchwood incarnations, but then again, we are establishing events and characters, plus we now have 10 episodes to spell this entire story out.  I’m expecting the usual quality of content from the series, now airing on STARZ, having premiered July 8th.

We’ll see where they take us!

Oh!  And in this first episode, Bill Pullman hits it out of the park big time as the creepy criminal.

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