Monday, July 11, 2011

Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World - TVReview

GUEST article author: Beth Evers

"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."

Torchwood is back, bigger and better than ever! Convicted pedophile/murderer, Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) is scheduled to die by lethal injection. This fails, and we see that something strange is happening across the world. "Someone changed the rules. Miracles got easy." No one has died, anywhere. People still get sick or injured, but no deaths.

Much of this first episode is set in Wales, and we see where Gwen (Eve Myles), Rhys (Kai Owen) and baby Anwyn have been in hiding for the past 12 months. Torchwood no longer exists. Jack (John Barrowman) has disappeared, and all the rest are dead. The CIA gets involved and starts investigating Torchwood following an email sent at the same time of the last recorded death.

John Barrowman and Eve Myles

There are some classic Russell T Davies scenes and definitely some funny tongue-in-cheek moments throughout this first episode. Miracle Day was well written, and set up future episodes nicely. It provided enough back story for new viewers, but was fast paced enough for existing fans. And the moment where Jack and Gwen see each other for the first time was a definite payoff. British fans needn’t worry that it has become too "American"; Torchwood: Miracle Day still has all of the charm and flavor that the previous series’ had.

It’s great to see old friends Barrowman, Myles, Owen, and Tom Price back on the screen. Their chemistry together is terrific. Pullman has aged and is über-creepy as the baddy. He is almost unrecognizable. I haven’t warmed yet to the CIA agents played by Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins, but their acting was good, and I think that they will be interesting players in the next episodes.

Definitely looking forward to episode two!