There are times that a piece of fiction, whether it be for television, film the printed word, is judged more by what it did not say rather then what it did. Torchwood: Miracle Day seems to be falling into this category as although the over all concept and plot are pretty dead on and quality, the pacing and abundance of needless scenes rob us of what is at ti’s heart a very good continuation of the Torchwood series.
The scenes themselves are fine, some are the very trademarks Russell T Davies does so well, such as the excellently written conversations between Rhys and Gwen as they miss each other from afar while Gwen’s dad is one of the afflicted left to never die in the health care system. The same can be said for Esther’s heartbreak at her sisters family’s plight with The Department of Human and Family Services in the wake of a worldwide crisis. These are things that should be strengths, but in my opinion because of the scale of the whole series is so huge that this feel likes padding. I would rather be shown more and told less.
That is not to say that this series is not still worth spending an hour with a week, with the Oswald Danes character becoming more then just a poster boy for the miracle with his sudden involvement in events making him more of a well rounded character and also much more of an interesting foil for the newly thrown together Torchwood team.
Also of high praise is how this story wanders in the direction of showing us how evil and callous and cruel mankind can be as a race as we are shown to be ready to trap the sick and un-dying in horrible conditions for eternity. This does make the plot a bit meatier, it makes you think while still holding your attention. Truth be told, the absence of anybody being able to die is a concept that has so much value in terms of what you can imagine from that point on that I’m sure we will see more of this kind of thing as the series rolls on and that is not bad at all.
John Barrowman and Eve Myles are still the show stealers here though I’m afraid as far as the currently gelling ‘team’ that is coming together. Rex Matheson is a little too card board cut out for me in the terms of how he reacts to things most of the time, and Esther Drummond seems like she is only doing this till the craziness ends then it’s good bye to her being involved with such dangerous situations.
Hopefully this is an area that the longer format can help in, perhaos Rex and Esther will grow on me my the time Miracle Day ends.
Torchwood: Miracle Day reminds me of a roller coaster in the sense that I think we as an audience are going to be drawn up a large incline, hearing the loud clicks of the chains as we rise into the sky. This part may be boring at times, but I have a feeling the first few drops maybe coming very soon, perhaps even a upside loop or two as well.