Torchwood: Miracle Day – Final thoughts

I’m not going to go over old ground here, I think I’ve already made it clear how amazing I thought the series was so I’m just going to sign off with my final thoughts.

I think it was a success overall though it could easily have gone horribly wrong. I’m glad that Esther was killed off; I think her character had come to a natural end and it wouldn’t be Torchwood without one of the team dying 😉

I can’t say I was surprised that Rex is now immortal; Mekhi Phiffer has been superb and I hope he is now a permanent member of the team.

But what next for the team? Jack and Gwen are still on the run; Torchwood is a rogue organisation. Rex is still with the CIA. Going forward, they have a lot to think about. Will Torchwood become an international organisation? Will HM Government pardon them and return their official status? Will they be a joint UK-US (official) organisation to deal with extraterrestrial threats? Will they become a UN organisation? Independent consultants to world governments?

Raves

Torchwood so far has lacked the straight man. Ianto was drippy. Owen was sleazy. Rex fitted into that role perfectly and his no-nonsense style contrasted Jack’s moody yet sometimes playful style.

Bill Pullman. That’s all I need to say.

Conceptual sci fi and a lack of fear in celebrating it. We may never find out what that thing running through the Earth actually was and it doesn’t matter. But it was very much in the vain of something Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov might have written.

Phi-Corp are not finished and of course we are all intrigued to know what “Plan B” is. Kitzinger is still with them and I hope there’s a few more layers to her character to reveal before her story is through.

Gripes

Too much focus on Gwen’s dad. Yes it was very sad that he was so ill, constantly suffering heart attacks and not dying but it was too much. RTD never could do emotional stories with subtlety and this was laid on as thick as a nuclear reactor’s concrete shell.

I also wish that the view of the camps hadn’t been so one-sided. If I was a category 1 and suffering daily agony, unable to die I would want the release from my suffering and if spending 10 seconds in an incinerator was my only way out then so be it. Nobody asked these dead people what they wanted, we just kept having it bludgeoned how evil the camps were. In such a situation, everything we ever believed about ethics goes out of the window and we rewrite the rule book.

Sermons about gay rights *yawn*. RTD needs to realise that Jan Moir and Melanie Phillips do not watch it. Most other people do not care either way; there is no need to bludgeon people who are not homophobic about how difficult you’ve had it. I know you have, now please get on with the story?

I hope it isn’t too long before the next series is released.

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