Tonight, with the final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, you’ve got to explain what The Blessing actually is, how The Families control it, and what’s the connection to Captain Jack Harkness (or, more specifically, his blood.) Further, you’ve got to have Torchwood stop it, ending the miracle, which will likely mean the end for new team members Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer (and they’ve both earned worthy death scenes), while restoring Jack’s immortality. Reinstating Torchwood as some kind of legit organization would provide a nice coda (wether or not there’s another season coming with Starz.) Oh, and of course, there has to be some bullshit filler with Gwen and her family…
Pretty daunting. Even more-so, that you’ve got to cram all that into only 50 minutes. Just don’t fuck it up, yeah? It’s no Children of Earth (not much is), but i’ve really liked Miracle Day, and have my fingers crossed for a big payoff in the end. But even if that’s not coming, i do appreciate what you’ve pulled off so far: You dramatically upped the ante on COE’s subversiveness, and basically turned any human character on contemporary Earth that turns up on Doctor Who, going forward, into the equivalent of a Nazi sympathizer. By allowing the global governments to run concentration camps for months, everyone now walking the planet in the Torchwood/Who universe shares some measure of culpability. Suck it, Steven Moffat.
Also, clearly someone involved in the production is a Zero Effect fan (the Mr. Pibb i was drinking made an emergency exit when i heard Oswald Danes was now “category 0“, and the screencap above of him being a contemplative weirdo in a hotel room in China kind of beautifully echoes Daryl Zero’s meditations in a Portland motel), which alone earns my love.
My only complaint: How could you not explore the effect of the miracle on the serial killer community? If murder isn’t a viable criminal charge anymore, would you see serial killers outing themselves? Would they come together and form support groups for dark passengers that can no longer be sated? Or would they get more aggressive and creative in testing the boundaries of global immortality. Whatever, any of that would’ve been more interesting than Gwen’s family.
My only request: If there’s another season coming, please fuck off with Gwen’s family. I barely care about Gwen, now…you introduced a one-episode character who parlayed a month or two of softcore naked dude grinding with Jack into a fortune and a prominent role in a world-girdling conspiracy that shaped the 20th century. Gwen co-led Torchwood for years, saving the fucking planet time and again, but without Jack, can’t outwit a cop with delusions of Christoph Waltz-dom. Kinda hoping we can continue the trend of losing at least one core Torchwood team member a season, tonight.