Torchwood: Miracle Day 3
One of the more exciting moments in this week's episode, with Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose) and Dr Vera Juarex (Arlene Tur) © BBC/BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz 2011

While the world is falling apart, or so we’re told, the Torchwood team goes into tourist mode, having a look around and enjoying some leisure time.

I’ve now endured a second viewing of this episode, and all I can wonder is “What planet is the production team on?” Do they really think this is good drama? All I can see is a thin story being padded out at every opportunity. We keep hearing about the grave situation, but from people sitting in rooms or from news report. The only visible sign of this seemed to be a bunch of people in masks. Gosh! And this week’s dire Writing Award goes to a news reporter on tv who tells us, “This miracle is so impossible”. No, really? An impossible miracle? Imagine that!

Torchwood: Miracle Day 3 - Alexa Havins and Eve Myles
A thoughtful, but rather blandly executed, moment is coming up - Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) © BBC/BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz 2011

My favorite punch bag, that easy target Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, doesn’t disappoint with her ridiculous behaviour and rather bizarre portrayal. She’s on a vital mission, trying to keep a low profile, but still fusses on about her baby, and her “Go! Go! Go!” as she tries to get in the car leaving the warehouse was wonderfully over the top. And what was all that nonsense about the word differences between English and American? Was it funny? No. Was it clever? No.

But then I just don’t believe any of the characters in this. Is Lauren Ambrose’s Jilly Kitzinger meant to be clever, or just an inanely smiling, vacuous PR woman? I’m probably not meant to know at this stage what the truth is, but she is a two-dimensional character. Ah, but then so are most of them.

Rex (Mekhi Phifer) growls a lot, and then decides to have sex with the doctor. Er, why? There was no chemistry between them. And, might he not be a bit smelly with that open wound – and why did he pass out? I thought everyone was “full of life”. Come to that, with all that life, why do people fall asleep? I really shouldn’t be looking for any logic here.

Torchwood: Miracle Day 3 - John Barrowman
Captain Jack (John Barrowman) doesn't know how to save mankind, so decides to have some sex... © BBC/BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz 2011

So, the sex scenes. Just what was the point of that whole scene with Captain Jack picking up someone? Did it progress the plot? No. Was it something new to Torchwood? No. It was pointless. All it served was to say that the production team must have strange lives where they think that with the world in such chaos, and you might be one of the few people who can help, the obvious thing is to go and have sex with total strangers. I feel very sorry for them, and rather worried.

The Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) storyline drags on, and I was a bit concerned about the police beating him up. It was almost as if the episode condoned law enforcement officers taking the law into their own hands, or boots. But that’s another problem with this series. It’s just a bunch of clichés being paraded in front of us with little thought.


[Rating: 1]


Jan Vincent-Rudzki

UK editor of Film Review Online