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Torchwood: Miracle Day: Episode 4 Escape to LA – TV Review

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A disguised Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) executes their cunning plan © BBC/BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz 2011

The world is falling apart, the two remaining Torchwooders continue to have a jolly time, two people battle for the exclusive attention of the media and one person stalks our ‘heroes’.

Eve Myles, Alexa Havins and John Barrowman
At the seaside: Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) © BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz/BBC 2011

Where to start? How about the good bit? CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) is exasperated by the casual attitude of Eve and Jack towards, well, everything. And he’s right. But that’s nothing new for these two (and that does excuse Eve’s “Ooh, we’re by the sea” moment when they arrive in LA, but not her later snapping at her husband for making a joke, suddenly it’s, “I’m working”.). But why does Rex then go and visit his father and tell Dr Vera Juarex (Arlene Tur) that he’s in LA? Rex is also a little peeved – well a lot really – with his fellow CIA agent Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins), who really is as thick as two planks. Yes, she had a desk job at the CIA (although this wasn’t evident from all her roving around in the first episode), but when she was growing up did she never watch tv? All her blunders really are “kids’ stuff”; trying to phone her sister, visiting her sister, giving out her phone number, and, to top it all, letting the phone distract her while Jack’s and Eve’s lives are in danger. She’s a menace.

So what were Jack and Eve up to? Well, they were breaking into PhiCorp’s high security computer room to replace one of PhiCorp’s huge computer bays so they could get information from it. To break into the computer area they need data from one person. Yes, that’s right one person. So if he had an accident, deadly or otherwise, PhiCorp would be locked out of their own computer area.

Pure nonsense!

To top it all, the replacement computer bay has been fire-damaged to replace the stolen one and so a fire has been started. This evacuated the building. Makes sense. But then things go wrong, and Eve and Jack are caught by the one person on their trail – OK, why would these all-powerful people behind everything just send one person? Theye seem to have limitless resources. It’s now all taking longer than it should, but where’s the fire…? It doesn’t seem to be getting closer, or making much impression. Maybe burning the copy bay wasn’t such a good idea after all…

And I also can’t help wondering why they couldn’t have just slipped a clever bugging device into the real computer bay, while it was still installed. That way they’d have an updated link to what was being fed into it. I suppose, though, that if they did that the writers would have to find another way to fill up all the time.

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Is there any purpose for Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose) in the series? © BBC/BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz 2011

The arrival, and seemingly fairly swift departure, of Ellis Hartley Monroe (“Dead is Dead”) did give us a teeny, weeny hint that there is actually something going on in the aftermath of the Miracle. Oh, we do get some place to put all the ‘dead’ people springing up (the ‘plague ship’) and somehow everyone just rolls over and accepts it. I just don’t believe it.

At the episode’s end, Eve’s prattling on about her father has come to a head – he’s been taken away to some camp for the dead or nearly dead. Since we only briefly saw him at the start of the season, how much do we really care? and there’s the main problem with this series – it’s all secomd-hand. We’re continually being told about things happening, but see little and just follow our little band from building to building. It’s not very exciting, or interesting.


[Rating: 1.5]