Torchwood: Miracle Day 10 - Eve Myles and John Barrowman
It all ends with a bit of a bang - Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) © BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz/BBC 2011

The two sections of Torchwood make their way to both ends of The Blessing, to stop the plan of The Families and bring Death back to the world…

Well… Here we are at the end of the long, long road of drawn-out episodes and flimsy storylines, and as it’s the very last episode of this single-season story many of the plot threads are brought to a close. It’s pretty much a tradition by now with this series that the last episode sees regular characters killed off, so we say farewell to some. It looked like John de Lancie’s character Agent Allen Shapiro was blown up, which is a shame, as he had the most vibrant and interesting part in the whole series.

Torchwood: Miracle Day 10 - Lauren Ambrose
So it was all for this, falling flat on her face. - Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose) © BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz/BBC 2011

I’m still not clear what the point of Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose) was in the whole thing; she did nothing to advance the plot. Almost the same could be said of Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman), whose death was ‘noble’, I suppose, but at least he had some good lines in the whole process.

As for Gwen, well I have to go back to a point I made in a review for a previous episode. Yet again she is ready to attack Danes with a gun, all because he says something she does not like. Gwen Cooper is a bully and believes she is above the law. In fact, she seems to think she is the law, judge, jury and executioner. How the production team have the nerve to portray here as some kind of heroine is beyond me.

It doesn’t really matter that we don’t actually find out what The Blessing is, and thankfully someone wonders why lava doesn’t pour out of it. Some science…! Amazing!

One question that is never asked is where is the Doctor in all this? A whole world where no one can die is surely worthy of his attention. It is a little strange.

Torchwood: Miracle Day 10 - John Barrowman
Back to square one for Captain Jack (John Barrowman) © BBC Worldwide Productions/Starz/BBC 2011

The big problem, however, with this episode is that there was far too much talking. This was the climax of 10 weeks and there were a couple of explosions and some deaths, but not much tension and little interaction with the outside world. What happened when Death was brought back? What happened to people in the overflow centres? What about those people who had been hiding that they should have been dead, and suddenly dropped dead? No, the really interesting stuff was out there in the rest of the world, and that was ignored for a few cosy chats.

As for Rex becoming immortal, well, a blatant plot device. All this time we’ve had Jack say that his blood is not what makes him immortal, but it then does affect Rex, with the help of the Blessing. So there are other ways of becoming immortal, other than travelling through the Time Vortex.

Sadly, this last episode was mediocre. It was superficial and lacked any “wow” moment. The series should have been half the length and much better constructed. A wasted opportunity.


[Rating: 2]


Jan Vincent-Rudzki

UK editor of Film Review Online