Torchwood: Miracle Day - "Escape to L.A." Review

One of Children of Earth's strengths was that it only had five episodes to tell its story. It was a tightly packed narrative with limited room for the story to lose its way. Rusell T. Davies and crew managed to do an adequate amount of character development in those five episodes despite the limited screen time they had to work with. In Miracle Day, the writers have a little more room to breath and explore the emotional impact that the event is having on the world and the members of Torchwood. Some may find that the side stories Miracle Day is trying to tell are a distraction from the primary plot, but surprisingly, the personal stories of these characters have become quite intriguing. 

There have been a few comparisons drawn between the CIA facility that Esther and Rex worked at and 24's CTU. Now that Miracle Day is into its fourth episode, these "side-stories" are starting to remind me a little of the distracting B-Plots from 24. None of them have been remotely as outrageous yet, but the potential is there for them to get a little silly. Right now, I think RTD has managed this well. Take Esther sneaking away to visit her sister. While what she did was wrong and put the rest of Torchwood in danger, it didn't feel like something outside the realm of realism. Considering the nature of her sister's condition, I can imagine Esther's level of concern for the children in her care. As long as Esther's sister or nieces don't get caught in any bear traps, I think this little side-story will remain harmless to the overall narrative.  Read More...

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