'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The Blood Line': Die another day?

A quick review of the "Torchwood: Miracle Day"finale coming up just as soon as I object to your lipstick... 

One of the common complaints Russell T. Davies' detractors made about his run on "Doctor Who" was that he kept trying too hard to top himself, with each finale offering bigger stakes, more alien bad guys, more guest stars until it all became too much. And while I enjoyed the RTD era a lot, I could see that point. (My favorite Davies-scripted episode was probably the very intimate "Midnight," with the Doctor trapped in a train car with a handful of paranoid humans.) 

Then came "Torchwood: Children of Earth," in which increasing the scope of that series somehow made it work much, much better than it ever had before. But after struggling through the 10 hours of "Miracle Day," I have to think that "Children of Earth" was just an anomaly. Because there was just way too much going on in "Miracle Day," and very few of them got the proper care and attention they needed. Despite being the centerpiece of the villains' plot, Jack all but disappeared from the season for long stretches, which was a huge mistake. (It's not a coincidence that the one episode everybody seemed to like was the Jack-centric flashback.) The new characters were either grating (Rex) or forgettable (Esther). There were so many blind alleys and time wasters (I can barely even remember the relevance of the caper episode with C. Thomas Howell as the hitman now) that when we got to last week's episode and its jump ahead in time, the show suddenly had to allude to a whole bunch of huge plot developments that we never got to see - and which, frankly, seemed more interesting than many of the things we did. (Like the episode and a half devoted to the crazy caricature who murdered Dr. Juarez.) Read More...



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