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Torchwood Miracle Day [Blu-ray]

John Barrowman , Russell T. Davies S , Russell T. Davies    Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Torchwood: Miracle Day opens with a fantastic premise: one day, everyone on earth stops dying. A murderous pedophile being executed survives; a CIA agent who gets punctured with rebar survives; victims of heart attacks and strokes and disease survive. The world population begins to skyrocket and the only clue is a word that flashed across the CIA's computers for only a moment: Torchwood--which all fans of BBC science fiction know is a British agency dedicated to investigating impossible and alien events. In short order, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) returns from his self-imposed exile and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) comes out of retirement to discover what's behind this instant immortality. Reluctantly merged with Jack and Gwen are two members of the CIA: an aggressive field agent who should be dead (Mekhi Phifer, 8 Mile) and an analyst who's never done field work at all (Alexa Havins). And how will that pedophile (Bill Pullman, Independence Day) fit into everything as he gradually becomes a cult figure and a media sensation? Unfortunately, the 10-episode series soon gets bogged down in conflicting impulses. Half of the show wants to be a thoughtful examination of how humanity would grapple with such a transformation, while the other half wants to be a thrill ride as Torchwood peels back layers of conspiracy. These halves seem like they ought to mesh, but they undercut each other; what would be a compelling revelation for one of these threads seems lackluster for the purposes of the other. What makes Miracle Day still worth watching are the human moments: a wonderful backstory romance for Jack and an encounter between the pedophile and an escort have an emotional payoff that's far more significant than the conspiracy, which grows increasingly forced. And Gwen Cooper remains a delightful character, grounded in the prosaic world while wrestling with the mysterious unknown; she's the perfect audience surrogate. The basic pleasures of Torchwood are muddled in Miracle Day, but what succeeds will still be essential to the show's fans. --Bret Fetzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Twisted Dec 5 2012
By Grace
Format:DVD
I love Doctor Who and I understand Torchwood takes a darker tone, but this one was very disappointing, and frankly a bit twisted. A child molester as a major character, people being burned alive, and gratuitous sex scenes that didn't really do much for the plot. I kept thinking it would get better but it was mainly unpleasant to watch.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Torchwood is an interesting show. The premise is essentially "Doctor Who for adults," taking place in the same universe and drawing from the same mythology while abandoning the all-ages demographic for a strictly adult one. After two interesting full seasons and the powerful 'Children of Earth' mini-series, production of the show became a joint U.S./U.K. affair and found a new home on the Starz network. How does this newest series stack up?

'Miracle Day' has a bang-on premise. What if everyone in the world stopped dying? What if you could survive mortal wounds, third-degree burns, deadly diseases and debilitating and chronic conditions? What if everyone could live out their daily lives without fear of dying? Torchwood attempts to explore these questions by focusing on how the world would deal with the sudden panic of a mass population explosion and the realization that there simply isn't enough room on the planet. The first few episodes of the show tackle these events while making the Torchwood team a viable entity again. After a kill-order by the British government during the events of 'Children of Earth,' Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper have gone into hiding. Someone is looking for them again, and soon the two reunite under force from CIA agent Rex Matheson who is seeking his own answers about the "miracle" after being impaled through the heart during a vehicular accident. After settling their differences, Harkness forms a cohesive, rogue version of Torchwood which includes CIA analyst Esther Drummond. The team's investigations soon criss-cross with several separate plotlines including a convicted child rapist and murderer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) whose execution fails due to the miracle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best torchwood June 1 2014
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Fantastic. Exceeded my expectations. The entire series is the best produced. They thought of everything. Enjoyed watching it, not a boring moment.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle Day is Compelling March 1 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Just when you thought Torchwood couldn't get any darker, along comes Miracle Day, a hypnotically compelling and uncomfortably disturbing drama. The acting is superb, the storyline well-written and all too believable. There are many loose threads that beg for follow-up, and so many characters that we have come to care about, that it is a great pity the series is unlikely to continue. I hope fans will lobby the networks (American, Canadian, British)to revive the show.
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