Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz which aired on August 26th, is seriously coming together to get us closer to what Miracle Day is all about and that Jack may not be the only remarkable thing on the planet Earth.
The episode picks up from the last episode where we see Angelo’s granddaughter (played by Nana Visitor) taking Jack and the team to Angelo’s house in Las Vegas, where he is still alive but no longer young. This is where Olivia Colasanto goes into lecture mode and proceeds to give us and the team a lesson on how longevity of life is possible with other creatures other than Jack. She also talks about the Blessing as well as the Three Families. Gwen is so ticked at Olivia Colasanto especially when she finds out why they held her family hostage, not to kill Jack but to coerce her into bringing him to Angelo. Is it a wonder she is ticked?
What is evident here is that Angelo Colasanto regretted his part in the many deaths of Jack back on the 1920’s and while he married and raised a family, he was also, privy to what The Families were about. With the knowledge that Jack gave him Angelo made money for himself as well as stalked Jack throughout his life.
What is interesting, as the team are in the room with Angelo, around them are TV’s on mute, showing how the rest of the world is coping with the idea of a prolonged life which does not look good as the stocks are plummeting. This is one thing that RTD seems to love, showcasing the news from TV’s being on to actually showing newscasters giving up clues in regards to scenes.
When the names of the Three Families is revealed (Ablemarch Costerdane, Frines), Esther is not able to find anything on them. While all of the team is in the house, Esther is outside filtering everything that is happening inside through her computer and we see that Friedkin is back with his own team of rogue CIA agents to try and clean up the mess he created.
Friedkin gets Rex alone and this is where we learn that Rex played Friedkin to get him captured. This is his only redeeming quality throughout the whole episode. He apparently got Gwen’s I-5 lenses. This was a little awesome moment. That is until Friendkin “kills” himself including Olivia Colasanto.
Shapiro, Friedkin’s boss comes in and takes over this operation. Once Shapiro steps into the scene he becomes the typical American hard-a** in charge kind of guy who really gets on Gwen’s nerves but because he is that guy he instantly refuses to listen to her and demands that she be deported. Bye-bye Gwen.
As Jack is saying his last good-byes to Angelo, he does something unprecedented and dies. This is where Jack realizes that Angelo’s bed was on a null field, an alien technology from Torchwood, but which allowed him to be spared the Miracle.
In the course of talking to her sister, Esther learns that there is a new phenomenon that people are choosing to volunteer to become Category 1 because they can’t choose to go on to live life forever. That is some insane bull and yet for those who are fragile of mind, then this is not a surprise, but still insane. Fired up now to get to the bottom of the how Angelo died, Esther is the one who finds the null field and when Jack realizes it he asks her to keep quiet, but it is dumb emotional Esther so of course she tells. Again 8 episodes in, why is she even relevant, why is she here in this world? She still does NOT get that there is a reason for things that Torchwood works behind the scenes not give things up. She is just way too emotional for this line of work.
Jack nullifying the sound asks for Rex and Esther to come to his aid. He starts to tell them what he has done, but lo and behold, Rex (even though he has seen quite a bit by this time) can’t believe and for a minute there it appears that he is about to give up what Jack is about. Again, why oh why is Rex not getting that there is a reason Torchwood has been secret for so long? And why they are not part of the government, but their own separate entity.
Rex finally comes through and helps Jack escape, but of course with both Rex and Esther helping, it goes to hell in a hand-basket pretty quick. Jack has been shot, and is unconscious as Esther is driving to who knows where. And she is crying and getting all emo over the fact that she does not know what to do. Yes she is pretty much useless at this point.
We finally get Oswald and Jilly back. And it appears that he is not done with hurting females. He asks for a red-headed woman. Apparently Oswald Danes wants a ginger because he likes chicks with no soul. For those who got that reference, you rock.
Once the prostitute is with Danes he starts acting weird. But the prostitute starts getting under his skin, provoking him, when all he wanted was a date. As she leaves she tells him that he is now a Category 0.
What the Hek? Another Category has been established for those like Danes who have been morally sentenced to burn alive. Yikes, but he was already sentenced to die for his crimes, why not? Danes does not take this well and slaps Jilly around when she tells him, showing that he is still very much the monster he tried to hide behind words. She fights back but he runs off with her personal effects.
As Jilly and Shani, the CIA agent are leaving the hotel, the man who Jilly saw before, comes out of the elevator to talk to her. He shoots Shani matter of fact and then advises Jilly she is up for a promotion, which she gladly takes. He gets on the phone and this is where we learn the woman who is in the CIA, the one who has been helping Esther, Charlotte is actually part of the Family. And no I did not see that coming, and it was a total shock as well as scream out moment for me.
The character John De Lancie plays is definitely commanding and such a welcome relief to the other American actors that it is a wonder that he has not been involved in the show from the beginning. He was funny, he was mean and above else, simply wonderful.
Gwen is so feisty here. She is being kicked out of the picture, but before this she is very vocal though out the scenes and sticks up for Jack several times, which is such a welcome relief from when she was ready to throw him under the bus last episode. You know why she does it, but still good to see her and Jack as a team.
I have to say at this juncture, both Rex and Esther both are really not characters that are developed any more than how we seen them since episode 1. Rex is still an a**hole and Esther is still an emotional wreck who makes too many stupid decisions. Thank goodness for Jilly and Oswald Danes to help make sure that the Americans are not a total loss.
Other than Rex and Esther, this episode was by far the best episode as it is getting us closer to The Families, The Blessing and the Miracle. We learned that the Families are all over the place and apparently in all branches of the government. This episode also had nice pacing and gave us even more information as to why alien tech should never be in the hands of humanity or the government.
What did you think?
Torchwood: Miracle Day stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, and Bill Pullman. One day nobody dies, thus setting off a chain of events that pits the remaining Torchwood crew with America’s CIA to get to the bottom of this issue.
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