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Torchwood: Miracle Day

September 11th, 2011 (01:37 am)
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Having seen Russell T Davies and Jane Espenson put an end to Torchwood: Miracle Day, I wonder which series they have been watching. I'm not certain it was the one which we have seen.

Yes, I know that's a cheap shot, but it does summarise what I felt during this episode. There are lines in the episode which depend on character development and relationship-building which I just don't think we've seen. There was a wit in the script which has been absent since the first week, and an endearingly familiar emotion-driven approach to causality. There's a moment to which all Esther's mistakes have been leading, and the most explicit Doctor Who references yet. I wonder where all this might be heading, given the hand-to-mouth existence the BBC has at the moment, and Doctor Who's drive to prove itself as a revenue-earning business in its own right, with the stage shows and the Experience; though co-production might be difficult to arrange given the BBC's need to retain sole ownership of the concept.

Starz have insisted that this is a one-season commitment, but it becomes clear as the episode progresses that it establishes expectations for franchise extension. One development is flagged early on, but none of the regulars sees it coming, and it's left until last, expecting the audience to be laughing knowingly and sharing the cast's bafflement at once. Torchwood remains, as Rex said of Wales, insane.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/449123.html.

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Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
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Haven't seen anything beyond episode 1 and a little bit of a much later episode which confirmed my opinion. I wonder how many people didn't bother to stick around for the 'revelations' of the last episode...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Lots, I imagine!

Posted by: meirion (meirion)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)

I have suffered through 9 episodes of this torture so far, so I assume I shall bother with the final episode, but I can't say I really want to ...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
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It shows a little of what might have been...

Posted by: gwydion_writes (gwydion_writes)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)

As a whole, the series was certainly watchable but you need to have someone with you to complain to and the final episode had even more gesturing at the screen and yelling "whaaaaat??" than usual- and probably not where you were supposed to feel that way. Still, glad it ran and at least it produced a reaction. Russ says that if the BBC wants to save money they should cancel Barrowman's other show which he deems unwatchable:):)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 11th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)

I've not seen any of this year's run of Tonight's the Night, though that's spangly showman Barrowman doing the 'magic wand' format...