Americanized reboot? We don’t think so . . .

- This latest installment of the “Doctor Who tie-in for grown-ups” has been called an Americanized reboot of the series. This isn’t entirely accurate.

- It isn’t entirely “Americanized.” Some of the action takes place in the States and some new regular American characters are introduced, but the series retains most (if not all) of the original British cast.

- It isn’t a “reboot” either. This isn’t the place for newbies to start. It continues from the previous Torchwood Children of Earth storyline with the secret Torchwood division being disbanded with most of its members dead.

- It’s flawed but hardly the train smash some long-time fans made it out to be. Part of the problem is that it is slow to start; some of the “heroes” (particularly the new ones) are unpleasant or annoying at times; and the finale doesn’t quite deliver on the kick-ass premise.

- It boasts a genuine kick-ass premise. Death suddenly stops one day. No one dies. Sounds great? Not really: imagine the strain on society: social services, medical health care, pensions, and so forth. Unchecked population growth and shortage of resources are already worrisome. Imagine if no-one dies . . . at all!

- Torchwood Miracle Day tells a single storyline over ten one-hour-long episodes. It feels reading a suitably epic graphic novel at times.

- Real life events have already overtaken Torchwood Miracle Day. The global population has already hit seven billion and exceeded the six billion and something mark featured in Torchwood Miracle Day’s opening credits sequence.

- In the early days of Torchwood the series made a point of flaunting its “adults only” status with loads of sex and gore (for TV). Torchwood Miracle Day goes out of its way with in some homosexual sex scenes almost as if to comfort long-time viewers: “See? We haven’t compromised at all.”

- It also hasn’t compromised on its anti-authoritarian stance. Like Children of Earth it is distrustful of authority and bureaucracy in ways in which American TV shows, even with their “maverick” protagonists outside the establishment, can never be.

- The scale of the production can be surprisingly epic at time with large sets, decent special effects and well-known locations, etc. Not too shoddy.

- For a highly trained division Torchwood can be right royal bunglers at times. Annoyingly so.

- Despite its flaws Torchwood Miracle Day remains fantastically compelling and exciting viewing.

 

 

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  • interdimensioner11

    Miracle day could have been a series itself, a what if scenario, brilliant, had me thinking.

  • stevendoyle

    Some truly idiotic writing.  Doing science fiction doesn’t mean that every situation can be divorced from reality.  (And, don’t try to write medical scenes if you think cyanosis indicates cyanide poisoning.)

  • Dark_scionproductions

    Well, lets see the flaws in the actual idea of Miracle Day. No One dies…hmm, initial ideas of how ‘bad’ that is, well lets see. Food would become scarce-well, if no one’s dying, then why eat? If you’re not gonna die, let people live without eating, it’d stop the problems of methane pollution via faecal matter and that would stop clogging up the oceans and polluting it. Oh and ‘if’ people are going to say ‘well, we’d simply end up lifeless sacks without energy to power our bodies, science can do so many things when there’s no longer any need to regulate the chance of killing someone with testing, so have them test drugs to keep people energized without producing waste.
    People could continue to ‘ live’ in highly polluted places without dying-stops the outlawing of areas like Chernobyl, so that’s a plus-oh and if we can’t die, then there’s no  worry about trying to colonize space-more space to allow an ever expanding human population.
    If you take a step back from the idea of ‘oh no, no ones gonna die!’ idea, then you’ll see that it would probably solve a hell of a lot of problems, I know there’s worries in the US about the amount of space that’s left for burials-which is still the preferred method for ceremony there, with no more deaths, that’s solved that problem. With no-one dying, then the world would be in trouble initially, until powers like the US and China would realize that they could claim the planets and moons of our solar system to increase the amount of space for people to live in.

    When looking at the idea seriously, it shows that Russel T Davis has seriously lost the plot with his original idea and there really shouldn’t be more to say.

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