"TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY" is engaging, enthralling and action-packed
by Mary Cochrane-McIvor

Spoiler-free review:  This review steers clear of plot details, mentioning only material in trailers, previews, character descriptions and, of course, the basic premise of this series: people stop dying on Earth.

I f you like a good story, well-told, watch “Torchwood: Miracle Day”. It’s that simple. The first episode of the joint STARZ-BBC production of Season 4 of the successful British series premieres in the USA on STARZ Friday, July 8. (Check local listings for time.)

Even if you’ve never seen or heard of “Torchwood” before, have no fear. You can jump right in at Season 4.  As the story opens, several of the new characters, and the world at large, find the name ‘Torchwood’ popping up and as they search for answers about some extraordinary events happening, it becomes apparent that the answers may have a connection to ‘Torchwood’, a secret British agency that no longer exists. Their search for answers aids the new viewer in getting up to speed.

“Torchwood: Miracle Day” has it all: a great story, action, intrigue, humor, mysterious events, engaging characters, heart and soul. “Torchwood” creator Russell Davies wrote Episode 1. Davies’ story drops the viewer right into the action, moving deftly among several related story lines.  The world is slowly recognizing and grappling with a sudden, bizarre, new reality: people have stopped dying, everywhere on Earth.  The phenomenon is hailed as ‘miracle day’.

The story follows American CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mehki Phifer) as he begins his search for answers about Torchwood and its connection to ‘miracle day’ with the help of fellow CIA agent  Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins).  Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur)  grapples with the impact of this event on medical care and  practice. Publicity hound Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose) is on the trail of this incredible event. The execution of  unrepentant pedophile/murderer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) takes an unexpected turn.

And “Torchwood” fans, have no fear, Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), living in seclusion with husband Rhys Williams (Kai Owen) and their new baby daughter, may be drawn back into the world of action and intrigue represented by ‘Torchwood’, especially when Captain Jack  (John Barrowman) returns.

“Torchwood: Miracle Day” is filled with plenty of  drama, action, intrigue, humor, extraordinary events, mystery, explosions, murder, close calls and heroic rescues.

Davies’ story-telling has an amazing succinctness and economy in presenting situations and then drawing the viewer in on an emotional and visceral level.

“Torchwood: Miracle Day” retains the spirit and tone of the original, very successful series while gracefully embracing and adding new characters, placing all the characters---returning and new---on an international stage.

The cast is beyond excellent. The pacing of the story is engaging and compelling.

This first episode will leave you intrigued, interested, breathless and waiting eagerly for the next installment.  Don’t miss the beginning of the adventure.

© 2011 Mary Cochrane-McIvor.  All rights reserved.

 

Bill Pullman as Oswald Danes in "Torchwood: Miracle Day"

Photo: STARZ

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" : Trailers and 'Behind the Scenes

Starz Screening Room: latest trailers and 'behind the scenes' features.

First glimpse of Pullman bringing Oswald Danes to life. Scroll down for the trailer.

"Torchwood" ARTICLE Links

On the set of "Miracle Day" with Kai Owen, Eve Myles and Bill Pullman_A.Duralde-'After Elton'

Interview with Russell T. Davies 6-14-11

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/07/torchwood-plot-miracle-day/

Torchwood gains Pullman

http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/8119/bill-pullman-becomes-torchwoods-most-wanted.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/torchwood_new_series

Bill Pullman as Oswald Danes in "Torchwood: Miracle Day". Photo: STARZ
Bill Pullman in "Torchwood": Villain, Hero or Capt. Jack? Exclusive Interview-click here
Bill Pullman and Eve Myles at the "Torchwood" panel at the TCA press tour on January 7, 2011. For more pictures, click here.
BILL PULLMAN & the cast of "TORCHWOOD" were at COMIC CON 2011 - San Diego, CA Friday, July 22.
TRAILER for "Torchwood: Miracle Day" shown at COMIC CON click here
Bill Pullman at COMIC CON 2011 on the "Torchwood" panel - July 22, 2011