This was bad. Very, very bad.
Torchwood, Miracle Day is a very strange beast. It has a superb premise, with nobody dying and how the world is going to cope with it. It has some rather interesting new yanke charactors, each one with enough depth and back story to keep us interested. It has the brilliant Bill Pullman as the very sinister Oswald Danes. And, of course, it has its history, with Captain Jack, Gwen, and the Wales backdrop. All this is more than enough to produce some brilliant TV. Yet, week on week, they are failing miserably.
The plot crawls by at a snails pace. 5 minutes of it are stretched out painfully in each episode. This particular episode, however, increased the level of crapness to infinite proportions. Man, did this one suck.
Take the whole gay scenes, for a start. It was immensely obvious that the whole gay relationship was written purely down to some agenda of the writers. The seduction, sex andinnuendoscenes not only wereunessential, but downright boring. What does it matter if Angelo feels guilty about a same sex romp in a hotel room? What does it matter if, as Jack puts it, "two men is soooo wrong!" What does it matter how many times Jack gives this bloke one? Absolutely nothing. Jack had a relationship with the bloke who's behind it all, years ago. That is all that matters. The rest of it, the whole gay relationship, is there to, once again, smash us over the head with the gay agenda. This is one of Russell T Davies' biggest weaknesses as a writer, and its a big one. Hetro or gay, the whole relationship felt like filler, and an excuse to shove in a sex scene.
But unfortunately there is no silver lining away from the boring, pointless love story. Oh no! Gwen and Jack's dynamic in the car is probably the most interesting thing about the entire episode, to becompletelyforgotten about right at the end with a quick hug. The viewer is simply sat there wondering, "what was the point?" And, after all the trouble the bad guys went through to kidnap Gwen's family, it all makes little difference anyway as they know Jack will come no matter what to see hisItalianStallion.
Torchwood continues to limp its way to its conclusion, and I can only hope that after this week there is a huge improvement. Itdisappointsme how such a brilliant premise can be screwed up so bad, but then, with a writer more concerned about showing two blokes at it in every scene he can instead of good story telling, what hope does it have.