Torchwood: Miracle Day

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 15, 2011 on Starz
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Episode Summary

Their flight to the United States turns into a battle for Jack's life. Meanwhile, Esther has to realize that she and Rex have become a target alongside Torchwood.

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  • Great show as always with an interesting plot but I do have a few small concerns after watching episodes 1 & 2.

    While I understand a lot of the back-story needs to be re-established for the new US audience and the 'Miracle day' plot itself needs to take shape, however, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed that so little has happened in the first two episodes. Granted, we've had explosions and fire-fights etc but when you take away all these effects your left with two episodes where Gwen and Jack got reunited and then extradited to the United States. At the end of the second episode they was only just leaving the airport. This is my only small complaint so far as I was hoping it would be far more fast paced than this.

    I'm hoping this complaint will be mute by the end of the next episode because I must admit, they have introduced a lot of mini sub-plots within the show so I guess this allows them to stretch the show out. It'll be interesting to see how it all comes together, especially the plot surrounding that convicted sex offender who got released.moreless
  • Forget what you felt about old Torchwood, this is fun TV in its own right.

    So I watched this without feeling the need to break my reviewing hiatus until I read Tim Surette's recap and he mentioned that somehow people are complaining about this.

    So, what gives? I mean, I haven't read any of this alleged criticism, but I just don't see the room for it. Well, wait, I guess I do see how loyalist fans might go all angry cultist on a change of cast and a US reboot on principle. And yeah, ok, this being technically Doctor Who fandom-related, the anti-RTD nerd squad might not be willing to give it a chance, but here's the thing:

    It's fun.

    No, seriously. Continuity, nerdiness and all that crap aside, this is great, great fun. American TV is so often stuck between either too weighty stuff, like Breaking Bad or Walking Dead, and fluff that is so overmarketed that it just doesn't feel enjoyable, like Hawaii Five-0 or Bones. Where else in TV can you find a fun action romp with a playful attitude and great characterization? The fact that the chemistry between the leads and, surprisingly, also between the new cast members, comes built in also helps.

    As for this episode, yeah, a bunch of time was spent doing the equivalent of a very hectic cooking show McGiver-style, and I get how the setting might be a bit off-putting to some, but hey, coming from Doctor Who I can tell you that ripping off flooring beats pointing a lantern at a pipe for a faux-action scene. Meanwhile, I'm once again glad that Eve Myles came with the premise because, let's be honest, there's no way she'd be cast on anything like this built from the ground up, but she makes me chuckle every time she acts annoyed or argy at anything. In fact, she's at her best when adding little glances or quips in the middle of casual situations, and less when trying to deliver cheesy badass lines, which she's struggled with for two episodes now.

    Beyond that, the ability to make every bit character and small situation into a memorable moment still sets this apart from any other action series currently on TV. Let's all agree that this is intended to be in the same league as Alphas or Warehouse 13 (if not Human Target and all that "action" crap) aaaand that it's the best in the category, too (I'm giving Alphas a chance to prove me wrong, though).

    So hey, haters be damned, I'm fully on board. I'll try to enjoy it, too, in case global stupidity fixes "The Miracle" and kills the show (seriously, how meta is that premise?).moreless
  • Oh dear Oh dear, being taken back to the US......

    and our heroes, ie Gwen and Jack, are in trouble. At least he is. This turned into a quite daft 'passenger ill on the flight and we must save him with what means are to hand' episode.

    We knew that resourceful Gwen would save him - after all he is immortal(normally) and doesn't die until millenia in the future as the Face of Bo. (see Dr Who, not the present one, the David Tennant incarnation)

    It does make things tricky when you can't kill anyone, not even by turning their head through 180°.

    Sorry, but must do better!moreless
  • Rendition

    Rendition was a superb episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of action, drama, suspense, intrigue and surprise. This episode brought the new Torchwood crew together through impossible circumstances. Esther and Rex inadvertently find themselves being used in a bigger plot having to to do with the destruction of every thing and every one related to Torchwood. I liked the last scenes where Rex, Jack and Gwen barely escape the clutches of these unknown foes. I look forward to watching the next episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day!!!!!!!moreless
  • Great to see Torchwood back on our screens!

    I honestly thought Torchwood had died a death after Season 3. Was a bit wary about it crossing the pond to the US and what that would do to the dynamic, but so far it's working well. Also thrilled to discover it's a full Season as when I originally heard about Miracle Day, I read that it was a three-parter. Brilliant to see Eve Myles and John Barrowman falling back into their roles so well. Looking forward to seeing how this all turns out.moreless
John Barrowman

John Barrowman

Captain Jack Harkness

Eve Myles

Eve Myles

Gwen Cooper

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

CIA Agent Rex Matheson

Alexa Havins

Alexa Havins

Esther Drummond

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Oswald Danes

Kai Owen

Kai Owen

Rhys Williams

Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman

Lyn Peterfield

Guest Star

Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock


Guest Star

Erin Chenoweth

Erin Chenoweth


Guest Star

Tom Price

Tom Price

Sergeant Andy Davidson

Recurring Role

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Jilly Kitzinger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Gwen: (getting in a Mini Cooper) I mean , what sort of getaway car is this? I thought you Americans all had these big SUVs. This is rubbish.

    • Gwen: This thing that's happening to the world, this miracle. It must have something to do with you.
      Jack: Great, so it's my fault.
      Gwen: Can't be a coincidence, Jack.
      Rhys: Of course it's not coincidence. Doesn't mean to say it's his fault.
      Jack: Rhys, are you defending me?
      Rhys: Well, actually it all got switched, didn't it? Nothing to do with Jack if the wires got crossed. Everything mortal becomes immortal. so everything immortal becomes mortal. See? I can be useful.

    • Rex: It's, uh, Danny, right? Now, listen, I'm not gay, but, uh, I'll let you feel me up if you go get me a vodka.
      Danny: Oh, I'm not gay either.
      Rex: All right then, well, I'll let you feel her up if you get me a vodka.

    • Gwen: You went to supervise him, that's what you said. Supervise. Who needs supervising pouring a drink? What did you supervise, exactly?
      Lyn: So now you're accusing anyone.
      Gwen: It's either you or the big gay steward. So that means only you.
      Danny: I'm not gay.

    • Rex: This is the mortal man, the one I was telling you about. Seriously, I think this man can die.
      Jack: Now you believe me.
      Rex: You shut up.

    • Danny: Be careful, its my good tie.
      Gwen: (sarcastically) You're definitely not gay.
      Danny: It was one time, okay?

    • Gwen: That was your last chance.
      Lyn: Yeah? What are you gona do about it? If you're the best England's got to offer, then God help you.
      Gwen: I'm Welsh.
      (punches her out)

    • Rex: Hey, uh, you know, I just remembered, there's one final piece of legislation needed to make this a full and proper rendition. And according to recent amendments to U.S. Code Section 3184 and Section 3185 in transferring prisoners from airside to landside, the law clearly states that, ah, once they touch down on American soil, they have free and easy access to one very important thing.
      Gwen: And what's that?
      Rex: Bullshit.

    • Rex: Now come on and follow me.
      Gwen: Hey! You get us arrested, okay? You break up my family, you nearly get Jack killed. Why should we go anywhere with you?
      Rex: Because I have a car.

    • Esther: What the hell was that? Was that Lyn? What the hell is going on?
      Gwen: Welcome to Torchwood.

    • Rex: No no no. This operation is mine. I thought of it. It's my idea, my execution.
      Lyn: You wanna piss on the plane? Make that yours too?

    • Gwen: They can't do this! I'm a British citizen on British soil.
      Rhys: Yeah? Well, you've been too busy watching aliens. The fact is the Americans have been getting away with this for years.
      Rex: Hey hey hey hey, what is that supposed to be? Criticism? What are you gonna do, write your M.P.?

    • Gwen: How's that cut on your arm?
      Jack: I'll survive. I'm mortal, not dying. Well, technically I guess I am dying, but slowly.

    • Gwen: I started to think it'd be like some kind of fairy tale. It'd be an old woman and you'd just turn up out of the blue, visit my granddaughter. I'd be ancient and you'd be exactly the same. Where did you go, Jack?
      Jack: A long way away.
      Gwen: And did it help? (Jack doesn't answer.)

    • Rex: Hey, lovebirds. Let me ask you a question. What the hell is this thing (shows Jack's vortex manipulator)? Huh? All it does is go bleep.
      Jack: So give it back to me.
      Rex: Yeah, I'm sure you'd like that. What does it do, measure how mortal you are?
      Jack: Still don't believe me?
      Rex: Please.
      Jack: The whole world can't die, but I'm the one who's being ridiculous.

    • Rex: Dr. Juarez, it's your favorite patient here and you have something that I want.
      Dr. Juarez: You sound like my ex-husband.
      Rex: Really? So does he call wanting drugs and sex?
      Dr. Juarez: Yes.
      Rex: Good man. But for now I'll just settle for the drugs.

    • Jack: Hey, can we have something to drink?
      Danny: I am not allowed to talk to you.
      Jack: Give it to us silently.
      Danny: I am not allowed to talk to you.
      Lyn: They can have water. It's okay, I can supervise it.
      Jack: Water? I'm American too. Can't I contribute to our global cultural hegemony with a nice frosty cola?

    • Jilly: I'm needed in Washington. You hold onto my card, sir. 'Cause there's a reason the churches are empty. People don't want to hear about Heaven. They'd rather hear from a man who has gazed into Hell itself, and that's you. And frankly I think if the Devil himself were to walk this earth, he'd need representation.
      Danes: If the Devil himself walked this earth, he'd surely be working in P.R.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 16, 2011 on SPACE
      United Kingdom: July 21, 2011 on BBC One
      Germany: August 17, 2012 on RTL II