Torchwood: Miracle Day

Season 1 Episode 10

The Blood Line

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 09, 2011 on Starz
8.1
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At the end of their road, Torchwood has to realize that stopping the Three Families and saving the world comes at a high price.

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  • That was... pretty cool.

    9.0
    Hey, resolutions haven't been the forte of any of the Whoverse's creators since the reboot. I think we can all agree on that. Deus ex machinas are frequent, situations collapse by talking about them and things pretty much don't actually ever happen.

    So I'm not going to pretend none of that happens here as well.

    I will say this, though: it's all better paced and executed than usual. With the show's relentless cruelty towards its characters, I was prepared for almost any member of the cast to get killed or to be brought back in an unexpected final reveal, but when just that happened, it did feel earned. The rules of the "miracle" are just as random as any other Torchwood or Doctor Who plot, but with the added time and the slow revelations about what was going on, they almost seem to make *sense*, and the gleefully nondescript villains the show has used this season have been pretty cool, taking full advantage of RTD's knack for quick quirks and bit part characterization.

    I was, I admit, a bit thrown back at the final revelation of the episode. It felt like a cheap trick, less revelatory than Jack's ascension at the end of Who's season 1, if only because the scope of the season was only earth-wide. Upon reflection, though, it was also season-wide, and the "Blessing" was built up to be a big enough deal to almost justify it.

    Oh, well, whether or not Torchwood comes back for another US run, this has been a decent, if uneven, season. I'll take it if it does return and I'll quietly acknowledge it if it doesn't. Either way, I don't regret the extra season. Admit it, you all thought they'd screw up much, much worse when you heard they were going to do it for a US network.moreless
  • After watching this season drag on I dutifully gave this series a chance. Characters I didn't care about. Situations that didn't matter. Overall this whole series was extremely lacking compared to past seasons. The ending was almost insulting.moreless

    1.0
    The questions raised through the series were answered, leaving me to wonder why they were asked in the first place. Themes in the final episode have been done before and much better. Jack seems to be tired of his long life which has shown throughout the series which resulted in a somewhat tired serious and fairly cliche ending. The teasers and the end for what I assume are upcomming seasons were... well lame is the only word I can use that seems accurate.

    As a long time fan of the series, I think the entire season is forgettable. A shame because the basic premise was sound. A lack of charisma this time around from Jack and a complete lack of chemistry between the characters means I won't be watching any re-runs. Go back to previous seasons if you want to see what Torchwood was really about.moreless
  • The Blood Line

    8.5
    The Blood Line was a great episode and season finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it wrapped up the story lines well, had action, drama, intrigue, and surprises. Rex thought ahead and it may have really payed off in the end, depending on your point of view. It was sad to see a beloved character suffer. I felt the episode could have been better in some ways, however I still found it entertaining and sustaining enough. I look forward to any future Torchwood series!!!!!moreless
  • my thoughts to this ending , and some comments

    8.5
    .. from this series and what it was derived from

    - the conclusion is very much torchwood / doctor who - that we must always learn to carry the burdens of our lives on our shoulders . the methodologybehind these shows that ARE made in the UK , not in anywaytrans versingto speak to american television , but bring about morals and understandings that let our minds ponder about the what-ifs , the who-would , or whatever one might question about the underlayingexistencethat could lay buried beneath all these centuries of our planet's history . i find the show open to thoughts and reasons that we are openly allowed to question , who what why when how , and it plays out the ending .

    even if jack had a horrible life , it is he who must learn to suffer it alone to atone (in a way) just like the lone centurion (rory) we know from doctor who . friends lost , friends gained - in life that all happens . we all have a spine to our own books , our own stories - something that we will eventually share with others -moreless
  • I found this episode to be better then the other episodes this season, but not by too much. I thought the overall story was a really good premise, but the execution of it in direction, pacing, and hitting those emotional marks was lacking.moreless

    7.0
    (mild spoilers follow)

    Maybe it was something about the music seeming jarring at points thoughout the season, or the performances that were good but for some reason I expected better of Mekhi Phifer. Maybe its because the writers thought the usual Cap'n Jack Harkness angst had to be repeated this season for the new US crowd and a longtime viewer like myself could have done without the repeat. But something just seemed... off... throughout the entire series. I was not happy that a certain character who dies at the end - died. As a longtime Torchwood viewer I should expect that (and it should not be much of a spoiler to anybody) but maybe because it was the character that I felt I connected to the most during this series I felt a big let down.

    I still love Russell Davies' writing, and I still do like how the season's Miracle Day plot had you considering the bigger picture of no one ever dying, but I don't think his writing and dialogue was as tight as it was in previous seasons and hope that if there IS a next season, (and that may be a very big IF after this season) whatever pressures he's had to conform to the new network's needs take that into account. This whole season came off as sci-fi cheese, Gwen's dialogue at the beginning of the episode was a good example of that. I thought "So they couldn't think of a situation to give us exposition into her thoughts about possibly killing her father so they just had her talk directly into the camera? Puhleze." It was sad because Torchwood has the groundwork to be so much more, with adult themes that could help it come off more like HBO's quirky true blood, but in the sci-fi instead of fantasy genre.

    I find myself missing the Torchwood of old! I know its got the chops to have just as engaging a storyline, emotionally compelling and also be a little bit sexier. I hope if there is a season 5 it will be better.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

Kai Owen

Kai Owen

Rhys Williams

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Oswald Danes

William Thomas

William Thomas

Geraint Cooper

Guest Star

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Allen Shapiro

Guest Star

Teddy Sears

Teddy Sears

Blue-Eyed Man

Guest Star

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Jilly Kitzinger

Recurring Role

Marina Benedict

Marina Benedict

Charlotte Wills

Recurring Role

Sharon Morgan

Sharon Morgan

Mary Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

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    • Gwen: When I was about 5 or 6, my dad came home from work early. And I knew there was something wrong, I could hear voices from the kitchen. So I looked through the door and I could see him crying. Turned out money'd gone missing from work and he got the blame. So I went to get all my pocket money and I put it in his hand. Must have been about two pound fifty. He looked at me and said it wasn't about the money. He said "I can't stand anyone thinking I'm not an honest man," and I've always remembered that. Always. Because that was the first time in my life anybody had spoken to me like an adult. And then we went to the back garden and we played until dark. So that's my dad. Geraint Wynn Cooper, the nicest man in the world. And today's the day that I kill him.

    • Oswald: Who are you?
      Jack: Captain Jack Harkness.
      Oswald: No. I spent a long time in prison. And I know the smile of a man who's done terrible things. And your friends. I've been watching them. Sometime they like you, sometimes they love you... and sometimes once or twice, fluttering away in those tiny little gaps, they fear you.
      Jack: I'm from the future.
      Oswald: Well, now.
      Jack: I come from the future.
      Oswald: Then you must know. Do we make it through this day?
      Jack: The future can change. it's being written right now. One thing I do know. I've seen the stars. I have seen the universe. I have seen the human race become vast and magnificent and endless. And I wish you could see it, Oswald. I wish you could see that, too. Because then you'd know how small you've made your life.

    • Gwen: It's me. Still alive.
      Rhys: You'd better be or there'll be trouble. Anwen says hello.
      Gwen: No she doesn't, she's tiny, she has no clue.
      Rhys: It's okay.
      Gwen: Sorry.

    • The Mother Colasanto: It is said that it reflects your own self back at you. What can you see?
      Gwen: Enough guilt to last me a lifetime. But that's okay, I'm a working mother, I don't need the Blessing to tell me that.

    • Gwen: But you ruined the world out there.
      The Mother Colasanto: The Miracle shocked the economy, the economy collapsed. We tear down in order to rebuild. Now it's almost within sight. A new world.
      Gwen: Yeah, with no room for the poor or the weak or the ones who don't fit in.
      The Mother Colasanto: It's the way the world works now, we're just making it official.

    • The Mother Colasanto: You'll both die, gentlemen. You'll both kill yourselves. You'll die in a pit in Shanghai. Is that what you want?
      Jack: I think I've lived long enough.

    • Gwen: But Rex, we've got to do this. And I'm going to tell you why. Because I'm standing here and I'm staring at Oswald Danes. And he chose when that girl lived and he chose when that girl died. And no one should have that power. Not the rich, not the mad, not anyone.
      Oswald: You're choosing now.
      Gwen: Yeah, watch me.
      Oswald: You'll kill Jack and Rex and that girl, Esther. All of your Torchwood team. You'll kill them all.
      Gwen: Yeah. Yeah.
      Oswald: You are magnificent!

    • Gwen: And that's what I did. In a pit in old Shanghai. I brought death back to the world. They said it was like a breath, a breath that went around the whole wide world. The last breath. And then no more. We said goodbye to them then: the dads and the mums, the sick and the old, the friends and the neighbors, and the people we once met. And the people whose names we never knew. We said goodbye to them all on the day that death came back.

    • Oswald: Oh, soon I'll see her!
      The Mother Colasanto: You won't see anybody, Danes, you're going to Hell!
      Oswald: That's where they go. All the bad little girls, they run straight to Hell. And I'm following!

    • Jack: Lucky she got a full service. There's ten funerals every hour these days. Catching up with the backlog.
      Rhys: Well, that'll make us all feel better.

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