Things have been dragging far too long, but this episode course corrected to some degree. Jack and Gwen are the stars of Torchwood, and I'm glad we got to actually see them in this episode. Especially since we got some funny moments with Jack being his charismatic and some moments of Gwen being her kickbutt self. The pacing is still too slow - it's like if 4/5 of Children of Earth was investigating why the children were chanting in rhythm with zero progress or leads. We've spent too long talking about the Miracle, it's time to give us something - SOMETHING - about who is really behind it and why. The best lead, 'someone wants Jack dead,' is back here as the mysterious hostage takers demand Jack in exchange for Gwen's family. It's hard to root for TorchwoodUSA when Vera's toast, Esther's a blubbering useless mess, and Rex is a tactless jerk. Note to Rex and Vera - when you're at a disadvantage, don't antagonize your captors and expect it to turn out well. Anyway, this show isn't about the political and social ramifications of sudden non-death. It's a show about the Torchwood team protecting the human race. We've had too much of the former, how about some of the latter now?