The 3 Worst Logic Failures Of Torchwood: Miracle Day And Why I’ve Stopped Watching

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Like a lot of you I’ve been tuning in to Torchwood: Miracle Day. I was a big fan of the original BBC series, which was itself a spin-off of Doctor Who, and now they’ve brought the concept to America in a plot wrapped around this rather simple premise: What if one day, everyone stopped dying?

At first Miracle Day seemed to have really thought this through, the show began delving into the massive societal problems created by a world in which no one can die but people still get hurt and sick. Captain Jack Harkness and the gang ran around trying to save the day… but then something started going wrong.

One of the great strengths of Torchwood has always been its ability to cut right to the emotional core of any situation, no matter how completely bizarre or otherworldly that might be. Suddenly turned into a sex-crazed succubus? Torchwood has always been more interested in how that transformation would feel that the scientific ramifications of such a happening. But Miracle Day has taken that a step too far, and as the series has developed it seems to have abandoned all semblance of reason and logic in favor of shrill, political drum-banging and a clumsy attempt to portray the governments of the world as little better than the Nazi Party.

Here’s how they’ve screwed it up. These are the three worst examples of fuzzy thinking, logical fallacies, and just downright stupidity currently in play thanks to the inexplicably bran-dead, political-agenda driven writers of Torchwood: Miracle Day. Russell T. Davies, Jane Espenson… we expect more from you. Captain Jack Harkness deserves better ideas than these…

Warning: Spoilers follow.


Details On Torchwood’s New Characters

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In case you haven’t heard, Torchwood is coming back for another season, only this time it’ll only be seen exclusively on the pay cable channel STARZ. While some of the original cast will be back and they’ll probably keep the central premise, they’re retooling the show and, among other things, adding new characters.

Till now we haven’t known much about who or what those characters might be but EW has new information. Here it is:

Among the casting intel I’ve gathered on the new season (airing on my new favorite cable network, Starz), the show is out to cast a new series regular — Rex Matheson, a wickedly funny (operative word: wicked) CIA agent born to make waves. Almost as key to the new season are recurring characters Esther Katusi, a CIA grunt in her early 20s who learns what she’s really made of only when she’s forced to, and Oswald Jones, a convicted murderer and pedophile who will be as shocked as anyone to learn how easily infamy and fame can be exchanged for one another.

What’s the CIA doing involved with Torchwood, a British organization? Torchwood is moving to America.


Torchwood Will Get A Season 4

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torch1Torchwood: Children of the Earth has been airing for more than week now on BBC America and it debuted long ago in Great Britain. Word is, it’s been such a big success that it’s guaranteed a Torchwood season 4.

Dark Horizons attended the Doctor Who panel this weekend at the San Diego Comic Con where they got the details from showrunner Russell T. Davies:

Asked about a fourth season of “Torchwood”, Davies wouldn’t confirm any specifics but indicated the success of ‘Children of Earth’ means its a certainty and he sounded excited to be involved. Fans though hoping for the return of some previously deceased cast members should not hold out hope.


First Look At Doctor Who’s New Doctor And Companion

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This is going to take some getting used to. The new season of Doctor Who started production today and that means goodbye to David Tennant, who’s been replaced in the new season by a new actor. Matt Smith is the eleventh actor to play The Doctor and he’s accompanied by a new companion too. She’s Amy Pond, a redhead played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan.

Below we’ve got your first look at both actors in costume and on set together, as they prep for filming of their first scenes together as Doctor and companion. I’m going to miss David Tennant’s Chuck Taylors. I just hope this new Doctor keeps the trenchcoat. Check it out:



Review: 5 Nights With Torchwood Children Of The Earth

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torchOne of the strengths of the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood has always been its ability to get right to the point, without sacrificing character development. By delivering the next installment of the show as a 5-part miniseries, they’ve attempted to go in the other direction. Rather than squeezing a two hour story into a forty-five minute episode, Torchwood: Children of the Earth feels like they squeezed a two hour story into forty-five minutes, and then stretched it out into a five hours.

As a result, Torchwood: Children of the Earth ends up being about a lot more than your usual Torchwood episode. The focus here isn’t really on the Torchwood team as much as it is on a series of new characters brought in to flesh out their extra running time. At times you’ll be left wondering when they’ll get to the point, but for the most part it works, if only because those new supporting characters are so good.

In particular there’s John Frobisher, a civil servant, the equivalent of government middle management. Late in the story we’re told by one of his loyal underlings: “John Frobisher was a good man. Always remember that.” And that’s the real tragedy of his story. He is a good man, a hard working man, a uniquely British man who puts his head down and simply tries to get done what needs to get done. But when the unthinkable happens he’s forced into a series of horrible, hopeless choices.


Creepy Torchwood Children Of The Earth Clip

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We have a new clip from BBC America’s upcoming 5-night miniseries Torchwood: Children of the Earth. Watch it and get creeped out by kids below:

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