Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 9 – The Gathering

Created by: Russell T. Davies

Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, John de Lancie

Synopsis: Two months have passed since the events of the last episode.   Jack and Esther are in hiding in Scotland.   She is tending to his wounds, while also collecting his blood thinking it may have significance.   Jilly Kitzinger is sent to Shanghai by her new employers, complete with a name change.   Gwen and Rhys are in Wales, concealing her category one father.   They receive an unexpected house guest in the form of one Oswald Danes, whom has some information he wishes to get to Jack.

As expected, a number of pieces of the puzzle are revealed this week, clearly with the goal to wrap everything up in next week’s season finale.   Yet, despite being closer to the truth, and the maintenance of a certain level of intrigue, this is yet again another episode that feels over-long and one that really should have been more exciting.   Perhaps the writers intentionally are saving all the drama for an explosive finale.   I hope so, because I can’t help but wonder if the series had a shorter episode run, would it have been sharper and overall more exciting.

To be fair, te episode is not bad by any stretch.   I enjoyed the revelations that were made, it was even a nice moment when Rhys was the person to make a vital connection.   The Jilly Kitzinger, now Lucy Statton Meredith, scenes are also of great interest.   Following her path we finally get a hint as to how she is connected to everything, a fact we are indeed discovering with her.   Yet, aside from Rex’s own abortive investigations, there is little else to watch here.   Gwen protecting her father builds the emotion motivation for her character, yet one could argue that this has already been aptly established.

What this episode also lacks is a sense of humour.   I think I can safely call myself a Torchwood aficionado, and I have seen what has made the series great in the past.   Even when situations were dire, we got some bittersweet comic moments from the supporting cast.   Rex and Esther have now been established as good characters, yet I still miss Tosh, Owen, and especially Ianto.   The problems with the episode are minor, but it suffers from comparison.   Torchwood was more often than not brilliant, so as a fan, an episode that lacks real punch becomes a disappointment.

One episode to go guys, please don’t let me down!!

3 stars out of 5


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