Created by: Russell T. Davies
Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, John de Lancie
Synopsis: With the knowledge that the Blessing extends through the centre of the Earth, Rex and Ester have headed to its location at Buenos Aires, while Gwen and Jack have headed to Shanghai, with Oswald Danes in tow. This being the final episodes, all loose story threads are tied up and we finally have a resolution. Or do we…?
Miracle Day is now over, both as a television series, as well as a fictional event. Perhaps I should declare spoilers with a statement like that, but after ten episodes, I think the fact that global immortality was due to end would of course be a foregone conclusion. Knowing the ending, why watch? Well why did Titanic break box office records, it is all about the journey to the inevitable end.
The Blood Line delivers all you can hope from a season finale. As mentioned above, we finally have a resolution. We are given a reason why the miracle itself occurred, and exactly how it could be terminated. The first episode does feel a bit like it is all preamble, but it does successfully build to a tense, dramatic climax. A few shocks were in store, and they were delivered really well.
If I have one criticism, it is one of comparison. I have reviewed each Miracle Day episode now (see our Television Series Review Index for links), and a comment I have made consistently is that at ten episodes, this series lost the sharpness which we had previously seen on the likes of the last season, The Children of Earth. Also, given previous output in the Torchwood cannon, the previous seasons do come up superior. This being the case, a season finale can only be the sum of its parts, and Miracle Day once again suffers by comparison to Children of Earth. The climax to that series reached a huge emotional crescendo. Indeed, it was so shocking, I can understand it would have been very tough to top that ending.
I hate to be negative, as this was a truly entertaining episode, especially the last fifteen minutes. I was caught off guard though, I had heard some word that there was going to be no Torchwood after this, unless Davies came up with a really good idea. Indeed, reports suggest that Starz, the American company that co-funded the series, may not be interested in renewing the contract. Yet there are two elements at the end of this episode that indicate another ideas may be there yet. Despite my criticism, the prospect does excite me, and with a bit of polish on the pacing, I think it has the potential to be amazing… that said though, I am a true fan, so I am biased!!
4 stars out of 5
Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 10 trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0ISe2O1FLU]