Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 8 – End of the Road

Created by: Russell T. Davies

Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Wayne Knight, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor

Synopsis: Jack meets again with Angelo, now a very old man who succeeded in prolonging his life, though failed to obtain eternal youth.   He has been observing Jack all the years since they last met.   Rex proves his innocence to the director of the CIA, Shapiro (de Lancie).   Back in the CIA fold, they are present when Angelo is the first person to die since miracle day, the cause being a null-field which interferes with the morphic field causing the phenomenon.

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Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 7 – Immortal Sins

Created by: Russell T. Davies

Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Tom Price, Daniele Favilli, Nana Visitor

Synopsis: Gwen kidnaps Jack as directed by the mysterious group that has her family held hostage.   In a series of flashbacks, we see Jack in 1927, in a relationship with an immigrant named Angelo, whom he hopes can be a companion on his travels with Torchwood.

Not a lot actually happens in this episode to further unravel the mysteries of Miracle Day.   Instead, we are given a character development episode, with a large focus on Jack’s past.   I for one welcome the change of pace, and thought it was a very smart move at this stage in the series, with only three episodes remaining to build to a climax after this one.

Little time is actually spent on Gwen, with Jack tied up in the back of her car while she receives instructions through her I-5 lenses where to go.   These moments are just as powerful as the flashbacks to Jacks past, and really explore the motivations and conflicts that exist in both characters.   Despite their affection for each other, they have priorities beyond their friendship, and these come to the surface quite powerfully.   Jack wants to live and will try any deceit or force to achieve that end.   Gwen is mainly concerned with the safety of her family.   This leads to brief but powerfully emotional scenes that have an impact that remain after the end credits have rolled.

The 1927 story is quite well put together, and in my opinion successfully expands the character of Captain Jack.   It is another male-male romance to start with, with a very early sex scene which was quite artistically shot, though at the time I queried whether it was once again necessary though.   As the story continued though, this scene proved integral.   Angelo (Favilli) is a Mediterranean illegal immigrant who steals Jack’s papers to get into the US.   Despite this, they become friends, and Jack seduces him.   He enjoys being with Jack, but being religious is also pained with the guilt of who he is.   As being with Jack gets dangerous, things get interesting as Angelo still wants to be with him.   This leads to the most blatant yet delightful Doctor Who reference yet, as Jack decides to travel with a companion.   It is too much for Angelo to handle, however, when he discovers Jack’s immortality, fearing him to be a devil.

Back in modern-day, and the episode ends with a fantastic cameo by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Nana visitor being the underling sent to collect Jack at the meeting place.   She gets the fun job of dropping this episode’s cliffhanger moment.

Though this episode does not have as many exciting moments, as a character driven episode it is of quite superior quality, and my hopes that Starz has not destroyed what was so great about the first three seasons may indeed yet prove boundless.

4.5 stars out of 5

 

Torchwood Miracle Day Episode 7 on IMDB

Torchwood Miracle Day Episode 7 trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33gtgYfEayA]