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Torchwood: Miracle Day (4 Discs)

Released on 14 November 2011

Featuring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles & Kai Owen

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies.
Day after day, the phenomenon continues. And a secret British institution named Torchwood seems to hold the answers...

CIA agents Rex Matheson and Esther Drummond investigate the only two surviving members of the team - Gwen Cooper, who has retreated to a remote Welsh hideaway with her husband and new baby, and the mysterious, brilliant Captain Jack Harkness. But they soon find themselves on the same side, fighting the greatest threat to humanity ever known - humanity itself.

For Earth is filling up, fast. Resources are running out. And as history has shown, bad things happen when good people get desperate.

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 big let down

| | See all dangermouseuk78's reviews (1)

I enjoyed torchwood up until this series the move to America has not worked in my view. Story dragged on Soooo long to reach what was a very low key ending and a very unsurprising one at that.

I personally enjoyed Torchwood for the main reason is that it wasnt American centric , was refreshing to see a scifi show that didnt revolve around the US to the point you'd think there wasnt any other countries in the world.

 On par with series 3, MUCH better than series 1 & 2.

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Torchwood Miracle Day started slow, I'll admit, and at first I wasn't convinced that it was going to work. The first episode felt completely different to its predecessor, Day 5, and it was too "Americanized". I'm usually a fan of American shows, but to convert a British show into an American show is risky, and at first it didn't work.

Jack and Gwen didn't appear much at first. Rex and Esther appeared too much. The show picked up immediately in the next episode, and I loved the scene on the airplane with Jack being poisoned. The first four episodes were slow in parts, but good in others. Episode 5 is where the show really picked up for me. The conclusion was both unexpected and heart-wrenching. Torchwood has been emotional in the past, and so it was a welcome return for me.

One of the best plots of this series was Gwen's fight for her family, and her father's health problems. In previous series I haven't been Gwens biggest fan, but Eve has been fantastic this series.

The final six episodes were all fantastic and I'd rate them all as 10/10. The conclusion (i.e. what caused the Miracle) was predictable but it wasn't a let down. The finale was emotional and dramatic. Several plot points were left uncertain and unanswered which may anger some, but excites me as it looks more hopeful that there will be a fifth series. I hope so!

If I had to critique the show at all, there would be two points that annoyed me. Firstly - only one alien appeared in the show (briefly) which annoyed me greatly as aliens have appeared prominantly in previous series. And secondly - Torchwood and Doctor Who have always maintained a tight continuity. However, the events of Miracle Day are never even mentioned in series 6 of Doctor Who (which occurs in the same time period).

Overall, however, 10/10.

Roll on series 5!

 Still enjoyable

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Many people condemned the series and wrote a review after the first episode, It felt like many wanted the series to fail now that it is a joint venture with America. I like the story with Earth facing a phenomenon known as "Miracle Day", where for over 24 hours nobody dies, and the world will become unsustainable to the soaring population within four months. Every United States Government agency receives a tip on Torchwood, only to later find every trace of the word deleted by the newly returned Jack Harkness, who discovers that he is now mortal. Separately, he and CIA agent Rex Matheson - who has suffered a 'fatal' accident but cannot die - travel to South Wales to find Gwen Cooper, who is living in exile with husband Rhys and infant daughter Anwen. Jack, Rhys and Gwen find themselves under attack by unknown mercenaries in a helicopter. After Jack saves them, Rex arrives and has Jack and Gwen extradited back to the United States. This was called a re-boot by Russell T Davis, the idea is a interesting one, however I do feel this is not a enjoyable as children of the earth which posed a far more interesting question.I except as many others have said that this could have been better and faster moving, however I do hope the mixed reception of the series will not mean a cancellation, and the production team learn and move on to a better story for a hopeful series five. One of the problems I personally found was again this disaster has been caused by something Jack did in his past, which is a little predictable. The idea of one story over 10 episodes is not a problem with me but perhaps going like "24hrs", have a couple of stories interwoven with the twists and turns would help. However I found the last three episodes gripping TV.

 Americanised Rubbish

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If you loved the fast paced standalone very British series that Torchwood have done in the past then this is a big let down. The story is strung out into far too many episodes where often little or nothing happens. Captain Jack is no longer in charge and we have to listen to a CIA agenda being played out. As a fan since the start of Torchwood I found this an awful americanised version which seems to have been transformed purely so they could introduce it to a US market. Shame on the BBC.

 Torchwood but different

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Now, this series of Torchwood will have different opinions with every viewer, mainly because it is different. Many people will criticize the American touch on the popular TV show and it shows. But are the changes for the better?

Personally I loved the series, there were some episodes in the middle that seemed to be "filler" episodes and leading you further on in the series rather than providing action but it all made sense. I have to say, as a fan who has watched Torchwood and Doctor Who since it came back in 2005, it is still a great program. The main criticism of the show was the American changes to the show.

I wouldn't say that the changes are for the worst, overall, I would say that the show is better now than it has ever been, however, Torchwood is different.

As Doctor Who has done since Moffat took over, Torchwood has done the same. Torchwood leaves few references to its roots, as does the new series of DW which makes the show seem detached from where it started.

If you are a true DW and TW fan, I would say to consider watching it but it is not as small and local any more, Torchwood has gone big. Now, I say that Torchwood has changed and I believe that it has, for the better, but this means that fans of more American programs will also be able to relate to this and get into our entertainment.

Overall, Torchwood was great and if you can settle for the program you know and love going global (not just to America but to Scotland, China, Mexico and Argentina), then you will enjoy this as much as I did. Such a heartbreaking story with so many twists and turns along the way.

The story could be said to be predictable at some points but the outcome was brilliant. This is a must watch for any Whovian, Torchwood, John Barrowman fan and the fans of American dramas.

I look forward to seeing the following series - or will there be one? I guess you'll have to watch this and make your own judgement. Definitely not a waste of money.

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ActorsJohn Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori & Tom Price
DirectorRussell T. Davies
Certificate15 years and over
Screen16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration8 hours and 50 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.