Review: “Torchwood: Miracle Day” Eps 1-3 (on The Other Side of the River)

by Rio Liang

Imagine a world in which over-population is exacerbated not just by a rising birth rate but also a declining–or more accurately, non-existent–death rate. This is the intriguing premise of Russell T Davies’s sexy and suspenseful “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” One day, everyone on Earth just ceases to be mortal. Except, that is, for the anomalously immortal Jack Harkness, who ironically has become suddenly the only person in the world susceptible to death.

For those not familiar with the show, “Torchwood” is the adult-themed cousin of the more family-friendly BBC crown jewel, “Doctor Who.” Neglected by the Beeb, the show has found renewed life across the Atlantic, namely on the more sexually permissive American premium cable television channel, Starz.

On my blog, The Other Side of the River, I review the first three episodes of the current “Miracle Day” series, which has so far delivered on its promises of new characters (Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, and Lauren Ambrose, to name a few of the big stars in the new American cast), arse-kicking, surprise twists, sexual innuendo, and full-on gay sex (Jack, aside from being an immortal, is also an omnisexual).

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