Torchwood: Miracle Day

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What if No One Ever Died Again? TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY

Dec 12, 2011 (Updated Dec 12, 2011)
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Pros:Sci Fi action blended with real social issues, and hot steamy man-sex.

Cons:Read the pros; how could there be cons?

The Bottom Line: Torchwood continues to lead the pack, by pushing the envelope.  Some of the smartest Sci Fi out there, and certainly the sexiest!


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011) Series Created by Russell T. Davies

Torchwood.  They handle threats to the earth that no one else is qualified for.  At the heart of the organization is Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a bisexual adventurer from the future who is cursed with immortality.  Captain Jack cannot die…not permanently.  His cells are suffused with life.  He does not age, and even if blown to bits (Children of Earth) he heals from that damage.  He is the only true immortal on earth….

Until Miracle Day.  American child killer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) is executed by lethal injection…but he does not die.  They notice it in the hospitals first…an entire day passes without a single death. But it is as they compare notes that they realize this isn’t a lucky day…it is something far more ominious.

American CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) is in a car accident and is skewered by several pipes straight through vital organs.  And he doesn’t die.  Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur) realizes the nature of the problem, and changes procedure; treat the boo-boos first and get them out of the way.  The “fatal” cases can wait.  Something basic has changed, and no one knows what it is.  Who do you turn to in these cases?  Torchwood.  But there is no Torchwood, not since the aftermath of the 456.  Only two members are still alive; Captain Jack Harkness (of course) and Gwen Cooper.  No one knows where Gwen Cooper is, because she has worked damned hard to make that so.  But now there are black copters attacking her remote Welsh hide out (the Old Rectory).  Of course Jack is there to save the day, and Gwen, Rhys and the Baby are on the lam.  Worse than the discovery that there is a secret organization that can track Gwen’s top flight spy skills is this; Jack is not healing.  He gets a cut on his arm, and it doesn’t heal.  He recovers from gun shots to the head in under three minutes.  Now, he is mortal, possibly the only one on earth.

What has caused this?  Somehow, it has to tie into Jack.  And the people of earth are NOT like Jack.  They do not die, but they do not heal like him.  And they do age.  Just no one will ever die of old age again.  And that means that the population of earth will crash within eight months.  Radical action is required.

And one company seems to have the answers…Pharmcorp.  Long term pain medications.  A comprehensive plan of action to redefine states of life in wake of Miracle Day.  And they got all of this in less than a week?  Jack and Gwen don’t think so.  Joined by Rex Matheson, and a computer analysis expert, Ester Drummond (Alexa Havins) from America (actually, kidnapped by Rex) they seek answers before the forces behind the Miracle redefine life, and decide who gets to live forever, and who has to die.

Like Children of Earth, this entire season is one long, ten episode story arc that spans the globe from Wales, to America, (both coasts), to Shang Hi, and Buenos Aires.  And for those of you still morning the passing of Ianto Jones, this season has a full quota of steamy sex scenes with Captain Jack, and mysterious flames from his Depression era past.  And it finally addresses a serious lack in the Torchwood mythology; just by existing, Captain Jack is going to create ripples in our history.  Immortal men attract the envy of those who aspire to immortality.

As always, Torchwood provides action and adventure with a decidedly “out there” Sci Fi twist; as a spinoff of Doctor Who (in fact the word Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who) what else would you expect?  It presses the boundaries of examining social issues, and sometimes cracks them.  It is some of the most intelligent television being offered today.  And it doesn’t hurt that John Barrowman, an openly gay man, is sizzling hot, and frequently naked with equally hot partners.  Check out my fourth favorite addiction.


Gay Movies:

J. Edgar ***The Curiosity of Chance ***Christopher and His Kind ***The Lair Season I***The Raven (2007)***The Wedding Banquet***The Adonis Factor ***The Business of Fancy Dancing***Flexing With Monty***Black Swan***Strapped ***Is It Just Me? ***Fish Out of Water***Right By Me ***Coffee Date ***Naked Boys Singing! ***I Love You Phillip Morris ***Gone, But Not Forgotten ***Chris and Don: A Love Story ***For The Bible Tells Me So ***Pornography: A Thriller ***Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery ***Soldier's Girl ***Caravaggio ***Plan B ***On the Other Hand, Death: A Donald Strachey Mystery ***Howl***Third Man Out: A Donald Strachey Mystery ***The Consequences ***Humpday***Fixing Frank***C.R.A.Z.Y. ***Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery***La Mission***Burnt Money***8: The Mormon Propo$ition***In The Flesh***The Sensei***The 24th Day***Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon***ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction***East Side Story***Dorian Blues***Creatures From the Pink Lagoon***Satyricon***Ice Men***Richard O'Briens Rocky Horror Tribute Show***Prom Queen***The Kids are All Right***Between Love and Goodbye***The Mudge Boy***That Man: Peter Berlin***A Single Man***Almost Normal***Outing Riley***Outrage!***Law of Desire***Love is the Devil***Cowboy Junction***Horror in the Wind***Bedrooms and Hallways***Cut Sleeve Boys***Big Eden***For A Lost Soldier***Midnight Cowboy***Redwoods***The Massuer***Boy Culture***Breakfast With Scot***The Fluffer***Flesh***Little Ashes***L.I.E. ***Dorian Gray***9 Dead Gay Guys***Shank***I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry***Beautiful Boxer***Bangkok Love Story***Schoolboy Crush***Shelter***Back Soon***Dog Tags***Theft***The Mulligans***The Velvet Goldmine***Swashbuckler***Smoke Signals
***C'Thulhu***Milk***The Picture of Dorian Gray***Brideshead Revisited***Notes on a Scandal***RocknRolla***Mamma Mia!
***Priscillia: Queen of the Desert***The History Boys***Brokeback Mountain***The Broken Hearts Club*** Yaji and Kita: Midnight Pilgrims ***Surge of Power ***In & Out ***Mambo Italiano ***Touch of Pink ***To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar ***Wolves of Kromer ***Rocky Horror Picture Show ***Taboo ***Deathtrap 


Gay Themed Series:

The Lair: Season I
The Lair: Season II
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Dante's Cove
Hex
Carnivale Season One
Carnivale Season Two
Rome Season One
Rome Season Two
True Blood
True Blood: Season Two
True Blood: Season Three
The Book of Daniel: The Complete Series
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Torchwood: Children of Earth
Torchwood: Season Two
Torchwood: Season One


Gay Animation:

Pirate's Booty***Sensitive Pornograph***Loveless: The Complete Series***Loveless: Hope on the Run***Loveless: Soul of Chains***Loveless: Lost and Found***Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter***Embracing Love: Cherished Spring ***Stonewall & Riot***Drawn Together Movie: The Movie***Drawn Together: Season 2***Drawn Together: Season 3


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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