August 20, 2011

Quick Thoughts: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, "Immortal Sins"

Like most casual fans, I've had lukewarm feels about Torchwood: Miracle Day. Not being a follower of the show previous to the fourth series, I don't have brand loyalty, so Miracle Day really had to hook me at the get go, and it didn't. That is until "Immortal Sins".

So far, Miracle Day has been a messy series filled with a weak concept, unlikable new characters, too much political grandstanding, and not enough Jack Harkness. As a newbie to Torchwood, I could've given the show a pass for the former sins, but not giving enough time to Captain Jack was harder to forgive. The main reason I even started watching Torchwood was because of all the great things I heard about Jack, but it was all hearsay until "Immortal Sins", and now I understand why people liked this show to begin with.

Since I really haven't watched anything prior to Children of Earth, it was nice getting to see some of Jack's backstory. Sure, I knew he was an immortal, time traveling companion, but that only means so much. Being able to witness how his inability die affected him and his relationships made the character real and interesting in ways that the previous six episodes failed to do.

"Immortal Sins" was an example of why I started Miracle Day to begin with, and I hope it's an indicator of how the rest of the series will progress. If it's not, then I don't know how much longer I can stick with the Torchwood franchise.


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