SEASON ONE: EPISODE 1: “Everything Changes”

A brutal murder leads WPC Gwen Cooper to Torchwood, a journey that will change her life forever.

This is definitely Gwen Cooper’s episode, all the way. Essentially it’s the story of an ordinary police officer who accidently stumbles into the world of Torchwood, and by the end of the episode proves she has the right stuff to join the team. I watched this episode with an eye toward how well it stands on its own: quite nicely, I think. Although technically a spin-off of Doctor Who, I think of it as more of a “parallel” series, such as CBS’s various CSI shows. That is, they occupy the same universe and may occasionally cross over, but remain independent of each other.

That’s not to say the Doctor Who references aren’t there, merely that they’re not integral to the enjoyment of the show. For example, the Doctor’s hand (from “The Christmas Invasion”) is seen in the Torchwood headquarters, but it’s no more necessary to know the story behind it in order to follow the story at hand (no pun intended) than it is to know the history of a trophy seen in the background of the Batcave to enjoy a Batman story. The story differentiates four different versions of Torchwood, and unless I haven’t been paying close enough attention to Doctor Who (always a possibility), more than one of these versions have yet to be fully explained.

While still told from Gwen Cooper’s point of view, about midway through the first episode the spotlight of attention is thrown on Jack Harkness, a character with a mysterious two-year gap in his history which I look forward to seeing revealed. Gwen learns the secret of his longevity in this episode, but apparently his teammates remain unaware at this point. The next episode is titled “Day One,” which makes me glad “Everything Changes” isn’t listed as “episode zero.”

Perhaps I read too many comics books.

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The new team wasn't really clicking with me... as a team... until the most recent episode.Then something bad happened. Something very bad happened. This show can be so cynical. I love it.

That was good. I had a prediction for how this series would end. I didn't post my prediction, but it's a moot point because my guess was wrong anyway. When's season two? :)

So, two years after the fact, I finally got to watch Torchwood: Miracle Day (thanks to a marathon on one of the Encore channels).

I'm glad I did, because this is by far my favorite incarnation of Torchwood.  I always liked Gwen and Jack (when he wasn't being a complete #@!*?!), but I never liked the show as much as the characters in it.  And COE was painfully bleak.  (MD is even worse, in many ways, but somehow I found it massively more enjoyable.)

For those (like me) who missed it the first time 'round and haven't caught it yet, BBC America will begin running MD on September 14.

I’m bumping this up to the top because I will soon be reviewing “Aliens Among Us,” the first part of the continuation of Torchwood, which has already been released. To review, Torchwood is a Doctor Who spin-off series. It had two seasons on TV and some radio episodes. Then there was a follow-up mini-series (“Children of Earth”) and a second follow-up mini-series (“Miracle Day”), all discussed above. Since then, Torchwood has moved to Big Finish, with its own range of audio adventures, plus special releases and a spin-off series of its own, The Lives of Captain Jack.

But all of the Big Finish productions were “untold stories” which take place before “Children of Earth”. “Aliens Among Us” is the first new Torchwood which is set after the events of “Miracle Day”. Part one was released in August, part two will be out later this month, and part three February. I’ve seen “Miracle day” only once, though, and that was six years ago when it first aired. I want to re-watch that next week when Tracy is out of town, but shhh! Don’t tell her. She wants to watch everything from the beginning, and I don’t want to wait that long before listening to “Aliens Among Us”.



Jeff of Earth-J said:

I’m bumping this up to the top because I will soon be reviewing “Aliens Among Us,” the first part of the continuation of Torchwood, which has already been released. To review, Torchwood is a Doctor Who spin-off series. It had two seasons on TV and some radio episodes. Then there was a follow-up mini-series (“Children of Earth”) and a second follow-up mini-series (“Miracle Day”), all discussed above. Since then, Torchwood has moved to Big Finish, with its own range of audio adventures, plus special releases and a spin-off series of its own, The Lives of Captain Jack.

But all of the Big Finish productions were “untold stories” which take place before “Children of Earth”. “Aliens Among Us” is the first new Torchwood which is set after the events of “Miracle Day”. Part one was released in August, part two will be out later this month, and part three February. I’ve seen “Miracle day” only once, though, and that was six years ago when it first aired. I want to re-watch that next week when Tracy is out of town, but shhh! Don’t tell her. She wants to watch everything from the beginning, and I don’t want to wait that long before listening to “Aliens Among Us”.

HEY, TARCY!  ;)

I’ve been re-reading this entire thread (time permitting). Man, there’s a blast from the past… all those former members (now migrated to Facebook, I hear). Ah, well. It’s been seven years since I posted those reviews, but I’ve only watched those shows once and don’t remember a lot of the details. Is it possible to spoil something for myself? No, I just chalk that up to my own faulty memory. Next time I post to this thread it should be about “Aliens Among Us”.

I started re-watching Miracle Day yesterday for the first time since 2011. It’s all coming back to me now. It’s about a day when human beings became incapable of dying. It starts with a pedophile/rapist/murderer and his unsuccessful execution. But no need to summarize these episodes (of which there are ten); they’re all discussed above. Re-reading what I had to say about the first episode six years ago, I agree with myself that Miracle Day would be a good jumping on point for new viewers. I don’t remember exactly how it ends, so I’m looking forward to watching the rest of it.

"But no need to summarize these episodes; they’re all discussed above."

Watched episodes two and three last night.

This morning I discovered they are not all discussed above.

I finished re-watching Torchwood: Miracle Day last night. I really had forgotten more than I remembered. I wanted to reacquaint myself with Jack, Gwen, Vera, Rex and Ester (not to mention Oswald, Jilly and Charlotte) before moving on to Aliens Among Us. I should point out that not all of the characters I just mentioned even survive “Miracle Day”.

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