Okay, after numerous comments about too little material in each episode, this time, there’s more than enough to satisfy fans of the show both in its original and current incarnations.
We see Jack as Torchwood leader and visitor to the 21st Century, as well as a glimpse of the reality of life for an incredibly old man. Gwen finally comes up against someone who won’t be browbeaten by her verbally. Rex and Esther play to their strengths. And Oswald Danes learns some very hard truths. There’s a link back to elements of the Miracle Day prequel book Long Time Dead, and some pretty ruthless moves of characters to Category 1 status. And there’s even a reference to Ianto.
John de Lancie becomes a good foil for John Barrowman, his character allowing the series to change up a gear, which with only two hours to go after this episode, it’s badly needed to do. The scenes with Rhys and Gwen’s mum seem a little pointless, until you reach the throwforward for episode nine, which takes a clichéd situation, and apparently makes it work.
Verdict: At last, Miracle Day starts to present answers rather than just ask questions. 7/10
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