After the stunning 5 part drama that was Children of Earth, we all awaited Torchwood to return. The switch to the US was accepted, after all a better budget could work wonders for the show.
The first teases of 'Miracle Day' came around, and boy did it look like a great idea!
Well, I put off posting any opinion on here until it was all over. Now that it is, I can only hope that it is the last we will see of the show.
Now, I have commented on the series on various social networks, so what I will do is simply cut and paste a pick of the comments on here for the blog. Some of it may be repetative, but I don't feel that I need to spend any more time on the failings of the show.
So, to start with, on Facebook I have been commenting...
Ah Torchwood - finally you limp through to a wet, predictable finale. One good thing about it is that the declining viewers this year make it unlikely you will come back. That is a good thing after the dismal effort you made this year!"
I stuck to the end in the stupid hope that it would come to a satisfying conclusion. Sadly, it instead opted for a giant vagina in the middle of the earth (which, bizarrely, none of the sub-dwelling races in Who ever knew about), and a shambles of an idea as to what makes Jack immortal. Oh, not forgetting the over sentimental, wishy washy, "Would you just get on with it already" sub-story with Gwen's family.
Throw in a few pointless characters (Kitzinger and Danes - I mean, what the heck were they for? Really? No point at all to their characters, or the time spent in episodes with them).
If Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who, then 'Torchwood Miracle Day' is an anagram of 'A Dam Too Cliched Worry' - which is apt as it is a worry that this cliche ridden garbage will ever come back.
In response to other people's posts I commented...
I thought it was as bad as the preceding 9 episodes were. Absolute rubbish with an ending packed with the wishy-washy sentimentalist claptrap that sullied the RTD years of Doctor Who. Predictable, and nonsensical all at once - bad guys who are kind enough to explain everything, and even kinder to let the good guys do their little rants, rather than just simply shooting Oswald in the face as he is unbuttoning his coat (which took him a fair bit of time, yet they just let him do suspicious things???), then pop Gwen in the face, and pin the mortal Jack down and carting him away (think about it, the whole scene over the big earth-vagina made no sense from start to finish, including the actions on the other side of the earth). Don't even get me started on Jack's blood. Or the fact that in all the history of Who, and all the subterranean races encountered, a giant vagina in the earth has never been noticed??!?!?!
Characters which had no purpose or point, played up in early epsiodes as though they were important (Oswald and Kitzinger), wasting a good few hours on crap that goes nowhere - the whole story would have fit better into 3 episodes.
on a lighter note, it started on low viewing figures in the US (the same as the now cancelled Camelot), and swiftly plummetted. Fingers crossed that it means cancellation. I can happily live without Torchwood if the past 10 episodes were any indication of how bad it could be.
Oh, I WAS a fan of Torchwood. Even in the struggling first two seasons, when it was very hit or miss, I felt the good outweighed the bad. The third season 5 parter 'Children of Earth' was one of the highlights of the show, and was tense,gripping, and tightly plotted.
Miracle Day has been an unfounded mess from start to finish. The problem is due to the shift to the US. Whilst the extra funds could have really done wonders for the show (one thing it used to suffer from was too low a budget for the ambition), and working with a network like Starz should have allowed a bit of freedom, the problem arose when Starz said that a US series would have to be at least 10 episodes. Rather than looking at the idea, and saying, "Hmm...well, if we do an overall arc, but have lots of individual episodes, that could work!" the creators of the show instead decided to drag one story out over all the episodes. Thus it was padded out with 'mature content' (read: unnecessary 'saucy' moments), lots of repetitive mentions of the death camps, characters that went nowhere, elements such as the various death cults that had arisen seemingly just being forgotten about....basically too many things used to pad it out, with the writers not sure what they were supposed to do with them.
The feeling I got watching this series of Torchwood was akin to that I got watching shows such as Scrubs and Frasier in the final years, when they were a pale imitation of their former selves, and you pray for cancellation before it sullies your memories of the show as a whole.
So, yes I was a fan, and as a fan I want them to put my sick friend out of it's misery. I want to remember the show for what potential it had, not was mess it became.
A wasted opportunity to launch Torchwood off to be its own entity.