First Look: Torchwood: Miracle Day

Posted by Grey Sunday, July 10, 2011

Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood are back... on a Miracle Day where no one dies.

Prepare yourself for the TV series with one hell of a high-concept to pull off.

Originally a spin-off of Russell T Davies' 2005 revival of the long-running iconic sci-fi TV series, Doctor Who, Torchwood has come a long way into the hearts and minds of the British audiences. With Miracle Day, Torchwood is off on a difficult path to conquer the notoriously fickle American audiences. Will the critically acclaimed sci-fi TV series warm its way into the Yankees' psyches?

For those unfamiliar with Torchwood, here's a quick recap to get you up to speed with the wildly popular show in the UK.

As mentioned earlier, Torchwood is a spin-off of Doctor Who, so much so that the namesake is an anagram of Doctor Who. Chronicling the adventures of Torchwood Institute, a top-special government organization that was originally founded by Queen Victoria in 1879 to deal extraterrestrial threats. Led by Captain Jack Harkness, the immortal former con-man from the 51st century who has lived on Earth since the 19th century, the Torchwood team originally operated near a time rift in Cardiff, explaining the frequent sightings of extraterrestrial activities in Cardiff.

While the first and second seasons of the series sustaining relatively success both in terms of ratings and reviews, it was the merely five-episode season three, entitled Torchwood: Children of Earth, that took the series into a cultural phenomenon in 2009, sweeping numerous TV and sci-fi awards. Pitting the Torchwood team against the British government (who is covering up a conspiracy involving an alien threat that had arrived on Earth to claim Earth's children) in a gripping storyline, Children of Earth all but guaranteed the continuation of the series despite its severely diminished cast after the catastrophic conclusion of Children of Earth.

In Miracle Day, lead actor John Barrowman returns as Captain Jack Harkness, with Eve Myles and Kai Owen also returning as Gwen Cooper and her husband, Rhys Williams. Yet again, a world-threatening event has occurred, reuniting Captain Jack and Gwen since the fall of Torchwood. Co-produced by BBC Worldwide and US premium network Starz this time, Miracle Day promised to be the biggest season ever with a bigger budget and more creative freedom in its ten-episode run.

For us, we are immediately attracted to the incredibly high concept and its potential dramatic implications. This is definitely something no sci-fi fans should be missing. Torchwood: Miracle Day has just debuted in the US on Friday, with BBC airing it on this coming Thursday.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, followed by the full synopsis of the series.

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging -- they get hurt and sick -- but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?", he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

“Torchwood,” stars John Barrowman (“Torchwood”, “Desperate Housewives”) as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles (“Torchwood”, “Little Dorrit") as Gwen Cooper, Mekhi Phifer (“ER”, “Lie to Me”) as Rex Matheson and Bill Pullman (While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day) as Oswald Danes.

Starring: John Barrowman, Mekhi Phifer, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Alexa Havins, Arlene Tur, Kai Owen

And here are some of the promotional images and set pictures released by Starz thus far.

Set still from the series.


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