Monday, July 25, 2011

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Dead of Night

The third episode finally sees our team together on the streets of Washington, D.C., as the search begins discover the truth behind why no one in the world can die. Although I thought the second episode was a bit of a step up from this season's opener this one's a bit of a mess, even though this episode finally gets things rolling.

One thing "Dead of Night" does accomplish is to start to bring all the plot threads together as all roads concerning the Miracle Day phenomenon lead back to consultant Jilly Kitzinger's (Lauren Ambrose) company PhiCorp who has been preparing for Miracle Day for years.

Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur) unofficially joins the team to help investigate a pharmacological company which appears to be in the middle of everything. Despite some in-fighting, and a couple members of the team to have some hot sweaty sex, the investigation of PhiCorp leads them to a factory filled with pain killers and other medications ready to hit a world demand that will make the company billions.

Jack (John Barrowman) also has his first showdwon with Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) which illuminates us on two points. Danes seems to have an unnatural sway with the new cult which has risen up overnight, and Jack is still burdened by the guilt of his actions at the end of Children of Earth.

Although the episode makes the most progress into staring to bring the various story elements together it's also the most unfocused as it constantly breaks from the PhiCorp investigation to go in several directions all at once. I think the payoff of the work of this episode could work well, but on its own it feels rushed and very rough around the edges.

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