Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz which aired September 2nd was a case study of how a government, for the good of the people, can easily switch from a democratic society to a dictatorship. While episode nine answered questions, it actually created even more questions by the episodes end. Did you feel the same way?
The show starts off two months after episode eight. In it we see Esther still taking care of Jack in Scotland (where she has been storing his blood in a small fridge) and Gwen with her family in Wales. Apparently in the new world, countries are closing their borders because the world has fallen into an economic depression. Not only that, but with no one dying, apparently Gwen has taken on the job as a drug dealer, because pain is still very much part of the world. Seeing Gwen drive a car through a closed pharmacy shop was pure awesome, especially when you realize why she is there. She is also being watched, but this was never answered in the course of the episode.
The medicine she steals is for her father who is being hidden in the basement from the law. Why? Because according to the newscaster voiceover the government in the U.K. announces that the camps will stay open as the “institutional murder” continues. This is done, I am quite sure to help alleviate the overpopulation that is happening, but what is absolutely inhumane is the folks like Gwen’s dad who are sick but still aware. In the grand scheme of things, you have to make a decision even if it a harsh one. Let these Category 1’s continue to live on, or burn them off to make room for the actual living?
Because her father is unregistered, a new bureaucrat is on the lookout for Category 1’s which is what Gwen’s dad is classified as. The police come to her house during the day, and they are not able to find her father, but they come back, by breaking into the home and with a thermal phone are able to find her father. This is a sad moment when they take him away, to be put into a storage facility. While it is a crime to house Category 1’s it is not a punishable one. Gwen becomes even more determined to get to the bottom of this miracle.
Before her father is taken away, Oswald Danes, posing as a food delivery person infiltrates her home, and Gwen being the superwoman in this Miracle Day world, knocks him silly a couple of times with a pot. Rhys steps in to stop her, but he is ready to kill him over touching their daughter. Oswald is there to see Jack and tell them all he has the name of the man who created Miracle Day. Oswald being Oswald does not want to give his new information away for free, and knows that Gwen is his key to getting to Jack.
Once Jack, along with Esther, is in the house (apparently Gwen and Jack know about the man watching them, as they give him water laced with recton, a Torchwood drug that gives the person amnesia. I still have no idea what the purpose of the man watching Gwen.) Oswald gives them the name Harry Bosco. This is the name he got from Jilly’s stolen laptop, but in rare feat of one -upmanship Esther tells them all that Harry Bosco is not a name but a procedure that involves the person such as Jilly to give a wrong translation to influence the public, but even though she looks her nose down at Oswald this is important news and allows them to look into why Jilly would want to mistranslate a word.
Esther of course does not speak the language that she finds on the laptop and enlists the help of Rex, who helps with the translation and of course the word The Blessing pops up. Not only that, in Buenos Aries another mistranslation happens and this is when Rhys makes the connection everyone else has failed to see; both of these countries, Shanghai and Buenos Aries are directly opposite of each other. Not only that, the PhiCorp logo clicks in their head as another connection is made between Miracle Day and PhiCorp as the logo is actually a circle or the Earth with a line through it. Again another Blood connection and the mystery deepens as they decide to go to Shanghai and Buenos Aries to find out what is going on. Oswald will also be in on the ride. So while the team came together briefly, they will again separate to get to the bottom of this.
Back in America, Rex is ingrained back into the CIA, which means that all of his “transgressions” have been forgiven. If you think about it, Rex never did anything wrong except do his job while Friedkin blackmailed him and Esther. Rex now is leading the investigation into the Three Families and while every lead they have leads nowhere, Rex finally goes down a different path. He instead looks into the fiction side of what happened to Jack back in the 20’s and lo and behold he not only finds a reference to what happened back then in a story written in 1935 in London. The man who wrote the story also had a brother, who was killed, but the crime was never solved, and because it was never solved, the knife with the brother’s blood on it, gets Rex and his team renewed hope as they decide to follow this new lead to find the Three Families.
The only person who is not happy with this news is Charlotte. She is the spy for the Three Families and of course she has been hampering any new knowledge about them, which is why for the most part the CIA has been running in circles. Rex wants to do a DNA profile, and when Charlotte tells him that the DNA search was also a dead end, he then has one last ditch effort of following the story angle. Again Charlotte is not happy. At this point, couldn’t Rex tell that Charlotte is the darn mole? I mean her every move or look gives her away anytime someone found information that came to close, and yet no one got that.
Meanwhile, as it is two months later, Jilly again meets with the man (I believe their third meeting) who gives her a one way ticket to Shanghai where she will not only meet the Three Families, but get to see The Blessing. Another reference to this city, the one where a couple episodes back Zheng jumped to his death after seeing what was in a locked gate. Now knowing a bit more from this episode, we now know that The Blessing broke his mind and he jumped to his almost death.
Now in Shanghai, Jilly has a meeting with another person from the Three Families telling her a bit more information about them such as how they took over politics, finance as well as media, which is how she got noticed. They want her to write history, because in this world where no one dies, a history is needed. Then he drops a bombshell and tells her that she hopes that she survives because The Blessing kills some people. Wow, now some things are clicking together, and it also makes sense why both the men who Jilly meet have this way about them, because they have been Blessed.
Now here is where the show begins to close in on what is The Blessing, but also leaving a gaping hole of questions.
Rex and Esther meet up in Buenos Aires while Jack, Gwen and Oswald get into Shanghai. Noticing that Rex is in South America gets Charlotte on her phone which has a triangle on it.
Finally Jilly meets the woman who is part of the Three Families. She tells Jilly that she has to be feeling terrible as anyone who gets this close to The Blessing. In her words she feels that The Blessing is “communicating” with the person because they are about to see their true self. She brings Jilly down to The Blessing and Jilly is confronted with it and has that the other two men she met had as well as the woman, as if they see something great and maybe they have. Then we see Jack still hurting, telling Gwen that he has gotten worse since they arrived in Shanghai, then Oswald noticing Jack’s blood moving on its own, makes the other two notice and we see that his blood is making tracks to where The Blessing is housed.
Ok, this episode was brilliant, good, and answered questions. But there were also a lot of questions left to what is really going on. We still have no idea who the Three Families really are except that they are everywhere. We now can confirm that Jack’s blood is connected to The Blessing, but we have no idea how. It is attracted to The Blessing which seems to be a pink/red thing that looked exactly like a female part. Hmm. Still no clue on if it is alien, but chances are it is, and Jack’s Blood may have activated it, hence why he is feeling weak and why his Blood is attracted to it.
This episode had lots of things going on, from the man in the window watching Gwen’s house to her father being taken away to be registered officially as a Category 1. Some may even think, ok what does this have to do with the story arc here?
From what I am getting, the bureaucrat taking hold of Gwen’s father is part of the new world order to eradicate the world of dead weight if you will. So while it seemed random it really wasn’t. The man watching Gwen’s house is more than likely working for the Three Families, as he had lots of pics on his wall of Jack. Maybe he is there to watch and see when Jack will show up or maybe he worked for the government. Still not quite clear on his function.
Then there is the economic downfall from all of this. Would this happen in reality? And why would the world go into a depression and why would certain countries turn into dictatorships? It as if with Jilly now blessed to re-tell history, the Three Families will be there to come out and take over the world and shape it into its own image. And that has probably been their plan all along. Ok for those who watch Doctor Who, I feel as if The Silence have a hand in all of this, but since neither Russell T. Davies or Steven Moffat seem to want to do a crossover (which is utterly sad) then this can’t be, but again, stranger things seem to be at play.
So the big questions I am hoping will be answered with the finale, is why is Jack‘s Blood important, how did the Miracle occur, and why did the Three Families do this? What was their motivation? Why did they turn the world into this? I have no idea how these questions will be answered in an hour, but with one episode left, the bomb will drop and will give us closure or a riot may start.
What did you think? Are there still too many questions left unanswered? Will Jack die?
Torchwood: Miracle Day stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, and Bill Pullman. One day nobody dies, thus setting off a chain of events that pits the remaining Torchwood crew with America’s CIA to get to the bottom of this issue.
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