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TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY: New Video Teases What’s To Come

June 10, 2011 by  

We’re less than a month away from the new season of TORCHWOOD, and Starz is stepping up its online advertising presence…and securing its grip on my heart. The latest video — initially released in small pieces to news outlets across the Internet — provides snapshots of the main characters one by one, giving us some key insights into what to expect from “Miracle Day.” (Word of advice: When it comes to TORCHWOOD, don’t get too attached to any of your expectations.)

Here’s what we’ve learned…

Torchwood’s gone rogue! It’s not exactly a first for this team, but this video suggests that the Torchwood folks are operating underground and unauthorized to investigate Miracle Day and put the world back on track. Rex Matheson, played by Mekhi Phifer, is revealed here to be a former CIA operative who’s changed his allegiance to Torchwood in the wake of “the miracle.” Does that mean the CIA’s gone bad?

The miracle doesn’t come without a cost: Newcomer Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) appears in a video, talking about her initial naiveté toward Miracle Day. “I thought we could live forever,” she says. “I was such an idiot.”

This is so much bigger than the miracle: Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) looks into the camera and says that Miracle Day is “part of a conspiracy dating back almost 100 years.” We still don’t know who’s behind the phenomenon, but it sounds like it could be institutional. Rex warns, “Don’t trust anyone. They’re all a part of it.”

A (literally) born-again felon is at the center of the Miracle Day media storm: Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) was being executed when the miracle started; now alive again, he’s become the face of Miracle Day. And he scares me. He seems to know more about the situation than he’s giving up in his video, and yet he doesn’t appear to know as much as he probably should about Torchwood. Watch your back. Interesting fact: This character’s last name was originally Jones, a surname oft-used by creator Russell T Davies. By changing it to Danes, Davies avoided putting Oswald in the same class as DOCTOR WHO universe heroes Martha Jones, Harriet Jones, and (most notably in the TORCHWOOD family) Ianto Jones.

Something has happened to Gwen’s family: In her one-on-one interview, longtime Torchwood employee Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) remembers the life she had before the miracle began — the day when people worldwide stopped dying. “I was happy,” she says. “I had a husband. I had a daughter. I had a life. Then Miracle Day came along.” Yikes! Those who love Gwen Cooper will surely bristle at her use of the past tense to discuss Rhys and their baby. I suppose we can rest assured that, at the very least, they’re clearly not dead. But the video implies that Gwen’s involvement with Torchwood has put both her and her family in grave danger.

Check out the video…


TORCHWOOD premieres July 8 at 10:00 PM on Starz.

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