The Torchwood team begins to learn some of what PhiCorp is up to.
Torchwood: “Categories of Life”
Oddly, the scene with Jack and Oswald doesn’t seem to go anywhere, as the rally goes on and Jack watches from the catwalks above, while Jilly has an odd meeting with an unnamed man who assures her the “right people” are noticing her. Later, Jack finds Oswald and tries to persuade him to do the right thing at his big speech and reveal what PhiCorp has done. Oswald elects to use neither Jack nor Jilly’s speech, likening the current “Miracle” to the so-called “Great Leap” of 50,000 BC, when man started gaining civilization and advances that set him apart from the animals, even goes so far to name the undying humans as angels.
Back at the camp, Vera learns first hand what the “Module” is for at the camps, as the director covers his crime by triggering the mechanisms early, incinerating everyone within, including Vera. Gwen figures this out at the same time Vera is killed off, and is more than likely too late to save her father, as the realization dawns while the episode ends.
So… we have an extremely charismatic leader (Danes), camps that people are forced into, and ovens to dispose of the “patients.” Sound familiar? I wonder when PhiCorp is going to break out the swastikas and be done with it? Miracle Day has given birth not to a New World Order, but a very sickening old one, dressed differently.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
Bill Pullman continues to do a masterful job as the creepy Oswald Danes. I really think he’s turning in some of the best performances on the series. They certainly moved the plot along this time, and PhiCorp is even sicker than I thought. What truly scares me is this time the whole world is “just following orders” as the Categories of Life were accepted by about everyone but China (when’s the last time THEY had the moral high ground?). This could actually happen so very easily in the modern world of the near blind following of rabid political leaders. It’s terrifying, but believable, and they do a good job with the idea.
Jack Harkness, to me the embodiment of Torchwood, seems to be taking less and less of a role. In a way it makes sense, as he’s now the sole mortal we know of on the planet, but it’s still a bit odd. I also can’t figure out what in the world the scene with Jack and Oswald chasing around through the corridors was about, as they never seemed to meet and nothing came of it. Similarly, Jack is not usually naive, and his appeal to Danes seemed to be, as did his somewhat out of character moment of “I don’t know what to do now.” And, while one should expect such things on Torchwood, I really liked Dr. Juarez, and am not sure she needed to go, especially not how she did.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|terrifying but believable revelation, more great performances||Jack seemingly minimized and the odd chase scene|