The penultimate episode of Torchwood’s Miracle Day throws out mixed surprises and clues as we speed towards the finale.
Torchwood: Miracle Day “The Gathering”
Jack and Esther arrive at Gwen’s to meet with Oswald, after Jack and Gwen take care of whoever has been spying on Gwen. Jilly goes to China, and learns a bit more about the mysterious three families- one each went into finance, politics, and media, and gets told to wait at her hotel until she’s taken to the Blessing, which apparently kills some people. As Jack and the team put the pieces together, the police raid Gwen’s house again, still on the trail of her father. Unfortunately, this time they get him. As has happened before, Rhys and his common sense help solve the riddle, noting that two cities they can’t connect are on opposite sides of the Earth, literally.
Jack, Gwen, and Danes go to Shanghai, while Rex and Esther reunite in Buenos Aires, which is noted by the mole in the CIA, computer worker Charlotte, who calls the families. Jilly gets finally brought to the Blessing’s hiding place and a very creepy blond woman who takes her the rest of the way to it. The Blessing is a huge wall of flesh that apparently runs from Shanghai to Buenos Aires, constantly shifting. Jack’s wound from last episode is not healing, and as Gwen changes the bandage, a drop of Jack’s blood falls to the floor and then moves off in a straight line, on its own, ending the episode.
Ok, so wild theory time. The “Blessing” is a giant wall of flesh that is clearly linked to Jack, and back to when he was held prisoner in that basement. That’s when the families got started in all this, and have been experimenting with it ever since. So what if they unlocked Jack’s regeneration, but no other part of what makes him unique? I think the “Blessing” is part of Jack grown out of control. How that was later tweaked to cause the “Miracle” I’m not sure yet, but I bet that’s what’s going on. Guess we’ll see come Friday. I also am cheered that the next episode is being billed as the “Season Finale,” which to me implies it might be back for more after Miracle Day concludes.
Overall, I think the series is continuing to be great. Bill Pullman, Eve Myles, and John Barrowman are turning in stellar performances, and everyone else is doing quite well. The detail they give to the ramifications of the world changing is spectacular, and very well thought out. I’m enjoying this immensely, and hope they come back for more after this.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
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