Saturday, 23 July 2011


Torchwood: Miracle Day continues on BBC One with its second episode, Rendition, aired two days ago. One week behind US cable premium channel Starz, co-producer of this fourth incarnation of Torchwood with BBC Worldwide Productions.

« Next Day... No one dies. »

In a world where people stopped dying, CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) seeks answers in Wales. Later he returns to America assisted by a colleague named Lyn (Dichen Lachman) aboard a special plane, with Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman) in his custody. But he soon needs emergency phone help of Dr. Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur). At the CIA headquarters, Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) discovers that she and Rex have been framed. Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) becomes an overnight star thanks to a TV act of contrition and raises the interest of PR guru Jilly Kitzinger (Lauren Ambrose).

« There is only one river. There is only one sea.
And it flows through you, and it flows through me. » (Peter, Paul & Mary, River of Jordan)

In a world [voice of the late Don LaFontaine] where the failed execution of a pedophile and murderer has become a viral video joke, the only execution which could possibly succeed is the one of the originally British drama Torchwood. Gwen's husband Rhys (Kai Owen) is left in Wales with their baby as spotlights are still on the ultimate pain in the arse [sorry] Rex and Miss Congeniality 2011 Esther. Both are caught in what looks like a X-Files type-conspiracy where their boss Brian Friedkin - the legendary Wayne Knight - has a role. He apparently takes orders from a triangle (the Mysterons? SPECTRE? News International?) which wants to "remove" Jack.

Written by Doris Egan (House M.D.) and directed by Billy Gierhart, Rendition collapses on Oswald's unconvincing television remorses, meant to reverse public opinion. Then arrives Fran Drescher's PR little sister from Hell, Vera pulls a Robert Stack when Jack is poisoned by Lyn - whose family name must be Deceitful, and MacGyver Gwen rips the plane. « Welcome to Torchwood », she concludes after agent Deceitful does an embarassing head twist. This last point shall be discussed, not that the episode was deprived of good moments: Rhys "defending" Jack, Rex and the "gay" steward, or « There is no Golden Hour anymore ».

Next episode is penned by respected writer/producer Jane Espenson. At this stage she could be as well named Jane Esperanza because what the fourth series of Torchwood needs most now is indeed a Miracle Day.

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