Spoilers for the final episode of Torchwood Miracle Day are behind the cut – Don’t read this review if you haven’t seen Episode 10 yet!
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The Bloodline episode showed what it takes to fix the Miracle Day mess: The courage to sacrifice the people you love and self-sacrifice. Gwen knew it meant her father would die. Jack and Rex knew they might die. Oswald figured he wasn’t leaving Shanghai alive.
I’ve seen complaints on message boards and in some reviews because there was no alien species perpetrating this schlocky version of immortality on the world. The Blessing is simply a terrestrial phenomenon and it is neither evil nor good; it just exists. The true evil comes from the Three Families digging up the Blessing and experimenting on it using Jack’s blood to reset what the Blessing does (seems Jack was right about those morphic fields).
Why did the Families do it? Same reason people have done horrible things throughout the centuries – world domination; getting to decide who lives and dies while proclaiming they’re making the world a better place to live. Sure for them anyway. The audience can stop looking for the monster because there’s no greater monster than humans, this time represented by the Three Families.
I thought it was all over when the briefcase with Jack’s blood in it blew up. The two people representing the Families laughed at Jack when he said his blood could stop the Miracle. They explained they had introduced his blood at both ends of the Blessing simultaneously to cause Miracle Day and since they destroyed the briefcase in Buenos Aires it was all over. Surprise number one: Rex announces the blood they destroyed wasn’t Jack’s because Esther had transferred Jack’s blood into Rex. Surprise number two: The Families try to stop Jack and Rex by shooting Esther, but Gwen convinces them to finish the mission. Gwen shoots Jack (not wanting him to commit suicide) while Rex rips his chest wound open and their blood sacrifice resets the Blessing back to normal. Both of them did it even though they thought they would die permanently. The normal death process comes back around the world and fortunately Jack’s back to being immortal and Rex survives.
And Oswald? Oswald knew there was no place for him in this world. I suppose he got some satisfaction finding out the truth behind Miracle Day and his bomb jacket helped buy Jack time to reverse what the Families had done. Plus he got to take the Families’ representative (referred to as Mother) with him when he set off the bomb he was wearing. We never forgot Oswald was evil and his long overdue execution was finally completed.
Some poignant moments in the show:
- Gwen’s opening speech about her dad and then closing with, “So that’s my dad. Geraint Wynn Cooper, the nicest man in the world. And today’s the day that I kill him.”
- Oswald: “Then you must know. Do we make it through this day?”
Jack: “The future can change. it’s being written right now. One thing I do know. I’ve seen the stars. I have seen the universe. I have seen the human race become vast and magnificent and endless. And I wish you could see it, Oswald. I wish you could see that, too. Because then you’d know how small you’ve made your life.”
- Gwen’s response to what the Blessing showed her: “Enough guilt to last me a lifetime. But that’s okay, I’m a working mother, I don’t need the Blessing to tell me that.”
- Jack’s response to what the Blessing showed him: “Lived so many lives; hey not so bad.”
- Gwen: “And that’s what I did. In a pit in old Shanghai. I brought death back to the world. They said it was like a breath, a breath that went around the whole wide world. The last breath. And then no more. We said goodbye to them then: the dads and the mums, the sick and the old, the friends and the neighbors, and the people we once met. And the people whose names we never knew. We said goodbye to them all on the day that death came back.”
- Rhys sitting with Gwen’s dad so her dad didn’t die alone.
- Andy sitting and holding the unidentified girl’s hand so she didn’t die alone.
- The funeral scene where we discover Esther has died, but her sacrifice saved her sister and her two nieces.
Charlotte, the CIA mole, almost got away with blowing up Shapiro and Noah plus almost preventing Torchwood from saving the day, but Rex found out at the funeral and confronted her bringing us the final surprise number three: Rex came back to life after Charlotte shot him in the chest and we got to hear the classic Doctor Who line: What? What? What?!?!
And let’s not forget Jilly; she managed to survive the explosion and escape from Shanghai. Eventually she hooked back up with the mysterious handsome Families contact in the US and decided to join the Families again because they have a Plan B.
Was I satisfied with the ending? Yes and no; I’m still mulling it over and will have to watch it again, but I will say I’m glad I watched it and I do hope Starz and BBC do another one.
What do you think?