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Torchwood - Miracle Day Ep. 1

Bit of a babbling review here, probably nothing very spoilerific, but under a cut just for safety.
Short Opinion: The whole American accents thing is very odd.
The idea is very interesting. And disturbing. In a way I don't entirely want to process at the moment.
Very glad to see Andy investigating along with Gwen too. "Reclaiming Camelot" made me think of it and it makes a bit of sense to me.
Jack not healing is possibly the scariest part of this whole mess.
I feel... a bit like I feel when there are Americans in a Japanese drama. Like this is the UK version of the times when Japan goes "this place is big and mean, it must be America!". Only the British version is "There are guns and the death penalty! Also, people talk a lot and there is a bunch of government intervention that actually helps nothing!"
I'm pretty sure the CIA room is the same room that they used for UNIT HQ in the end of DW Series 4... but moving on.
Interesting for sure. I just hope it starts feeling a little more natural, because right now.... the dialogue and setting is rather awkward. I know that I'm more socially conscious about culture differences than most of the US, but I can't be the only person feeling this.
Anyway, glad to see Torchwood back and definitely curious to see more. And at least it /feels/ a bit like Torchwood.

Also also, my computer made it through the whole episode without freezing up on the video, so that is /very/ exciting. ^_^

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lugia222
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've read that the first two episodes kind of... drag a bit, but that the third (the first written by Jane Espenson) is very good. I liked the premise, and I think this first episode was fairly expository which is why probably not too much happened and they just went "Hey! It's America!" for the entire episode.

I liked the girl at the CIA... her name escapes me at the moment. And I found Mekhi kind of annoying in this episode, but I suppose all he had to do for the first 50 minutes was "Pipe! In my chest! I AM BLEEDING." He also had all of the scenes that were (unintentionally?) hilarious - swallowing pills in pretty much every part of the travel-to-Wales montage, and I couldn't stop laughing every time he brought up having to pay for the bridge when talking to Gwen.

I do like the twist that Jack can get hurt/die. Although, honestly, he's the Face of Boe, right? So he can't die. Russell T. Davies is not George R. R. Martin. And I'm just going to leave it there in the event you haven't read/seen Game of Thrones yet.

But Yay Torchwood! Gwen with a rocket launcher? Awesome.
setra
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm interested to see where they go with the plot once they're stuck in America and not just coming up with the excuse to drag them there.
I think the CIA girl (Esther, I think?) will be interesting once she wakes up from the Retcon, and I'm excited to see Dichen Lachman's character if she ever actually gets involved.
I love the twist for Jack, and honestly, the Face of Boe is only a head in a jar.... lets hope this season isn't what got him to that point. >.>
ashitara
Jul. 13th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry, this doesn't have anything to do with your post. But, you don't by chance have any photos of our cosplay groups ? Or photos of me cosplaying? Or random photos from all night anime parties?

Thanks in advance.
setra
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Can almost certainly find you some. Should I put them on Facebook, or email them to you?
ashitara
Jul. 13th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
either or is OK with me, so what every you find easier. It would be great!! THANKS!!!
ashitara
Jul. 14th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
If you can..could you send them to me this weekend. I have to do the presentation on Tuesday here, so like by Sunday your time would be lovely! AND thanks bunches!!!! :) BTW we should find a time to skype chat/google chat. I want to catch up.
felessan
Jul. 17th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
So I too have started watching Torchwood, and by "watching" I mean "shotgunning the entire series in four days." We just watched 4x01 last night, and I was really struck by how not British this season is. I suppose something about "international co-production" and "I'm amazed how Southern California looks absolutely nothing like England" might be the cause of it, but still. And yes, what's the basically the first thing to happen so we know we're watching an American TV show? Gwen picks up a gun. Naturally.

It's great to see them back on screen and to see Jack actually in some kind of mortal peril. Maybe it'll be a new reason for him to change without having to go back to DW and leave Gwen completely in the dark. Again.
setra
Jul. 17th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
I was quite excited to find out you were watching Torchwood, because I always want more people to babble at about it. I didn't watch the whole thing in four days, more like 4-5 months, but still. (And I've never watched past episode 2 of Children of Earth, because I know what's coming and the whole 'possessing children' thing doesn't sit well with me).
I agree with mortality being an interesting turn for Jack, and I'm sure we'll see some great development come from it. I'm guessing it points to every human-shaped thing on earth being switched over to exactly the same state of being. I know full well to never try to predict where DW of TW are going with a story line though, it's much more fun just to go along for the ride.
I don't think you've got too much to worry about in terms of Jack wandering off to Doctor Who again though, series five and six so far seem fully intent of pretending none of The Doctor's companions from the earlier seasons even exist, let alone bringing them in for crossovers.
Ok, end babble now. Um... welcome to the fandom? Glad you're enjoying it. ^_^
antonettaqin
Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
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