Torchwood HQ is gone, but the need for Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) is greater than ever to solve the mystery of why people have suddenly stopped dying. Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile) also star in Torchwood‘s first stateside season, seen last summer on Starz. All 10 episodes on 4 discs. Extras include Audio Commentary, Character Profiles, Special Effects feature, Behind the Scenes special, iTunes intros and the Torchwood motion comic “Web of Lies.” Click the images below to pre-order your preferred version!
“THE BLOOD LINE” Airs Friday, September 9 at 10:00 PM on STARZ
The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission, but the Three Families are unstoppable unless a terrible sacrifice is made. Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer) guest stars as The Mother.
The Miracle Day all ends here, in the final episode of Torchwood‘s fourth season. Will anyone make it out alive? Is the door left open for future episodes? Will the Miracle Day be figured out and reversed? Hopefully all will be revealed Friday night. And stay tuned next week for our analysis of this latest season of Torchwood!
“THE GATHERING” Airs Friday, September 2 at 10:00 PM on STARZ
The Three Families plunge the world into recession, the Torchwood team – defeated, powerless and hunted – must strike a bargain with the devil himself. Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer) guest stars as The Mother. It’s the penultimate episode of the season and the story starts coming together. How will it all end? Next week’s finale may hold all the answers…
“END OF THE ROAD” Airs Friday, August 26 at 10:00 PM on STARZ
Jack (John Barrowman) faces a showdown with a man he thought was long since dead, while Rex (Mekhi Phifer) takes extreme action to prevent the collapse of society. Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, and Jurassic Park) continues his guest appearances as Brian Friedkin, a powerful Section Chief within the CIA. John De Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) also guest star.
“THE NEW WORLD” AIRS FRIDAY, JULY 8 AT 10:00 PM ON STARZ
In Kentucky, convicted pedophile and child murderer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) survives his own execution. At the same time, Agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) is impaled in a car crash and miraculously survives, while his analyst, Esther Drummond (Alexa Havens), sets out to discover what Torchwood is. Far away, in Wales, Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) lives in hiding with her husband Rhys (Kai Owens) and daughter Anwen – she’s the last surviving Torchwood member and is determined to stay hidden. And when Esther meets the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), assassins are activated to kill them all…
The premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day very much has the feel of a pilot episode which is needed in this case. The previous season of Torchwood, the five-part Children of Earth, basically saw the deconstruction of the show as well as the fictional organization. The last two surviving members went their separate ways with Jack going off into space and Gwen going into hiding with Rhys and Anwen. Now someone has been attempting to erase all physical evidence of the Torchwood Institute and the people who ran it.
As Russell T. Davies told me in a recent conference call with the press, “To be honest, at the end of Children of Earth yes, Torchwood was closed down. But it was actually leaving in an ideal place for this series to happen, which is a restart and a relaunch.” He was quick to dismiss any notions this being a new show, however. “Not a reboot, it’s still exactly the same show. But the program opens up with characters like Esther saying who is Torchwood. What is happening? What are they? So a brand new audience gets filled in on the information. So it was kind of designed. It was kind of cleverly done dare I say so to move from one stage of Torchwood to the next.”
There are threads of Torchwood that Esther picks up on and she becomes determined to find out what it is. On the day that death is eliminated, a super-secret organization that is being wiped from computers and from any kind of paper trail just might be involved or at least hold a clue. “I think Esther is kind of a little bit of Alice in Wonderland, down the rabbit hole we go,” said Alexa Havens. “It’s just her curiosity gets the best of her. Like Russell was saying, the first thing out the gate is did you ever hear of Torchwood? What’s Torchwood? And down she goes looking for the answer to who is this Gwen Cooper and this mysterious man in the coat? So she just finds herself quickly without choice. I mean her life is changed in the matter of a moment in this new world.”
And Esther’s investigation leads her to an encounter with the ever-mysterious, yet always charming Captain Jack Harkness. Even though Jack is able to use a drug very familiar to Torchwood fans to get Esther to forget everything, he is unable to completely throw her off the track. This leads to Rex hopping a plane to England. Meanwhile, we see Gwen, Rhys and Anwen leading an idyllic family life, except they are secluded from the rest of the world. An old friend contacts informs the couple that Gwen’s father is dying and they go to see him. Could this one conceit to emotion be their downfall?
“She is an absolute adrenaline junkie,” says Eve Myles about Gwen. “It runs through her veins and her heart and her soul. And when it’s not there, how on earth are you possibly going to carry on your life without having something to do with that wonderful, weird, bizarre, crazy organization called Torchwood? It leaves the biggest hole ever and nothing, nothing fills it for Gwen Cooper except for Jack Harkness and Torchwood. So when she is seemingly having this very quiet, very strange, secluded life when she sees Jack Harkness, when she sees trouble knock on her door it’s not good. But in a way her heart starts pounding again and that’s the Gwen we all know and that’s the Gwen I love playing.”
Eventually Rex finds the couple, but so do some very bad men in black uniforms with helicopters and lots of guns. However, Gwen proves she is a badass momma bear as she gives Anwen some protective headgear before she starts blasting away with her hidden arsenal. Things start to go wrong before the timely intervention of a certain Time Agent in a greatcoat and we end up where it all began, Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff. And that’s when Jack Harkness reveals that while no one else on Earth can die, that is not the case for him. He was once an immortal, but now he is the only mortal person on the planet. Not that stops him from jumping back in the action.
Says John Barrowman, “I think although he wanted to keep everything under wraps, when Torchwood raised its head again and he had to go and help Gwen Cooper and they got back together, as soon as they start to see each other, that’s it. They’re back and I think I’m speaking from Jack, he’s very excited to be back and really wants it back although he really knows it kind of shouldn’t be back. But who cares? It’s there. Let’s do it.”
But what of Oswald Danes? His lawyers are able to get him released from prison. After all, his death sentence was carried out, they have no legal reason to hold him any longer. Bill Pullman is able to play Oswald as creepily as you would imagine the character would be. He is not a sympathetic character, nor is he headed down the road to redemption by any means. He is a horrible, horrible man and, having escaped his ultimate punishment, he is free. Will he seek a quiet life or will he rage against a world he has no love for?
“The New World” is a fantastic new episode of Torchwood and a brilliant start to this ten part series. Other than Oswald Danes, the creepiest part is that while no one can die they still age or get injured. Wounds don’t heal so it is immortality with a price. In one scene, Jack poses as an FBI Agent (pay attention to the name he uses) and investigates someone who has been blown up, but is still alive. He exists as charred bones attached by burnt tendons to a fried head. Imagine being stuck like that forever, unable to die. This episode begins a huge mystery and starts several characters in motion and on journeys that are as compelling as they are uncertain. This is epic television and Torchwood: Miracle Day is off to a great start.