Review of Torchwood ‘The Blood Line’
With twists and turns right up until the last minute, ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ was rounded off in supreme style. ‘The Blood Line’ mirrored the first episode of this series with continuous, edge-of-the-seat action.
The most exciting development though, was Rex’s immortality. There were tiny, vague inklings that this might happen when he received a transfusion of Jack’s blood, however, when there was no further development, this possibility disappeared. Leaving the twist of Rex’s immortality until the very end was an act of genius by the writers because his resurrection was a complete shock to the unsuspecting audience. Also, the fact that Rex has been suffering with a fatal injury throughout meant that he was expected to die once the Miracle was reversed. Therefore, his return from the dead was even more of a surprise.
Unfortunately, Esther departed company when she was killed by a member of one of the families. It was sad because her character went through so much, becoming stronger and less scared. There would have been room for more growth in subsequent series but there is usually always the death of one Torchwood team member.
On the flipside, Danes’ death was expected and yet he had become somewhat likeable in an odd way. Luckily, his last few lines reiterated just how despicable he was. He was heard saying that bad girls go to hell and that his victim, Suzie Cabena, should start running because he was coming to get her. The phrases were horrible and it felt like it was the right time for him to go.
The other surprising thing about ‘The Blood Line’ was the hopeful tone. Compared to previous series finales, which have been bleak and desolate, the conclusion to series 4 seemed to suggest that the team will keep fighting to protect the earth.
Along with a more positive end, there was the feeling that things were not over just yet. The Miracle was only a “trial run” for phase 2, whatever this might be. Torchwood might have buried The Blessing but they have not stopped the power-hungry families who desire to shape humanity as they see fit. There is more yet to come.
One reason why ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ closed on more of a high note could be because there is more certainty as to the fate of the show. Before series 4 there was always the impression that the writers were never sure if there would be another series. Due to the joint funding between Starz, BBC Wales and BBC Worldwide, there is a sense that the show has some sort of future. Detractors of the new ‘Torchwood’ must remember that without collaborative funding from the American cable network, Starz, there would be no show at all.
Another factor that suggests the show has a future is the viewing figures. According to data from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board, the first episode of ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ had 6.59 million viewers in the UK alone, making it the eighth most-watched programme for that week. The numbers also show that it has more or less remained consistently in the top 20 of the most-watched programmes in Britain on a weekly basis since it returned in July.
Going forward Rex will be a great character to have as a regular because he is constantly challenging Jack’s authority with his CIA credentials. There will be space for a new character to replace Esther. Rhys and Anwen could now make a permanent move to the US to be with Gwen. If some Welsh flavour is to be retained then PC Andy Davidson (Tom Price) should have more of a role in any future series.
The Transatlantic nature of the show gives an all-encompassing feel and is a unique selling point which should be kept if possible. The future of ‘Torchwood’ looks bright. Let’s hope there will be more to come next year.Tagged in: sci fi, television, torchwood
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