Torchwood The Categories of Life S04E05 (BBC)

Torchwood Miracle Day title card, via Wikipedia

Torchwood is a science fiction drama television program, created by Russell T Davies and starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles. It deals with the machinations and activities of the Cardiff branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, who deal with supernatural occurrences. An initial 13-part series was commissioned by the BBC as a spin-off from the long-running science fiction program Doctor Who with which it is closely interlinked.

From the Torchwood Wikipedia entry.

I’ve been busy watching the Tour de France and also playing Dragon Age II, so I haven’t had much time to watch shows, but at least I’m making time for Torchwood. It’s been a while since the last series, and I was wondering if Torchwood would be back. They had also killed off most of the team, so you always wondered in what form they’d be back. The new American additions to Torchwood aren’t that impressive. They are actually quite annoying, but the whole premise of Miracle Day is somewhat tantalizing. I’ve watched 3 episodes, and we still have to find out what exactly is going on.

The first three episodes were pretty good in my opinion. I watched them all in one go, so it’s safe to assume that the story is good. The whole collaboration with an American TV channel is somewhat strange, but it makes for an interesting setting since they spend a good amount of time in the US.

On Miracle Day, everyone stops dying. They don’t have eternal youth, but just continue on living, even when they are dismembered. Currently, an analyst and an operative from the CIA have recruited Jack and Gwen to investigate. In the midst of it all, they come across a strange conspiracy, involving PhiCorp, a big pharmaceutical company, who knew about Miracle Day before it would happen.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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There are 3 categories of life. They become official at midnight. There are no more medical panels. Rex gets the call from Vera.

They are being rolled out by the UN all over the world. Anyone in category 1 or 2 must go to the overflow camps. Gwen goes back to Wales.

Overflow camps are old army barracks. Gwen’s mom has it down on where to go to get her dad. There are 35 camps in the UK alone.

Rex, Esther and Rex are back in Venice Beach. He brings in Vera.

Ordinary people are category 3. People with no brian function or who have died are category 1. Category 2 is everyone else, people who are alive and functioning with an injury that will persist, but not die. It’s a definition for life, which is a definition for death. The government can attribute and control these categories.

The rest of the EU is rolling out the camps. There are ‘modules’ in all of the camps. They are sealed and hidden. Rex goes in as a category 2. Vera goes in as an inspector. Esther is going in as clerical staff. They leave Jack behind alone.

There is something called Miracle Rally in LA. Oswald will be speaking there 90 minutes before the President. Esther reclassifies Rex as a cat 1 so that he gains access to the module. Jack wants to “help” Oswald. He wants him to expose PhiCorp live on air because they knew about the Miracle. He makes a moving speech that gets to a lot of people.

Meanwhile Rhys and Gwen get access to the Wales overflow camp to get her dad. They try to take him out, but he takes a turn for the worst when they do.

In San Pedro, Rex is inside the module. They treat the patients like they’re dead. San Pedro is pretty shitty as well. Maloney is treating the patients like shit. Maloney shoots Vera. He shoots her again. I guess she’s no longer category 3. They dump her in a module and leave.

Rex finds her, but Maloney has sealed the module. He starts the fires. The fires combust her and the rest of the people in there.

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