TV REVIEW: Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 7 – Immortal Sins


At the end of last week’s episode, Gwen was presented with a difficult choice: surrender Jack to the mysterious group following Torchwood or risk seeing her family killed.  With just three more episodes to go, things are definitely starting to heat up.  Caution: Contains Spoilers.

While “Immortal Sins” is, on the surface, centered on Gwen’s decision to save her family by turning Jack over, the episode is really about Jack.  Those of us that’ve been watching Torchwood from the beginning know that Jack is immortal. Actually, he is a fixed point in time –  a state of being that causes him to come back from the dead no matter how many times he is killed.  This is a point that is driven home in brutal fashion in this episode.

We spend a large part of the episode in 1927 New York City, where Jack has taken up with an Italian immigrant by the name of Angelo, played by Daniele Favilli.  Things seem to go swimmingly for a while, until Jack gets involved in a Torchwood mission and winds up “dying” in front of Angelo.  When Jack finds him again a year later, he accuses Jack of being the devil and turns him over to a bloodthirsty mob.  What follows is a frankly disturbing sequence of Jack being murdered and then coming back to life over and over again.

The last time he revives, there are three men there with him.  They appear to have made a deal to “buy” Jack from the butcher in whose basement he is being held.  That’s the last thing he sees before Angelo frees him.  Angelo wants to run away together, but Jack refuses.  He throws himself off the building, and by the time Angelo reaches the ground floor Jack is gone.

In the present day, Gwen has got Jack in the backseat of an SUV and is taking him to whoever has her family.  They exchange words in the car, each of them making clear what their priorities are.  Once they reach the site, it turns out that Rex and Esther have been tracking them, and they help turn the tables on Jack’s would-be captors.  Back in Wales, the police break into the house where her family is being kept and rescue them.  But in typical Season 4 fashion, the writers wait until the very end to drop the bombshell, which is that it is Angelo that is behind the miracle, and that he has been waiting for Jack for a very long time.

I’ll be honest – this episode was not at all what I was expecting.  I wanted it to be about Gwen and Jack and their relationship (and it was, a little bit), but I was disappointed.  The flashbacks to 1927 felt a bit random, and even after finding out about Angelo’s role in all of this, I am still not entirely sure why I had to watch an entire episode about him.  There was nothing outstanding or special about him that I saw.  I can only hope that there is something that we still don’t know, something that will make it all click in the end.

I thought Gwen was lovely in her determination to save her family at any cost, even if it meant giving up her friendship with Jack.  There have been a lot of dimensions to their relationship in the past, but it was nice to see that Jack and Torchwood are no longer first and foremost to her.  On the same token, I really liked that Jack understood, even if he intended to fight her on it.  I think that both characters have an emotional maturity that they were lacking earlier on in the show.

No Oswald or Jilly again this week – one can only wonder what they’ve been up to this past few weeks.  The writers seem to have put aside all of the side stories to really focus on the Torchwood team and getting answers about the miracle.  With only three episodes left, it feels as though there’s a lot of ground still left to cover.

 

Rating: 3/5
GS Reporter: Mirjana

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