Captivating science fiction takes a real-world issue of today and transplants it in the world of tomorrow where it is safe to debate without fear of political correctness or reprisals. It’s one of the reasons the remake of Battlestar Galactica was so popular not just amongst us geeks but with the general tv viewing audience. Lately there has been very little science fiction on television; with the departure of Stargate Universe which was just hitting its stride we’re left with more fantasy than science (i.e. Sanctuary). That changes with the arrival of Torchwood: Miracle Day from the Starz Network.
For those who don’t know about what Torchwood is all about, I’ll just quote a few lines from its Wikipedia article:
Torchwood follows the exploits of a small team of alien-hunters, who make up
I wasn’t much of a fan of Torchwood. It’s been around for 3 seasons and the few episodes I’ve watched were pretty cheesy and campy (including some really bad sets which looked like were rejects from the original Star Trek series) – forgetful science fantasy really. However, the concept for Season 4 piqued my interest. Instead of being a producing episodic content where each episode is self contained, Miracle Day’s story is carried throughout the entire series and asks the question: What happens to the world when people stop dying?
Wow. What could be considered a blessing is actually a curse; episode 1 mentions briefly:
- War (some stop since you can’t kill anyone; some start since now you’re invincible)
- Suffering – sure you’re alive, but you’re dealing with the pain of illness/disease that should have killed you.