The sci-fi sensation makes its way across the pond

By James Hibberd
Updated June 10, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

What it’s about What happens if the human race suddenly stops dying? Sounds wonderful, right?

What to expect Wrong! The population skyrockets, there’s endless suffering for the (once) terminally ill, and criminals are now invincible, to name but a few of the problems that this inexplicable ”miracle” unleashes. Who better to try to save the world than the omnisexual Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and feisty Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), the heroes of the British cult favorite Torchwood? For its first U.S.-based season, exec producer Russell T Davies delivers the same mix of Twilight Zone-style morality play crossed with 24‘s ticking-clock action that turned heads during the last edition of Torchwood, the acclaimed miniseries Children of Earth. Only now, with the setting relocated from Wales to the States and new network Starz on board to boost the budget, Davies promises a bigger and better roller-coaster ride…that still makes you think. ”We watch footage of atrocities in dark corners of the world, and we think we’re better than societies that go through those extremes, and we’re not,” Davies says. ”That’s what Miracle Day explores — how thin and fragile Western society is.” Meanwhile, for the undying Captain Jack, the season adds a twist: Now that nobody can perish, he essentially becomes mortal. Says Barrowman, ”He’s in a very precarious situation.”


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