First off, I'd like to stress that I'm not intending this question to lead to any sort of fandom!wank. After reading various reviews of the finale to Miracle Day (e.g. from io9, TVGA;, and IGN), it seems that the general consensus is that Miracle Day paled in comparison to Children of Earth. While I do see some points that this articles make, such as the tension that CoE was able to carry through its 5 episodes, versus Miracle's 10 eps, I don't understand why many reviews seem to find CoE so much more amazing than Miracle (or, as What!Culture seems to think, better than series 1 or 2 as well). Can anyone who's seen Torchwood: Children of Earth explain to me what makes it so much better than series 1, 2, or Miracle Day? Was it the characters? The plotline that had 'fewer plotholes' (but this is TW that we're talking about)? I do see some of the flaws (and positives) of Miracle, but I don't see how it falls /that/ much shorter than CoE. Series 2 seemed more exciting than CoE in parts (we got lots of character insight into Rhys, Tosh, PC Andy, and Owen, whereas CoE flattened Ianto into a borderline-self-loathing character, and Jack and Gwen stayed pretty static). Thoughts?
I haven't seen all of Miracle Day yet, so I'm not the best person to answer this, but judging from what I have seen...Viscerally, I found Miracle Day less interesting, comparatively dull - less substance to each episode. I think it should have been shorter.CoE was, in my opinion, extremely well written - even when it wasn't what I wanted to see in Torchwood. I didn't think that of Miracle Day, partly because I didn't like the characters as much (including Jack and Gwen), mainly because of the pacing.I don't mind plotholes. My favourite series of Torchwood is series 1, despite its flaws. For my money, it had the most heart.