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 found MD to be entertaining in a fun way - like Torchwood always has been, minus the depressing end to COE - but there are times when MD came across as being too clever and too long for its own good, resulting in a few occassions when I was clock-watching and just wanting to get to the final. Because COE was only 5 episodes long, there wasn't time for much filler, though it did drag a little during the middle episode.Whilst I enjoy Gwen's 'speeches' for the most part, they're starting to become a bit contrived rather than natural like they used to be and I was surprised that Jack didn't comment about what it was like to be immortal again. I guess the Blessing gave him a sense of peace that he didn't have before that moment but like someone else has pointed out, the seriousness of Jack becoming immortal again and the fact that eveyone else in the world is starting to die again, was undermined by the slightly 'comic' moment of the team going "what! what! what!" when it appears Rex is immortal. Basically, MD had too much going on to allow secondary storyarcs to really develop. Only Gwen's concern for her father remained consistant. And RTD continues to pull the same old trick of killing off the quieter and sweeter characters - Ianto, Tosh and now Esther - whilst allowing some of the more mouthy characters and even a few bad guys to escape with their lives. Russell is a good writer but he's becoming a bit predictable now, a bit too obssessed with angst.