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Questions about Children of Earth v. Miracle Day comparisons that reviews are making
by magicmage7410 (magicmage7410)
at September 11th, 2011 (05:11 pm)

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).



Posted by: Metal Dog5 (metal_dog5)
Posted at: September 12th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)

After watching the finale, nods to Doctor Who aside, my biggest complaint about about it was I quite often felt like I was watching some other show which just happened to have a few TW characters in it (sort of along the lines of Munch moving from H:LotS to L&O:SVU). CoE at least had the benefit of feeling like it was part of the Torchwood series, even though that story didn't match the previous two seasons.

I think Miracle Day was a 5 episode long story and would have been better if they hadn't stretched it out like they did, or they should have tightened up the writing. Jack's characterisation in MD wasn't consistent with how he'd been written previously; at times I wondered if the writers had bothered to watch either TW or DW. The macabre elements this time were more horrific, but let down by clunky story writing around these scenes.

Edited at 2011-09-12 02:00 pm (UTC)

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