BethR, on 12 August 2011 - 07:54 PM, said:
Gave up on Torchwood: Miracle Day. It was not miraculous enough for me to keep paying for the premium channels package when that was the only thing I was watching, or rather, DVR'ing and then finding I didn't particularly care whether I watched it or not.
I'm sticking with it because I can kind of see a solid five episodes stretched impossibly thin over this run, but I can't say I blame you. There's not been anything remotely as electrifying as the last few episodes of Children of Earth
, and even the creepier stuff can't hold a candle to the setup there.
I think Jane Espenson is a fine writer, but I hate this show. Hoping someone would chop Oswald Danes into tiny little pieces didn't seem like sufficient reason to keep watching. RTD comes up with a series in which the happiest foreseeable ending is: everyone dies. The man seriously needs help. <end rant>
I dunno, that set-up is one of the things that I really dig about the series so far. Perhaps I need help, too.
I'm reminded of Zizek's comments in The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
that the really terrifying thing is not death but eternal continuance (which I, for one, would distinguish from eternal life
, but that distinction depends on a very particular re-definition of life
along eschatological/resurrectionist lines). What's interesting here is that at times the characters seem to suggest that what's going on isn't simply continuance but an super-abundance
of life, as if the not-dying body is suddenly overflowing with an exuberance that is itself unbearable (interestingly, Jack seems to experience the same thing in discovering that he is mortal). Then again, it's not like we see
anyone being particularly exuberant, apart from Jack.
Of course, all that gets lost when you talk about "Category 1" victims--that is, victims in whom life continues but who are somehow unconscious. Then it shifts into an whole other realm and becomes more explicitly political in what seems to amount to a pale re-tread of Children of Earth