YMMV / Torchwood: Miracle Day

  • Broken Base: Some Torchwood fans really dislike it, especially the US influence. Others feel the American characters are better-written than Jack, Gwen, and Rhys. Others feel it was a great idea that was stretched out too long and not handled well and lacked the dramatic strength of Children of Earth to keep the audience enthralled, as shown by the massive drop in ratings about half-way through.
  • Complete Monster: Oswald Danes is a convicted child rapist and killer whose defense in court was "she should have run faster." After surviving his execution due to everyone on Earth becoming immortal, he starts playing the media for forgiveness and seems well on his way to becoming a Dark Messiah. Throughout the season, it's implied that he does have some guilt over what he did and wants to die, only to reveal that he believes that he'll be able to torture his previous victim forever in Hell. His last words are to yell out that he's coming for her and that she should start running.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rex.
  • Creepy Awesome: The assassin in episode 4 gets some nice snarking in-between his Just Between You and Me moments.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shapiro.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Once Charlotte is revealed to be working for the Families, her outfits become much more revealing.
  • Faux Symbolism: The last episode. Sacrificing yourself to save humanity? Check. The blood of Jack being spilled is the key? Check. Crucified Hero Shot? Check. Resurrection? Check. And, it's taken Up To Two.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Jack risks capture twice to appeal to Oswald Danes' better nature in hopes that the Complete Monster will do the right thing on the word of Jack, a stranger, just because. While a first attempt might make sense just to leave no stone unturned, by the second time it should have been obvious that Oswald is on Phicorp's side for as long as it is on his.
    • When Vera and Rex each find out about the ovens in turn, their reaction is to start yelling at the middle manager in charge of one and threatening him with legal and personal consequences. This accomplishes nothing good but leads to a lot of pain and suffering for them.
    • Gwen's plan to get her father out of a Category 1 facility is as follows: Get a "job" as a nurse with little knowledge of medicine, find father, ???, drive out with Rhys. Needless to say, it fails.
    • The bad guys are pretty dumb too. To end worldwide immortality, Rex and Jack need to bleed simultaneously in two specific places. (It Makes Sense in Context... more or less.) They are in position but cornered by the bad guys. Their only response is to wave guns, threaten, and force a Friend or Idol Decision. It never even occurs to the bad guys to try to restrain them by nonlethal means.
    • Oswald instantly gets released by threatening to sue for his death sentence already having been served, as if any jury would side with him. He also gets a ludicrous fanbase of people calling for his forgiveness after a single interview. Keep in mind this is a guy who raped and murdered a little girl, and his only explanation was "She should have run faster."
    • The premise of the entire Miracle Day series is caustically lampshaded by Rex:
    Rex: You telling me the whole world got screwed because two gay guys had a hissy fit?
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The events of Miracle Day have never been mentioned in Doctor Who proper, unlike other Torchwood events or characters. In fact, the events happened in the mid-season hiatus of Series 6 and there wasn't even a passing mention.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Again, Rex.
    • Shapiro, the head of the CIA. Mostly because he's John de Lancie, but he is an excellent Deadpan Snarker who throws his weight around and manages to deport Gwen.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Jilly Kitzinger. Eventually, she gets a little better when she's justifiably fed up with taking Oswald Danes's crap. Being hit by him is the last straw- tired, bloodied up, and really pissed, Jilly decides to tackle him, screaming at the top of her lungs.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Colin Maloney, the guy running one of the overflow camps in episode 5. He cuts corners to save money and leaving treatable people in pain simply because they don't have insurance is bad enough, but that's only enough to classify him as a corrupt Obstructive Bureaucrat. He crosses the line by shooting Dr. Juarez to keep her from ratting him out, and then sticking her in an incinerator with the Category 1s. Then Rex comes in and gets caught, threatening to do the same if arrested, sp Maloney tries to jam a pen in his heart. Then he tries to kill Esther, but thankfully she got away thanks to his accomplice finally remembering his conscience.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Padding: You can really tell at times that they didn't quite have enough story for ten episodes. The series was originally conceived as a 5 or 6 episodes long miniseries like Children of Earth, but the American Networks lobbied for 13-episodes so that the series can fill out the entire summer, in the end, ten episodes was settled on as a compromise. In particular, you could lose most of episode 3 with no problems.
  • Seasonal Rot: Debatable but widely considered this for Torchwood, with dropping ratings and more mixed reviews than "Children of Earth".
  • Ship Tease: Esther gets a load of doe eyed looks towards Rex, implications from various characters that Esther has feelings for Rex, but it remains as Subtext.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Our heroes are horrified to discover that the governments are planning to warehouse "category 1s" and ultimately burn them, and go to extraordinary efforts to stop the process, but... what exactly is the correct response to the situation the world finds itself in? With an increasing number of increasingly decrepit non-dying bodies, acting as breeding grounds for disease, and the numbers of them will grow with literally no end in sight, what were the governments supposed to do? Something of this nature would have to be done eventually, there's just no way around it. (Well, unless someone stops the Miracle, of course, but there's not a shred of evidence that anyone other than our heroes has any leads on that. They only get their leads because people start trying to kill them! Nobody else would have had any starting place at all.)
    • It's even noted in the show - they blew these places up in episode five, in episode eight they're talking about them as every day facts of life.
  • Too Cool to Live: Probably a norm for Torchwood, but special mention can be given to Shapiro.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The Blessing.