These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
Complete Monster: Oswald Danes. At the end of the third episode, Jack confronts Danes about the girl he killed, claiming that he knows Danes doesn't really feel regret for it — and Danes admits that Jack's right. Not only does he feel no regret for what he did, he claims it was the best moment of his life. He ends up working with the main cast, but they all want to kill him. Rhys is almost gleeful at the idea of killing him. Despite Jack's claims of him being a Death Seeker, and even when doing his part to save the whole of mankind from unending agony, Oswald screams out that he'll chase Suzie Cabina into hell itself, and that she'd better run faster.
And then there's the Families, who in addition to being responsible for the Fate Worse Than Death of the entire world, are also control freaks Up to Eleven, desiring nothing more than complete control over "who gets to live, for how long, and where" and willing to shoot Esther to make the decision to save the world more of a Sadistic Choice.
Given his appearance below, as well as dialogue that makes him out to be both racist and sexist, based on his initial reaction to Vera, Colin Maloney fits the bill as well.
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."
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.
Padding: You can really tell at times that they didn't quite have enough story for ten episodes. In particular, you could lose most of episode 3 with no problems.
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.
Tear Jerker: When Gwen is forcefully (but well-intentionally) separated from Rhys and Anwen at Heathrow Airport.
The look on Jack's face when Esther mentions her guilt over Rex's accident. You can practically see the faces of Ianto, Tosh, Owen, and Steven flash before his eyes.
In the third episode, when Gwen and Jack are talking over the phone and she addresses the fact that if the Miracle had happened sooner, Ianto would still be alive. Jack's response? To close his eyes and murmur, "I wish he were here now."
The utter longing in Jack's voice and face when he sits at Angelo's deathbed and talks about Ianto: "You would've liked him...You would've been jealous."
Watching Vera get immolated. Yeesh.
Watching Gwen and her mum saying goodbye to Gwen's father after he is found hiding.
Esther's death, and Rex being forced to let her die in order to save the world.
Too Cool to Live: Probably a norm for Torchwood, but special mention can be given to Shapiro.