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What would the world be like if no one died? This is the scenario the sci-fi series will be exploring when Torchwood premieres on Starz this summer. Check out the teaser ahead and find out what one of the writers had to say about whether or not you should watch the previous seasons first.
After reading the premise for Torchwood: Miracle Day (below), I was intrigued enough to wonder what kind of preparation I’d need to do before tuning in to Starz this July (Friday, July 8 at 10pm ET/PT). I tweeted the question to one of my all-time favorite TV writers, Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica). As Espenson’s penning a few episodes for the new season of Torchwood, I figured she’d be a good person to ask. Her response was, “You only need to watch the previous season -- the 5 hour long "Children of Earth" season.”
All three seasons are available streaming on Netflix. Given how much time there is between now and July, I started with Season 1 and am nearly through the season. It’s pretty good stuff, despite my interest in sci-fi being somewhat limited mostly to what's probably considered mainstream for the genre. I’m excited to get to “Children of Earth.” As I understand it, that season has something to do with aliens collecting children. Creepy.
And just to clear up any confusion that might be out there, Torchwood: Miracle Day isn’t a remake of the original British series. This is Season/Series 4, and stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles, who will join newcomers Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer. Check out the teaser below and further down is the premise.
The series, featuring Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer as well as John Barrowman and Eve Myles (stars of the original BBC cult favorite), begins with a day when nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging, they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event - someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson (Phifer) investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?" he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.