Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 7

Not a whole lot to say this week either, other than the fact that if there remained any doubt about what the authors believe about homosexuality, there isn’t anymore.

No real spoilers this time either. And really, the only “legal” issue here is more a historical one: Ellis Island didn’t function as a major immigration center after 1924, when the Immigration Act drastically reduced the number of immigrants who were granted leave to enter the country. So having the characters in the scenes during 1928 going through Ellis Island is an anachronism.

More than that, the people who did show up to Ellis Island between 1900 and 1924 generally didn’t have visas when they left their home countries. They simply came. Immigrants at Ellis Island were asked a series of twenty-nine questions mostly intended to ensure that the potential immigrant was capable of supporting him or herself and wasn’t contagious or anything like that. Remember, at its busiest somewhere north of 1 million people a year—10,000 a day—were passing through Ellis Island. There wasn’t time for anyone to be a stickler about paperwork. Indeed, many families find that their genealogical projects dead-end at Ellis Island, because records can be so perfunctory and incomplete that though tracing one’s parentage to Ellis Island isn’t that difficult, tracing it through Ellis Island can be a real trick.

At this point, we’re all just waiting to see what, if anything, the writers intend to do to get themselves out of this one. We’ll just have to see.

5 responses to “Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 7

  1. Just a comment: When I saw this episode, I thought it might set up Angelo having to deal with immortality and such that have been discussed on this blog before, so we might see it in practice…
    (Note: I have seen ep 8, so I know where they go with that…)

  2. This has been bugging the heck out of me, but– what’s with the pointed comment about homosexuality?

    • Ask the writers. Davies’ treatment of homosexuality has been downright anvilicious not only here, but in Doctor Who as well. We’re talking about a show that in almost 800 episodes has had, what, a handful of romantic relationships? The show just isn’t about romance at all. Then bang!, we’ve got homosexuality sort of tacked on at the end of the first new season.

      The sex and romance in general that jumps out as bad writing, as the romance subplots have been among the weakest in the new series. The fact that the writers are blatantly trying to make political statements with what is an otherwise pretty light-hearted, apolitical show doesn’t help.

  3. Okay. If your point is simply poor writing, then I would agree. I would particularly agree that the entire first season of Torchwood was glaringly inaccurate so far as homosexuality goes, because he made every single character a bisexual slut, without explanation. In real life, men are rarely bisexual (most studies show that physiologically men are only capable of liking one gender or the other), and it’s incredibly strange to have a group of people just accept homosexual behavior from one another without comment.

  4. Not any stranger than a clandestine organisation dealing with extraterrestrials emenating from a space-time rift in the middle of Cardiff…

    Though I do agree some of the romance/sex sublots are written a little bit ridiculously. And for the most part were unneccesary for Doctor Who, which was different in being a sci-fi show that didn’t have sex and guns. Torchwood was kind of intended as a place to have Doctor Who stories with those elements, I thought.

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