Torchwood: Season 4, Episode 5

Miracle Day: The Categories of Life (5 Aug. 2011)

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Dr. Juarez joins the new Torchwood after category guidelines are released for patient care. Esther and Rex go undercover to find out what is happening to Category 1 patients being sent to '... See full summary »



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Dr. Juarez joins the new Torchwood after category guidelines are released for patient care. Esther and Rex go undercover to find out what is happening to Category 1 patients being sent to 'Modules' at overflow centers. Meanwhile, Gwen flies back to Wales to remove her father from an overflow center. Dr. Juarez manages to use her credentials to enter an overflow center as an inspector while Jack attempts to convince Oswald Danes to expose Phicorp. Written by Anonymous

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16 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this series reaches its halfway point things are getting tense for the Torchwood team; Gwen has returned to Wales in an attempt to rescue her father from one of the special camps where the seriously ill and 'should be dead' are sent, meanwhile back in California Dr. Vera Juarez has joined the team and is planning to join Rex and Esther as they infiltrate one of the camps in America. Rex goes in as a category two patient; this means he should be dead but can function as though he was alive. Esther gets a job in admin so that she can change Rex to Category One: no brain function. Once in the category one area he starts to investigate what is going on. Vera claims to be a government inspector however things go very wrong when she accuses the camp commandant of gross human rights violations. While the others are sneaking into the camps Jack goes to visit Oswald Danes in an attempt to persuade him to expose PhiCorp in a televised speech he is about to give.

I think this was the best episode yet; there was a frequent sense that the characters were in some danger and that sense of danger is proved all too real in the shocking final scenes where we learn just what is going on in the camps. It isn't all high tension thrills; there are one or two lighter scenes; I certainly chuckled when Jack acted as though Rex was his boyfriend in front of the ambulance men! If an episode in the middle of the series can be as exciting as this one I can't wait to see how the second half of the series progresses; as things stand now any initial doubts I had about moving the programme to the United States have been dispelled.

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