With “Torchwood: Miracle Day” nearly upon us (July 8 at 10 p.m. ET), Starz has finally stopped teasing fans with cryptic promos and baited the hook with an official trailer containing nearly 2 minutes of new footage.
Snap judgment? It looks good — very, very good.
It also sheds light on a few questions about the whole “everybody in the world becomes immortal” premise and how some of the new cast — Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose among them — will fit in with “Torchwood” originals John Barrowman and Eve Myles.
Here are our 5 biggest takeaways:
1. Not dying can be very gross
We had a sneaking suspicion that the whole miracle aspect of “Miracle Day” would lead to some nasty zombie people, and if the trailer is any indication, we were right. One shot of a burned, splattered and still moving corpse prompts a “What if you detached the head?” from Captain Jack and a very noticeable turn in the stomach.
2. More money,
more no problems
Hello, cinematic grandeur. The Starz-ification of “Torchwood” promised a bigger budget and now we can see where they’ve put the money. Production quality here totally schools previous iterations of the series, with dramatic location shoots, careening helicopters, stunts galore and whole lot of explosions.
3. Jack Harkness still hasn’t changed clothes
Alas, none of the money was funneled into a trip to Barney’s for Captain Jack. He’s still wearing a version of his World War II uniform — which, really, is just fine with us.
4. Apocalypses make people do crazy things
We wondered how Oswald Jones (Pullman’s lethal-injection-surviving murderer and child molester) would fit into the big picture, and apparently he’s the face of “Miracle Day.” Jones is showed chatting with power publicist Jilly Kitzinger (Ambrose) and then speaking on stage before a rapt crowd.
5. Gwen Cooper is the coolest mom ever
The early leader in the “Miracle Day” power rankings is Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), hands down. Not only do we see her channeling Season 2 “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with a bazooka, she can fire a pistol while holding a (laughing!) baby. Extra points for ending the trailer with one hell of a zinger. See for yourself…