I just watched the first "Torchwood: Miracle Day" trailer with actual footage and I have one word for you: geekgasm.
"Miracle Day," which debuts at 9 p.m. July 8 on Starz, has Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) investigating a strange phenomenon in which no one on Earth dies. In the trailer, we see CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) take a few iron rods through the chest—and live to wonder how he survived. We see what appears to be the execution by lethal injection of Oswald Jones (Bill Pullman), who also miraculously survives certain death.
And, in the trailer's lighter moment, Jack suggests that the coroner remove the head of a mangled, flattened and nearly incinerated body that is still alive—just to see if it might die.
"[They're] not indestructable, just undying," a doctor says.
The Torchwood team packs some serious firepower as well. Jack's armed with a machine gun in one frame. Gwen, with armed hubby Rhys (Kai Owen), shoots out a window with her baby in tow. On a beach she uses a bazooka or rocket launcher to bring down a helicopter. She goes old school, too, using her fists to take out a woman played by "Dollhouse" alum Dichen Lachman.
"If you're the best thing England's got to offer, then God help you," Lachman says.
"I'm Welsh," Gwen responds, putting a nice punctuation on the statement.
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Imagine 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. This is the extraordinary premise of the highly-anticipated STARZ original drama series, "Torchwood: Miracle Day," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. The new series, premiering on STARZ on July 8 at 10pm ET/PT, features Torchwood alumni John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Bill Pullman.
Special guest starring actors in the cult sensation include: Arlene Tur ("Crash," Eat Pray Love) and Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under," The Other Woman). The 10-episode, hour-long series will also feature an impressive list of guest stars: Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld," Jurassic Park), C. Thomas Howell ("Southland," The Outsiders), Ernie Hudson ("OZ," Ghostbusters), Nana Visitor ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), John DeLancie ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, George Wallace) and Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer). [From Curt: Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse)]
"Torchwood: Miracle Day" begins with a day when nobody dies. 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 occurrence - someone's got to be behind it. It's a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson 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.
The show's original creator, writer/producer Russell T Davies, serves as executive producer along with BBC Worldwide Productions' SVP Julie Gardner, with Davies also serving as show-runner. "Torchwood: Miracle Day" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for Starz, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times