?The new U.S.-based season of Torchwood begins on Starz on July 8th, 10 pm. If you’ve forgotten what this fourth season about, let me let the press release remind you:
Bill Pullman, who portrays Oswald Danes, a former school teacher and convicted child killer, and Mekhi Phifer join “Torchwood” alumni John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) in the series. Also joining the cast are Alexa Havins (When in Rome, Fat Girls) as Esther Drummond, a deskbound CIA employee who dreams of active duty and who suddenly finds herself running alongside Jack, Gwen and Rex; and Arlene Tur (“Crash,” Eat Pray Love) as Dr. Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon, who finds herself on the frontline of medical care on “Miracle Day” advising the government think-tanks on the best course of action for the world’s population.
Torchwood 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 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.
Honestly, I’m starting to get the vibe that this will be more like the incredibly uneven first two seasons of the show, and less like the kind of awesome Children of Earth third season. I don’t know why I’m feeling this — maybe it’s just to protect myself if I watch it and it kind of sucks. Maybe it’s because this poster is kind of dumb. I don’t know. We’ll see.