I have a question for all of you out there in Bleeding Cool-land. It's an important question, one which you should really think carefully about before answering. Are you ready? Okay, here it comes… the question is…
Does anyone out there really give a crap about what kind of coat Captain Jack Harkness wears in Torchwood: Miracle Day?
I'm going to wager a little bet that your answer, much like mine, was "uh, no." Because, truthfully, the design of Captain Jack's "iconic coat" is probably the absolutely last thing which would cross my mind when thinking about the Torchwood reboot scheduled to premier on STARZ on July 8th.
Let me give you some examples of things I'm more worried about:
Like: The plot of Miracle Day seems a little close in nature to every other episode of Torchwood I've ever seen. You know: Alien threat, survival of human race in jeopardy, who or what is Torchwood? — Yaddah, yaddah, yaddah… rinse, repeat….
"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 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.
Doesn't that sound familiar? To be specific, I think the premise of Miracle Day seems almost a verbatim mashup of two pre-existing Torchwood episodes: The very first Torchwood episode, Everything Changes from 2006 and the the very last Torchwood episode (that we've seen thus far) Children of Earth: Day Five. This leads me to question if we are going to be treated to a lukewarm retelling of all of the UK Torchwood plot arcs in this new series with the thought that they'll be new stuff for the American audiences… I somehow doubt it, as the wells of genius which RTD taps from are deep and wide, but the way that STARZ is positioning the series and speaking about the new episodes, I none-the-less wonder.
I'm also worried about -much like I was about Series 6 of Doctor Who*– in attempting to directly cultivate and market to an American audience, will Torchwood lose much of what made the series awesome in the first place?
On the other hand, I'm worried that if Torchwood isn't well received by the STARZ audience, that one of the best sci-fi shows of the last decade will have the plug pulled on it and disappear forever.
My point, friends, in case you missed it, is that there is much about the Torchwood reboot that I -a fairly loyal RTD fangirl- am curious or worried about…
Captain Jack's coat? Not one of them.
So why, then, is the "new coat" the story which STARZ PR flacks are choosing to push this week? Seriously, the very first Torchwood press release I've gotten and it is about the coat.
I mean, the coat is great and all, but the coat is a costume, it is not the series and what the fuck do I care if they've redesigned it to be lighter weight (a cashmere blend) to "give [it] a better fit, more movement and breathability"…??????
Seriously – that's what the press release says.
I don't even know that I can speculate why it is that the coat is the story that STARZ is choosing to push at this time about Torchwood. It just doesn't make any sense to me, at all… I'd like to say that I think that I got this press release tailored for me, specifically, because I am an editor at a "girl geek publication" and the pr flacks are making some horrible assumptions about what "girl geeks" are interested in (read: fashion) when it comes to sci-fi television… But, surely STARZ pr wouldn't pander to a female editor of a predominantly female run/read website who has written a bunch of articles on the topic of hating it when she's pandered to because she's a girl, right?
No one could be that stupid.
*Series 6 of Doctor Who is proving to be quite excellent and my fears of the series jumping the shark have been allayed… for now.
Kate Kotler is the founding editor of Geek Girl on the Street.com, the editor-in-chief of FilmCatcher.com, a blogger for ChicagoNow, a freelance writer/editor/marketing hack and full time geek girl. She loves Doctor Who, Frank Miller, Wonder Woman, knitting, puppetry and she used to be a professional fire eater. See her full resume on katekotler.com.