I guess I'm in the minority. I like Gwen Cooper and I
think Eve Myles is an OK actress. Gwen's a much better character,
played by a much better actress, than the usual female sidekick. She has
dimension. She does wrong things. (In Hollywood that would include
keeping the gap between her front teeth.) She's gutsy and
persistent. I find some of her adventures improbable (getting pregnant and
taking the risk of being an active field member of the team, for instance), but
overall she seems quite real to me, in a way that the airbrushed beauties of US
sf do not.
As I see it, the first two years of Torchwood were terrific,
Children of Earth was truly outstanding, and then we got Miracle Day - almost
not the same show after the folk at Starz got their hands on it (I bet the notes
I would have to disagree on Mekhi Pfifer too. No
disrespect, but he strikes me as nice enough looking but pretty average.
He didn't belong with that lot. In general the clash of tone and style
between Brit and American elements was jarring.