One thing I have noticed about British productions versus American ones: British TV does an exceptional job with period dramas like Downton Abbey or All Creatures Great and Small. The costumes, the cars, the sets all look authentic. This is something American TV is usually completely unable to do. When I saw the first episode of Pan Am I thought perhaps I might be wrong. The first episode looked gorgeous and authentic: The airplanes, the costumes, the music, the whole look. But Pan Am was only able to sustain that for the one episode. Everything since then looks like it has been filmed on the same soundstage. Paris, New York, Berlin, and Monaco all look the same and none of it the least bit real.
I had a revelation about what was wrong with Miracle Day while watching The Hour on BBC America. The Hour and Miracle Day had shared issues. Both were serials set around a central mystery. I completely lost interest in the central mystery before the end of both series. I disliked the main cast members of both series. Freddie Lyons was totally annoying and I never warmed up to Bel Rolwey. Esther Drummond was even more annoying than Freddie Lyons and whiney on top of that. And I never warmed up to Rex.
I stuck with Miracle Day to the end only because John Barrowman was in it. The revelations at the end of the story were uncompelling and uninteresting. It made me sorry I had stuck with it. The revelations at the end of The Hour were a total surprise, they put the various pieces of the puzzle together, and made me glad I had stuck with it.
One reason I stuck with The Hour and which made it a significantly better experience than Miracle Day was the story was told in 6 episodes and not painfully and thinly stretched over 10.
If Torchwood continues I will watch only because of John Barrowman and even he won't keep me watching if the next series is as uninteresting as Miracle Day was.
Frank Caesar Branchini
Edgewater, MD USA