Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.02 “Rendition” Spoiler Free Preview

In the trusted style of our Doctor Who previews, a tantalising list of hints of what to expect from the second episode

1 “Rendition” feels like a very different episode to its predecessor – less expansive, smaller scale, fewer locations, more intense

2 There’s not as much action as in the premiere, but more intriguing discussions about the ramifications of “Miracle Day”

3 A whole new plot element is introduced that puts a new spin on what’s happening

4 There’s an audacious – and very long – McGyver-esque scene with a twist that you’ll either embrace for its sheer chutzpah or dismiss as irredeemably silly

5 Jack’s vortex manipulator may or may not have a surprising function we’ve never seen before

6 There’s a new gimmick at the beginning that will presumably become a regular thing

7 One scene is a real head turner

8 Oswald has the mother of all snack attacks, partly because of an odd diet he had to endure while in prison

9 Rex has a line that we sincerely hope isn’t a comment on the next six episodes

10 New character Jilly Kitzinger is very irritating… but she’s supposed to be

11 Bill Pullman takes Oswald way beyond any accusation of being a bargain basement Hannibal Lecter… his moments in episode two are among the best

12 Doctor Vera Juarez comes much more to the fore

13 There’s a lot of frantic shouting – unless you have really good hearing you may want to use subtitles not to miss some really good lines that are in danger of getting drowned out

14 The direction feels a bit more “telly” and a bit less cinematic than the fist episode

15 There are some exciting leaps forwards for some plotlines, but others feel a bit like they’re treading water a bit, which is a bit odd for only the second episode