Three families: one at the center world's economy; one managing the world's political landscape, and the third contolling the media. This is at the core of The Miracle surrounding Torchwood: Miracle Day as it draws to its season finale later this week. A plan likely in the making for decades, simmering just below the surface, it is a plan for world domination. A plan only made possible—or perhaps made easier—by something called The Blessing.
A would-be assassin tells Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) early in the series that it's "about geography." And so it is. We finally meet up with The Blessing in the latest Torchwood episode, the penultimate of this season—if not the series. (We don’t know if it’s the end of the entire series, since nothing has yet been indicated about future seasons.)
So, what is The Blessing and how does it connect with various strands of the show’s narrative thus far? Running all the way through the earth from Buenos Aires to Shanghai—two major population centers—The Blessing is an immense, red organic structure, matter swirling about it. The Phicorp logo, the symbol for the Greek letter Phi is a graphic representation of The Blessing, a subtle message suggesting both the splitting of the world and its interconnection.
It draws people in psychically, sometimes making them crazy—like looking upon the face of God. It seems to be drawing the blood of Jack Harkness in a much more physical way—calling to him. But why?
The Families, behind The Miracle, and the likely discoverers (and likely enhancement) of The Blessing, plan to rule the world by first by fracturing the it into chaos and then unifying it under their own set of rules. The Blessing is both modus operandi and avatar for the evil being carried out by The Families.
Dictatorships often emerge from the chaos and the void created in financial, political and social security. And as each of the families hone in on their part of the conspiracy, they will secure their place as saviors of the world—while Earth’s population gladly accepts whatever will bring it back to a state of normalcy. Order from the chaos. It’s a diabolical plan.