Battle Lines are Drawn in Season 2 Premiere of ‘Broadchurch’

Olivia Colman and David Tennant reprise their roles in season 2 of
Olivia Colman and David Tennant reprise their roles in season 2 of “Broadchurch.” Credit: ITV.

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

“Broadchurch” made a stunning return last night for season 2. Skipping forward, the series picks up a few months after the murder of Danny Latimer. Everyone expects Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) to plead guilty and then receive his sentence. However, he stuns the entire courtroom, including his legal representative, by pleading not guilty. Joe doesn’t want to go to prison, but he also seems intent on dragging down all of Broadchurch by exposing the town’s secrets through the trial. The lead-in to the courtroom scene was shot brilliantly, alternating between Ellie’s hurried approach and the slower pace of townspeople and officials into court, befitting the gravity of the upcoming moments.

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Why ‘Broadchurch’ Gets a New Season and ‘Gracepoint’ Flounders Miserably

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

In my previous reviews of “Gracepoint,” I made sure to emphasize that I had not yet seen the ITV original drama, “Broadchurch.” Still, I was puzzled why FOX would pursue a remake with nearly the same plot and even the same lead actor (David Tennant). Both shows follow the investigation of a young boy’s murder in a sleepy coastal town. I finally had the opportunity to stream the first season “Broadchurch” on Netflix and I must say, I’m relieved that I feel the same way about “Gracepoint,” which peaked briefly (and far too late) with Tom Miller’s disappearance. There are many reasons as to why “Gracepoint” flopped and “Broadchurch” gets another season. Let’s go through a few comparisons: Continue reading “Why ‘Broadchurch’ Gets a New Season and ‘Gracepoint’ Flounders Miserably”

‘Gracepoint’ Season Finale: Danny Solano’s Killer is [Spoiler]

Caution: This post contains major spoilers on the season finale of “Gracepoint.”

Danny Solano’s killer is finally revealed on the “Gracepoint” finale. It’s also Carver’s (David Tennant) last day on the case; what’s another another eight hours of daylight? Well, it’s enough for a couple of final pieces of evidence to fall into place, at a quicker pace than the rest of the investigation. While the previous episode focused a lot of attention on Vince (Stephen Louis Grush) and Susan (Jacki Weaver), there are a lot of points that foreshadow the outcome in tonight’s episode. Continue reading “‘Gracepoint’ Season Finale: Danny Solano’s Killer is [Spoiler]”

TV Review: ‘Gracepoint’ is ‘Broadchurch’ Again, Too Late with Sparks?

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

I have yet to see the “Broadchurch” series, but last week really felt like a breath of fresh air as “Gracepoint” ventured off the beaten path with an original storyline. Tom Miller (Jack Irvine) went missing on the way to school, pulling the community together as a search party went out. The police (led by Ellie) and community team (led by Mark Solano) came across the boy’s bike in the woods nearing the property of Lars Pierson (Brendan Fletcher), a person of interest in the Danny Solano case. Continue reading “TV Review: ‘Gracepoint’ is ‘Broadchurch’ Again, Too Late with Sparks?”

TV Review: Anyone Could Have Killed Danny as ‘Gracepoint’ Crawls Along

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

As the town reels from the death of Danny Solano, Detectives Emmett Carver (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Anna Gunn) are gathering more information on the case. Secrets are abound and slowly coming out about many of the characters. Continue reading “TV Review: Anyone Could Have Killed Danny as ‘Gracepoint’ Crawls Along”

TV Review: ‘Gracepoint’ Series Premiere Suffers Slow Pace and Lackluster Cast

Caution: This review contains spoilers on the premiere of “Gracepoint.”

Not even fifteen minutes into the first episode of “Gracepoint,” I found myself wondering why FOX would create a remake of “Broadchurch.” Continue reading “TV Review: ‘Gracepoint’ Series Premiere Suffers Slow Pace and Lackluster Cast”