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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TV News: Sneak Peek for Season 2 of ‘Broadchurch’ Teases Courtroom Shocker

Caution: This post contains spoilers about season 2 of “Broadchurch.”

We’re still about two months away from the premiere of the second season of “Broadchurch,” when the series will pick up with the trial of Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle). BBC America posted a new clip from the opening episode, which you can watch below:

It seemed like such a done deal at the close of the first season, when Joe confessed his involvement in Danny Latimer’s murder to Alec Hardy (David Tennant). Why then, is he changing his story? Is he aiming for an insanity plea? This development is perhaps one answer to the question in the first couple of promos for the new season, when both Ellie (Olivia Colman) and Alec asked, “Why am I still here?”

If that isn’t trouble enough for Alec, it seems Sandbrook will be rearing its ugly head. I’d mentioned that storyline previously when dissected the season 2 trailer from ITV. One thing is certain: March 4th is still too far away for us to get some answers!

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”

BBC America Pushes ‘Broadchurch’ Season 2 Premiere to March

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

Last Friday, BBC America posted a trailer for the second season of “Broadchurch.” The premiere date has been changed to Wednesday, March 4, 2015. There’s no explanation for the month-long delay.

The promo for season two also doesn’t reveal anything new, consisting of footage from the previous season. We’re left with two points to consider. Firstly, there are Beth Latimer’s (Jodie Whittaker) words to Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), “How could you not know?” Indeed, everyone will be reeling for a while in shock and anger that Danny Latimer’s killer was none other than DS Miller’s own husband, Joe (Matthew Gravelle).

Next, there’s the tagline, “The end is where it begins.” Apparently, there’s much more to explore about the sleepy coastal town of Broadchurch. It could be an interesting question to unravel, as generally you’d suppose everything to be over and done with once the culprit is locked up (as in an Agatha Christie drama). The trial is a likely event to feature in the next season.

To find more answers, you’ll really have to visit ITV’s website and view their promo for the upcoming season. All of the footage is new and much more helpful than the BBC America commercial. It looks like we’ll delve more into the Sandbrook case, which led to DI Alec Hardy’s (David Tennant) move to Broadchurch. Alec spoke briefly of his previous visit to Broadchurch; will there be more information about his childhood, too? Newcomers to the cast include Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles and James D’Arcy. Will we get to meet Alec’s ex-wife and daughter this spring?

“Broadchurch” airs on BBC America and ITV. Episodes from the first season are currently available on Netflix.

‘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]”