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Broadchurch: Season 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 5/6/15

I really enjoyed the first season of this show, like most people. I'm a huge fan of star David Tennant, from when he starred in Doctor Who. He also starred in the U.S. version of this show, "Gracepoint," which I actually watched first. Watching them both so close together kind of ruined the UK version for me, in a way, because the stories are so similar. However, I can see why the US version was not a hit. They made too many episodes, stretching it out and adding in stories, and it just was not as compelling that way. I loved it, but I don't think many people watched it. One thing that I really liked about the American version, though, was the ending, and I would have liked to have seen where that led to in a second season.

Anyway, it's good to have the second season of the UK version. The actors are just wonderful. They added some new characters, including Eve Myles ("Torchwood"), making her the third actor in the show from the Doctor Who universe (including Tennant and Arthur Darvill, who plays Paul). Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling ("Dexter") plays the new prosecutor, Jocelyn. Another well-known actress, Marianne Jean-Baptiste ("Without a Trace") plays Joe's defense attorney, Sharon. They all expected Joe to plead guilty, but he decides to plead not guilty.

While the characters deal with Joe's trial,  Alec is still trying to solve the Sandbrook murders. Eve Myles plays a woman that was married to the man he believes was the murderer in that case, Lee. Lee is played by James D'Arcy ("Agent Carter"), who's riveting in the role). We learn that Alec's been hiding her all this time while he tries to figure out a way to lure the killer out.

The show moves at a good pace and keeps you watching. It's very compelling as we watch to learn why Joe changed his plea and whether Alec catches the other murderer.  Some may be disappointed by the ending, though. It's very unusual.

Overall, I don't think the second series is as good as the first series. I think it's not as tightly written, and going back and forth between the two murders is confusing. However, I did enjoy it, and I'm glad they did it. It gives a nicer finish to season one. I like the characters, and I hope we see them again.

There are only 8 episodes, just like the first season. The DVD has many great features, including "The Making of Broadchurch," a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast and crew interviews, and deleted scenes. I wish all TV DVD's had this many! Make sure you do watch season 1 before season 2 or it won't make much sense.

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