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
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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