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7 Thoughts On Broadchurch Season 1

September 26th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
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Season one of BBC's Broadchurch has officially wrapped up with the finale airing last night. Here are seven thoughts about the fictional British murder mystery.

1. We think we've seen Broadchurch before. Murder mystery. Small town. Complicated male lead cop character. The conceit and premise shares much in common with many cop/mystery shows that came before, e.g. The Killing, most recently. Broadchurch isn't extremely different, but it's different enough to stand out. It sinks its claws in you with each episode, or, rather, wraps around you like a snake, or, even, it infects you and affect...
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'Broadchurch' Season 1 Finale: 'Lying Next To The Murderer'

September 26th, 2013 9:44am EDT
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The first season of Broadchurch concluded tonight with a brilliant episode, even though I didn't quite believe the murderer, revealed at last.

He would be Joe, Ellie's husband, and that provides the major obstacle to believability.  As Ellie herself says near the end of the episode, how could she, an excellent detective (my evaluation, not hers, but clearly true) have missed this?  How could she have been "lying next to the murderer" she was looking for?

I don't see how, either.   The similar looks of Joe and Nigel, a nice touch to explain Susan's incorrect, heartfelt identification last ...
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'Broadchurch' Season 1 Episode 7: Missing Links

September 19th, 2013 10:17am EDT
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Broadchurch 1.7 turned all the burners up tonight - or at least the burners on two major very different suspects.

Nigel goes in and out and back in contention as the killer tonight.  He took Susan's chocolate lab last week, but as we saw in the coming attractions, he didn't harm it, even though he raised a crossbow in its big-eyed sweet direction.   Tonight we learn that he's Susan's son, and she has a story that would make a good series in itself.   But its relevance to Broadchurch is that Susan claims she saw a man take a body off a boat, and leave it on the shore where Danny's body was ...
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'Broadchurch' Review: 1.6: 'A Break From Being Sad'

September 12th, 2013 8:56am EDT
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It was probably the best line of  episode 1.6 of Broadchurch last night - "a break from the sadness," which Chloe says she needed, and everyone affected by Danny's murder needs, and of course no one got a bit of in tonight's fine, taut hour.

What we do get is a grilling of the priest - who of course cannot be the killer, because he's been too obvious all along.

Susan Wright has also been a too-obvious suspect, ever since we saw her hiding Danny's skateboard, in addition to her nasty attitude towards the police.  Tonight we learn that she has a history, regarding something bad that happene...
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'Broadchurch' Review: 1.5: Good Loving And Almost Loving

September 5th, 2013 12:55pm EDT
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One thing becomes even more crystal clear in Broadchurch 1.5: things are not what they seem.

As a prime case in point:  The gent whose presumed pedophiliac past made him too obvious to be a real suspect in Danny's killing turns out to have a big reveal - which makes him obviously not a suspect in this case.  He served a year in jail because, when he was in his late 30s, he slept with a girl just a few weeks short of her 16th birthday, or the legal age in England.  When this gets screamed across the headlines, he commits suicide - the first casualty in this case after Danny - though, I woul...
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Broadchuch 1.4: The Unusual Suspects

August 29th, 2013 5:36pm EDT
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With a fine series like Broadchurch, you can usually tell who the killer is not by discounting who the killer most likely appears to be in the early episodes.  Here's where we stand as of episode 1.4 as far as likely killers who likely not to be revealed as the killer at the end:

The old guy who may have some history as a pedophile:  His denial seems sincere, and he's in any case too obvious a suspect at this point.The unpleasant woman who had some of Danny's stuff in her closet, and most recently threatened the editor of the local paper: She's a despicable piece of work, to be sure, and s...
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'Broadchurch' Review: 1.3: The Spy

August 22nd, 2013 9:05am EDT
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Broadchurch 1.3 continues with its almost everyone a suspect in Danny's murder - even after someone is apparently cleared after lying.

Danny's father is the prime suspect in 1.3, which starts with his lame alibi for the night Danny was murdered, Danny's blood on his boat, and Ellie's son telling Alec that Danny told him his father Mark had a temper and hit Danny a few times.  Mark is held but released, when the woman he was sleeping that night - not his wife - comes forward.  This was my feeling all along - that Mark was lying to police to cover up not the murder of his son but his cheatin...
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'Broadchurch' 1.2: Brooding Excellence

August 16th, 2013 9:58am EDT
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Broadchurch delivered an excellent second episode on BBC America last night, as well as one of the more memorable lines on television, when Ellie aptly calls Alec on his "brooding bullsh!t shtick".  We also learn that Alec has some kind of drug dependency, which makes him a more interesting character, and may be the cause, the result, or both, of his as yet undisclosed problem in his previous posting.

Our not knowing anything more about Alec, one of the two main investigators, is typical of the charm and power of this series, which doles out clues in a miserly way that makes the characters...
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