My review of last week's episode
Oh, all right. This episode has drawn me back to Broadchurch. It still has some of the same problems, but is blessedly free of some of the silliness of the second and third episodes. There's lots of the same: tense confrontations, unnecessary subplots, angry/distraught/happy/thoughtful people contrasted against a lovely sky, but it's a decent enough episode.
Ellie and Alec are beginning to act like a couple, visiting the circus together with baby Fred. Surprisingly, it is now Ellie that is calling the shots (I noted that after this transition, Alec's pushing the baby buggy). She's beginning to become an excellent detective, pushing Ricky Gillespie with tough questions, and staying up late at night assembling a case map. Alec, remembering, no doubt, the scars Sandbrook left on him, seems rather disturbed by Ellie's sudden efficiency, and in an unprecedented change of heart, urges her to leave the case.
Lovely cinematography continues - I especially appreciated a shot of a yellow ball in the rain. That shot nicely recollects the subtlety of last season, bringing us into Beth's mind without saying a word. The subplot with the reformed sex offenders feels a little half-baked (would Paul really ask her to meet them?), but it is intriguing. I'm curious to see where they go with it.
Meanwhile, in court, Pauline Quirke's Susan Wright has turned out to be a terrible witness. Coupled with an assault on her son in prison, this angers Sharon enough that she finally has a show-down with Jocelyn Knight, and they say catty, personal things and we find that Jocelyn refused to defend Sharon's son. Again, I careth not, but Charlotte Rampling plays the character with such strength that I can't help but enjoy her scenes.
The episode ends on a high note as it is implied that Lisa Newberry is not, in fact, at large, but late. Ellie's new purpose and Beth's struggle with forgiveness herald interesting drama in the future. Maybe the next three episodes will salvage Broadchurch's beleaguered reputation.
My review of next week's episode