Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Broadchurch - Season 2, Episode 7 - Review

James D'Arcy and David Tennant in Broadchurch S02E07
My review of last week's episode

At the moment, I'm sitting here, wracking my brains to remember whether anything actually happened in this episode. Mostly stalling. The trial has never been more interminable than here, as people yell at each other, and Olivia Colman cries more, and the verdict is continually stalled. Drama. Drama. Drama. *snore*

Alec Hardy is off frolicking about the hills, waxing eloquent on his new lease on life. The pacemaker seems to have gotten his brain working a bit, so he lets Lee know that Claire was pregnant - and sits back to see what happens. Lee uses some enhanced interrogation techniques to find out that Claire had an abortion - and that Alec came along for support (so, no affair then - presumably). This is apparently the only way to get anyone to tell the truth in Broadchurch. No, wait - there's one other way - give them five minutes with Paul Coates and a little self-help Gospel and they'll rediscover their consciences and come clean.

Perhaps that would work for Mark Latimer, who needs to get right with Jesus anyway. Last week he chose to affirm rather than swear. Repent, Latimer! At the moment, he's being passive aggressive and immature again, while Beth fights for a basis of honesty between them. Possibly Ellie should give him a talking to - she's being pretty tough on everybody right now - from Tom to Claire.

Alec and Ellie finally manage to track down Gary Thorp (of Thorp Agri Services). Turns out he was Lisa's boyfriend - at least for a while. He's pretty suspicious-looking, which means I consider him innocent. Anyway, this would break rule number one of the Rules of Fair Play.

There were a few more teases through flashbacks (Lee remembers the furnace, for instance), but all in all, we discover remarkably little, except that Jocelyn is in love with Maggie and has been for years and years. This twist was oddly predictable and unpredictable. I could easily see it happening, but it felt out of place. Despite the lovely sky, this lesbian picnic feels completely random - another pathetic attempt to make us care about unimportant characters (well, I already cared about Maggie), and possibly prove that despite season one's pro-life, pro-traditional family moments, Broadchurch can still be progressive.

The final moment in the episode comes as Claire gives Alec the pendant (thanks, self-help priest!), and the cast (some nice ensemble shots - reminiscent of Mark's walk through town in season 1) await the verdict on Joe's case.

So, predictions:

Joe is convicted. Chris Chibnall's done some mighty weird things in this show, but he must have known letting Joe off is a magnificently stupid idea.

Kate is the Sandbrook killer. Duh. Duh. DUH. Second guess: they all did it. On a train. In the snow. But I pretty much don't care anymore.

My review of the finale

Hannah Long


  1. This twist was oddly predictable and unpredictable.

    The Pasta Carbonara made in the La Creuset last episode was a dead give-a-way.

    1. It was definitely suspicious. Next week, I wouldn't be surprised if Nige "good wiv beef" Carter declares his undying love for Mark. Of course, Beth made Jocelyn lasagna earlier this season, too. Who knows.

    2. The point is that someone who is just a friend would use your $30 skillet, not a $300 piece of French bakeware. You need to do it on the stovetop anyway for control--to prevent it turning into scrambled eggs.

  2. https://www.facebook.com/ItvDrama/videos?fref=photo

    Bonus scenes. If you have a strong stomach.

  3. Joe is convicted. Chris Chibnall's done some mighty weird things in this show, but he must have known letting Joe off is a magnificently stupid idea.

    I don't know. We've been told they filmed three different endings, but they haven't said what those endings are to--the trial or the Sandbrook murders. Since Chibnall conceived this as a trilogy, I think it is likely that he intended Joe to be acquitted, contrary to what we saw in the flashbacks of the murder in Series 1. What's the point of the trial, if he did not intend such a twist? I then suspect that Joe would be murdered or commit suicide for Series 3. That would put the Vicar into play in the drama and mystery. Right now he is just Amy Pond's husband and the deliverer of platitudes.

    As to the Sandbrook murderer, we have been cheated by Chibnall, not given the complete case notes of the first trial or even the timeline--until the second-to-the-last episode. Pippa died in Lee and Claire's home, I'm pretty sure. The evidence is beneath the new flooring that Lee installed. Yje picture they showed this week showed them all together and the flooring materials stacked in the room. Who killed her? Claire I suspect, by accident. Pippa took her necklace and Claire hit her hard enough to make her fall. If we had the coroner's report--as we should by now--I could say for sure. Lee took the body to the river and that's why Lee had the pendant in his car. I think that Lisa was killed by Papa Gilespie in an unrelated incident. She was blackmailing him because he Roofied and raped her, killing her before she got on the boat to France. Gilespie knew about Claire and Lee's murder and they knew about his, so they each keep quiet. The bluebells in the mail and the picture of a field of bluebells must be reminders to each not to talk to police. Lisa, buried or cremated must be in a field of bluebells. Gary Thorp collected the blackmail for Lisa, disguised as a business loan from Gilespie. That's the best I can do with what I've been given.

    1. We have theorized that Joe could be acquitted and then immediately dispatched Lee Harvey Oswald style.

    2. The quick kill wouldn't leave much for Series 3. If we see that, you can probably make book that ITV already pulled the third.


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