Review of Broadchurch – Series 1, episode 2
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not see series 1, episode 2 of ‘Broadchurch’
It’s hotting up on the windy Dorset cliffs, some might say a bit too much. While the first episode was well paced, believable and beautifully lit, last night’s seemed to veer on the side of soap opera at times.
Take Beth Latimer’s visit to the local supermarket (presumably a Co-op by the font). It started as a stylised scene with music that sounded like breaking water as Beth ran through the aisles to find Danny’s favourite cereal, before rupturing into the realistic mundane of checkout chings and trollies.
But then it took a turn from realism to what seemed like surrealism when a distraught Beth revealed to the local vicar (Arthur Darvill) in the outside car park that she was pregnant. There was a whiff of uneasy sexual tension between the two characters, compounded by the fact she tells the Rev she hasn’t told husband Mark yet because “it’s complicated”. Hmm.
The episode then took a turn into magical realism, when phone line fitter Steve Connelly (played by former EastEnders and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps lad Will Mellor) spookily tells DI Alec Harding and DS Ellie Miller he has psychic powers and has heard from Danny. Harding rubbishes it off as “self-indulgent horse shit”, but the BT man then touches a nerve by telling the policeman “she says she forgives you”.
Alec Harding on the other hand is another story. Apart from turning down free fish and chips (obvious signs something is awry, surely?) the ruthlessly emotionally detached inspector proved he doesn’t have his “horse shit” together as he was seen taking (presumably) prescription pills.
But then, in a rural idyll such as Broadchurch, nothing is what it seems. Except for upstanding Ellie Miller who is yet to reveal anything lurking in her past, which is unlikely given she’d be most likely to blurt it out to her colleagues if so. Her son however seems highly suspect – and his bowl cut doesn’t help.
Mark Whittaker emerged as the number one suspect in this episode after he smugly dodged Harding’s questions, only for his finger prints to be found in the hut where Danny had been killed. But he is surely a red herring as it all seems too obvious and there are still four episodes to go.
Pauline Quirke’s character also seems suspicious, despite her roly-poly-Labrador-walking demeanour. What was Danny’s skateboard doing in her caravan cupboard? And as for Chloe’s boyfriend, has he been forcing Danny into drug smuggling?
The plot is beginning to thicken but as long as the series doesn’t lurch into the melodrama of production company Kudos’ sister series Mayday, all will be well.
Prime suspect: Mark Latimer
Oh-no-he-didn’t suspect: Ellie Miller’s sonTagged in: Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, David Tennant, doctor who, jodie whittaker, Olivia Colman
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