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'Broadchurch' - Starring David Tennant - BBC America

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Malcontent, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. TonyD79

    TonyD79 New Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Bah. Nowhere near as dark or twisted as Under the Dome's town.
  2. TSpoonEars

    TSpoonEars Evil Brit.

    Feb 27, 2002
    The number of dark stories was by no means exaggerated. My small home town in NW England also had plenty.
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp New Member

    May 6, 2002
    Or any village in Midsomer County.
  4. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy New Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Or Haven. At the rate they are going, there soon won't be anyone there left alive there.
  5. Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

    Sep 4, 2004
    David Tennant to star in US remake


  6. NYHeel

    NYHeel New Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    I really liked the show but I had one significant issue with the ending. The killer just basically confessed. There was no detective work necessary. Nothing really led Hardy to the killer. The killer turned on Danny's phone so that Hardy would catch him. So the show kind of felt a little like 7 episodes of running in circles and then the killer just said, sorry guys it was me. None of the earlier detective work led to them catching the killer.
  7. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it.

    Jul 5, 2006
    Too bad that Tennant's going to play the role with an American accent, because the last time I saw him attempt that (in a pilot that wasn't picked up), it was abysmal. I'm a huge Tennant fan, and I will watch pretty much anything with him in it, but boy was his American accent terrible. Maybe they'll hire an accent coach for him before they film.
  8. eddyj

    eddyj New Member TC Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    My wife had a similar issue with it. Basically, what did Hardy bring into the investigation that advanced it at all? He did nothing that would not have been done by any random policeman. He had no particular skills, or insights or anything.

    Not that we didn't enjoy it, mind you, but that was because the storytelling was so well done.
  9. eddyj

    eddyj New Member TC Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    Maybe he had to leave England and "run away" to the US after his failure at his previous job, thus explaining his accent. :D
  10. philw1776

    philw1776 New Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    I hear you, but the detective had recently recovered emails on his partner's son's hard drive to the killer from the victim that led him to believe he knew the killer. Couldn't prove it. In such cases the police typically bring in the suspect for lengthy questioning.
  11. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    Right, and the killer knew the police had asked about the laptop and that it appeared to be missing, and later learned that the police had it. He probably felt that it was just a matter of time before he was caught, and couldn't bear it any longer.

    I don't mind that the killer basically gave himself away. I thought that long walk with Hardy tracking the phone was one of the highlights of the series. As mentioned in the article linked to earlier, this scene was meant to mirror the scene in the premier where Danny's father is walking through town and cheerily greeting all of the suspects.
  12. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 New Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    They seem to be saying the US show will be an exact remake :(

    I agree NYHeel, I thought it was a great show, but was disappointed with the killer and the lack of police work involved.
  13. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    Jul 24, 2003
    I liked Broadchurch and will watch season two on BBCA but the chances of me watching a US reboot of season one are zero.
  14. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed

    Nov 8, 2003
    I watched Broadchurch over the holiday.

    Non-spoiler comments: Boy was this a beautiful show! Absolutely lovely scenery and cinematography. Too bad they had a terrible editor. The transitions between scenes and into and out of commercial breaks were often done quite poorly. But otherwise, the acting was just top notch, especially the two leads, and it was a compelling story that had me eager to keep watching. Hooray for binge-watching!

    Spoilery comments just about Broadchurch
    I was pretty disappointed in the end. Really? Her husband? I don't like that they spent the whole time building up a variety of different suspects and then had to go with the surprise just for the sake of surprise. It really made the whole investigation seem rather pointless and all the work the detectives put in for naught (other than they scared the kid enough to destroy his computer for the Vicar who happened to be walking by). It did give us some emotional scenes but I think at the cost of a good conclusion. I felt cheated.

    And the plot around Jack the old man was slaying my heart. That was some gut-wrenching TV and the actor did an incredible job. I was so sad that he ended up killing himself but I was a tiny bit glad that it got to move the plot along because I didn't know how much more I could take of his life being destroyed.

    Spoilery comments about Broadchurch & True Detective Season 1
    I spent a fair amount comparing this to True Detective, because they were both 8 episode murder mysteries. What I preferred was that while True Detective did have red herrings and try to get us to look in different directions, they did not say "here are the 8 suspects" and then have the killer actually be suspect number 9. I know it is hard with a mystery to really surprise people - everyone wants to be the one who knew it the whole time. While I appreciate the journey, I want the end to be satisfying too and the last episode of True Detective was awesome while the end of Broadchurch was a big meh.
  15. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    Where/how did you watch? I was hoping to record again and I thought I had a proper SP set up.
  16. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed

    Nov 8, 2003
    Streaming on Netflix
  17. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    I searched for this months ago and found nothing. I see it was a new addition for December 2014. Nice.
  18. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Burn in hell, BBC America, for taunting me throughout the entire Doctor Who marathon that I have to wait until MARCH 4 to see Broadchurch Season 2 in the US.

    The UK gets it in January so why can't we?

  19. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi

    Mar 21, 2002
    Umm, there are ways... ;)
  20. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    Revenge for the American War of Independence? :)

    This happens with many British TV shows. The White Queen, Call the Midwife, and Downton Abbey come to mind.

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