Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Broadchurch Season 2: DVD Review

Broadchurch Season 2: DVD Review

Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Home Ent

How do you follow a success story like Broadchurch Season One?

With a drama that was on everyone's lips and a murder of a child that was consuming TV fans' fervent speculation, it's fair to say that when the title screen came up promising Broadchurch's return, there was a certain amount of shock.

So, with no early clues as to what season 2 would offer in the ongoing story of Danny Latimer and the inhabitants of Broadchurch, there was, it's fair to say, a chance of disappointment.

Season 2 deals with the trial of Joe Miller, the man accused of Danny's murder and the husband of the Olivia Colman's DC Miller -- as well as the re-opening of the Sandbrook case investigated by Hardy prior to his arrival in Broadchurch.

And this is where the story starts to go slightly awry.

It's still wonderfully acted (though a little too many shots of the beach and picture postcard scenery pepper the show) and is full of frustrations rather than edge of the seat moments. The problem is the drama focuses on others than the residents of the town and that was the hook of the first. Equally, Hardy and Miller, the great dynamic that propelled the first are too sidelined.

Broadchurch Season 2 is simply good drama, but when compared to the brilliance of season one, that means it's slightly lacking. Worryingly though, Broadchurch season 3 is coming.... so who knows what that could mean....

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