DVD Review: Broadchurch Series 2
Despite starring David Tennant, Broadchurch turned out to be a stellar British crime drama. One of those stand alone shows that wrap up nicely in the last episode. Crime solved, case closed. Of course, being such good television meant that there just had to be a squeal, because if something makes money, why not make more of it?
But, even though I was now slightly ok with David Tennant, I was worried about there being a season two. I mean, how many horrific crimes could one small English town cope with? Well fortunately the writers came up with a great way to avoid answering that question.
By having no new crime in season two.
Ok, that last statement might have been misleading. We still have a heinous crime to solve, but it’s one of DI Alec Hardy’s old unsolved cases, that he’s still secretly working on. That didn’t happen in Broadchurch. But Hardy is staying in the area because that scumbag child killer has just uttered the words “Not Guilty” in a court of law and therefore is entitled to a trial to see if, in fact, he is guilty.
So a new (old) crime, the trial of the century, and a host of new characters gives Broadchurch Series 2 a lot of scope to work with, and it does a damned fine job too. The only downside to having two stories and different sets of characters is that is takes away from the characters and town that we first fell in love with in Season One.
Broadchurch Series Two is not quite as compelling as the first (but how could it live up to such lofty heights?) but is some damn fine British drama, and as such, demands your viewership.
Rating: M Violence, offensive language and sex scenes.