I also watched Broadchurch. In two days, so I can't complain that it wasn't compelling, but the ending rather annoyed me. Olivia Coleman is wonderful, and I was mainly invested in the show for her portrayal of DS Ellie Stop This Brooding Bullshit Miller to David Tennant's DI Alec Thinks He's In A Noir Hardy. Also her endearing family life. If you've seen it, you will now be laughing a hollow laugh. (Her husband turns out to be the murderer and to have been involved with the 11 year old victim.)
I can appreciate the skill with which they managed the ending, but it undermined all the actually interesting things they were doing so thoroughly. They'd done such a good job with, say, Alec's heart problems, pointing out that collapsing unexpectedly ISN'T a useful skill for a cop, even if he is very smart, and it does make him awfully tragic. They'd noticed that crimes do actually get solved even if we allow the cops involved to sleep every once in a while and be friendly with one another! That there's a shitton of gendered expectations for women cops that make it very difficult, and a lot of male cops giving them "tests" all the damn time!
But the last episode was so intent on how cleverly it was producing a new suspect that no one had thought of before!!! that it cut away all of the interesting things in favour of "smart man saves day, kind women are easily bamboozled, p.s. the only relationships that will be functioning by the end are the het ones where the woman was just under 16 when it began, no matter how old the man was." Which is creepy as shit for a show with such a strong theme of pedophilia. I really do feel that the ending ruined it for me, which is a shame when it was such a well made show otherwise. Anyone think differently? I'd rather like to be convinced, or at least to have a good grumble with someone else who's seen it.
Also, there is every chance I'm using this entry as an excuse to not write my big bang, oops.
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