TV Show Review – Broadchurch, Season 2

TV Show Review – Broadchurch, Season 2


Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Broadchurch is back for its second season on BBC America, and now focuses on the trial for the person responsible for the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer and its impact on the people in Broadchurch.  While a few critics thought that there was no need to bring the series back for a second season, most are still enjoying the show with The San Francisco Chronicle saying, “It’s pretty smart and doubly engaging.”

The Boston Globe says, “The show no longer has that compelling air of discovery about it, since we know many of the characters well. But still, all of the small-town tensions and relationship undercurrents remain as direct and immediate and engaging as ever.”

The New York Times finds, “Season 2 is, from the start, an entirely messier, more contingent affair, enjoyable in a different and, to me, more appealing way.”

USA Today writes, “It soon becomes obvious that Broadchurch is back only because we wanted it back, not because it had a new story that needed to be told.”

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s pretty smart and doubly engaging.”

Variety notes, “Writer-producer Chris Chibnall has met the challenge and then some, not so much returning to the scene of the crime as reloading, continuing to follow the first season’s aftermath while introducing a new storyline alongside it.”

The Portland Oregonian thinks, “I’m not convinced there needed to be a Season 2 of “Broadchurch,” but it’s hard to get too grumpy when Tennant and Colman make such harmonious music together.”

The Washington Post writes, “The good news, if there is some, is that we still have Tennant and Colman at the center of this overarching mess-in-the-making, holding it together somehow. Their characters are fairly lousy at detective work, but their performances are still worth the hassle.”

The Boston Herald notes, “Not every show is built to last, and this one hardly appeared like an ideal candidate for multiple visits. Midway through season two, however, those who knelt in admiration the first time have little reason as yet to question their faith.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer thinks, “What unfolds is a series of harrowing twists and turns. Hardy calls on Ellie for help, and disturbing truths come to light. Another prime reason to tune in? The first-class guest cast, topped by Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Jean-Baptiste as fiery courtroom rivals.”

The Independent finds, “Just like the writers of The Fall and Last Tango in Halifax, Chris Chibnall is trying to prolong Broadchurch.  Unfortunately this attempt to protract the drama just feels painfully obvious tonight and lacks the subtlety of series one.”

The Guardian says, “If it had to come back, Chibnall has gathered enough old loose ends and intriguing new strands to suggest that Mondays may again become a bad night for the nation’s pubs and restaurants.”

Yahoo! TV thinks, “Fortunately, Broadchurch, created and written by Chris Chibnall, still excels most frequently as a character study — to a notable degree, of all its major characters, who are sketched with vividness and, in almost every case, sympathy and poignance.” says, “The score is over-heated, the dialogue is more melodramatic, and someone could make a drinking game out of people standing on beaches or cliffs in the wind looking pensive. What saves “Broadchurch” this season and is likely to keep people from jumping off the bandwagon is the cast, especially the new additions.”

IndieWire notes, “The core of the series’ appeal was once the way it twisted convention to its own ends, but now “Broadchurch” is just a series of twists, so contorted it’s almost unrecognizable.”


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