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23 April 2013 @ 02:41 am
broadchurch finale, who knew this man also wrote "cyberwoman"  
My previous post on the matter suggested there aren't many of you actually watching Broadchurch but I'M GOING TO TRY AGAIN.





Olivia Colman did so well but it was so hard to watch. I kept awkward-laughing to Hannah saying "THIS IS HORRIBLE" because it really was just like 50 minutes of unending horror omg. We barely even made fun of Hardy the whole episode, which says a lot.

Before we started the ep we ran through our final predictions. As follows:
  • Joe did it -- we were half right. We were right, of course, that he did it -- we had the motive wrong. We thought it would relate to him protecting Tom from something, maybe Danny's secret drug ring. EXHIBIT A: EVERYTHING IS WORSE THAN EXPECTED
  • We also predicted that Tom knew, which he did not. Exhibit B: everything is worse than expected.
  • Hardy dies -- we decided to predict this with the reasoning that we didn't want him to die, and this way we'd have something to be happy about either way. So I am not sad to be wrong on this. Good job buddy! No strong winds took you out! You crossed that whole field all on your own! Everything turned out better than expected in this one isolated instance.
  • This is less specific but I remember posting back after ep 1 that clearly at some point in ep 8, he would call her "Ellie" instead of "Miller". This happened, AND IT WAS THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN ughhhhhh. Also MILLER IS HER MARRIED NAME so it is Joe's name she gets called by like the whole series ughhhhhhhhhhhhh exhibit c everything is worse than expected

In general I thought it was quite a good finale, there were a couple things left hanging (LOL HARDY WHAT IS YOUR DAMAGE WITH WATER) but not many, and I thought the "twist" was good in that it was shocking but it was still something you could see coming if you paid attention and pieced things together, which is frankly how twists should be. Every scene with Hardy and Ellie was excellent ugh I am so fond of both of them and now they are both so miserable, you guys should move out of town together and be grumpy roomies and have a sitcom.

And there's going to be a s2, apparently? Focusing on...???? TBH I'll be really disappointed if Ellie and Hardy aren't in it, despite the fact that they both seem pretty clearly on their way out of the titular town. FREELANCE DETECTIVE AGENCY IN SOME OTHER RANDOM SMALL TOWN PLZ & TY
ibishtar: Doctor Who companionibishtar on April 23rd, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
It was so good. Like I predicted, the Joe Miller revelation came early so the rest of the episode was more about the drama of it. That almost silent, slo-mo walk of Hardy leading up to the revelation was so effective, I loved it. I also thought Joe was protecting his son, the truth was so much worse, and so uncomfortable. I thought Hardy handled the situation as well as anyone could. I guess he's always been really professional in spite of his lack of interpersonal skills. The scenes between him and Ellie were so touching, and well-written. Olivia Coleman broke my heart, what a performance. The actors playing Joe and Mark did brilliantly as well. Everyone killed it this series.
The one small thing that spoiled what was otherwise a very moving ending was that no one ever debunked the psychic! I think I've typed the phrase, "I hate psychics" about ten times over the past few weeks. And there he was, during the funeral, all validated and gah. Oh well, I guess not everyone's a skeptic.
The promise of more Broadchurch was a welcome surprise. But it's Eliie and Hardy I'm interested in. I'd be really happy to see the two of them again.
Here's an extra scene that apparently aired after the credits? I saw the episode on ITV player, which didn't include the extra scene, so I'm not sure if this is it:
Also, LOL:
unfolded73unfolded73 on April 23rd, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Gah, the psychic. Yeah. I mean, he didn't say anything that wasn't either incredibly vague or that he couldn't have found out some other way, but it annoys me in a non-scifi/fantasy story when that shit isn't debunked.
Kali: dw :: donna :: idk_thirty2flavors on April 23rd, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
I was glad that a) we had the Joe revelation early on, and b) there were no last minute shenanigans. He turned himself in, we heard his story, the show moved on to the aftermath. That was good. They had a lot to wrap up so I'm glad they got moving on it.

I thought Hardy handled the situation as well as anyone could. I guess he's always been really professional in spite of his lack of interpersonal skills.

Yeah. And we've seen throughout the series that despite his social incompetence he's a good guy (which is how I wound up so fond of him), so it was nice to follow up on that. All I wanted all season was Ellie and Hardy being friends! ...Too bad it came at such a shitty time.

LOL the psychic. I didn't think anyone would ever debunk him, honestly -- I'd heard from Opal, who watches many more crime dramas than I do, that there's almost always a psychic and they almost never get debunked. Silly and sort of irritating, but oh well, I found him hilarious. Also: lol @ the Sandbrooke girl forgiving Hardy from beyond the grave for something he didn't even do. Maybe the psychic was a hack after all and we just never found out.

Yeah, I'm the same. I am excited by the prospect of more... but mainly if "more" also means "more Ellie and Hardy". If it's just the town itself, I'll probably check it out, but not with as much gusto.

I think that is the extra scene! I think there might have been some confusion, since ITV told people to watch "to the very end" which led to me assuming there was a post credits scene. But I think what they were referring to was the "Broadchurch will return" bit. And then the bonus scene was just... because. I dunno, it didn't really add much, I thought? Maybe it was just a deleted scene idk.
unfolded73unfolded73 on April 23rd, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was pretty much made of horrible awesomeness.

I wish they weren't so rah, rah sequel right now. Any sequel won't live up to the original, although with something this successful, I guess it's not surprising. Although I thought there were tons of great characters in this, I'd rather it be Hardy and Ellie as detectives in another town, if there has to be a sequel.
Kali_thirty2flavors on April 23rd, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
I read in the press release that they won't even start filming until 2014, so I guess they figure they better drum up awareness now, in the wake of its popularity. I wish they were a bit more open about what the sequel will be though, because like you I'm not exceptionally interested in following the town of Broadchurch as compared to Ellie and Hardy.
captaintish: Dr. Who -- 10th Doctor - hat and leicaptaintish on April 25th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)

That scene where Hardy was walking to the killer's house, and it went on and on, and you could hear (his?) heartbeats -- WAS SO TENSE. I was so afraid he was going to keel over and die before he reached whoever had the phone and then the mystery WOULD NEVER BE SOLVED.

I don't know how they're going to do a second season and still include Ellie and Hardy. But it seems like maybe they were setting something up for Hardy and his water issues and his secret childhood vacation in Broadchurch. So maybe they will bring him back. But Ellie -- I really don't see how she could continue living in that town. I just don't.

But I just want to see them being detectives together forever. I loved how he was so comforting to her. And how he told her "Good work" on the case, BEFORE everything went down, because if he told her afterward how meaningless a compliment would it be then? She'd be like "Oh well my whole world has imploded, but I did a good job on the case, so THANKS FOR THAT."
Kali: dw :: ten :: aloha_thirty2flavors on April 25th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)

I think it depends what they mean by season 2. Season two in... Broadchurch, the town? Season two following their two leads somewhere new? Season 2 like American Horror Story, where the second season is an entirely separate story from the first, but in the same vein? There's a lot of different possibilities. My favourite of the options would be following Hardy and Ellie somewhere, though.

Aw yeah he was significantly more competent at comforting her than I anticipated from him, lol. It was so nice that he was just, you know, a good guy (for a change), even if a somewhat socially inept one. All his scenes with Ellie in the finale killed me, they were so well done and so sad. The "you've done good work" bit killed me, especially since you knew he was saying it on purpose knowing what was to come (lol or at least -- it was obvious if you suspected Joe was the killer), and you can even see in Ellie's face that she senses something is off as soon as he says it. UGHHH be sad friends forever.
Circe: superdork!redcirce on April 26th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
So I actually haven't seen any of Broadchurch (and I don't care about spoilers; they've been all over tumblr) but it sounds really good. Do you know, perchance, if it's available to watch in a format other than sketchy downloads? I want to check it out but feel like torrents and the like are just too much work. :P
Kali: dw :: donna :: idk_thirty2flavors on April 26th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Uhhhhh. I streamed most of the episodes, if you prefer streaming to downloading?

Also I think BBCA bought it, so they'll be airing it at some point, probably months in the future lol. Maybe then on iTunes as well.
Circe: Deadpool brain failredcirce on April 27th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Lol, what I meant to ask but failed to articulate was precisely "Is this streaming anywhere, or do you have to download it?" Good to know, I'll poke around. Or if BBC is airing it relatively soon it's a good excuse to watch it with my friend who has cable and likes british shows...