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First episode of Broadchurch-no spoilers.

The problem with watching too many British Detective shows....

Is LOVING David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch (YAY Scottish accent-BOO Neckbeard), but ending the first episode thinking, "DCI Barnaby (or Inspector Lewis, or Dangerous Davies, or DCI Foyle etc etc) would have had this thing, plus at least one other murder, wrapped up in 90 minutes, and you're going take a WHOLE SERIES????

Yeah yeah, I know it's all about the angst, and the back-story, and the characterization, but still....hubby and I are on a Midsomer Murder binge, so we really expect all the loose ends to be tied up in time for tea as it were.

As with all British TV, since there are only five actors in the UK, the Who-verse spotting is a fabulous game on its own, made weirder by THINKING you know certain actors and IMDB shows that you've never laid eyes on them at all or it was something not Who-related. (Just watched a Midsomer that had a nearly unrecognizable Montserrat Lombard, who was Shaz on Ashes to Ashes.)

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morganmuffle
Aug. 9th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
You seriously have to think of Broadchurch as a drama that happens to involve detectives not a detective show! Though Alex Hardy guesses wrong fewer times than Morse (not hard)
karaokegal
Aug. 9th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I understand, but the trappings and tropes are so very, very similar. I even see the suspects and red-herrings piling up as well as who has SECRETS! Maybe if Hubby and I weren't currently binging our way through Midsomer, it wouldn't be quite so striking. I'm serious, over the weekend we might go through 2, 3 or even 4 MMs in a single evening/night.
morganmuffle
Aug. 9th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
That certainly won't help *g* I think a lot of people found that though, especially in the last few episodes when I think people were expecting more twists than there were (like most detective dramas)
twcardiff
Aug. 9th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I love Broadchurch. David Tennant is brilliant in it.:-)
karaokegal
Aug. 10th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
It seems like a part that's well-suited to his talents.
evila_elf
Aug. 10th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed Broadchurch and had fun gathering theories throughout the series. One of the better shows I have watched lately. Thrilled to hear there are plans for a s2 :D
karaokegal
Aug. 10th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
David seems to making good choices in his post-Who career, although as Eccleston said, it'll still be the first line in the obit.
joanne_c
Aug. 13th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
I am watching it, but yes, it's like well... Twin Peaks, or Veronica Mars and other shows that have a mystery over one season (and I do think it was after the mystery was solved that TP got bad, VM's first one was good and I don't think they got back to that quality mystery wise again), it takes ages.

Love David, am amused as HELL by Arthur Darvill as the reverend for some reason (and having blasphemous thoughts about him too).

Speaking of British actors and thinking you've seen them somewhere, for some reason my mind has decided that Ben Whishaw and Ben Chaplin are the same person. I've got no idea why when they don't even really look that alike. I was convinced that Ben Whishaw was in Stage Beauty when it was Ben Chaplin.

Edited at 2013-08-13 01:40 am (UTC)
karaokegal
Aug. 13th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
This is a certain "fey beauty" type of British male and I'd say they both it into that category. Probably typified by pretty much ANYONE playing Sebastian in any production of Brideshead Revisited.

If this thing veers off into Twin Peaks territory, I will NOT be a happy camper. I think the season mystery arc can work---especially in the UK, where a "season" 6-8 eps, rather than 22, it's just having to re-train the brain not to look for the happy ending in time for last commercial.

Looking forward to seeing more of non-Rory Darvill. I think he is a good actor, but Moff et al did him no favors. I would have loved to see him as Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe.
joanne_c
Aug. 13th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
There is that, yes (and Ben Whishaw was indeed Sebastian in the recent adaptation). Though for a second I thought Jeremy Irons was Sebastian and just no, but Anthony Andrews fits that as well - one of my very first actual British crushes as it happens.

It's odd, Veronica Mars did it much better and I do think Twin Peaks wasn't awful until after the end of the mystery, but yes, I am not happy when shows do that in general. But yes, I know what you mean. I even get antsy about it if it's a two parter sometimes, though not so often with that.

That would've been amazing. I actually do like Rory but then I feel like the things I like about the Ponds and their story is not what most people like.
strawberrytatoo
Aug. 16th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Just watched the first ep tonight, am loving it so far! Thankfully it will only take them 8 or 10 episodes to reveal the killer, unlike American network tv :P

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