Broadchurch (ITV 2013 – Present)

5 Kernels

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

Broadchurch. It created new emotional illness in my life. It’s PTSD – Post Television Series Disorder. It’s akin to PTSD. I’ve watched both seasons of Broadchurch and came away with PTSD from a television series. Good gracious. What an emotional roller coaster consisting of sixteen episodes.

Of course, the Brits are best for good drama. Just admit it. Broadchurch, on the other hand, is so filled with drama it’s absolutely draining. It’s not to say that the show is bad. If it were, I wouldn’t give it five kernels. What I’m trying to say, is that it’s intense, heart wrenching, filled with plot twists, and keeps you literally on the edge of your seat waiting for the freaking truth to come out!!  It takes so long in the last few episodes of season two, that you are drained when the verdict is in and the other murder is solved. Well, almost, because I read that next year they will start filming season three with a new storyline.

It’s about a murder of an eleven-year-old boy in a coastal town. Initially, the event causes a media frenzy. As a viewer, you will be dragged into intense emotions of everyone involved in the case from the detective, the accused, the victim’s parents, the accused’s wife and children, and just about everybody you can imagine. The crime is emotional. The effects are far reaching. The characterization of those involved is deep.  There are no cardboard characters here, but flesh and blood who love and hate like all humans.

If the crime isn’t enough to rip your heart out, the detective, played by David Tennant, is haunted by another unsolved murder of two young girls that follow his career. As if his plate isn’t full enough trying to solve the current murder, his past will give him no rest either.

The culmination of these two sets of crime in the last few episodes is so intense that when it’s all over, you really feel traumatized yourself. At least, I did. Once again, the British have it when it comes to decent crime drama.

Only complaint, those thick British accents, especially from David Tennant may be a bit hard to pick up. After a while, though, you get use to his brogue.

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