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On a non-spoiler note, there were some priceless ads. I saw a dancing Scot (no kilt, just civies or dance costumes), and another airing of the animals that talked. Gave me a laugh I needed.

[Where do I begin?]Where do I begin? I was a little disapointed that Susan Wright wasn't put through a worse wringer, but there's no doubt that she doesn't come off as trustworthy. So I think Joe's cause was dealt a very bloody nose. And now we know WHY there's no love lost between our leading lawyers. I suspect the truth is somewhere between their POVs, but blame is too quickly banded about. Not enough about responsibility. And is it just me or is the junior defence lawyer not putting her whole effort into the case? Or are we just seeing a comparison with both juniors getting reamed?

So... Jocelyn is going blind. No wonder she retired. I hope Maggie is able to help her. But nothing alarmed me more than Hardy actually going to her to draft his will. He thinks he's not going to make it. Makes me feel like I need to brace myself. I mean, I can't imagine there'd be a Broadchurch 3 without DT, so... that's giving me hope.

The charity work... Well, it's definitely where angels fear to tread. I think Beth is headed for a breakdown, and what's coming in court is only going to set her off. Mark probably will need to testify after Tom does. Now that I should've seen coming. He feels abandoned and like no one will talk with him. Not to mention conflicted. He broke my heart when he didn't hug Ellie back or say "I love you" back.

And Paul... Oh, this is not going to be pretty. The community might never trust him again. Sometimes you have to decide when someone is beyond your ability to help, when the cost of helping them is too great. I hope the visits stop. Or he makes one last one to plead with him to end this by changing his plea.

And Susan. I want to punch her. She had no right to say what she did to Ellie.

No wonder Ellie is willing to dive in to Sandbrook. I think Hardy is about ready to cast Claire off, and her reaction makes me wonder what she's really hiding. She was obviously close to Pippa if she influenced the latest inclination for a career. In fact, I'm not sure I trust ANY of the four adults involved in the case! Especially after what we saw in the flashbacks.

Ellie is going to solve Sandbrook. I just know it. He solved Danny's death. Now she's led them to what I suspect will prove to be Lisa's remains. The idea that she was the killer was alarming, but... Ooh, maybe she's more devious than anyone thought! Scary idea...

On a humor note... I loved Ellie calling Hardy "Uncle Alec" to Fred. She was so teasing him to break the tension. Now, I can't blame Hardy for being grumpy about THAT, being aware of noise issues, but it made for a sweet little moment.

And now I need bedtime. Two straight long days ahead. And a week until we get the next episode. I am nervous. But I see why others were going "Damn!".

Remember the whole "Barrowman!" gesture thing? We need a "Chibnall!" gesture.


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Feb. 3rd, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)
They can't kill Alec. They just can't. Ugh.

I'm thinking Tom volunteered to give evidence in part to get back at Mark for saying they couldn't get together any more. I feel bad for the kid, but I don't really have sympathy for his attitude with Ellie.

Alec cares about Ellie and Fred, you can tell. He's all awkward about showing it, but he does. Alec pushing the stroller made me grin, then frown because I realized he might be holding onto it for support as he's getting worse. I also saw that theory on tumblr so that makes me wonder.

Don't get me started on Lee, Claire, Kate, and Ricky. They're all creepy and they all had something to do with Pippa and Lisa's deaths. I believe Alec and Ellie found where Lisa ended up.

This show is designed to make you rip your hair out and yell. Or punch a wall. Or punch Chibnall.

This show will kill us. We. Are. Going. To. Die.
Feb. 3rd, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling the same.

Yeah. I'll probably feel worse for him because of all the things Jocelyn will be able to question him about: the computer, not telling about Danny's friend, and even whether he's testifying to get back at Mark.

Actions speak far louder than words. So even though he might need the support, he wouldn't take it if he thought he'd be putting the boy in danger. Still, the sight of him pushing Fred was SO cute.

They're all guilty of hiding something. We the audience know that there was something going on between Kate and Lee, possibly between Claire and Ricky, and who the heck knows what else is going to come out.

You know the worst part? If we stopped to analyse it, it would all make sense. Unlike certain other Powers That Be I could name.

It might've contributed to my rough night of sleeping. Then again, maybe that was more the comforter being at the cleaners and feeling weird only having throw blankets on top.
Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
Chibnall is so going on my dartboard of shame. He now joins RTD, Moffat, and Erica Messer from Criminal Minds. I have the feeling I'll be adding the show runner from AKA Jessica Jones soon.

I don't want to see anything happen to Hardy. The whole DT/Olivia Colman dynamic is what makes the show. BUT... what if AKA Jessica Jones sinks Broadchurch, or ITV doesn't want to continue because of the big ratings slide?

Jocelyn made me so sad last night. Her junior doesn't exactly care about her or the case. And is it me or does he look like Marshall from How I Met Your Mother?

Hardy making his will broke me last night. I won't deny that. I don't want to see him go. :-/

Susan gave the defense a black eye. Heeeeeeee. That damned Susan attacking Ellie, though.

And my poor, poor Beth. That girl can't catch a break.

I loved the Hardy/Miller moments, especially her manic morning after reviewing the evidence... "And I just used the last of the bread!" I didn't like that she pulled away from him. Or that he's getting worse. But loved that they're BOTH angry with Claire.

I think Ellie's going to solve Sandbrook, too. I get the feeling that Lisa is not in the furnace. I think she's alive and well.

And Chibnall... Grrr... Chibnall. Wonder if he knows that hell hath no fury like angry Tennant Fangirls... especially the older ones.
Feb. 4th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)
Angry Tennant Fangirls... especially the older ones?

Oh... you mean the grownups! But yes, we don't want to see him go. He and Colman are what make the show. Their dynamic is fascinating to watch.

As for Jocelyn, she doesn't exactly make herself very likeable? She makes herself out to be a cold fish, so it's no wonder almost no one seems to actually like her. Barking orders at her junior without an explanation is bound to make him upset. That said, it does seem like he's rather apathetic about the case.
Feb. 4th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kinda dropped the ball on that. I refuse to accept that I'm a grownup. I kind of suck at being an adult.

I've been all angsty over the thought of Hardy dying on us. And, really, him dying on Miller. It's like I'm having that whole sit in a dark room and cry over a fictional character issue thing.

The only other person I've ever seen him have this dynamic is Catherine Tate. Not Billie, not Anna Gunn, not Sarah Parish, not Jessica Hynes. It's just so fraught with UST that I'm screaming, "Kiss her, you idiot!"

Jocelyn does not make herself likable or a sympathetic character. Now, I hate Sharon, but if half the things she said to her are true, she is a terrible person and a horrible boss.
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
Frankly, I'd like to see the mature-minded fangirls rise up and protest the favoritism shown toward the Holy Pink and Yellow One. The ones who focus on that aren't really Tennant fangirls. They're fangirls of Doctor/Rose. IMNSHO.

RTD and Moffat don't bother with cause and effect. Not ones that make any sense as a writer. Chibnall... I hate to say it, but I bet we can find the logic to it if we looked. And it would make sense story-wise, unlike the mess made in DW.

When a boss asks a lot of you without explaining it, it's natural to be resentful. Jocelyn's secrecy might hurt the case because it's alienating her colleague who she NEEDS on her side. I wonder if he's not attaching too much to the case because he's worried about what might happen.

Edited at 2015-02-05 04:30 am (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
>>is it me or does he look like Marshall from How I Met Your Mother?>>

THAT'S IT! Thank you, that's been bugging me!

>>Hardy making his will broke me last night. I won't deny that. I don't want to see him go. :-/>>

There must be SOMETHING in the last ep of S2 that is going to change everything for S3 that is why they can't go one way or the other on confirming a third season yet, but surely surely it can't be an absent DT, I mean he (and Ellie) ARE the show!

Bear with me cause I'm still 2 eps behind.

>>I loved the Hardy/Miller moments, especially her manic morning after reviewing the evidence…>>

Agreed! And Tkel's right, she's SO gonna be the one to solve Sandbrook, so awesome!

>> "And I just used the last of the bread!" >>

I'm still ecstatic over the domesticity of her and Fred spending the night in her house, and then Hardy protecting them in the morning when someone (her sister I think, or poss Olly?) interrupted their time together "This is MY house!"

>>I didn't like that she pulled away from him.>>

I actually did like that, because to me him approaching her to offer emotional support by physical intimacy is a natural evolution, as in FORWARD PROGRESS explicitly for their relationship, which is so much more than I thought would happen in such an actual textual way (rather than subtext/us fangirls reading between the lines) this season. And I prefer that it is happening on his side more than hers because it is redressing an imbalance from S1. S1 had Ellie reaching out to Hardy, inviting him to dinner etc, bringing him fish and chips, considering his needs *even when he rebuffed her*. Now it's the opposite--she's broken, battered, fragile. He is reaching out to her, hurting for her, she's too fragile and damaged and without thinking about it, she flinches, she rebuffs touch.

She rebuffed his offer of a hug in the first ep and she rebuffs his actual touch here. But he's still there, at her side with every step, they seem inseparable. She's gonna learn that even when she's too fragile to respond perfectly, he's STILL there for her, still protecting her, still ready to offer whatever sweetly awkward comfort he can. He won't reject her because she flinches.

Sorry for the diatribe. Just wanted to offer a different pov on this ♥

Feb. 4th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, Hardy's death would really hurt Ellie, I think. She's grown to depend on him as the only one she can talk to, the only friend she's got. They have both been through the wringer on the Broadchurch case.

Tate and Tennant was a wonderful dynamic. The chemistry between those two was, and I think still is, unparalleled. As for Ellie and Alec, she still cringes every time he touches her, she refused his hug, shook off his hand when he put it on her shoulder to try and comfort her. Somehow, I don't think the time is yet right to try and kiss her if she won't even let him touch her or hold her hand. At least Donna and Ten held hands (when running) and hugged often... Alec will have to get past the awkwardness first. I just hope he does before he gets to a point of dying, or maybe he will get to a point where it's a very close call and Miller finally convinces him that he has to get this fixed while he still can. That would be a turning point in their relationship, a revelation about what is truly important in their lives.

It's still very possible that they could make a go of it, but they have a long road ahead to get there.

Oh, speaking of all that... I don't recall, but did Ellie file for divorce with Joe? I don't think so, but she really should have.

Edited at 2015-02-04 06:11 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't want to see Ellie let down by another man again. They only have each other, really. First Broadchurch, now Sandbrook.

Tate and Tennant are just masterful together.

It's not the right timing, but he's trying to get through to her, to prove that someone does care about what she's going through. And he's so awkward about it. Big, ol' divorced grumpy man acts like a 10 year old boy when it comes to affection. I just hope the character doesn't meet his end. Hardy really is one of my favorites, not only of DT's CV but from any show.

I don't think Ellie filed. She took her rings off, though. I noticed that this week.
Feb. 4th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
They do. I can see he's been trying to get through to her. This is not someone he just wants for some "relaxing," but a friend that he really wants to comfort and be there for. He really needs to take care of his medical issues, or he won't be there for her... He is really awkward about it.

I'm pretty sure she didn't, either. She should have done it right after he confessed, while he was still feeling remorseful. I get the feeling it's going to be a lot more difficult now. Yes, she did take her rings off.

And you are right, Tate and Tennant are truly great together. I wish they would do another project together.Their chemistry just sparkles, no matter what they are doing.
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, this is nothing casual at all. This is a solid friendship, not that he knows what to do. I don't know if he's awkward because of the heart problems, or if he's just awkward. I swear on all that is holy and good that I will riot if Alec Hardy dies.

I still wonder if he's going to get out somehow. Does she sign then? Does she stay despite knowing he met an 11-year-old while she slept?

I keep thinking they need to do something on stage, but that would be a long time off. I'd love to see them do Noel Coward's "Private Lives."
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
How far things go is one of the things that worries me. I'm trying to throw it into other stories. So I imagine that the furthest they could take it that'd be believable would be a promise of something more.

Oh, speaking of all that... I don't recall, but did Ellie file for divorce with Joe? I don't think so, but she really should have.

When tardis_mole and I worked on the Broadchurch fic, we talked about that. For a divorce to have happened by the start of B2, he'd have to sign them. Forcing a divorce might take more money than she has to spare, and she's got enough on her plate worrying about caring for Fred and getting Tom back with her. If he doesn't sign, she might have to wait another two years for an abandonment clause to kick in and get the divorce awarded to her. Moley knows how to find out the laws. I'm just repeating what I remember off the top.
Feb. 5th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think right now we should be happy if we get a hug.

I never did a whole bunch of research on this, but it sounds correct. And if Moley said it's right, I know it's right. XD
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