The main problem with being a truly superb series is how far can you carry on the excellence before you run into issues? For example, in season two of Hannibal, the over complicated plot and abundance of characters used to energise the Lecter and Graham relationship along is detrimental to the series as a whole. Orange Is The New Black, whilst exceedingly great a majority of the time, still suffered filler episodes. It’s like a television show is this giant movie and not all minutes can be stellar (the minutes here being certain episodes). So you’ve got to keep this in mind that whilst this week’s episode of Broadchurch may have felt like a filler episodes, it couldn’t be on point all the time.
Though the tension is still inside this season, lapping against the sand as the waves of uncertainty come crashing down, there is definitely more of a lull here than with any other episode so far. The main problem is that it does feel as though they are trying to add twists rather than fulfil the journey of the character. In this episode, it relies on the arguments, anger and juddering turns to drag the audience in. When Broadchurch is not trying to be “oh my god, shocking,” it has nothing to balance the rest of the episode on – which is problematic for the rest of the season if it were to carry on this way.
Broadchurch is pulling the town through hell, especially with the Latimer’s. It all may feel realistic (a certain dismissal of a vital case component would probably happen in real life) but it’s agony to watch. (On a separate note, we are totally campaigning for the “Leave Ellie Alone” group). Yet Broadchurch in this episode felt more like fiction rather than the striking humanity we’ve come to know.