Broadchurch Season 3

aberry89aberry89 California
edited March 15 in General
Anyone watching? I know it's not airing in America yet, but i have my ways...I have my ways. My totally legal ways.

Third season is really strong so far, acting is, as always phenomenal and I am very, very interested to see how this latest small town crime is unraveled.  I don't think I have ever seen a show go through what happens after a rape has occurred. The questioning, the producers - And this was the best case scenario with incredibly patient and sensitive police officers - and still, pretty heart rending to watch. The actress who they got to play the main role is amaizng. 

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  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I'm watching (haven't seen episode 3 yet). S2 was a mess so I almost didn't bother, but I'm glad I did as it's a different story. I have no idea where it's going yet but I'm all in.
    iMatty94
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    I didn't mind season 2, but it definitely was not as riveting as the first. 

    I really wanna know what exactly went down at that party and why...there is some really sketchy shit going on there. 

    Dee
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    I'm watching in the U.K., really enjoying it so far. I'm wondering whether we've met the rapist yet or it's a character who's yet to come in to the story.

    There's something very odd going on with Ellie's son and the porn he's hoarding on his phone.

    The actress playing the rape victim is something of a national treasure over here, she's famous for playing a transgender woman in Coronation Street (one of our most popular soap operas). This was before it was widely considered problematic to have a cis woman play a role like that.

    She played the role for years and years and is often credited with bringing a relatable side to transgender issues. The character Hayley Cropper was pretty much loved across all sections of British society from the equivalent of New York liberals to Texas conservatives. When the character died it was a pretty big event!

    Out of interest, have any Broadchurch fans seen Happy Valley? That's another British crime drama that is absolutely fantastic. I think I actually prefer it.
  • elgat0elgat0 Clearwater
    Glad to hear that there is a third season.  Unlike @aberry89 , I don't have ways, so I assume I'll be waiting a year for it show up on Netflix.

    @amyja89 I enjoy Happy Valley a lot as well.  Compared to Broadchurch, I'm not sure which I prefer.  Happy Valley is at least the more consistent of the two in my opinion.  I also really enjoyed watching Happy Valley & Grantchester at the same time for the dichotomy of James Norton's characters.


    amyja89ceburaskaDee
  • ceburaskaceburaska London, England, United Kingdom, European Union (but not for long)
    I'm afraid I've found it a continuation of S2's downward curve. Bailed during E2. Acting is still very good, but I found the writing as riveting as a public service broadcast.
    As Broadchurch was the only positive I could see about Chris C. taking over Dr Who I am now getting rather worried.
  • ceburaskaceburaska London, England, United Kingdom, European Union (but not for long)
    Happy valley is FAR better in my opinion. Maybe Sally W. could take over Dr Who?
  • I'm enjoying season 3! I've never seen Happy Valley, but seeing it as I love British TV I  will check it out. Any other suggestions are very welcome!
  • elgat0elgat0 Clearwater
    @Dani_Armindo Another British show that I enjoyed, that shares a lead with Happy Valley.


    Last Tango In Halifax
    Dani_Armindoceburaska
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited March 15
    amyja89 said:

    I'm watching in the U.K., really enjoying it so far. I'm wondering whether we've met the rapist yet or it's a character who's yet to come in to the story.

    There's something very odd going on with Ellie's son and the porn he's hoarding on his phone.

    The actress playing the rape victim is something of a national treasure over here, she's famous for playing a transgender woman in Coronation Street (one of our most popular soap operas). This was before it was widely considered problematic to have a cis woman play a role like that.

    She played the role for years and years and is often credited with bringing a relatable side to transgender issues. The character Hayley Cropper was pretty much loved across all sections of British society from the equivalent of New York liberals to Texas conservatives. When the character died it was a pretty big event!

    Out of interest, have any Broadchurch fans seen Happy Valley? That's another British crime drama that is absolutely fantastic. I think I actually prefer it.



    Happy Valley, especailly the first season was one of the best police dramas I had ever seen. I dont know what it is about british police dramas but the writing and charchters are just LOADS better in England. 

    The Fall, Happy Valley and Broadchurch all tie for my favorite. And 2/3's of them star the most badass women on tv right now!

    amyja89
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    elgat0 said:

    @Dani_Armindo Another British show that I enjoyed, that shares a lead with Happy Valley.


    Last Tango In Halifax


    My grandma raves about Last Tango (she is my go-to for what's hot BBC drama wise), if it's something the happy valley crowd would enjoy, I will have to check it out one of these days. 
  • elgat0 said:

    @Dani_Armindo Another British show that I enjoyed, that shares a lead with Happy Valley.


    Last Tango In Halifax

    Thanks! I'll check it out.
  • elgat0elgat0 Clearwater
    @aberry89 Regarding Last Tango, it's a family drama rather than a crime/family drama like Happy Valley.  My wife & I enjoyed it as a wind down show at the end of the evening.
    aberry89
  • ceburaskaceburaska London, England, United Kingdom, European Union (but not for long)
    Sally Wainwright wrote both Last tango.. and Happy valley, and they share a lot of actors, and settings. However the tone is very different between them!
    She also wrote Scott & Bailey, which is good, but not as compelling to me.
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    I've got a question for all you Americans who watch Happy Valley, how do you get on with the thick Yorkshire accent? It's one of the most distinctive Northern English dialects and I was just wondering if you ever had any trouble picking up specific words etc lol!
  • BrieanneBrieanne California
    @amyja89 I always watch shows/movies on Netflix or DVD with the subtitles on... drives my hubby batty but I don't like to miss anything.  It also helps me a lot when I watch British or Australian shows.  I still sometimes find myself having to look up a slang word or phrase though that as an American I have never heard.  

    I also generally find that after watching a few episodes of a new show, I begin to understand the accents of the main characters much easier just with repetition.  I don't remember Happy Valley being too difficult, but I did watch it last summer.  Now Tom Hardy mumbling every other word on Taboo recently was a different story though :)
    amyja89
  • @Brienne me too for Taboo! Full subtitles!! Usually by the the 3rd or 4th episode of a British show I am good to go but not Taboo. Lol
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    amyja89 said:

    Out of interest, have any Broadchurch fans seen Happy Valley? That's another British crime drama that is absolutely fantastic. I think I actually prefer it.

    I love Happy Valley! Moody British Crime Drama is my favourite TV genre.
    amyja89
  • DeeDee Adelaide

    I'm enjoying season 3! I've never seen Happy Valley, but seeing it as I love British TV I  will check it out. Any other suggestions are very welcome!

    - The Missing (S2 is better than S1 but they're different stories with only one character appearing in both)
    - Unforgotten (again, S2 is better than S1, but I'm fond of both)
    - River
    - The Tunnel (gets a bit bonkers in its reveals but Stannis Baratheon!)
    - DCI Banks
    - Grantchester
    - Thirteen

    I'm sure more will come to me.
    Dani_Armindo
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    Brieanne said:

    @amyja89 I always watch shows/movies on Netflix or DVD with the subtitles on... drives my hubby batty but I don't like to miss anything.  It also helps me a lot when I watch British or Australian shows.  I still sometimes find myself having to look up a slang word or phrase though that as an American I have never heard.  


    I also generally find that after watching a few episodes of a new show, I begin to understand the accents of the main characters much easier just with repetition.  I don't remember Happy Valley being too difficult, but I did watch it last summer.  Now Tom Hardy mumbling every other word on Taboo recently was a different story though :)
    I would imagine watching Australians shows you'd have to look up A LOT of slang! We are notorious for nicknaming or shortening names of everything.

  • BrieanneBrieanne California
    @Dee , yes! I watched Wentworth last summer and found myself looking up at least one thing per episode. Great show though!
    Dee
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    I've got a question for all you Americans who watch Happy Valley, how do you get on with the thick Yorkshire accent? It's one of the most distinctive Northern English dialects and I was just wondering if you ever had any trouble picking up specific words etc lol!

    I never have had a problem with british accents. Maybe when it gets REAL thick into Irish or Scottish - but Yorkshire is no problem. The only time I ever have to put subtitles is when people whisper or something.

    There are a few American accents that hard for me though, like Cajun accent form Louisana! 

    amyja89
  • elgat0elgat0 Clearwater
    @amyja89 ; I usually watch British shows with subtitles on, so I'm not even sure how much I'm listening vs reading.  I will say that I enjoyed the slang in the Inspector Gently series set in the Newcastle area.  I'm not sure how much of the slang was local or was reflective of the 1960's time period.
    amyja89
  • michielterlouwmichielterlouw Helsinki
    edited March 17
    I enjoyed S01, but you're all saying S02 was pretty disappointing (haven't seen it myself)

    Could I jump in with S03 again? Or should I watch S02 first to understand who's who and what's what?
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    Season 2 is still worth watching in my opinion - i think people didn't like it because it was about the jury process of a crime, and not the murder part. I thought there was still a lot of great stuff, and to see how a family and a small town go through something like that was very interesting to watch.

    That being said, I am pretty sure you could come in on season 3. I would probably read like an overview of what season 2 was about so you know about the verdict, and the fallout from that (people getting divorced, etc) Because a lot of the characters are returning in some way.

  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    I personally really enjoyed Season 2, but I know a lot of people that turned against it because it didn't necessarily bring the outcome, plot wise, that they were hoping for. It was an incredibly frustrating season, but not because of technical or performance reasons, just reasons based on the direction of the narrative in my opinion.

    Season 2 is worth watching I think. Charlotte Rampling was great in it.
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    That's exactly why I loved it. It's why I also loved The Night Of too (you could also throw in The Fall).  The outcomes often don't leave you feeling complete - that's what real tragedy does, it breaks you and you don't get made better when it's all over.

    For all the cries for unique and non-repetitive storytelling, I feel like people really want their crime dramas to come out a certain way, and write them off as bad if they diverge. 

    amyja89
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited March 19
    The problem I had with the second seasons of both Broadchurch and The Fall is that they were unnecessary. The first seasons were perfect little stand alone mini series(es?). It was left to the audience to just assume what came next in each case, but then the second seasons came along and were like WELL ACTUALLY, THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING.
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited March 24
    God this season is incredible so far. It's very refreshing to see a show discusses and exposse how someone lives after being raped. So much focus is usually on the event itself, and all of the fallout that follows is almost never touched (I am looking at you Game of Thrones)  But so many rape survivors say that can be the hardest part, and it lasts WAY longer than people perceive it to. I mean, of course it does, it's sex, it's a pretty important part of people's lives and to have the sexual part of you get all fucked up must be devastating to live with day and day out. Trying to adjust back into the rhythm of life when something that traumatic hangs over you, and knowing that every person that sees you will see that first - i am glad to see writing reflect the kind of toll that would have on anyone. 


    Also, a side not -they are doing a great job of incorporating the old charachters with the new, while still building upon those season 1 and 2 storylines. 


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