TV Club: Broadchurch: “Season Two, Episode Six”

Is it possible to love a show just for one single performer? Usually, in these instances, the star player is supported by a powerhouse background—James Gandolfini in The Sopranos, Jon Hamm in Mad Men—that the lead character is indicative, but not isolated in their excellence.

I guess that’s why I have such a hard time explaining why Olivia Colman is currently my favorite part of Broadchurch, a show I like a lot. In director Jonathan Teplitzky’s second episode, the artistic integrity remains intact (some of these shots are indeed set up like still-life paintings; the camera angles go beyond inventive). And with only two episodes to go after this one, some valuable revelations are finally uncovered (well, one major revelation related to the Sandbrook case, but we’ll take it). All well and good. It’s not the A series it was last season, but still …

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