Broken S1 E2: When life gets too much, we find solace in others, but is it enough? (Spoiler alert)

This episode was especially moving. This review of the episode talks about sensitive issues such as Suicide.

My Thoughts

The episode followed Roz Demichelin who had been considering suicide since she was found out for stealing money (232,000) from her employer to fund her gambling addiction. Father Micheal was aware of this and had the decision of intervening or letting her go through with it.

I felt bad that she could be driven to those that and I just wanted to shout “please don’t do it”. She had a family, love, children and it was heartbreaking. Yes her family life was stressful and her children had little knowledge of how to cook, clean, wash clothes, just like most children.

We also saw Father Micheal battle with his thoughts and guilts. He tried so hard to help others and convince residents to reconsider, that he was unable to help himself. Memories of his childhood reappearing while in prayer. The residents can go to him for support, but who can he go to?  Even when his mother was ill, he had little solace in others.

Final Note

I found this episode emotional and I really sympathised with the characters. Their lives were so different in many ways however they still struggled. I just wished that things could have ended differently for them.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars! As always, I was engaged and interested until the credits.

 

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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S1 E3: Dramatic concrete finale to the gripping series, Paula! (Spoiler alert)

What a build up to such an exciting episode! I have been critical of the previous two episodes, however this finale passed all my expectations.

My Thoughts

The episode was less farfetched than last week’s and answered all our questions.

James found out his fate in court and Paula and Mac were understandably struggling with everything that had seen and gone through. Mac was still recovering from his attack when he confronted James after he attacked Paula in the restaurant.

I have called Paula marmite before and I could not agree more in the finale. She has an odd way of solving her problems and it mostly includes getting other people involved and in the wrong. She also doesn’t help herself and tends to go back to old flames such as James.

We saw a different side to Paula and I actually felt sorry for James, especially after he revealed his sad childhood and the identity of that young girl he had been seeing. The young girl being his sister, I admit that I expected her to be one of his victims so I guess there are no skeletons in his closet.

So poor James was suffering with more frequent nightmares and his sister Mary was appearing. She looked very creepy with her pale skin and she didn’t speak at all – she just stared and I was waiting for her to jump out. Luckily she didn”t…

Paula became a different person in the finale and we found out how psychotic she really was. James came to visit her in her basement and a kiss became something more sinister. James woke up in a dark container, which was later buried under fresh concrete. This just reminded him of when he was locked in a cupboard with his sister. James had finally met his match and relied on Paula to live – “I keep you alive or you can die and it won’t matter”. I thought she had killed and buried him, but this is so much worse.  I found this very disturbing to watch, and just to make it even more creepy, we saw Mary one last time.

Final Note

So the series was short and sweet, but not low on drama, suspense and little girl sightings. The ending was very unpredictable and uncomfortable and Paula’s final act made us awe in shock. Very good series. Would recommend.

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode and the overall series 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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S1, E2: Troubled Paula faced more drama in an overly packed episode!

This is a review of Paula, episode 2, series 1. on BBC 2, normally shown on Thursday night.

My Feelings

I found this episode quite farfetched and filled with unnecessary drama – fights galore that added nothing to the story line, just a way to lengthen out the episode! I would prefer two episodes to three as it would be easier to watch.

Paula has that marmite feeling to her – you either love her or hate her, and in this episode, I found her very eerie. Yes she had lost Phillip and her brother in suppose suicides, however I found her hard to watch. Her constant frown and vulgar language was very off putting. I do not understand why James and the detective would suddenly be so fixed on her – were we suppose to be scared of her and not James?

We know that James is not mentally stable and has had increasing illusions of a young child. It was very creepy. but brings up the question: Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

To be honest, Paula isn’t any better. Death and stress do bad things to people and her mental capacity has got a little less predictable since her one night stand with James.

Her weird thoughts have also given us a bit of a chill – the fact that she liked being the prisoner in games when she was younger and explained how she visited another family while she was unconscious, after asking her brother to strangle her. It was all a bit disturbing really.

 Final Note

Dramatic? yes but a little too dramatic and predictable! You could just tell what was going to happen to her alcoholic brother. It was inevitable.

Star Rating

I would give it 3 stars as the plot was a bit too ambitious!

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Broken looks at the lives of two people and shows us the harsh reality! 

This is a new BBC series following two people and how they are facing life in its most unpredictable way.

General Plot

The episode followed Sean Bean as Father Micheal Kerrigan with an abusive and sad past and Anna Friel, a financially struggling mother of three who lost her job. The reality is that life is not always kind like God and for Father Micheal, he has seen horrible things.

My Thoughts

We saw struggles with claiming benefits, feeding three children, dealing with the past. It seemed that they were all trying to make a living with the little money and resources they had.

I was especially emotional when Anna’s mum died and had the phone in her hand to call help, only to die before it came. She was so broke that she tried to hide her mothers death so she could still get her pension and it became days. Her family were asking questions and the idea of keeping her mother alive for her pension, was to others quite heartless, nethernerless, it was what Anna relied on to live.

Father Micheal’s flashbacks were all church related and not positive. He was still troubled with memories.

Was it intense, gripping? Yes. It was a different type of drama and was more relatable than gripping murder series.

Final Note

I found it very difficult to watch, not because it was badly made… no, because people actually lived that way with little money and lack of job security. It was heart breaking.

It was different to everything I have seen and it’s real life depiction reminded me of a film I had watched – I Daniel Blake. One I would also recommend to watch if you have a night to yourself and a box of tissues.

Star Rating

I would give this series 4 stars and would recommend watching this (if you have not already). The series looks like it will become more interesting. I will definitely be watching next week. You in?

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Late review of Paula S1 E1: Prepare to be glued to your seat and mesmerised by all the drama!

So I watched the first episode of Paula this week. I have not really had chance to publish my thoughts about it and I will try and keep these brief.

My Thoughts

We were introduced to Paula ( Denise Gough), a quiet chemistry teacher and then later met Handyman James (Tom Hughes). At first looks, he was professional and had charm and handled Paula’s rat problem with ease.  Paula was in pursuit from Philip, at PE teacher at the same school. He seemed eager to spend weekends with her behind his wife’s back.

It all seemed normal, but then things got weird and a one night stand became something more sinister and dark.

I saw James’s character change and we saw him in a more violent and stressful light. Not only that, he was acting rather odd and with visions and nightmares, he looked a little unstable. This seemed incredibly evident when he started to investigate into Paula’s life and finally learned about Phillip and their secret one time affair.

He became rather creepy, and it showed no bounds as he blackmailed Philip and lured him to a dark rubbish site, only to kill him with his bare hands.

I have seen many films which have resulted in a one night stand, and nothing this dramatic has come of it.

Final Note

It was unpredictable and tense. My opinions of these characters went up and down like yoyo – sometimes sympathy for James state and then awe at his audacity to deliver violence. The death of Philip made me shudder and the ghostly girl sighting in James van was chilling.

The director made it very clear in this episode that nothing was as it seems and some problems are skin deep. Paula’s comment of “You could be anyone” after their one night stand was now more relevant.

Star Rating

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The opening episode deserves 4 stars, without a doubt!

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Line of Duty S4, E8: AC-12 finally unmasks the truth about Operation Trapdoor and balaclava man, along with a few surprises on the way! (spoiler alert)

Th is is a review of Series 4, episode 8 of Line of Duty, which is finally coming to a close!

We were all left wondering whether Roz would get away with framing her husband and if Micheal would be innocently convicted. We found out….

 So this was the finale?

The finale was unexpected and extremely gripping. We knew in our minds that balaclava man could have been more than one person, but hoped that it wasn’t.

What I thought of the plot and outcome?

The plot was twisted (as we would have expected) and we only really found out the extent of the culprits by the end. The plot was intense and we were put through a series of emotions, such as impatience (when Roz would not admit her doings on Tim), sadness (when we thought Micheal would go to jail as innocent), relieved (when Roz admitted her offence) and surprised (by the involvement of Jamie in the plot).

There was some suspicion around Hilton and the viewers in this case would have be right. Hilton sent and recommended Jamie to work at AC-12 to presumably watch the case and the person connecting them together was Lakewell. He was not balaclava man, but he did frame Micheal Farmer. It was all a group effort and AC-12 could not have pinned it on to Lakewell, without Roz becoming detective. In some way I like her more than I did before this episode as she looked into every detail, in turn convicting him of perverting the cause of justice.

I still don’t understand though… Roz admitted to murdering Tim accidentally, yet she covered her tracks, adding on more suspicion? Why did she not just admit it instead of going to all the trouble of pinning it on her husband and tampering with the evidence? It seemed like she would have denied the murder (convicted manslaughter) if she had not been found out by AC-12 and the clothes and evidence she hid were not recovered?

I do think that this series was quite unrealistic and was lengthened to fit six episodes. In my opinion, it could have been shorter and less farfetched, whilst getting the same outcome and emotions from the viewers.

Am I excited for the next series?

Yes!  We could be faced with a new case in the next series or the return of Balaclava man, bearing in mind that there were many people involved in the operation who AC-12 were not informed of!

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode:

5 star rating

What an episode to end the series! The five star rating is well deserved!

Line of Duty S4, E5: What was at first a little rivalry between AC-12 and Huntley has become something much more (Spoiler Alert)

I had to take a breather at the end of the penultimate episode of Line of Duty. Never have I been so sure of something then so confused by such a twisted plot line in my life.

Thoughts

I started the episode with the intention of finding out what really happened to Huntley, hoping she would admit it. Instead, she continued to frame Farmer for the numerous  deaths and framed her husband for Tims’s murder, as he was at the scene (but only because he followed her there).  What made this more unrealistic was her ability to have her arm amputated and still plant evidence like nothing was wrong. If that was me, I would be unable to do anything, especially work.

Everyone seemed to be suspecting Huntley (she does make it hard not to), even her husband who was going to file a claim against her. He knew that she was lying about what really happened the night of Tim’s murder however was unaware of her potential involvement in the murder of Leonie Collins. She is such a stubborn character that she is unlikely to admit the truth and ruin her reputation, rather than admit it and be free of the guilt. At this point, I assume that she murdered Tim and had something to do with Leonie, but these series always seem to surprise us.

Alongside this hidden cover up by Huntley, was another alleged cover up and manipulation of evidence by AC-12. According to ACC Hilton, AC-12 were more dangerous than the corrupt officers that they had had a year to investigate (those linked to Matthew Cotton in the previous series). Huntley has ACC Hilton supposedly wrapped around her little finger and has plotted him against them, when in fact Huntley has the secrets to hide.

You never know, ACC Hilton could be involved in this conspiracy too.. And what was it about the Jackie Lavity case from 2012 that troubled him? Was he involved in her disappearance or did he know who was?

This episode was a bit more personal. We saw Abbott vulnerable for the first time in the series when he was told that he still had damage to his back and long term mobility problems could not be ruled out. It was a shame as he was just doing his job and he may not ever walk again. His attack by balaclava man and his fall down three flights of stairs has certainly damaged him and it was heartbreaking to see him upset. The fact that he was unable to look after himself, let alone work really put it all into perspective.

Last Note

Overall I found this episode very farfetched and more packed than the last. It seems that there is no real end to this case and I am not really sure who really did it.

I have the feeling that the last episode (next weeks) in this series is too short to resolve all of the conspiracies and lies. The case has become a lot more complex with the emergence of a new body, Leonie Collins, supposively disposed and stored of differently to the rest, with neither murders being Tim or Micheal.

New people have emerged who may have more to do with it such as Jimmy Lakewell, but it is too early to say without more evidence. With everything that is going on, I expect the last episode in this series to clear up some lose ends, but leave a few uncertain mysteries to follow up in series five.

The director has had us on the edge of our seat from the start of the series so I will be very interested to see how he leaves us on the final episode. Probably on the floor….

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Jack Whitehall has got us going up not down in Evelyn Waugh’s adaption of Decline and Fall!

This review is discussing Decline and fall, a three episode series based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, shown on BBC 1.

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The novel that this series is adapted from

My Thoughts

I was unsure of what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Jack Whitehall is often seen as just a comedian, however he definetly showed us his wider acting skills in this new role.

Mr Paul Pennyfeather was a young man studying Theology at Oxford. He was content until he was expelled for something of his undoing. He seemed to go from place to place and not feel like it was where he wanted to be and on the way, he got pulled in by a seductive women named Margot Beste-Chetwynde (played by Eva Longoria), who under the surface was not as nice as she seemed. I must say that she did a very good job in portraying an upperclass attitude and rich aura. It was clear that Paul was constantly suffering for things that other people had done, and it was slowly getting to him.

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Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a rich, beautiful and highly regarded women

I found the script to this very engaging and it had aspects of love, crime, punishment and gore…. practically everything. A quote from the script that really stood out was a bit of advice from Solomon Philbrick (Played by Stephen Graham) who told him that “life is like a ferris wheel. It goes up and down, around and around. Or you could just sit on the grass and watch it go by”. I interpreted quote this as people living their life too fast and not slowing down. Mr Pennyfeather, learned that it is often better to watch by than go on the ride.I was captivated by each episode, each one was better than the last. It had a certain humour which was both serious and enjoyable to watch.

Final Note

Overall the three episode series exceeded my expectations and I just wish that it is not the end for Jack Whitehall and that they come back for another series. I would like to find out if Paul finally had a clean slate and started again without being pursued for his past.

You have time to view this series on BBC Iplayer, with the first episode expiring in a week. You can watch them all back to back, saving any confusion!

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