Trust Me S1 E1 recap: Jodie Whittaker finds herself as doctor with one aim: to uncover the truth!

A new series on the BBC once again tries to grab our attention with a heart stopping drama with Jodie Whittaker posing as a doctor in an A&E hospital in Edinburgh (Doctor? such a coincidence..).

The Plot

The plot is fairly simple, but has a complicated secret. A string of information that can uncover an awful truth. Her opportunity to uncover this depends on whether she can get a way in, work for the hospital and get solid proof herself.

The Character

The character Jodie plays is rather troublesome and takes a completely different identity –  her friend, Alison Sutton.

Jodie seemed at ease in her role – she was a natural, and could adapt her acting beautifully to the situation. She was able to be bewildered when Alison Sutton was faced with A&E for the first time and could even grasp Alison’s quick learning of complicated medical knowledge and procedures.

The Flaws

The plot was interesting, but not totally believable. Ok… so the lack of security, passport and NI number checks when being employed. The alarm bells should have been ringing when she seemed totally overwhelmed when doing basic tasks, that she (her fake identity) is qualified to do.  Many viewers caught on to this and took to this on Twitter.

Last Note

It was an informative and slightly unrealistic first episode, but now we know the basics, we can not get into the corruption! A well played role so far from Jodie Whittaker,

Star Rating

I would give this review 3 stars and would recommend you to watch the episode if you like these mysterious, undercover thrillers!

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In the Dark S1 E3 Recap: Unnecessary and Padded out as the series continues into deeper territory for Helen.

This is a review of In the Dark, episode 3 (BBC series). The series trying to aim to those who like crime dramas and are in motherhood.

When we all saw the plot go to a natural end at the end of last episode we thought it was over. But we were wrong… not only does Helen continue on cases, but she finds herself sucked into an investigation that was even closer to home, next to her, infant.

The case and plot?

The plot was padded out a bit – divided between a gang and an investigation.

The murder case followed a young gang, its activities and the aftermath of a gang initiation.  Poor Helen was even closer to labour and with everything that had going on, it was hard to think that anything else could happen to her, but it did. The victim of this dangerous initiation was her partner Paul, but this led to many questions…

The whole case was difficult for Helen as it uncovered hard truths. She shouldn’t have get involved though?

But…

What’s the harm in it? She should have learnt her lesson from last time, but no! She got involved and chased up a lead with a man (Frank) who was dangerous and engaging in crime. She also stumbled upon evidence in his car that led her to a surprising discovery –  a dangerous insight that could risk her life… who was Kevin? She was not bothered by this at all and seemed eager to find out.

Anything stand out as wrong or irritating?

Wow, Helen was really embracing motherhood and had developed a very large bump over a short period of time. Is time speeding up or something? This got a lot of attention on Twitter and I am not surprised – it is an inaccurate representation of pregnancy and I doubt that many women at that stage in pregnancy would want to be working or chasing criminals.

Helen also got involved in the case when warned not to…. She didn’t ask for help and she didn’t let anyone into her discoveries. She will get hurt and the baby may be in danger, but in that respect I have little sympathy. It’s what you get for getting involved.

It’s such a shame though that the victim of this stupid attempt at fitting in was her partner Paul. I think they would have been ok and found a way to make it work. By getting rid of him though, you are taking away the probability that the baby is his and this may put more emphasis on Adam in future episodes. For example, will Adam be with her when she is in labour? Will the case be solved and will they live happy ever after (without Paul)?

Next week…

So as you expect, she will probabaly get involved and see this “Kevin” guy! Get herself and her baby in trouble, as that’s what she normally does.

She is also very close to her due date, so we expect some drama in getting her to the hospital!

Star Rating

I would give this episode 3 stars as it was a little disappointed and padded out for little reason

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In the Dark Series S1 E2 Recap! A fast paced episode with a good potential ending… oh wait?

This is a review of In the Dark, S1 E2 BBC series.

The General Plot

We followed the case of the abduction and murders of these young girls and it progressed very quickly… maybe too quickly.

My Thoughts

I found the episode very infuriating. I found the characters especially Helen very farfetched. She was pregnant and was getting to “stuck in” to the personal case. And to top it all off, she was getting Paul her husband and her friend, Phillip involved in it. The trio went suspect hunting and take things into their own hands. There is a risk that someone will get hurt, or the baby would get hurt.

While on their murderer pursuit they found Poppy and nailed the man who did it. Good on them!

The Characters

The character of Helen is a bit like marmite. I, in particular have mixed feelings about her and have little sympathy for her issues. She can get very focused on something and do it well. She can also make a lot of mistakes…. like having an affair and getting pregnant with who’s baby? I did find a little sympathy for her when she explained about her childhood abuse, by a man, who was closely linked to a woman Bates was having an affair with. It all got a bit too much for Helen, but it did not take away the fact that she had cheated. Poor Paul was so shocked and then so angry by it, that he closed connections with her.

The Ending

The ending to this episode would have happily closed the series. The man was caught, Helen could get Peter Bates the negative attention he deserved and then have the baby with Adam. But no…

It was not enough and the introduction of new characters just seems like a ploy to extend the series for no reason.

Final Note

I was not a fan of this episode. These crime series are often made too long or too full that you can never really keep track of what is going on or who is who.

Star Rating

Not as good as last weeks. I must say. 3 stars, but I hope for the sake of the ratings that the next few episodes are good.

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In the Dark series review recap: A case on your doorstep!

So did you see In the Dark? The new crime series on BBC 1 on Tuesday.  It started last week and is is set to continue.

What did you think?

I loved it! It was a nice introduction to the series and although it had little action, I am actually looking forward to how it will pan out.

The general plot

We were introduced to Helen (Anna Buring), a copper and her husband Paul (Ben Batt) who wanted to have a new start. Only it was not that simple. When a case emerged, it was clear that Helen had to choose between a new start and a case close to home.

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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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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!

If you like the Fall or the Replacement, than you will love this!

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