Broken S1 E6: A finale full of heartbreak, forgiveness and grief!

Today I am reviewing the finale of Broken, a series running on BBC 1. It has taken 5 episodes to get to this point and boy was it worth it!

The Plot

The plot of this episode followed the struggles of local residents and finally injected some  well needed hope. The plot was sad and had scenes of loss, which got me a bit.

Father Micheal had lived with guilt for some time. While he blessed and forgave others on a daily basis, he give himself the same respect. His guilt over Vernon’s death and his doubt in his ability to be a priest was hard to see. I have always been fond of Father Micheal’s character.

Andrew, the peer pressured police officer joined his colleagues in a hearing over Vernon’s death and did what he should have done earlier. I was so proud that he found the strength to tell the truth and get the best outcome for Vernon. Helena found peace over the hearing, yet she was less fond of Father Micheal by the end of it.

We remember the horrible tragedy in the Carmicheal family and understandably Chloe and the family were finding it hard to adjust. The gambling machines had caused grief in many families and revenge looked quite appealing. Seeing Chloe without her mother was heartbreaking, as I can not imagine the pain she was going through!

The Ending

With all the trouble in their lives, the residents found some peace by the end of the episode. It was especially nice to see the local residents and friends show their support for Father Micheal. The “wonderful priest” surely has more in him yet!

Last Note

What a series. I adored the acting to Sean Bean and I felt a little teary

Star Rating

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No doubt 4 stars!

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Broken S1 E5: When two residents struggle to see eye to eye, who’s side do you take? (Spoiler alert)

This is a review of the penultimate episode of Broken (BBC 1 at 9pm on Tuesdays).

My Thoughts

Father Micheal’s role requires him to always be impartial so in this episode, when he was faced with two arguing residents, all he could do was reason with them. The content of the argument tested his true belief in the lord and his likes towards sexuality. It was in this episode that we found out Father Micheal’s short uncertainty which went and goes against everything he is preaching.

We know that Father Micheal is not pure and has made mistakes – including his past. He has had a sad childhood, that has driven him to help and advise others in need, as a position in the church. His friendly nature certainly comes through as a character and despite his challenges, such as his mothers illness, he always has time for others.

It was nice to see in this penultimate episode that Father Micheal suffered less flashbacks and seemed to be coping better. I hope he continues to improve as he has been very unfortunate with his treatment and deserves peace too.

Poor Helen was trying to grieve for her son. When she finally got to see him for the first time since his death, she was happy and able to bring him home where he belonged. Now peaceful, Vernon was now in the care of the lord and this comforted Helen, despite a part of her heart being vacant. Father Micheal was very supportive, and despite his guilt over Vernon’s death, the most important thing was putting this family back together.

So now that this series is nearly over, what can we expect from the finale?

We saw Micheal with his sick mother, and we unfortunately have to consider the worse case scenario and what pain it would cause him with her passing.

Helen is also still grieving from the loss of her son Vernon, so will we see Helen finally except his death and move on? It would be lovely if she could and we expect Father Micheal to play a part in this, as either an advisor or a close friend.

Final Note

As always, I enjoyed the episode and look forward to seeing how or if these “broken” individuals find peace by the end of the series.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars as always! No disappointing episode to date!

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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 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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