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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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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Blacking out, secrets and hidden motives: What else was not being said? Continue to find out in Broadchurch! (Spoiler Alert)

The case was widening, rather than narrowing. It was worrying. The more they looked into it, the more suspects there seemed to be.

The plot

Trish reported the message that she got from “unknown” and she had no idea who it was from. It could have been the killer or the man she slept with the morning of the attack.

Hardy and Miller swore to find the man who did this to Trish, but said to do it, they needed her cooperation, but even so, she did not say his name.  They thought that she knew the attacker – and he may have attacked out of jealousy or hate. Their trust in her was wavering.

The detectives focused on finding out who the “unknown” caller was ….

Of course, the town were trying to figure out who it was and stories were going around, despite the sensitivity of the case. People were talking, trying to find out more. Trish’s husband found out last that it was his wife that had been raped and was unsure of what to make of it. When Ian was interviewed with the police, he lied as he blacked out.

All Ian remembered was having an argument with Trish, drinking tequila and waking up on the grass by the lake! But he does not remember why he was there… Maybe he raped Trish??

Hardy had a daughter named Daisy, who seemed popular with a group of boys at school. He was protective of her and that was good. Daisy got into trouble at home so Hardy moved so that she could have a better life. Outside their work, they had to balance family life and do what was best for their children.

A boy named Tom was looking in his house for something, only to find a phone hidden. Was that the phone used to spread porn?

Ed, the shop owner fort with Jim Atwood over shifts. After four punches, he left to go home. He was convinced that she did nothing to provoke it. But did he really go home??

One of the investigators got CCTV footage from the camera showing the outside of the house, hoping that it will show them something. She also investigated the condom found at the scene and searched the brand in all the local stores. Did Mark Latimer not have condoms in their car in the first episode??

She also produced a list of every man that was at the party.  A long table covering two writeboards! It was like they were looking for a needle in a haystack…

Hardy and Miller went to see the food caterers who catered for that night. They cooked the food and left. During their shift, they had a 10 minute break in which they walked down the lake and back. That was at 11.30… hmmm.. but they did not see anything.

A member of the band from the party that night saw Ed (farm shop owner) head into the woods at 11.30 ish. He looked like he wanted to kill someone…. he was in a right old mood.

Back to the past: As you may know from series 1 and 2, Hardy and Miller investigated the death of a young boy. Joe Miller their neighbour was charged. Ben came round from court (they knew him from the murder trial). There was little chance of a retrial, but what about a private prosecution?? Marks wife, Beth Latimer was not happy about it and just wanted closure for the death of her son – no more trials. They could do a complex civil case against him to put Joe to account for his murder. Beth said no, but her husband Mark wanted to find Joe. He wanted to make things right for his son. 

They interviewed “Clive” the taxi driver who previously said he was called Lucas – who they approached in the previous episode.

Clive lied about  who he drove the night of the party – so thoughts were raised of why he lied about his where abouts the night a women was raped?

Clive picked up a fair from the road (which was illegal) at about 9.30pm. He collected a 30 yr old man and he was sure that he could take the detectives to where he dropped him off. He was also asked who “Maria Brady” was and he pulled a face. She was a regular who complaint about him after he got the wrong idea. It was quite off putting for her.

Lucas was married and went for a date with Trish once.. but only once. They did not click apparently, but could he have been that mystery guy she had sex with the morning of the party?

Alan Topkins, a taxi driver, as a guest at the party said that Clive’s taxi was empty with lights out at Midnight… so where was he?

Clive  apparently got in sunday morning (according to his wife) after 1am and it was clear to her that he cheats. For the last 10 years, he had created again and again, yet she stayed with Clive as she made her vows.. So Clive could have done it?

Trish eventually confided in her friends and she wondered if it was someone she knew? That meant a FRIEND hurt her and it was a horrible thought?

We saw Joe again, the warehouse owner, discussing content on his laptop. He was told to delete it. It could have been porn or messages? Either way, they did not want it found by anyone else.

The killer was still out there as the episode ended with a set of flowers being placed on Trish’s doorstep with the message “thinking of you”. It must have been unnerving to find that she was still not safe.

Final Thoughts

Possible Suspects:

  • Clive had no alibi and was not a nice man either…
  • Ian, Trish’s husband blacked out…. and woke up by the lake!
  • Ed, the shop owner was seen going to the lake at 11.30 that night…

It is all getting more complex than the detectives had imagined and what they thought was a diminishing case, only got bigger. Poor Hardy and Miller were like ducks out of water as their list of suspects covered two large whiteboards and they were presented by more sketchy alibis…

I was on my toes throughout the episode and found myself suspecting more people, even close friends who she should have been able to trust.

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“Trust me” he says, but when the court revealed the truth, could he really be trusted after all? Is he the guilty one?

Apple Tree Yard has really turned it up a notch and the truth about him is finally being revealed. How is Mark Liam Costley and can Yvonne really trust him?

The plot

Yvonne and Costley got on well.. or so she thought. Costley’s troubling actions after visiting George left her wondering… what had he done?

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Yvonne in her car waiting for Costley while he confronts George. 

He banged on the window and asked her to hurry. He told her to “stick to the story” and that “it will be ok”. But later that week, at a restaurant, she was approached and arrested for the murder of George Sellway. Costley had killed him! No wonder he was hurrying to get away and wanted to lay low for a while.

The interrogators were asking her all these questions… Were you involved in his death? Did you know that Costley was going to kill him? Did you both plan to kill him for what he had done to her?

She had told them about the rape in his office but were suspicious of why she didn’t go to the police and tell them? If she reported it, he could have told others about the affair in court.. she did not want to risk it and neither did Costley. Of course, she stuck to the story and lied about her relationship with Costley in court. She did exactly what he said.

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Yvonne and Costley engaged in intercourse at “Apple Tree yard” during their secret affair. But will it be secret for long? 

Costley, on the other hand, went against everything he told her – he told them that they were having an affair and that they both knew about the plan. She trusted him all this time and believed him. Everything about his job in the civil service…

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Costley on the way to Court – is he really a man that can be trusted? 

Unsurprisingly, Costley was not the man she thought he was. No he was right about being mysterious, but failed to tell her the truth about what he did for a living. He had applied for a job for MI5, however did not get the final stage. He was so cautious on their dates – secret phones, cameras… his profession seemed genuine! So did he really do for a living?

Family Life

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Gary believes that Yvonne is innocent and does not think that she is stupid enough to have an affair . How will he react when he finds out the truth?

The impact of the case had been a shock to the family. They were sad that she had gone through such a horrible experience of rape with George, and yet she had not told them, on many occasions. The worst thing was that her husband Gary did not know about the affair between her and Costley – she had been ridiculing him for meeting up with Rosie, despite him not having sexual intercorse with her. Gary was convinced that she was innocent – that nothing was going on with Costley, but will he find out the truth and how will he react? He will probably be heartbroken.

The court case fell at a bad time, Yvonnes daughter was pregnant and there was no way of knowing how much this would really affect their lives. Of course, she could lie and stick to the story, but if anything ever gets out, she would not only lose the trust of her family but also her friends. Her reputation for leading the first team to name molecules will be ruined. All that hard work gone to waste for one man who she knew little about.

Final Thoughts

Yvonne has a long battle ahead… she has no control over what is used against her in court. She is lying to the durry about her relationship with Costley, and despite agreeing that they both should get George back for what he did, she did not suggest anything like murder. So we have an highly acclaimed scientist who is both guilty and innocent… the question is, which way will it go?

Watch the final episode tonight at 9pm on BBC one! Exciting!

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