S4, E7: Jim was in the firing line, however just because he has an obvious motive, does not mean it was him? Or them?

Focused on Jim and his motives, along with Mark and his recent suicide attempt. Jim was sketchy and very secretive, with any allegation screwing a “what are you saying face”.

We saw Hardy struggle with family life, which showed that he was indeed human. Poor Daisy was competing for his time and effort alongside the case and was clearly not getting enough of it. No wonder she wanted to go.

We are overcrowded with possible theories about who raped Trish and the two girls. So many uncertainties were presented in this episode, that in my opinion, it can’t possibly be one person.

My opinion of Jim is a bit more suspicious based on his attitude towards the investigation and his stash of condoms in the car. He is never happy nor is he very approachable either. He runs a breakdown company and maybe poor Laura was in the firing line when Jim needed a bit of sex.

I must say thought, if that sock found with Trish’s DNA is linked to Clive and matches his trusty football socks, than I will not be surprised. The way he treats his wife and his general look of disgust towards others is unnerving. His reputation is not in his favour, especially when he cheats behind his wife’s back knowingly.

Ian, Trish’s installed spyware on Trish’s laptop which allowed him to access her webcam, so she could watch her at home. It’s slightly creepy but, I do genuinely believe that he missed her and wanted to see her. Anyway, why would he rape her when all he has to do it patch up the marriage? He would then have her back and time for

Ed Burnett loves Trish and previously sexually harassed his wife, allegedly, according to Ian, her wife. He seemed convinced that he would never hurt Trish and I believe him. I just hope I am not deceived, as I know he has a violent side.. he beat up Jim pretty good in one of the previous episodes!

There was a beautiful tribute to Trish which a wonderful way to give hope, yet the sad thing is that one or many of those holding up that light may have been involved in hurting her. Such betrayal as they were all in plain site, but getting away with it!

I am not surprised if many of these men are working together and have grouped to try and spread the blame and save their backs. But if there is one thing I know about these dramas, it is normally who you least expect.

Characters like Tom miller, Mark Latimer, Clive’s son and Reverend Coates have not really been given as much notice for the crime. Should we be watching them instead??

With much packed into one episode, there are so many loose ends to tie up in the last episode!

Let me know what you think of the review and the episode!

Roll on the finale

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Broadchurch S3 E6: Work-life balance is difficult for everyone, even Miller and Hardy!

In this review, I am discussing Broadchurch. In episode 6, we saw the case continue with suspects coming and going.

My Thoughts

This episode informed us of compelling evidence against Ed that was the most conclusive breakthrough yet. My initial impression of Ed at the start was that he was very understanding. Part of me is now worried that he can hide behind that persona and be totally different. I know that in these series, nothing is as it seems…

We saw the emotions run high between the residents, especially Ed and Jim. Ed liked Trish and seemed to lose control when he faced Jim, after he found out that they had slept together. He seemed very obsessed with her and had photos from 10 years ago… and he sent her the flowers, which was kind of creepy. He can also get violent, as we could see from Jim’s facial injuries.

We have seen Miller and Hardy work together for three series now and have developed a fact file of their personalities. Miller, being funny and sensitive and Hardy, in contrast, being direct and very focused.

But in this episode, we saw an angry side to Miller. Smashing laptops and phones after finding her sons porn, Miller seemed to have bottled a lot of anger and it was now all being released. It was kind of scary as I would not have imagined her as this controlling. Hardy on the other hand, was very sensitive and when his daughter Daisy wanted to move back in with his mum, he took a softer, motivational approach and begged for her to stay. It was moving and I felt my heart melt with his words.

It seemed that the case was becoming more than a job, and was developing into an obsession. With so much at stake, it was easy to neglect family and lose track of what was going on. I felt sorry for them as it can’t have been easy.

Hardy and Miller were also angry at Katie – Ed was her father! Katie was hesitant to tell them and refused to get involved in the interview with Ed and no wonder…  Miller worked so hard to get to where she was and Katie just swanned in after 6 months training and potentially compromised the case!

Conclusion

Overall I found the case focused more on the detectives and their families, which is nice as it suggested that their job is not the only thing they are dealing with. They are human too. The plot in this episode seemed very plausible too. I found the episode gripping, intense and personal. I also cried at the end (you will know why if you have seen the episode).

Comment if you agree (or if you don’t). I would like to know what you all think 🙂

Stay tuned for next week!

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Series 3, Episode 5 of Broadchurch: When some truth was finally revealed, cracks started to show and nice friendships turned sour. What an episode! (Spolier alert)

The plot

The case was only getting more complicated as Hardy and Miller are presented with more victims. While watching the episode, I got the sense that nothing was as it seemed. We have seen in previous episodes that residents are less willing to support the case. Most of them have secrets too.

Here are a few things that we found out in the episode:

A new potential victim?

We met Laura Benson who was raped two years ago (June 2nd). She still does not know who did it. She was walking back from the Rising Sun  Pub and she left alone. She was crossing a field, not far from home. She sensed someone behind her and he knocked her out.

She woke up with a gag in her mouth. She was tied and he was on top of her. He smelt of spirits. Her GP told her that she should have reported it, however she did not want the negative publicity that she would get for being drunk. She ultimately blamed herself as she could have reported it. If it was the same man…

We found out last week that Trish and Jim had had sex on the Saturday morning before the party

Trish met Jim by the beach and they talked about their sexual relations behind Cath’s back. He said it was not him who raped her and thought that Cath did not need to know the truth. Trish, on the other hand, wanted to tell Cath and Jim warned her.

Aaron was suspicious in the previous episode and his alibi did not really check out:

So Hardy and Miller visited the newly released rapist, Aaron and asked him to come to the station for questioning for the rape of Laura and Trish. The thing is, He had connection to both victims through his places of employment. This was a step in the right direction…

Miller took Aarons DNA. He said that he was fishing on the night of Trish’s rape and he confirmed that he drove. They checked his CCTV and he did not drive that way between those times. Aaron also said that his wife would confirm that the mackerel he caught was cooked on sunday and some was frozen in their home.

They went to his home and the mackerel were not there!

Miller also asked if he had been to the Rising Sun pub, and he drank there years back. He did IT support for the farm shop and knew Ed and he had associations with the company Laura worked in. He denied knowing Laura or Trish.

The detectives had little evidence on him so had to let him go with no charges.

Hard Truths

Trish told Cath about how she had had sex with Jim on Saturday morning. She had a little suspicion that it had happened, but not Trish. Trish was her friend and she had done it behind his back. It was not planned and had no emotional feeling to it. Trish did not love Jim, she just needed sex.

She did not understand why she would be raped, out of all the women at the party. How rude, but was it true though?

Cath was extremely angry when she called Jim. Understandably….

Meanwhile…

Beth Latimer and her colleague told the police about a women who had informed them of a rape case earlier, however had not reported it to the police. Was this Laura or someone else? How many victims were there?

Ed visited Ian and wanted to see if he could rent a caravan from him, as Sarah was chucking him out. Ed refused as he did not trust Ian. He apparently did not treat Trish well.

Beth was of course stressed with her job and still pressured to help her husband, even though he goes looking for trouble. He was going to find Joe, the man who murdered his son. Beth knew, but could not save him any longer.  She would let him go his own way.

Hardy and Miller interviewed Liam Humphries girlfriend who said seemed genuine? She later called Liam and said that she told him exactly what he told him….. He got in a car with Clive, and they looked like they were causing trouble. Most of the residents were or have lied to the police. The question is what was Liam really doing that night?

Poor Hardy had family issues:

Daisy, Hardy’s daughter was left distraught after a photo of her was sent to all her school friends. It happened a few weeks ago and she had kept it from Hardy as he was never around. He was so unraveled in the case that he was not having time to support his daughter…

Relationships turned sour..

Cath was at work and Ed bought her a cup of tea during her break. Cath seemed to feel that she had lost her touch and was less attractive. When she told Ed about Trish and Jim, he was shocked. Cath just wanted to feel wanted. I get that. Ed understandably got upset and later that week went to see Jim. He punched Jim on multiple occasions and left.

Clive and Jim were in the car. Clive was there that night and said that he saw Jim and Trish walking that night. It looked intense…  Jim asked him to stop the car and blackmailed him, threatening to tell all his customers and employers about Clives affairs.

Meanwhile Mark, stopped in Liverpool and found himself watching a man, Joe Miller who was murdered his son and went free. He wanted revenge….

New evidence has the breakthrough the detectives needed..

At Hampton house, the owners dog found a sock. matching those that Clive wore when he taught football at the school. This was the sock that could have been used to rape Lauren and Trish….

Final Thoughts

Overall the episode had a captivating ending and as the credits rolled, we were left with more unanswered questions (listed below). I felt sorry for the detectives, as they always seemed to be one step behind, and when everything was going well, it all seemed to switch.

Questions have arisen from this episode including:

  1. If Aaron was not fishing that night, than where was he?
  2. How many victims are there?
  3. Clive’s sock was found at Hampton House, so does that finally mean they can get the truth?
  4. Who was the women who reported her rape case to Beth’s colleague?
  5. Will Ed ever forgive Jim for sleeping with Trish?
  6. What will happen to Joe Miller? Will Mark give him what he deserves?

I am intrigued by how secretive a town can be… the residents are all hiding something, lying  or plotting plans. So how can Hardy and Miller trust any of them? Will they actually get to the truth?

The plot thickens and cracks start to show in the town…. lies and punches are thrown and lack of trust creates a divide between residents.

What is going to happen next?? I can’t wait to find out!

Bye guys 🙂

S3, E4: When more evidence was uncovered, Miller and Hardy had to face some hard truths and some were difficult to swallow (Spoiler Alert).

The case continued and it became more complex than they thought…

The plot

Trish relived the night by going back to the crime scene. She wanted to remember what happened. This was her story:

We saw Trish walk in on the night of the incident, and she was happy. She remembered going into the kitchen and had attempted to help with the plates, despite the chefs dismay. At the party she was happy and was drinking and smoking. She had a cheeky look at Ed, before she went outside. She went out for a smoke, had an argument with Ian and then turned away. She heard her voice a few minutes later (one she did not recognise) and was then hit on the back of the head.

While visiting the crime scene, she lay down where she had been that night and remembered the horror. She told the detectives that she saw a light, probably from the cottage. Beth and the detectives were with her the whole time as she recited her memories.

This is what Cath’s story of that night:

Cath arrived just after 6, and people started to arrive at 7.30. She was at the door most of the time, and saw Trish and Ian have an argument over his girlfriend Sarah. Trish spent time with Ed too, and he would spend all night with Trish if he could….

Cath also said that Jim, her husband had disappeared from 11.30 onwards and she was not aware of his whereabouts. He was not in the kitchen, hall or in the grounds.

Meanwhile….

Hardy found the wooden bat that may have hit her on the head that night in a wheelbarrow in the corridor. The wheelbarrow was there and full of nicknacks for the children. The other bat was missing. Could this have been the missing weapon?

A sexual predator off the sexual offenders list was released 10 weeks ago and his last victim was raped and gagged just like trish. Hardy and Miller went and visit Aron. He committed the crime in in the 50s and the 27 year old women freaked out and she started to accuse him of things. He was fishing the night of Trish’s murder… his wife would check his alibi.  He had read the case in the paper but said that he had nothing to do with it.

Ian had some content on a Trish’s laptop… stuff he wanted to delete. But what was it that he wanted to hide? Ian was panicky as getting to the laptop would be difficult with Trish around.

Ed approached Beth one morning and wanted to see if Trish was ok. He seemed overly concerned, but I guess that is normal right?

All the town went to a football celebration on the beach, as a way to show the rapist that he could not ruin the fun and everyone was there, even Trish turned up. There seemed to be a bit of tension as Ian, Ed and Mark turned around. It all fell silent and Cath was the only one to welcome her.

Miller noticed the netting on the football goal and it looked familiar. Liam and Ian knew each other (Ian taught him) and that made Liams alibi more important.

Hardy actually had a date one night a women with a women, so let Miller go home early. He bumped into her on the way home, and was alerted to new DNA evidence. They both went to investigate.

Miller got DNA back and there was a trace of a males DNA. It was Jim, the man who went missing from 11.30 onwards on the night of the party. They approached him that night after Hardy’s date and in the station, he claimed it was a mistake. He was disgusted that they thought he would rape her on the night of the party. He had sex with her on Saturday morning – he was the man she slept with. Cath, his wife, described her marriage as loveless and it would be even worse if she knew about Trish.

Results also came back and suggested that Ian sent the message “shut up, shut up or else”. They wanted his computer. Sarah, his girlfriend, used the computer sent the messages to his ex wife Trish. She rudely said that she did not know she had been raped and had little sympathy for her.

There was a final twist…

A women, came into the station and said that she had some information. She was raped in a field two years ago and she never told anyone. Was this the same man?

Questions and Final Thoughts

  1. What did Ian want off Trish’s laptop?
  2. Where was the light from, which Trish described seeing by the waterfall on the night of the attack?
  3. Was Jim involved?
  4. Who sent the flowers that were left on her doorstep?
  5. Did the same man who raped Lucy two years ago, rape Trish?

All these questions and no real conclusive answer to them. It seemed that this case was more complicated that they both thought. Miller and Hardy had not even narrowed down the potential suspects… ouch. They would have many more long nights to come…

When a second potential victim came to light towards the end of the episode, Miller and Hardy had to face the fact that Trish may not have been the first! It was daunting as they now did not truly know how many women that this man may have hurt!

Hope you enjoyed reading it and feel free to let me know what you thought of the episode or my review!

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Broadchurch S3 E1: DS Miller and DI Hardy make a dramatic return in the final series of Broadchurch with another shocking case!

Broadchurch is back with our favourite detectives (David Tennant) as DI Alec Hardy and (Olivia Coleman) as DS Ellie Miller). But what do they have in stall for us?

The Case

DS Miller was called to treat a girl called Trish, who reported a sexual attack. Trish was scared, quiet and an older lady. She and DI Hardy took her to the station in silence. In the car, you got the sense that the detectives relationship was still something is still lingering from the last series.

DS Miller was busy and did not have alot of family time to look after her children. Her father stepped in to help but was left most nights while she was solving cases.

They asked her questions and she was open about the intimate details, but had no knowledge of who he was. It is all a bit patchy and details of how she was found were still unknown or concealed by the victim. I really felt for her and hoped that the killer would be found – her her sake and any other victims out there.

They dropped her off home after various tests and the neighbourhood was relatively quiet. Neighbours were sitting in a car, just leaving the street and they just stared. Something about them was odd. DS Miller sat with Trish, as DI Hardy looked around her house and felt that she was safe.

She was invited to Cath’s birthday party two days before, and that was where the attack took place, by the water. The clothes were taken to be examined and she was left to have days off from her farm shop shifts.

The next question was that if the attack took place on Saturday night, what was she doing between Saturday and Tuesday night?  She went home before she went to the police station so that was 60 hours gone already!

The detectives had an argument in the car on the way back to the location of the party. DS Miller had given Trish her personal number and DI Hardy knew that she had done it before. It is clear that there were a few conflicts between them, especially around Protocol, which DI Hardy valued in a case.

Hampton house, where the party took place, was surrounded by a few cottages and a church- no services. By the house, was a lake, so maybe Trish was attached in this area of the grounds?

They found evidence of dry blood and the remains of a condom, which was a first clue of where the crime took place.

It was a perfect, isolated spot – away from all the hussle and bussle of the party.

The Community

Beth Latimer was working with vulnerable women and was given Trish as one of her cases. Her son Danny was murdered in the previous series and his father Mark was the main suspect until a neighbour, Joe Miller was convicted.

The Case

They visited where Trish worked and met Cath, her friend. Ed, the manager, allowed them to talk to her but only quickly.

Cath revealed that there was a party at the fight and Cath was surprised to find out that there had been a rape allegation. She was surprised but then guessed Trish by name, as she had no answered to any of her calls. She offered to give them the guest list, and with no confirmation of numbers, she estimated that out of 70 or 80 people, there were 50 men. That was a lot of men and suspects….

The Detectives Families

The detectives and their team talk over the case and the details, but DS Miller was disturbed by a phone call from the school. He son was found with porn and had supplied links to other boys. She was incredibly angry about his behaviour, and as a 15 year old, he was too young.

DI Hardy met his daughter outside school and let her hang out with friends. He warned her and told her to be careful. Maybe the case was making him worried about the safety of his own daughter?

With the case going on, It was a lot for them to balance, especially with long hours.

The community

Cath told Tim about the rape and asks for advice. Cath felt bad and wanted to go round, however as all her calls are being ignored, she thought that maybe it was better to give her time. .

Beth and Mark Latimer have settled in well since Danny’s death, with their daughter having given birth to a girl Mark was shocked to find that their had been a local rape allegation in the area and was worried about his wife and daughters safety.

Tim went round to Trish’s house and whilst he sat in the car, he closed the glove box. In the glove box, in a durex box, were condoms.

We know that he had an affair in series one, so it could be that he was sleeping around or that he knew more about the case than we thought! Either way it was suspicious…

The Case

Trish called in the middle of the night to reveal more details about the case. She remembered that there was something in her mouth – that was used to gag her. He put his hands over her eyes, so she could not see who he was. All these little details were missing and now they were coming back, which was good.

All the forensics came back and it supported her story – her tied up wrists, a cloth to gag her and use of condoms.

It was up to DI Hardy and DS Miller to piece together the evidence and start to look into potential suspects….

Final Thoughts

Episode one of the new series was intense! It gave us a little insight into the case and the overall reaction in the community (mostly shock and surprise).

As the basic details emerged, they have only touched the surface!  Was there more to it than they thought? Were the community aware of information that the detectives didn’t know?

You will have to wait and see…

Let me know what you thought of the review and the first episode!

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