“Broadchurch… But American” (Gracepoint: Episode 1)

Gracepoint
An official teaser poster for Gracepoint, with David Tennant.

Around a year ago, I was one of the first to watch BBC’s (then new) crime drama Broadchurch. The eight episode story focused on two detectives trying to solve the murder of a young boy named Danny. Just when Broadchurch ended, and a second season was confirmed, Fox announced that it was remaking the show for American viewers. My first question was: Why?

In the secluded little ocean town of Gracepoint, a young boy’s body was found at the bottom of a ridiculously high cliff. (That has no fence.) A grungy police detective is pulled in from the city, and must team up with a local cop to solve the murder.

You know what this episode was? It was great. It was intriguing, it was interesting, and it set up what I can only assume the rest of the season will carry out. The only problem is, that was exactly what Broadchurch was. If Gracepoint can’t prove to me that it’s anything different that it’s awe-striking source material, then I can’t see the point. 7 out of 10.

Gracepoint is everything that you would want it to be. It’s really good television, and some of the best crime drama that I’ve seen in around a year. Unfortunately, around a year ago, I was watching the original Broadchurch.

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