Television: Gracepoint 1.8

Things continue to narrow, though the whole Tom missing/Tom found thing felt kind of needless. And I can't decide if the police are really bad at reading kids, or if the kid who plays Tom is just not a very good actor [yet—he's young, after all]. The way he says everything in monotone . . . He's either lying or lacks appropriate coaching and directing.

Well, but we know Tom is lying about something. He wants to rid his computer of evidence of some kind, right?

Tom also doesn't appear to be very bright. I know his mom isn't around a lot, and she probably shields him from her work besides, but to be so excited that some strange lady gave him Danny's skateboard? Shows a definite lack of sense.

But then Susan Wright gets brought in for questioning but won't say anything because her dog is missing. (Vince took him, but no one knows that yet.)

The reverend continues to be a sanctimonious drip. And creepy.

Meanwhile, someone has returned to the hut where the murder possibly took place, but when Ellie and Emmett go to check it out and a pursuit ensues, Emmett . . . Has a heart attack?

My chief problem at this point is that so much of these situations—like the Solanos' day out, and Tom and the skateboard—were better handled in Broadchurch. What seemed neatly carved there (characters and their reactions, motivations) feels like a hatchet job here. I have a difficult time trying to decide what I would think of Gracepoint if I hadn't seen Broadchurch first. I'd certainly be watching it (because David Tennant), but would it feel as ham fisted if I had nothing to compare it to? Actually, I think I'd still have it pegged as a Brit's idea of what Americans watch. Except, based on the ratings, maybe not that may Americans are watching Gracepoint. So . . . Americanizing it actually didn't help it.

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