Gracepoint Season 1 Episode 7 Review

Gracepoint (Fox) Episode 5 (4)

Warning: If you haven’t seen Broadchurch, this review may spoil details from the UK version of the show. I will be referencing plot points when dicussing the mystery and characters of Gracepoint throughout the series and so, if you don’t want things to be ruined, go no further.

Now that’s more like it! After six long, arduous weeks of waiting, Gracepoint has finally taken a strong detour away from its source material, and simultaneously made the show interesting for everyone, not just new viewers. It’s what we were promised, what we were waiting for and, understandably just by doing something original and fresh, it’s the best episode of the show yet.

The action surrounds the disappearance of Tom, and Ellie’s reaction to it. Gracepoint is supposed to be a place where everyone has secrets and no one is safe from having their world gutted at any moment, and this was the first time it really felt that way. Ellie’s arc here actually hit a lot of the same beats as the finale episode of Broadchurch – the notion that the case can hit closer than she imaged, as well as her outburst in the interrogation room.

Which means one wonderful thing – those beats are unlikely to be hit again as we move forwards. Tom is missing, and we don’t know whether he’s okay, but if he’s also been killed then we can upgrade our killer up to serial status. We could be dealing with something far more sinister – though maybe not as delicately interesting – than the conclusion of the original show, and that means we’re looking a whole different roster of suspects.

There’s Susan Wright and Vince, first of all, as they’re both obviously up to something dodgy together. Their obvious villainy kind of puts them out of the running, if television mystery rules are abided by, however, and that leaves just one other glaring prospective killer. Would it just be far too easy for it to have been Paul – the creepy priest with an unhealthy interest in the Solano family? I think it would, but I’m not ruling it out.

But the good things about this episode weren’t really to do with the whodunnit – they were about what Gracepoint wanted to do with it’s characters, and what that said about the show as a whole. There’s a reason they brought in Carver’s daughter, for one, and it clashed very well with Ellie’s predicament. While his partner was searching for her missing child, Carver was more interested in her plight than connecting with his own.

There’s also a shift away from the evil journalists of Broadchurch (which the show had to stick to because of Jack) and towards the role of religious figures like Paul in small towns like this. He’s always, without fail, the one delivering news on Gracepoint and Danny to the world, and his lecture at the memorial was obviously meant to address the guilty and haunted members of his audience.

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